How to Make a Wedding Cake

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If you can follow a recipe, you can make a wedding cake. These tips will help you create a classic, three-tier confection.

Step 1: Figure out the size
Figure out how much cake you’ll need. A cake with three, round, two-layer tiers (14 inches, 10 inches, and 6 inches) will serve about 100 guests. Preparing a separate, 11- by 15-inch half-sheet cake is an easy way to serve another 40 guests.

Square cakes provide more slices, and look just as pretty tiered.

Step 2: Pick a recipe
Pick a cake flavor and filling. Keep in mind that the cake should be dense because the bottom layers must support the upper ones. If you lack refrigeration space, choose a non-perishable filling.

Some boxed cake mixes offer instructions on adjusting the recipe for a denser cake.

Step 3: Choose a frosting
Choose a frosting. Consider the temperature at the reception; the kind of cake surface you want, and whether your priority is a beautiful cake or a tasty one. Buttercream frosting can melt in high temperatures, whereas royal icing requires no refrigeration. Fondant provides the smoothest surface but isn’t as tasty as other icings.

Store-bought canned frostings are not firm enough for wedding cakes. If you want a ready-made frosting, get one made specifically for party cakes at a cake-supply store.

Step 4: Get the proper tools
Get the proper tools: a plastic cake board that’s wider than the bottom layer; separator plates — foam board disks that each tier rests on; and dowels — rods inserted through the cake to support the tiers. Find them in cake decorating and craft stores.

Step 5: Bake in advance
Bake the layers a few days before the wedding. Let each one cool completely before wrapping it in plastic, and then foil, and then freezing.

Step 6: Defrost layers
Defrost the layers at room temperature 10 to 12 hours before the wedding and make the frosting. If possible, bring everything to the wedding site and assemble the cake there.

If the layers are not level, even them out by cutting them with a serrated knife.

Step 7: Assemble the tiers
Assemble the tiers. Place the bottom layer of each two-layer tier on its own separator plate. Brush the surface of the bottom layer with simple syrup to moisten the cake. Then, cover the surface with filling, add the top layer, brush it with simple syrup, and frost.

Step 8: Stack the tiers
Insert dowels, trimmed to the height of each tier, into the two bottom tiers: For the 14-inch layer, put six evenly-spaced dowels 4 inches from the edge, and four evenly-spaced dowels 6 inches from the edge. For the 10-inch cake, evenly space six dowels 3 inches from the edge. Now carefully stack the tiers, including the foam boards.

Step 9: Decorate
Add the finishing touches, like decorative piping and edible flowers. If you’re more adventurous, you can fashion flowers out of marzipan or gum paste. Have a great wedding!

Did You Know?
The 2004 New England Bridal Showcase featured a seven-tier, 17-foot high cake that weighed 15,032 lbs. and was large enough to serve 59,000 guests.

22 Replies to “How to Make a Wedding Cake”

  1. I Agree with the 900 YouTube Likes, I'm a 21-Year-Old Male Adult, So I Can Make a Wedding Cake If I Want To. 🙂

  2. So each tier was only 2 layers? The final product looked much higher than 2. How many inches where your layers?


  4. I already gotten married and had my wedding (and I hated it), but thanks to youtube I can plan on making my kids wedding cake 20 years from now! But just watch me forget about the whole thing when the time comes around.

  5. god help me if I ever have to make a wedding cake. no, god help me if I ever have a wedding.

  6. it's really not that simply to make a 3 tear cake with fondant it can take we over 20 hours and to get good with fondant it can take years. i have been doing wedding cakes for ten years and i would never try to ice and decorate a wedding cake at a venue. please if you want to make your own cake start working on it months before your big date. pipping, flowers fondant all take time to learn how to do .

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