You know how in that last post I was talking about my compulsive need to do everything myself? Yes well. I made my own wedding cake.
This was my first time stacking a three-tier cake (or any multi-tiered cake), and also my first time making gumpaste flowers. Did I practise beforehand? No. Did I decide to go full-tilt the week before my wedding and just do it? Yes. Was it a good idea? Well... that depends.
I didn't pay thousands of dollars for a cake, but I also didn't get much sleep the week before a fairly significant life event.
SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK.
Anyway, this was a vanilla, chocolate, and buttercream cake. It turned out OK. People who ate it said they loved it, but then again they were at my wedding so what else were they going to say? I loved the recipe I was using at the time for the vanilla cake - the flavour was amazing - but it I couldn't get it to bake up moist. It always tasted a bit dry. I've since moved onto another recipe, more on that later.
I was also not thrilled with my icing technique. The sides of each tier aren't at 90 degrees, which is going to bother me forever. I've gotten much better since... but then again, this is why you don't try things for the first time for your wedding. #wisdom
The gumpaste flowers were a lot of fun to make. I've always been pretty good at this kind of stuff. I started sculpting in Grade 3, in Mrs. Thomas' class. She kept a lot of Plastercine in the room, and, well, I got into it. This was also about the time I started falling behind in math. Make of that what you will.
Gratuitous shot of me and the mister cutting our cake. We were drunk here. Don't be fooled.
About the Author
Hi, I'm Adriana! I'm a compulsive baker of goods, an artist, a chorister, and a lover of the 90’s. I've hiked across Spain and can catch my own fish for dinner.