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How To Make Your Own Wedding Cake

Updated on March 10, 2013

Making your own wedding cake is not as hard as it looks, and it's way cheaper than buying it. With wedding budgets getting tighter, and wedding costs on the rise, making your own wedding cake may be your best option.

From baking, to decorating, to the final assembly, I'll walk you through the steps to make a beautiful wedding cake.

I've also thrown in some cake making videos, cake photos for inspiration, and ideas to make your cake unique.

You can make your own...

Beautiful Wedding Cakes!

Pink and Green Polka Dot Wedding Cake in Fondant

Pink and Green Polka Dot Wedding Cake in Fondant
Pink and Green Polka Dot Wedding Cake in Fondant

Why I'm Sharing Wedding Cake Basics

I enjoy decorating cakes for fun. I've taken several cake decorating courses, and decorate cakes for friends and family.

I want to show you how easy it is to decorate your own wedding cake. With wedding costs rising, and many weddings on a budget, here is one thing you can save on when planning your wedding.

Several Months Before the Wedding

To determine the type of cake you'd like to have, visit bridal shows, check websites, or visit a few bakers.

Once you've picked a style for your cake,check out how the cake was decorated. What type of icing, or pre-made decorations were used?

Make notes! Get photos if possible.

You may want to take a cake decorating course, or a course in fondant if your cake decorating experience is limited.

Purchase the tools you'll need to decorate your cake.

Practice. You may not need to make the entire cake, but you can make some smaller cakes and practice any elements in the decoration you may need to work on.

Wedding Cake Decorating Kits and Supplies

Floral Wedding Cakes

Floral Wedding Cakes
Floral Wedding Cakes

A Month Before The Wedding

Double check that you have all the tools you need to build and decorate your cake.

Recruit friends to help you, and backup support.

Make any final decisions on how you will make your cake. Will you use a box mix or make it from scratch? Will you add filling between the layers?

How To Make Roses With Icing

Butter Cream Icing Recipe

I got this recipe from my sister, and I've had great luck with it.


1/2 cup butter (softened but not melted)

1/2 cup shortening

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

5-6 tablespoons of warm water

Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth, add the vanilla. Dissolve the salt into the warm water completely. Mix the water/salt mixture into the creamed butter and shortening. Put the mixer on low, and add powdered sugar slowly, mixing constantly.

The amount of water can be increased or decreased to achieve the desired consistency, I usually have the best luck with 6 tablespoons.

Add food coloring to make the color you need, and ice away.

Wedding Cake Crunch Time

It's too late to back out now!

A Week Before The Wedding

Bake your cakes and freeze them (you can do this a couple weeks ahead)

Make any decorations you are going to add to the cake such as flowers, or fondant shapes, or molded chocolate shells. (up to 2 weeks ahead if you have several items to design)

A Couple Days Before the Wedding

Ice your cakes or cover them with fondant.

The Day Before the Wedding

Finish icing the cake

Add the decorations.

The Day Of The Wedding

Put the final touches on the decorations.

Take the cake to the final destination, and assemble it.

Take along an emergency kit to repair any damage that may occur during transportation.

How Much Cake Do You Need?

If you use a box mix

1 cake mix will make 2 ~8" layers or 1 ~12" layer.

Great Books To Help You Make Your Own Wedding Cake

Here are some books to help you with instructions to make some beautiful wedding cakes. There are many wedding cake guides out there, these are just a few of my favorites.

Stands, Stacks, or Tiers?

When deciding how to display your wedding cake there are several options.

You can stack your wedding cake, but don't stack more than 3-4 layers. Use dowel rods cut off to the height of each layer, and pushed into the cake to support the layers.

You can also display your cakes in a tier. A tiered display is usually a combination of stacks and columns. The columns and stacks can be offset.

There are several varieties of beautiful stands you can use to display your wedding cake. Using a stand is actually the easiest method of displaying your cake. The best part about stands is the ability to decorate between the layers.

Important point: No matter how you are going to display your cake, do not put the layers together until the cake is at its final destination.

Wedding Cake Stands

Your wedding cake can be displayed in several ways, here are some unique wedding cake stands you may want to consider to make stacking your wedding cake easier.

Are You Planning On Making Your Own Wedding Cake? Have Questions? Ask Them Here!

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Lovely cakes! I recently started making cakes and hopefully by the time I get married I will be able to have a go at a wedding one!

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      I am going to attempt to make my own wedding cake and this will definitely help!

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      vitar 7 years ago

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi, I baked my own wedding cake long ago and still have the pans. Now I'm considering baking my daughter's. I would like to see: (1) real cake recipes here with amounts needed to fill various size pans; (2) advice about baking large layers - I remember it was tricky, but don't remember the tricks. Your pictures are fun! I'm ready to get started! thanks.