Decorating your own cake.
Congratulations on making the brave decision to decorate your own wedding cake! However be careful not to take on more than you can chew! Weddings can be a stressful experience, so if you’re not confident that you can do the decorating, swallow your pride and fork out the extra cash so that you can walk down the aisle with a smile on your face.
But by choosing to decorate your own cake you can save a considerable amount of money and, better yet, cut your cake with pride on your wedding day. Cake decorating can be a specialist art, but with a few expert tips, you too can create the perfect wedding cake.
Elaborately-decorated cakes may look great in bridal magazines, but won’t taste any better and will certainly be harder to make if you have limited decorating experience. However choosing a simply decorated cake will add an elegant touch to your wedding and give you an achievable project to work with.
A good way to compromise is to buy a pre-made cake and decorate it yourself, rather than attempting to do both. Odd-shaped, multi-tiered cakes can require more assembly than an airfix model. If you choose a rectangular, square or round cakes with only a single layer, or minimal assembly, you will have less room for error.
Whether you are buying a pre-made cake, or baking your own, good quality ingredients for your frosting and cake toppers will mean that your decorating job is easier. Likewise, it’s important to ensure that you have the right sort of decorating tools – non-stick piping bags with a variety of tips, long and short, as well as angled spatulas, and a turn table to make rotating the cake easy.
One of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of cake decorating is creating sugar flowers to decorate the cake top. A wonderful alternative is to have your florist prepare you a fresh flower arrangement to sit on top of the cake. The flowers can match those used in your ceremony and reception and can also be kept as a keepsake. If choosing fresh flowers, ensure you let your florist know what you plan to use them for – some flowers are treated with pesticides and some flowers, such as Lily of the Valley, are toxic.
Finally, it’s important to allow yourself enough time to decorate the cake – if you try to do it when you are behind schedule and stressed.
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