First off - i'm sorry this post has taken me an age to get around to writing - it's been crazy busy at HQ with two gorgeous weddings and mini Jam Jar's 3rd Birthday since our last little ditty!
So here comes the next post in our DIY wedding series - and this one is all about CAKE!
Now, I've always loved baking, so it was on the cards from the get go that I was going to make my own cake for our big day.
Although there are some truly AMAZING cake makers out there (cakes by sian is totes our favourite), it can be pricey to have your cake made by a professional, and when we were working through our budget it just wasn't near enough the top of the priority list to spend too many of our pennies on so I got busy working out the best way to make one.
Most brides definitely wouldn't want the stress of baking a cake two days before their wedding, and most normal brides would shudder at the thought of decorating it THE MORNING OF their wedding...but hey - I'm not a normal bride! And that was exactly what I did for our naked cake.
I'm a big fan of an easy life when I'm busy (and my gosh, busy was an understatement for the two days before our wedding!) so I decided that "from scratch" wasn't an option this time. As such, I had a few practice goes over the summer with some pre-made cake mixes and the winner (by a country mile!) was the Wrights Madeira mix which just happens to be an absolute steal for £1.79 per bag in Aldi! You only need to add oil and water to it and it bakes lovely and moist so I didn't need to worry about it drying out. I played around with adding different flavours to it and the best one for us was to simply add the rind and juice of half a lemon to each mix to freshen it up a bit.
I used 6 bags of cake mix in total, 3 for the bottom teir, two for the middle and one for the top. I baked all of the cakes on the Thursday morning, wrapped them tightly in cling film (after they'd COMPLETELY cooled) and baking paper and stored them in tupperware boxes until I was ready to use them on the Saturday.
When it came to decorating it - I cheated again! I brought 2 pots of Betty Crocker Lemon Buttercream, (which were on offer in Asda for £1.50 each!) and piped the fillings between the cakes. To finish it all, I used a pastry brush to add icing sugar to the outside edges and top of the cake and then filled the gaps with gyp, roses and carnations to match the flowers we had created in the Hall. To get the gap for the flowers between the tiers I used cake pillars to balance the cake boards on. I found them in a charity shop a couple of years back but you can get them in all baking shops for less than a fiver!
So after a few hours work and less than £30 (all in with flowers) we had a lovely three teir cake for our big day. It wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination - but we loved it! The only thing I can't tell you is how it tasted because in all the hustle and bustle of our glorious wedding - we FORGOT TO CUT IT! And when we got back to the hall to clear up on the Sunday an army of wasps were attacking it so sadly it ended up in the bin! It's true what they say - you actually can't have your cake and eat it too!
Thankfully (seeing as everyone was too polite to cut it!) - my cake wasn't the only cake on the menu for our guests. We had a little Bake Off competition and we had some truly awesome bakes from our nearest and dearest. If like us, you're on a budget but LOVE cake, a bake off is a lovely way to get a cracking dessert table if your pals are obliging. We added a little card to our invitations when we sent them with a little note about what we wanted to do and our crew responded in epic fashion. We left voting cards on the cake table and the winner got a little treat in the way of a Thorntons chocolate cup :) Well done again to Emma!
Will try not to leave it quite so long until my next post but after wedding-ing at Merriscourt today for the Watkin wedding and two weddings next week at Swallows Nest Barn and The Mill Barns, i'm thinking it might be October before I find my laptop again!
Thanks again to the lovely Amy Taylor for the lovely photos of our cakes from our big day. Can't wait to see the rest of them and share them with you all when she's finishing wed-iting!
See you all soon xxx