AshleyMamaof4, Congrats! I am getting married on 6/6/09 and I have decided that I'm doing my own cake, also. I'm practicing alot on birthday cakes, etc., and hopefully I'll be much better by then. My cake will be chocolate. That's about the only thing my future hubby has requested in the whole wedding arena -- a chocolate wedding cake. I planned on using chocolate buttercream. Lately I've been toying with the idea of using ganache. I don't know. I'm in SC and it'll definitely be hot, humid. The buttercream will probably win out because I have one recipe I love, but it just needs to be a little stiffer. It's in Toba Garrett's book.
I have a cake topper that is a fireman in yellow/gold turnout gear and a lovely bride. So, I'm thinking of making a chocolate cake with yellow/gold accents. How about daisies? Yellow roses would work, too. I do love swags! I'll have to incorporate that somehow.
Best of luck with your cake. I'm having fun dreaming up mine!
One question, though, for all the experienced bakers....I want my cakes to be a little more moist. I've tried several recipes and I do them by the book. They are dense and good-tasting, but I want it a little more moist. A friend said that maybe I am beating the batter too much. Have you ever heard of that?