I apologize if this has been asked before, but I searched and couldn't find it. :)
I am getting married April 6th and it's going to be a VERY small wedding (30-35 people) and I decided to bake my own wedding cake. I've done a few cakes covered in fondant before and even made a "trial" wedding cake a few weeks ago (learned A LOT and feel ready).
Anyhoo, I asked a local baker how much a wedding cake would cost with the exact specs that I'm going to use for my cake (to ensure that the savings were really there...other wise I would skip some of the stress and allow a pro to do it).
I told her that I wanted to have a 16" x 4" styrofoam tier on the bottom (as we won't need THAT much cake), and then a 12" x 4", 8" x 4" and 6" x 4" round cake tiers for the rest of the cake....and with alternating chocolate and vanilla cake layers, to make a nice "stripe" when you cut into the cake.
Anyhoo, she stated that, even with the 16" x 4" styrofoam base, that the 12" x 4" round tier would HAVE to be pound cake for structural purposes. And the remaining two tiers could be my "two toned" cake.
Now, I'm planning on taking each tier SEPERATELY in their own box to the reception site and assembling it there on the cake table (I'll have two hours to do this and the reception site is only 30 minutes away).
So, my question is...do I really need to keep that first real tier pound cake? I don't want to avoid that advise and have my cake collapse after awhile. But, we are going to keep the 6" x 4" tier to eat for our 1st anniversary...so that means I'll only have 1 two-toned cake and then a HUGE pound cake :(
Thank you in advance for your advise :)