My First Wedding Cake

November 27, 2010

Wow. What a ride. Many months ago a lovely girl at work asked me if I could make her wedding cake. Initially, she heard about me because of my cupcakes but after chatting she said she rather liked the idea of a tiered cake instead, and asked if I could do it. I said yes, never having made a wedding cake before mind you. I’m glad I did it’s been an incredibly busy and stressful and messy two days but it was so rewarding when I stepped into the marquee with all the tables beautifully set up and placed the cake down and took a photo.

It’s not perfect – I had a few problems (damn oven bakes wonky cakes!) but in it’s imperfection, I thought it was quite lovely. I would have it as my own wedding cake definitely.

It’s red velvet (coolest bride ever for requesting that) and I covered the cakes in white fondant initially but OMG I suck at it so bad, I don’t know what it is… but there were little cracks and things so I whipped up some royal icing. Now, royal icing spreads easily but it dries lumpy… and looks like an oil painting. I looked at the end result and freaked out a little, seeing as it didn’t have a nice smooth finish anymore but a little… rustic. But once I put the spray of roses on the top it suddenly transformed it and I really love it!

Anyway – new goal for 2011 – take some cake deco classes! There’s only so far you can go being self taught

Now to go clean the epic mess…

Not perfect, but it will definitely be delicious.

NOTE: I will post more photos, especially of the inside when I get some from the photographer post wedding.

It has been well over a year since my last post, but I’ve been so busy! I’m in the middle of starting my own little cupcake/cake business. I have two wedding cakes to bake at the end of the year.

Anyway, one of my favourite cakes of all time is red velvet. Here in Australia it is¬†relatively¬†unknown so when I bake it for my friends, they just can’t get enough. I use a variation of the recipe from here: but I use buttermilk rather than whole milk. I also use my own recipe for cream cheese icing.

So on the weekend my friend ask me to bake red velvet cupcakes for her baby shower. She’s having a little girl so I thought pink blossoms would go very well with the rich velvety red. I think they look too pretty to eat!