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post #46 of 71

I hope you take no notice of the nay-sayers, and just follow the good advice that some people are sending you.  I made both my daughters' wedding cakes as a novice.  Lots of practice cakes and decorating helped me, plus a good book from the library.  These days you can get it all on youtube. The first cake was a traditional fruitcake, four tiers high, with almond paste and  "plastic" icing.  3 artistic children aged 10,12 & 14 plus myself, made the hand-shaped icing roses of various sizes.  The secondcakewasmoreambitious - German Chocolate Cake layers in the shape of a decorated hat. I think it haad 6 layers.The coconut topping was between each layer and "plastic" (can't remember the correct name) icing covered everything. Then tulle and flowers for the final decoration.It was beautiful.  No dummy run for that cake,though.

So, go for it!

post #47 of 71
Okay, so enquiring minds need to know - how's the prep going?

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post #48 of 71
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Originally Posted by Evoir View Post

Okay, so enquiring minds need to know - how's the prep going?

It's going pretty good... I've got all my cake pops done and chilling in the freezer... I have done several runs of the cake and design and it has gone very well... Starting Tuesday I'm going to get busy on my brownies and cinnamon rolls... Everything has seemed to go well so far!! So I am excited! Starting to get a little nervous but I have faith that it will all work out!!
post #49 of 71

That is definitly an 8 and a 12.  Baker is from my son-in laws hometown in Long Island NY. I would say each tier is 5" tall.

Red Velvet Cake

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk

1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. red food coloring

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans.
  • Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
  • Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together really good with another wire whisk.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
  • Pour into cake pans and then drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • After about ten minutes, remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. I also cover in plastic wrap while the cakes cool.
  • Then make the frosting.
post #50 of 71

If you believe in yourself then you can do it!!! I say that from experience!  I had never done more than a 2 tier cake and I was asked to do a 5 tier wedding cake. Was I scared, heck yeah but I knew that I could do it. I even made the gumpaste flowers to go with it. The photographer that took pictures of the cake (and she is well known) had nothing but compliments and posted it on FB. Did I go over tutorials on how to stack a cake, yes I did. I bought some DVD's from Sharon Zambito as well as Edna De La Cruz.  For preparation I baked the layers and froze them and made my flowers ahead of time.  You can do it!

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If you believe in yourself then you can do it!!! I say that from experience!  I had never done more than a 2 tier cake and I was asked to do a 5 tier wedding cake. Was I scared, heck yeah but I knew that I could do it. I even made the gumpaste flowers to go with it. The photographer that took pictures of the cake (and she is well known) had nothing but compliments and posted it on FB. Did I go over tutorials on how to stack a cake, yes I did. I bought some DVD's from Sharon Zambito as well as Edna De La Cruz.  For preparation I baked the layers and froze them and made my flowers ahead of time.  You can do it!

Thank you so much!!! And congrats on your success!!!!
post #52 of 71

I just helped do a 3-tier cake (my first).  12", 8" and 6" -- just make sure you give your tiers time to settle (a few hours at least), before you finish frosting them (fill & crumb coat...let sit).  And, that they are level.  That will help avoid bulge. Best wishes!

post #53 of 71
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Originally Posted by LisaKinVA View Post

I just helped do a 3-tier cake (my first).  12", 8" and 6" -- just make sure you give your tiers time to settle (a few hours at least), before you finish frosting them (fill & crumb coat...let sit).  And, that they are level.  That will help avoid bulge. Best wishes!

Thanks so much!!
post #54 of 71

Good for you!   I am in awe of your bravery in taking such an ambitious project!  You gotta start somewhere right? 

Every decorator starts somewhere!  

 

I will be honest, when I read your original post, I thought of all of the potential hardships of this project.    But as I thought more I questioned my own skill.   I have been a hobby baker for 3 years and don't have the hutzpah to take on what you are doing.  So for that alone, I have mad respect for you!  I just turned down my first wedding cake because I am too afraid to fail.    (Also a red velvet) 

 

Best wishes to you in this endeavor.   Show us scared bakers how to just take the plunge!

post #55 of 71
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Good for you!   I am in awe of your bravery in taking such an ambitious project!  You gotta start somewhere right? 
Every decorator starts somewhere!  

I will be honest, when I read your original post, I thought of all of the potential hardships of this project.    But as I thought more I questioned my own skill.   I have been a hobby baker for 3 years and don't have the hutzpah to take on what you are doing.  So for that alone, I have mad respect for you!  I just turned down my first wedding cake because I am too afraid to fail.    (Also a red velvet) 

Best wishes to you in this endeavor.   Show us scared bakers how to just take the plunge!

Thank you very much!!! I'm a fighter and some of the responses I got, I won't lie intimidated me for a moment but then gave me all the more motivation to continue on!! I'm sure if you've been at this for 3 years now you will do great!!! So don't turn down the next offer!!! You will do great!!!
post #56 of 71

Every expert was once a beginner.   Cake baking and decorating is like learning to play a musical instrument - PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

post #57 of 71
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Every expert was once a beginner.   Cake baking and decorating is like learning to play a musical instrument - PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

So true!
post #58 of 71
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For those who are curious... The wedding went amazing and everything turned out wonderful!!!! Thank God!!! The bride and groom were ecstatic and so were all of the guest!!! I couldn't have been more pleased!!! I say a great first challenge! And boy was it a challenge icon_wink.gif I truly am so grateful for everyone's opinions and advice and most of all the encouragement!!!! I have more weddings planned since this past weekend so I ought to be back with more questions!!! Again thank you so much to everyone who responded to all my questions! icon_smile.gif
post #59 of 71
You can do this. I have always loved baking. Only recently toke the Wilton cake classes. 5 yrs ago I offered to make a friend daughters wedding cake as the family has several allergies, making it hard and expensive to order a cake. She gave me her tried and true family safe carrot cake recipe. Plus her soy cream cheese recipe ( I have to say ewwwwwwww! For me ). The cake was three tired 6, 8, and 10 if I remember correctly. The ladies at the cake supply store where extremely helpfull and knowledgable. I bought premade red royal icing roses to cascade down the cake. Everyone loved it. The effort, the care and the look where greatly appreciated. I had fun and learned a lot.
post #60 of 71
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Originally Posted by GF Mommy View Post

You can do this. I have always loved baking. Only recently toke the Wilton cake classes. 5 yrs ago I offered to make a friend daughters wedding cake as the family has several allergies, making it hard and expensive to order a cake. She gave me her tried and true family safe carrot cake recipe. Plus her soy cream cheese recipe ( I have to say ewwwwwwww! For me ). The cake was three tired 6, 8, and 10 if I remember correctly. The ladies at the cake supply store where extremely helpfull and knowledgable. I bought premade red royal icing roses to cascade down the cake. Everyone loved it. The effort, the care and the look where greatly appreciated. I had fun and learned a lot.

Thank you!! I am so glad everything turned out for your friends wedding!!! I've started the wilton classes too so hopefully they will help a bunch!!
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