Wedding on a Budget: 5 Tips for Making Your Own Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake It is no secret that planning a wedding can be both stressful and expensive. Fortunately, by applying simple money-saving strategies such as making your own wedding cake, planning your upcoming nuptials does not have to break the...
It is no secret that planning a wedding can be both stressful and expensive. Fortunately, by applying simple money-saving strategies such as making your own wedding cake, planning your upcoming nuptials does not have to break the bank. While making your own cake may seem intimidating, by using some basic cake-baking techniques and following these five tips, you can make a wedding cake that is both simple and elegant.
Use the Best Bakeware
Whatever shape or size you choose for your wedding cake, using quality bakeware is a worthwhile investment. Even with the purchasing costs of durable aluminum cake sheets and rounds, you will still save money by making a cake rather than paying a professional. Look for sturdy aluminum, non-stick cake pans that allow for well-defined cake layers as well as easy cleanup. Other investment-worthy cake essentials include a standing mixer, cake boards, frosting bags and tips, and a cake display stand.
Choose a Flavor You Both Love
When creating your ideal wedding cake, remember the way the cake tastes is just as important as the way it looks. Your options for cake flavors are endless, and there is no need to be bound to traditionally used flavors such as vanilla or chocolate. Brainstorm with your future spouse to pick the flavor that will make you both happy. This is also an opportunity to get sentimental by having your cake flavor reflect something about the two of you. If you met in a coffee shop, for example, consider choosing a delicious coffee flavor. Also consider other flavors such as meringue, red velvet or strawberry.
Find a Stress-Free Recipe
A wedding cake does not have to be complicated to be delicious and aesthetically pleasing. After choosing your ideal flavor, find a recipe that is
stress-free and relatively simple. Don’t be afraid to use a recipe you have used before. Perhaps you have a specialty cake you are known for that will be simple to whip up and then decorate for your special day. The stress of combining off-the-wall ingredients and following foreign-baking
instructions will do little to preserve your sanity, and simple recipes are often just as tasty as complicated ones.
Get Creative With the Frosting
One of the reasons making wedding cakes looks so intimidating is they are often covered in fondant. While this is still a viable option, you may also consider other frosting alternatives. It is possible to make an attractive wedding cake without using fondant, and alternative frosting ideas can be tastier as well. You can whip up a simple cream-cheese frosting or turn to the versatility of whipped cream. Whipped cream is an excellent choice as it is easy to apply and really enhances a cake’s appearance.You may also want to consider ditching frosting all together and simply apply whipped cream between the cake layers for a unique and edgy look. Finish it off by sprinkling powdered sugar or cocoa over the cake layers.
Find Classy, Inexpensive Decorations
Decorating your cake is another way to get creative without putting a hole in your pocket book. Consider adding fresh fruit like strawberries to decorate your cake for a clean and elegant look. You may also add a little bling by sprinkling your cake with a touch of edible glitter. Simply combine granulated sugar with food coloring and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 10 minutes. This can be a fun and attractive addition to your homemade wedding creation.
A wedding on a budget does not have to mean forgetting a delicious and attractive wedding cake. Follow these five tips to create a stress-free and elegant cake for your upcoming nuptials.