July 01, 2014

D.I.Y. Wedding Cake Tutorials, Guides, and Recipes

Unless you're looking to spend $1.50 to $12 a slice I suggest you consider a few Do-It-Yourself options or alternatives when it comes to your wedding cake.

If you've read this blog before, you'll know I'm a *big* fan of cupcakes. They are easier to decorate/frost, it's easy to offer multiple options, and they can be made/frozen well ahead of time.

You can order fondant and sugar decorations from multiple places including Amazon.com. And if you are looking for more of a traditional cake you can always order it from your local grocery and decorate it yourself.

Read more & check out a few great recipes after the jump.

Cover the whole thing in nuts or coconut can hide imperfections if you're not smooth in the kitchen. Or, as shown above, you can always go with a 'naked' cake featuring no or little frosting.

Great Guides on Making Cakes

Pefect Fondant: Tips for Covering a Cake Flawlessly via Sugar Coated Chronicles
Fondant Coverage Chart via Wilton
Flower Nail Method Tutorial (bake flat, even cakes) via Cake Central
Magic Strip Method Video Tutorial (bake flat, even cakes) via Rose Levy Beranbaum on YouTube
Caking Baking & Serving Guides via Wilton
How To Level & Tort Cakes The Krazy Kool Cakes Way via LauraPoopie on YouTube
Simple Syrup Tutorial & Recipe Variations via Baking911
Using Straws for Cake Supports Tutorial via Artisan Cake Company
Upside Down Icing Technique for Perfectly Smooth Icing via Cake Central
Why & How to Crumb Coat a Cake via Wilton

Key Lime Layer Cake
Ten Amazing Cake, Cupcake, & Torte Recipes

Mascarpone-Filled Cake with Sherried Berries via Epicurious
Key Lime Layer Cake via Cookie Madness
Chocolate Raspberry 'Naked' Cake via My Baking Addiction
Double Chocolate 'Naked' Layer Cake with Coffee via Lark & Linen
Chocolate-Hazelnut Macaroon Torte via Smitten Kitchen
Mille-Crêpe Tiramisu Cake via Tasting Table
Red Velvet Crepe Cake via Taste of Home
Browned Butter Banana Rum Cupcakes via Restless Chipotle
Macaroon Cupcakes via Aunt Beas Bakery
Toasted Coconut Snowball Cupcakes via Fine Cooking

To easily improve your presentation you can add candied flowers, preserved cherries, and edible wedding cake decorations (including edible glitter one of the neatest things invented, ever!).

Photo Credits, Top to Bottom, Left to Right; Naked Wedding Cake via FabMood, Key Lime Layer Cake via Eat Run Read

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