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Wedding Cake, Frosting, and Fondant Recipes

For my New Years Resolution, I will be baking a wedding cake for my anniversary.  I’ve finally picked some designs that I like and now I’m onto logistics.
 
1.  Pick a Design
I’ve narrowed mine down to two selections that I really love.  What I would like to do is mix the different styles of wedding cake design but I do not know if that is possible and what it will look like.  I guess we will see in the trial run. 

My colors for my wedding were Lavendar and Cherry.  For the cake I am simply going to do a chocolate cake with a red filling and a white frosting background.  I am planning on having some bird shapes made of fondant, so these creatures and the fondant design will be lavendar and cherry.
Birds & Flowers were a big theme at the wedding and I want to create a look of robins flying in the clouds. We’ll see how what happens.The cake will use a Round shape and the design will be a mix of fondant and the “spackle” type look using the two cakes below:

Photo Credit: Confetti Cakes
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart OL

2.  Pick a cake recipe and a filling recipe
With so many yummy choices, I’m not sure which one I’ll pick!?

Cake Recipes
Red Velvet Cake Recipe from Martha Stewart
Chocolate Cake from Food Network (Ina Garten)
Chocolate Almond Cake from Taste of Home
Lemon Poppyseed Cake  from Opera Girl Cooks
Chabela Cake from Like Water for Chocolate modified by Scarletta Bakes

Filling Recipes
Blackberry Filling from Epicurious.com
Seedless Raspberry Filling from Cake Boss

Frosting

Marscapone Whipped Cream frosting from blog In Good Taste
Buttercream Frosting from All Recipes.com
Marshmellow Fondant from All Recipes.com
Fondant Tips from Food Network

3.  Go shopping
About.com had a great page on the physical items I’ll need for a cake:

  • 12″, 9″, and 6″ Wedding Cake Pans Set Round each 3″ tall. (available at craft stores and baking supply stores). 
  • parchment paper to line the pans
  • a large serrated knife
  • cardboard circles or on Amazon (available at baking and craft stores) in 12″, 9″ and 6″
  • 10 non-flexible straws
  • an offset spatula
  • a platter to serve the wedding cake on – perhaps a plank of wood wrapped in aluminum foil
  • To add an optional monogram or fancy designs: a Pastry Bag (8 pieces) with a round tip between size 3 and 7 for piping, and a toothpick for tracing the monogram.
  • fresh flowers for decorating. Ask your florist to order you unsprayed flowers.
  • Many people find that a Rotating Cake Stand & Cake Lifter is helpful when trying to get a smooth surface on the cake, or when doing piped designs.
  • On the thrifty side:  Many large craft stores like Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s will send you discounts if you sign up with their e-mail program.  I am taking a cake design class from Jo-Ann’s Fabric store in March because I found a coupon for 50% off all classes.  How sweet is that?

    4.  Putting it all Together with a Test Run
    What a great reason for a party!  I’m looking forward to inviting some of my friends over for a cake testing party to try out the different flavors and practice cake design. 

    Here are some websites I found to help in the overall process:

    TLC How Stuff Works – This was the best page overall for access to recipes, tips & tricks, and much, much more!
    Wedding Cakes & More

    7 Comments
    1. Making a wedding cake is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    2. That's so funny you would say that, my Wilton Cake Lady said to use the plastic straws.

    3. That's so funny you would say that, my Wilton Cake Lady said to use the plastic straws.

    4. I adore the bird cake! Tip… do not use straws to seperate your tiers! Use either wooden dowels or plastic dowel rods! :)

    5. I adore the bird cake! Tip… do not use straws to seperate your tiers! Use either wooden dowels or plastic dowel rods! :)

    6. This looks incredible! Well done! New GFC follower from Make My Morning. Not Your Ordinary Recipes
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