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A young girl called me today in tears asking if I could make her a wedding cake for Saturday. I guess the woman that was supposed to do it bailed on her over the weekend. Of course I said yes and I did inform her that I have never done a wedding cake before. Anyways she wants vanilla almond cake 3 tiers, square with pearls but not dragees along the corners and bottom of each tier. Does anyone have any Ideas??? Also a good cake recipe?? Maybe a pic you wouldn't mind sharing?... I wish she could have sent me a pic but she gave the only one she had to the other woman... This probably seems kind of simple to a lot of you but I'm nervous because this is her wedding cake and someone already let her down!!! Thanks in advance for your help Kat
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post #2 of 39
Have you tried the WASC recipe? It makes a great wedding cake. http://cakecentral.com/recipes/2322/white-almond-sour-cream-cake-wasc

I'd do fondant pearls around the borders if she doesn't want dragees.

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post #3 of 39
First off, don't try any new recipes for a wedding order for this weekend. Use what you normally use, and add a little extract untill you like the taste. RUN to your nearest cake store and get some SPS, or Wilton hollow plastic dowels and separater plates. Read everything you can on support! Even if the cake isn't that great, make sure it is supported properly, or it will be worse.
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post #4 of 39
agree with Annabakescakes.. don't try new recipes, even if it's a proven one, for you is new!!!
Use your best vanilla/white tested recipe, adding some almond or champagne flavoring. Having cake prefected preciously, you'll then have time for decorating and learn on support that's usually a big challenge on tiered cakes.

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post #5 of 39
PLEASE get paid now for this cake. I have a bad feeling about someone calling you today for a wedding cake for this Saturday.

I mean maybe she didn't pay for her other cake and that's why the lady isn't going to make it.

PLEASE PLEASE don't spend a penny on this order until this girl hands you cash...no checks at this late date.

I hope my feeling is wrong, but I don't like the sound of this.

Good luck!
post #6 of 39
Sometime kind of like this maybe http://www.sweet-promises.com/constant.htm

I agree with the other's, use your normal white cake recipe and add some almond extract to it. Everyone has their own way of doing tiered cakes but here is how I do mine when I need to transport. I bring them all in separate tiers and assemble on site. Ive read too many horror stories on here about cakes collapsing and sliding around to try and transport a fully assembled cake, unless I had that metal cake support system thats been floating around here http://www.cakestackers.com/cake-separators.html I use the big plastic Wilton dowels for my cakes http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/using-dowel-rods.cfm

Once I got all the tiers together Id add the pearl border around the bases of each tier. That only takes a few minutes for each tier and then youre done. But Im not a pro and Ive only done a few wedding cakes. Hopefully someone with more experience will come along and give you some more advice.
post #7 of 39
I agree with cakestyles - make sure you get paid before you start buying things!

Stick with what you know you can do well and tell the bride that's what she can have. At this point I don't think you should risk doing a bunch of new things just because it's a wedding cake. If you produce a tasty cake that is well-supported and looks nice, that is much more important than the bride getting the cake she originally ordered from the other person. You are already doing a huge favor by doing it on short notice.
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post #8 of 39
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Originally Posted by ShandraB

I agree with cakestyles - make sure you get paid before you start buying things!

Stick with what you know you can do well and tell the bride that's what she can have. At this point I don't think you should risk doing a bunch of new things just because it's a wedding cake. If you produce a tasty cake that is well-supported and looks nice, that is much more important than the bride getting the cake she originally ordered from the other person. You are already doing a huge favor by doing it on short notice.



thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif Bless your heart, that is what I was wanting to say and didn't know how.
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post #9 of 39
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Originally Posted by cakestyles

PLEASE get paid now for this cake. I have a bad feeling about someone calling you today for a wedding cake for this Saturday.

I mean maybe she didn't pay for her other cake and that's why the lady isn't going to make it.

PLEASE PLEASE don't spend a penny on this order until this girl hands you cash...no checks at this late date.

I hope my feeling is wrong, but I don't like the sound of this.

Good luck!



This is exactly what I was going to say!
post #10 of 39
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okay a question about support! should I use wooden dowels or bubble tea straws??? I am going to stack it at the function hall but want to make sure it holds up for the event. I am torting and filling with raspberry and lemon for each tier. do I have to use cake plates or can i Use the cardboard cake circles??? She is paying for the supplies but I am buying them. Thank you all for the advice and instruction so far!!! Kat
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post #11 of 39
Like I said above, I use those big, plastic Wilton tube dowels. I don't trust the wooden dowels. Plus anytime I've had a piece of cake that was next to one of those wooden dowels it tasted like I was chewing on a popsicle stick. They leave a funny taste in the cake.
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Thanks LNW!!
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Originally Posted by cakestyles

PLEASE get paid now for this cake. I have a bad feeling about someone calling you today for a wedding cake for this Saturday.

I mean maybe she didn't pay for her other cake and that's why the lady isn't going to make it.

PLEASE PLEASE don't spend a penny on this order until this girl hands you cash...no checks at this late date.

I hope my feeling is wrong, but I don't like the sound of this.

Good luck!




I had the same feeling. I totally agree with cakestyles. Regardless of what sad story she tells you. At this late in the game I would only begion on this cake if I had ALL the cash already in hand.
Best of luck and let us know how it goes.
post #14 of 39
You're not responding about payment. Has she paid you? Did you discuss payment? The cake lady she said bailed on her may very well have done so because of non-payment. I know you think you're doing this person a favor, but she may not be doing you one!

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Originally Posted by katboss

She is paying for the supplies but I am buying them. Kat



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