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My first wedding cake is DONE!

post #1 of 28
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Hey guys
I finally finished my very first wedding cake. It was not as easy as I expected especially since the Bride's design selection was very simple. I had trouble getting my icing smooth. In the end it turned out smoother than it was in the beginning.

I ran into several issues while making the icing. I made at least two batches of icing that didn't come out right. I used Dawn's icing recipe. I accidentally added pure vanilla extract which made the icing ivory and the Bride wanted white. Then I used clear vanilla and the icing tasted a little salty to me. Not sweet at all. So I ended up making my icing using the wilton recipe and everything started to work out fine.

My next issue was with the cake stand. I used the tall tier cake stand but my stand was shipped to me with the legs already glued to the largest plate. Since the Bride's bottom tier was only 10" I had to buy an extrz 12" plate and legs. I glued the legs on correctly but when I sat the 12" plate on the table the legs were in the air b/c the bottom bolt was taller than the legs. I don't know why but it was. So I didn't use that plate just in case someone bumped the table and the cake fell over. I ended up using the 18" plate and I placed rose petals down to take up the extra space.

Finally when the cake was setup with table decor and all, the manager of the venue wanted the Bride's mother to view the cake. Of course she picks out spots where the icing isn't smooth. So she asks me if I could turn it around. I did but it was hard turning an entire 3 tier cake around all at once. I had to lift the entire cake slightly just to turn it away from the unsmoothed sections.

Anyway, let me cut this story off here b/c there are more things I could discuss that made this cake stressful. After this cake I'll probably just stick to celebration and holiday cakes.

Tell me what you think! Thanks for listening!
LL
post #2 of 28
Oh I think I would have teared up after all that especially the MOB asking you to turn the cake...she just didn't understand that getting buttercream icing perfectly smooth isn't always possible. Don't let this turn you off of making wedding cake though...you handled the design and set up very well. It's lovely! I have yet to do a wedding cake and I'm sure my first will be a learning experience. Thanks for sharing yours. It helps us wedding cake newbies get prepared thumbs_up.gif
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post #3 of 28
I think it turned out great. I can't believe she asked you to do that! I think everyone that orders a cake needs to read a little artice I read on cakes. It's to the bride and it explains that a real cake is not going to look perfect the way one in a magazine does! It's usually not real cake or frosting and has had people pouring over it for hours just to get the perfect picture. I'm not sure where I read it, but I'll try to track it down!
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post #4 of 28
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Thanks for the comments! I told myself that I was going to revise my contract and put a section under terms and conditions about perfect cakes in magazines.

Thanks guys for understanding and feeling my stress!
post #5 of 28
peacockplace...I would love to read that article! It is so true.
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post #6 of 28
What a stressful first wedding cake! I always stress to my brides that you cannot achieve a perfect b/c icing...it is in the nature of icing to have some spots and cracks! If they don't want the chance of that, then they can pay more to get fondant . I think you did a nice job for your first cake...don't despair, try, try again!!! Looks great!
post #7 of 28
Great job agentcakebaker! You did just great. Don't get turned off from wedding cake though. It's like everything else, some experiences are good, others not so good, but it's the good ones that make it worth it!
post #8 of 28
That sounded very stressful. I get tired only reading about it.
But you should not give up the weddingcakes. This was only your first. It turned out so nice and beautiful.
And some people are just not nice in their head.
My first one was a trial too. It was for my sisters wedding.
As my mother did not wanted me to bake, only decorate her cake. It was awful.
She baked a thin layer cake for the norwegian marzipan whiped cream cake. The cream she bought was not fresh, and the marzipan cracked all over.
I cryed my self to sleep that nigt.
That was the minute I desided I never decorate others cakes. Only my own. And I would only get the stuff my self, to inshure that everything is fresh.
What a nightmare. My mother never gets in my work again.
You just keep it up. You did great work.
post #9 of 28
Ok... I found it! It's from theknot.com

Mind Your Magazines
Keep in mind, magazines (like ours) have food stylists, editors, and assistants working nonstop to keep the cakes looking perfect. These people spend hours fixing the sweating, dripping, leaning, or sagging that can happen to a cake after it's been sitting for awhile. And if what they do doesn't work, they can fix it with PhotoShop. They also have the luxury of creating cakes from stuff that isn't edible -- most cakes in magazines are iced pieces of Styrofoam, which certainly doesn't taste very good. So don't expect your cake designer to be able to replicate to a T exactly what you see in print.

If you want to see the whole artice on cakes here is the address
http://www.theknot.com/ch_article.html?Object=A41228180421&keywordID=145&keywordType=2&parentID=527
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post #10 of 28
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Thanks peacock! I will definitely use this on my next wedding cake order.
post #11 of 28
Sounds like you used the same stand I used. Don't let this experience stir you away from others! Today's a new day and you can take lessons from that and move forward. I did my first one last year for my sister's wedding and I stressed for months! I had a few issues with the icing as well and doctored it as best I could. Usually our own eyes are harsher than the untrained ones. Everyone thought it looked great, it did turn out pretty well....I was just glad it was OVER! icon_biggrin.gif

I do not recommend doing a cake for a wedding you are also a part of! Very stressful.
post #12 of 28
Wow!! After all that, I'm glad you have that one under your belt!! I can NOT believe they made you turn the cake around! Holy crap! I just keep picturing having to do that and cringe.

I think you did a really nice job of it! I am going to be printing out that article peacock posted--I'm sure it will help!

Thanks for sharing your pic! It looks lovely!

Lisa
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by peacockplace

And if what they do doesn't work, they can fix it with PhotoShop. They also have the luxury of creating cakes from stuff that isn't edible -- most cakes in magazines are iced pieces of Styrofoam, which certainly doesn't taste very good.



Thanks so much for finding the article...I knew they had to be photoshopping their pics! LOL on the styrofoam comment!
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post #14 of 28
nice job! did the bride ask for that kind of decorations?? that's very different!! icon_lol.gif
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post #15 of 28
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Yes Diane

This was the bride's idea. She should me a cake picture with spirals on it but she came up with the idea of the edible pearls in silver and gold.

She wanted the silver and gold pearls to match the silver and gold in her wedding dress.
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