Diy wedding cake advise?

by DIY wedding planner on January 4, 2012

My partner and i are getting married on a budget and want a SPONGE cake.the prices we have been quoted are disgusting
Basically i have come to the conclusion of trying my hand at making my own.we have 16wks so i could get a few trial runs in between.has anyone ever made their own,i know the ingredients would cost next to nothing thats why i refuse to pay £200 for a sponge cake.could anybody suggest any sites with simple step by step instructions.
I do know sponge cakes are hard to tier with them not having the weight to hold one another so if anyone can suggest an alternative.i would like something nice

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giggles January 4, 2012 at 1:38 am

Wilton has cake stands to make the cake appear to be layered, even though it is not.


Riley January 4, 2012 at 1:40 am

My husband is a pastry chef and he made our wedding cake – I can tell you honestly that it is very challenging to make a wedding cake for your own wedding. He did a great job but that’s his profession so it comes easy to him. I would suggest maybe someone in your family make it, or go to Costco or a chain store retailer known for their cakes – Costco cakes are actually very good and I’ve seen many people on this site recommend and use them. The whole point is, you want your wedding day to be as blissful as possible – taking on too much will just cause undue stress that you don’t need.


Max January 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

Do you have any family or friends that are talented in the kitchen and you would be comfortable with asking to make the cake for you and decorate simply and stylishly as requested (because you know they will say no if they can’t do it and also know that they would be delighted to help and give you a very special wedding gift)? I think sponge cake making involves having the right touch, which is taught to you by a good cook of sponge cakes, not often from a book. I think you will be pretty busy and making the sponge cake to be fresh and good is a big call. Maybe you can buy or order a sponge cake from a normal cake shop (I doubt they would charget so much and you can do taste tests to make sure they are up to scratch beforehand). You could decorate yourselves or get a good cake decorator in the family or friends to help you. Good luck.


smilingeyes_momof3 January 4, 2012 at 2:49 am

I agree not to make your own. Cake can’t be made too far ahead of time and it will be very stressful to have to put so much time into it with a long list of things that need done.

Do you have a friend or aunt that woud enjoy baking? Or are there any local schools that have amateur cake decorator classes where you could put a posting to try to hire someone to make it much cheaper than a bakery? My best friend’s mother makes them out of her kitchen for a bout 1/3 of bakery price so I would think your area would have folks like that to.

Ask around around at church or on a locals website (like if there is a parents website for local moms…that is a great place to ask…many moms have side businesses)


Dana D January 4, 2012 at 3:04 am

You aren’t just paying for the ingredients when using a baker. You are paying for someone’s time & effort. You are also paying for storage & transportation. Baking the cake seems easy enough – on a Saturday when you don’t have anything to do. But baking a cake the day before your wedding, decorating it, storing & getting it to your reception is a nightmare.


Proud Momma January 4, 2012 at 3:11 am

The cost is well worth it. For the stress, time, and talent involved.

Are you looking to decorate it yourself? Sign up for some Wilton classes and see how well you do with decorating. Most craft stores offer them every month. You will find that while it is possible to learn, it is time consuming. You need to learn how to level the cake… how to keep from getting crumbs in the frosting, how to smoothly ice the cake… make frosting in different consistencies and colors… learn to use each tip…

It’s not impossible, but you should realize what you are getting yourself into.

One possibility is that if you take the course, perhaps the instructor is someone who does cakes on the side. Maybe she will be able to do it for you at a better price. But don’t think that it would be fair for you to expect to pay only for the ingredients. It’s time consuming. And if sponge cake is even more difficult, then it should cost more.

I’ve never worked with spongecake so I don’t know what limitations it may have.

Your best bet is to have someone else do it. With all the last minute details during the last week before the wedding, you will be kicking yourself for trying to do this. And if you don’t burst into tears trying to bake a cake, figure out who’s decorating the church, and print programs, and fix things that went wrong, you might be running to the grocery store to grab any random sheet cake they have in stock because you simply won’t have time to do the cake right.


Start The Revolution January 4, 2012 at 3:34 am

i have a store were they rent wedding pans and you can buy anything to make a wedding cake, including a stand
if you feel weary about transportation , take only one tier at a time, and use a cake stand instead of stacking, the store also sells fondant which will make it look like a professional cake
this store is like a health food store, you can probably find something similar in your area especially since i live in a small town and i found one :)


iloveweddings January 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

Hi. I wouldn’t try to tier them. As you said, they don’t have the weight. Instead, why not make up a number of cakes and just display them singly, something like this……

You can buy cake stands from various retailers on the internet.

Good luck to you!


ruddy_scot January 4, 2012 at 4:24 am

My sister made my wedding cake. She basically looked over some advice books at Wal-Mart and charged ahead. It was a white layer cake with lemon creme filling and buttercream frosting. She used dowels to hold the tiers together, though if you have heavy tiers you can use plastic or glass platforms.


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