My First Wedding Cake

by Tanya
(Winona, Minnesota)

My First Wedding Cake

My First Wedding Cake

My sister was getting married and she was having a very casual outdoor wedding. The wedding & reception were being held on her future in-laws farm. She wanted a 3 tier square cake with white buttercream & fresh flowers on it.

I have been really interested in cakes and have always wanted to do a wedding cake so I said that I would make it as my gift to her. I bought the Wilton square cake pan set & baked 2 sets of each pan the week before the wedding. I then froze the layers. Then I started making the buttercream, the receipe I use is:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 T Vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
1-3 T Milk

The day of the rehersal (I was maid of honor for this wedding & made all the food for it as well so I was really busy) I brought the cakes up to the reception site in the trunk of my car. It was about 80 degrees that day and probably 75% humidity. When I got there, the frosting had started melting off my cake. Then while I was trying to get the cake in a refrigerator, the top tier fell off. So that night I went home & baked a new top tier. I put it back together in the morning & the cake turned out pretty good. A few things that I learned:

1. If it is an outdoor wedding & it's going to be hot, make your frosting out of shortening instead of a butter/shortening combo. Butter melts at a lower temperature than shortening.

2. Once your cake & frosting gets soft, it is impossible to make it as clean as you would like. There was alot of cake crumbs in my frosting.

3. Hopefully you have an easy going bride(like I did).

4. Wedding cakes are a lot harder than I thought. Those TV shows make it look so easy.

5. Do bite off more than you can handle. I work in the foodservice business so I took care of all the food. It was just hot beef & pork sandwiches, baked beans, fruit & fresh veggies, but it was for 200 people & I did the cake & I was the Maid of Honor.

I will do another wedding cake if somebody asks me, I am glad this one is done.

Editor's Note: Thanks for sharing the picture and all the very helpful tips, Tanya. The cake looks great and if anybody in your area wants you to contact them about making a cake they can leave their email address on the comments page and you will automatically receive notice.

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