5 useful tips plus recipe
Today we share the best tips for the perfect homemade wedding cake and a recipe that you can use for your own wedding. Read on and learn how to make a dreamy wedding cake yourself. Have fun and congratulations!
The wedding cake plays an important role in the wedding celebration
Make your own wedding cake
If you want to make your wedding cake yourself, then you should prepare well in advance. You’ll save money, have control over the size, flavor and decoration of the cake, and if you’re new to baking, you’ll also learn a valuable skill.
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Our five best tips when making a wedding cake yourself
We’ve had baking experience over the years, so we’d like to share our top five tips – essential if you want to bake your own wedding cake.
Plan, plan, plan. There’s a lot going on in the week leading up to the wedding, and the last thing you want is extra stress. It is best to glaze and decorate the cake in advance. The preparation of a fruit tart is perfect for this. Note that the base needs to be baked and decorated this week.
Baking and decorating a wedding celebration involves a lot of timely planning
Choose a simple design and add color and freshness with fresh flowers. Your florist can help you with this (or a relative will be happy to help you). All you have to do is tell him exactly what you want to create your perfect floral wedding cake.
Another option is to bake the cake and then ask a trusted relative or friend to decorate it. This saves you the stress of delivering and setting up the cake.
Bake the cake yourself and then have it decorated – that’s also a clever idea, isn’t it?
The size of the cake should match the number of guests. Here are some numbers for different cake sizes/guest numbers:
15cm round – 20 guests
18cm round – 25 guests
21cm round – 40 guests
24cm round – 50 guests
27 cm round – 60 guests
30cm round – 80 guests
33 cm round – 90 guests
The cake should not be too small and not too big!
If you don’t want a traditional wedding cake, you can go unconventional and have something else come up. If you want to please older guests, you can offer a small wedding cake that you can cut and photograph. And then you can do something completely different. For example, you can offer a dessert table with treats for your guests. Purchase a small wedding cake and join the venue’s chef in arranging a giant table with treats ranging from cake pops, mini cupcakes, brownie bites and colorful macarons to a tower of meringues to create a sweet buffet.
Think outside the box and be innovative!
Make your own wedding cake – a proven recipe
Below is a tried and tested recipe for a homemade wedding cake.
The following ingredients are for a 15cm round cake (perfect for a top tier).
- 150 g each of dried cranberries, currants, sultanas and raisins
- 45 g candied or mixed peels
- 75 g glazed/candied cherries
- 4-5 tablespoons brandy (or rum or sherry)
- 175g butter
- 175g brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of syrup
- Zest of a small lemon and orange
- Juice of ½ small orange
- 3 eggs
- 175 g plain flour
- ¾ teaspoon spice mix
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 20 g ground almonds
- 30 g sliced almonds
Are you ready to bake a wedding cake yourself? Here is the recipe!
Preheat the oven to level 2 or 130-150°C. Grease a 15cm deep cake tin and line with 2 sheets of parchment paper, the paper being at least an inch higher than the height of the tin.
Place the dried fruit in a bowl and add the brandy and orange juice. Stir well and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest, and syrup until light. Gradually add the eggs with the flour and spices until well combined.
Add the ground and grated almonds along with the fruit and brandy mixture and mix well. Pour the entire mixture into the cake tin (it may not look like it will fit, but have faith). Flatten the top and lightly cover the cake with a piece of greased parchment paper with a small hole in the center for toothpick testing later.
Assemble the cake and then decorate
Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 3-3½ hours. The cake is done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. After baking, remove the cake and let it cool on a wire rack (you can bake the cake in the afternoon and let it cool under a tea towel overnight).
Once the cake has cooled completely, carefully remove from the mold and soak with brandy (about 1-2 tablespoons). Wrap the cake in double baking paper and double foil and place in a tin (in Tupperware the cake “sweats”). Keep cool and soak regularly.
Decorate the cake to your liking. It is best to always marble and glaze the cake before decorating.
Are you happy with the end result?
Soak the fruit in brandy before baking. We would bake the cake at least three days before the big day to give it more time to mature.
If you love the idea of a DIY wedding, then don’t miss our top DIY wedding decor tips.
The inspiration continues with the following photo examples… Be sure to take a look!