Design Your Own Wedding Cake
If you are looking to design your own wedding cake, here you will find some great ideas such as this tier wedding cake with green ribbon and separate 6" keeper wedding cake. This is a great example of how you can design your own wedding cake. To make this wedding cake, bake 2 round layers of each size cake-12"-10" -8" and a 6" for the keeper cake.
Each 2 layer size can be a different flavor and have a filling if the bridal couple desires it. Bake all of your cakes. Make a ivory buttercream icing. Put your layer sizes together accordingly, putting them on a round cardboard cake circle the size of that cake.
At this time place the 12" cake on the cake base. For this cake base I made it out of three 4" circles of foam core board taped together and then covered in gold foil.
After the 12" cake is placed on the base I then tucked the ivory and gold ruffle under the bottom of the cake up to the stitching line. Make a base for the 6" cake and cover in gold foil also.
Place 6" cake on the base and tuck the lace under the cake in the same manner as the 12" cake.
Next ice the cakes with a thin coat of icing to catch and hold the crumbs. This is referred to as the crumb coat. Let this set for 2 hours. Now ice each layer making sure it is nice and smooth. Let it set another 2 hours. Cupping the palm of your hand curve the top edge of each cake till slightly rounded.
When ribbon trim is desired on a cake there are a few things you have to do before you put the ribbon on. I always put a piece of clear acrylic, cut as wide as the ribbon and the length of the ribbon that goes around the cake with a few inches extra, and put that on first. The reason you do this is so the icing will not bleed through the ribbon.
Next put the ribbon over the acrylic. I use a 2 sided tape to connect the acrylic and the ribbon, slightly overlapping it. On a stacked cake the only layer you can put the ribbon on is the base cake. The rest of the cake is assembled at the site.
Loosely measure the acrylic and ribbon for each of the remaining layers. Don't forget the keeper cake which is separate from the big cake.
The ribbon for this can be put on at the same time as the base cake. I assembled this stacked cake using hidden pillars and plastic separator plates. Place the separator plate the size of the cake you will be placing on top of the cake below, such as the 10" you are placing on the 12", and center it on top of the 12" cake.
The feet of the plate will make 4 x's on the cake top. It is over these x's you will center your hidden pillars and push in all the way to the bottom of each layer. Cut your first hidden pillar level with the cake top.
The other 3 pillars must be the same size as the first one. Place all the pillars over the x's. Now place the cakes on the cake separator plates( the 10"cake on the 10" separator plate,etc.)
Gather everything you will need to assemble the cake and pack in a bag,---extra icing, cake spatula to smooth any mishaps,etc. Don't forget wipes and paper towels. Remember you have to be prepared for anything that might happen during transport. Place all the cakes on foam in vehicle to transport. I use a foam mattress pad that I cut to fit my vehicle. The foam keeps the cakes from moving.
Place cake base on the cake table. Take the next size cake-10"- and place on the 12" cake. The feet on the bottom of the cake separator plate will fit into the hidden pillars below. Repeat process till all cakes are stacked. Place acrylic and ribbon around bottom of each cake layer. Make a large full bow with the green ribbon making sure it will cover the top of the 8" cake. Attach the bow to a 6" circle of stiff card stock covered in gold foil. It is attached to the top of the cake with a dab of icing on the bottom of the circle holding the bow.
Since this was a design your own wedding cake, the bridal couple wanted writing on the three layers. The top layer has their married initials on the side, the middle layer has (this day I will marry my friend),the bottom layer has (the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, Love). This is one way you can put your own special and unique touches on a design your own wedding cake.
To do the writing I used an acrylic sheet on which I wrote the words using Metalic gold paint.Let it dry completely.I lifted the words off with tweezers and applied to the sides of the cake using dots of icing made with #5 tip on an icing bag.
Then I placed their Precious Moments statue on top of the 6" cake. When the cake was cut the words were just lifted off the cake along with the ribbon. There are many different ways you can design your own wedding cake, this is just one example of how someone can design your own wedding cake.
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