Make Your Own Wedding Cake….If You’re Brave!
I noticed a lot of people are coming to the blog looking for wedding cake recipes to do their own cake. While it may save you money, I can almost bet that you will incur more stress and frustration. Letting a professional handle your wedding cake assures that you will have an expert design and create your cake, as well as deliver it one piece. Some bakers will even stay on hand to cut the cake or decorate it with the florist.Â But let’s say you are having a small intimate wedding at home, or have oodles of time before the wedding.Â Wilton has always provided excellent resources for cake baking– their kits are also easy to use with easy-to-follow directions.Â They even have pre-made fondant, which will make your life so much easier.Â Their cake pans are very easy to use.Â Consider also getting a Pampered Chef cake decorator. They have worked wonders and performed small miracles in my house.Â DEFINITELYÂ do a practice cake…and make sure you do itÂ months before your wedding. In the event of a mishap, have your local bakery orÂ grocery store bakery on speed dial.Â PublixÂ and Sam’s Club have been known for theirÂ great, yet inexpensive weddingcakes.Â
Here’s a great recipe from Carolyn Rodish that I thought would make a fabulous wedding cake:
Champagne Cake Recipe
1 Duncan Hines white cake mix (works best)
?? Follow box instructions,Â except substitute 3/4 C. Andre’ Pink Champagne for part of the liquid called for, and the rest milk.Â
Â The rest of ingredients as called for on the box,
Tint cake batter with 1-2 drops of red food coloring to tint the batter a pastel pink color, if desired.Â Bake as usual.
You can use jams for your fruit filling in your cakes– just be sure that it complements the flavors of your cake layers and icing.Â Carolyn also has a Champagne Buttercream icing, however, the following recipe is among my favorites.Â I made Monica’s recipeÂ for my prima donna daughter’s 4 birthday. It covered two tiers of a small cake, and still gave me leftovers for another two tiered small cake and probably six cupcakes. Trust me, I had to resist major temptation not to sit on the couch with the bowl and a spoon watching the Fit Channel 🙂
French Buttercream Icing
Â Â Â 8 oz. sugar
Â Â Â Â 2 oz. water
Â Â Â 4 eggs
Â Â Â Â 4 egg yolks
Â 1/2 tsp. salt
Â Â Â Â 1 lb. butter
Â Â Â Â 1/2 lb. shortening
Â Â Â Vanilla to flavorÂ
- Â Â Â Dissolve sugar in water and cook to 240. (candy thermometer)
- Â Â Â Â Place eggs,yolks,and salt in mixer w/ whip attachment until light & fluffy.
- Â Â Â While whipping, pour hot sugar onto eggs.Pouring it in a steady stream between the whipÂ and the side of bowl.
- Â Â Â Whip (HI) until cool, then whip(LO) in butter & shortening.Â
Procedure is similar to a Italian Meringue Buttercream.Â French Buttercream will be yellow, due to egg yolks.Â Italian is white.
Â (This tints well and easily with food coloring. So if you want a white icing, use an Italian Buttercream recipe)