The making of a wedding cake – Part 1

weddingcake Hi everyone, hope you are all well.

Many couples decide to have their wedding during the spring. I’m often asked how to make a wedding cake, so I thought this spring I’ll do a series about making wedding cakes.From start to finish.

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In this “The making of a wedding cake” series, I will include:

  • How to prepare the cake layers
  • How to prepare a cake for decoration
  • How to trim the cake before the crumb coat
  • Crumb coating
  • How to cover a cake with fondant or marzipan
  • How to make lace decorations, and how to apply them onto the cake
  • How to make beautiful sugarcraft roses to make the cake even more beautiful for your special day.

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Let’s start. How to prepare the cake layers.

I usually freeze the cakes for a while before cutting. That way they’ll be less fragile when handling.

Place the cake pan onto a turntable. Place one or more cake boards into the pan.

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Place the cake on top of the cake boards in the pan. Use a large knife to cut the top layer. Make sure the knife is level with the top edge of the pan all the time.

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If you are planning to cut more layers, carefully remove the cake and place another cake board into the pan. Return the cake on top, and you are ready to cut off another layer of the exact same thickness.

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How to prepare a cake for decoration.

Lay a silicone mat on top of a turntable. Place a cardboard cake circle on top, it should be just ever so slightly larger than the cake. A tablespoonful of frosting placed in center of cake circle stabilizes the cake. Place cake on top and press down to secure.

Remove the browned top layer with a sharp knife.

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I like to brush the cakes with sugar syrup. If you do this after removing the browned top layer, the cake will be super moist.

Tip: you can use orange juice instead of sugar syrup.

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After brushing the cake with sugar syrup, spread a layer of your cream or frosting over the cake. Use a metal spatula or palette knife and spread out to an even layer.

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Place the next cake on top. Press down until secured, making sure the edges are even.

Repeat the brushing and frosting.

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When you get to the last cake, place on top and gently press down.

Now your cake is ready for the crumb coat.

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Using a small amount of frosting, frost the cake with a metal spatula or palette knife. You want to create a thin and uniform layer.

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Drag a scraper along the side of the cake while rotating the turntable.

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Remove any excess frosting using a metal spatula or palette knife. Smooth the top by turning the excess on the top edge in towards the center.

Place cake in the fridge until the icing is chilled and set.

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In my next wedding cake tutorial I’ll show you how to cover a cake with marzipan and fondant.

E95A3887 Have a great day you all.

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Comments

9 Comments on The making of a wedding cake – Part 1

  1. Carol
    2016/02/25 at 13:26 (6 months ago)

    Thank you! Manuela this series is perfect and just in time I have a little 8″ 3 layer wedding cake to make for a bride and groom and thus has already been so helpful I can’t wait for part 2

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    • Team Passion4Baking
      2016/02/25 at 17:25 (6 months ago)

      Thanks Carol, enjoy the series and good luck!

      -Team Passion4Baking

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  2. Aneesa
    2016/02/25 at 15:27 (6 months ago)

    This is great!! I’m actually about to make my very first wedding cake and am very nervous! Can’t wait to read the rest of the posts!
    Xx

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    • Team Passion4Baking
      2016/02/25 at 17:26 (6 months ago)

      Hi Aneesa! Enjoy the series, and good luck with the wedding cake! :)

      -Team Passion4Baking

      Reply
  3. sistersjunction
    2016/02/25 at 16:43 (6 months ago)

    beautiful! i love the idea of brushing the cakes with sugar syrup or orange juice! i generally do that using alcohol (kirsch, limoncello, etc.) but i’ve never thought of sugar syrup!
    have a great day!
    s.
    http://www.sisters-junction.com

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  4. Sonia
    2016/02/26 at 02:59 (6 months ago)

    Love the idea to cut layers with extra cake boards in pan!

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  5. Raheleh
    2016/02/26 at 11:39 (6 months ago)

    Hi thank you, it was very helpful,can you guide me to a best cake recipe like this one?

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    • Team Passion4Baking
      2016/02/26 at 13:32 (6 months ago)

      Hi Raheleh. We’re happy you enjoyed the tutorial. There are many cake recipes here on passionforbaking.com, have a look around and I’m sure you will find something you like. :)

      -Team Passion4Baking

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  6. Raheleh
    2016/02/26 at 21:57 (6 months ago)

    Thanks so much

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