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Ok,

We've finished my practice wedding cake. I learned a lot from it. Had some trouble with the ruffle. It did fine on the 16" cake, which was on a 17" plate. It had somewhere to rest. On the 10" cake (on 10" plate), it kept wanting to fall off. I have never done a ruffle before, so maybe I am doing something wrong. I really want the ruffle on the cake, but may settle for a different border. Also, we tried the crusting buttercream and a couple of the fillings. Loved the Crusting buttercream. So much better than what I was taught in Wilton class. I still have not tried the pansies yet. Will do that tomorrow. I also have never done a swag and the cake calls for royal icing swags. I bought a cake divider set and will attempt that later. If anyone has any instructions or advise, I am not too proud to ask for it!!
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I just reread my last post on this topic, boy was I tired, it had nothing to do with it sorry! So let me post right, now.
Glad to hear you learned something from it. I too have problems with ruffles, or any side decoration, which is why mine are always so plain I just cant get myself to do things right. I know all I have to do is practice just have to find the time to do so!
Did you post a picture of the practice cake? I think if you did it would be easier for people to help...
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I really do not know anything about wedding cakes, but from what I have read, I believe the cakes are supposed to be on plates that are 2" larger than the cake. So, a 10" cake should be on a 12" plate etc. I may be wrong, so wait for one of the pros to weigh in on this.
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You are absolutely right Cookieman...a 10" can go on a 10" cake board but then you put the 10" cake board on a 12" separator plate...which leaves enough room for the border!
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I don't have a digital camera. Also had a small problem with the plates and pillars. I was so tired by the time I got to assemble everything I put the 13" pillar on the 10" plate and it got stuck. Broke the plate trying to get it off. Now will have to replace that.

I am doing a cake out of the Wilton Wedding Dream cakes (Blossoms of Love) and it listed 10" plates for the 10" cake. I think you guys are right. I am going to use 12" plates.

The cake also calls for white leaves and all I can find are silver and gold. I don't think they are on the Wilton site either. I have decided to try the luster dust on the petunias. They are white, but will dust some gold on the inside.
post #6 of 8
Beecharmer,

You did good! Just keep practicing the different designs you want & you'll get it. I don't always bake a cake to practice on, I turn over a pan & practice right on the pan. That saves time! When your done just put your icing back in a bowl, cover it & put it in the frig for the next time you want to practice. This way you don't have to keep making icing everytime you practice & no cake! I do this all the time. My son even practices too. He doesn't decorate he just likes to bug me! LOL!!
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I think I will get a dummy cake to practice on. I've read about them on this forum. But I wanted to make the whole thing since I have never baked a cake that big or done one with tiers. It was a good learning experience. I took the 16" cake to the homeless shelter. Took the 10" cake to my mom's for Easter and gave the 6" cake to a friend. Everyone in my family is sick and tired of cake. I was too tired to make a different dessert though.
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My family is tired of cake too! A little more tired of the icing.

When I did my practice wedding cake I learned so so much!! I am so glad that I did it! I now know what part I need to be more careful on, what part I need to practice more on etc. It really was a learning experience! Glad it all worked out for you beecharmer~
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