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First ever wedding cake, please help.

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My friend has asked me to make her a 3 tiered carrot wedding cake for her vintage wedding and I would really appreciate your advice. She is having a simple look so is happy to just frost the cake rather than use fondant which should be easier. I am worried about the cake not being solid enough being made of carrot and she wants several layers in each tier. I wondered about a fake bottom tier to give it some rigidity. Another friend is crocheting a lace deep border for the bottom and a big flower for the top. We thought we'd use deep ribbon around the frosting then attach the crochet to that. How can I make the frosting firmer and I'm worried it could melt?? Also what do you think of a frosted layer, then a fondant layer, then another frosted layer. Would that look all wrong? Many thanks x?
post #2 of 14
What kind of icing do you plan on using?
post #3 of 14

Carrot cake should be nice and firm for wedding cake... Be sure to bake ahead , wrap and put plates or boards on top to firm it up.  Yes, fondant in a middle layer would be nice and good contrast but you don't want to use a cream cheese frosting under that fondant. ( but that's my opinion).

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post #4 of 14
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Thank you for that. I was just planning to use a simple buttercream maybe with a touch of orange blossom for flavour and use an edging comb to shape it. . If I do ice it with fondant I was just thinking the soft shop bought sugar paste but am worried about managing a 16 inch one. I will have to practice on a dummy. Also I would appreciate your opinion on how long cake the can be frozen in advance and what about if the weather is hot, will it melt the buttercream. Never seen a cake done with a mixture of buttercream and soft paste layers. Does anyone have any experience of this. Thought top and bottom buttercream and an impressed pattern on middle layer. Thank you
post #5 of 14
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Also is it possible to freeze the cake tiers already sliced and frosted together with a thin covering layer of frosting to hold it all together or should I just freeze it plain? Opinions on pineapple in carrot cake would also be appreciated. Planning on using cinnamon, ginger, sultanas and orange zest for flavour. Thanks again.
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I use pineapple in my carrot cake, your spices sound wonderful.  I would crumb coat and put filling in and then freeze it.  On occasion I have frozen carrot cake for 2 months well wrapped and it is fine.  However  be sure to unwrap and let it breath so a lot of moisture doesn't form on cake.  Buttercream is as good but humidity and heat will affect any icing.  I have discovered while I hate using shortening you really need it in frosting to hold up to the heat.  So I use 40-50% butter and 60-50% high ratio shortening.  I have come to realize how great this high ratio is to keep my frosting firm.  Hope you can get this it is worth the bit extra you have to pay.

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post #7 of 14
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That sounds like great advice, thank you.
post #8 of 14
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Any ideas where you an by high ratio shortening in the UK. Thanks
post #9 of 14
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By frosting I mean buttercream. Would you use high ratio shortening in this to keep it firm?
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I'm not sure if you can buy from here or not.

www.bakemark.co.uk/site/products/default.asp?cat=7
post #11 of 14
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Hello. Please could you help me once again. I have made my carrot cake wedding cake and it is in the freezer. I opted for a 10, 8, 6, & 4 " round cakes about 4 inches deep because I wanted height rather than a squat looking cake. Now worried there won't be enough. It needs to feed about 120??

Next problem is I need to make a nice biscuit coloured buttercream. I have bought caramel sugar craft paste but it is too yellowy, do you think adding a touch of brown will correct this.

Final question. I have some homemade pineapple jam to go in between the layers with buttercream, but the consistency is quite runny and it soaks into the cake making it claggy. I was wondering about sandwiching the jam between a top and bottom layer of buttercream, so as to waterproof the cake, but I'm worried it will mix with the buttercream and make a slimy sliding mess. Please help. Thank you. I could just ditch the jam or buy some but seems a shame.
post #12 of 14

With those sizes you will be short on servings.

You can put your jam over buttercream. When I use fruit fillings, I do a thin layer of ganache or BC, fruit/jam, ganache or BC.

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Originally Posted by krust1607 View Post

I opted for a 10, 8, 6, & 4 " round cakes about 4 inches deep because I wanted height rather than a squat looking cake. Now worried there won't be enough. It needs to feed about 120??


It only serves 80.

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