6.16.2012

4 Weeks + A Wedding Cake

Well, let's just cut to the chase.

I'm making a wedding cake.

Let's hit some hard details with a little q&a first so we are on the same page.  Below is a sample of the many questions I have been asked in response to this news.

Have you ever made a wedding cake?  No

Do you have the equipment for this?  Um, kinda.

Do you know how to stack multiple cakes and make perfectly smooth icing?  Hmmm, no.

Are you insane?  I like the term optimistic better.

Oh, and we have exactly 4 weeks to make this happen.

So far, I have enrolled in Wilton icing classes at Michael's with my friend Katie.  Now I have to admit, I didn't exactly see Michael's craft center as a place to learn cutting edge technique, but it was all I could find in June.  And so far, it's turning out to be perfect.  I needed the basics and they totally know what they are talking about.

Week 1... we started with icing technique.  I have mastered the star shape.  Too bad that has nothing to do with wedding cake design.  Who cares... it's a start and I learned a ton about the essential tools I'm going to need.
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I need support.  Major.  I feel supported just be putting this out there so I'm going to keep the updates rolling for the next month. You might not be crazy enough to take on a wedding cake, but I will also share what I learn about perfectly icing a cake. Who doesn't need that skill in their tool belt?

And one more thing... if you have an inkling of experience in the wedding cake (or any monumental cake) department, any and all tips being accepted (and begged for) starting now! Leave a comment or if you quite a bit to say or don't like comments... email me... ashleaktaylor@gmail.com.

8 comments:

  1. LOOK AT YOU! I totally know you will pull this off! Oh, and I will be MORE than happy to test out ANY cake you make these next 4 weeks! :)

    I didn't take the Michael's class, but my friend did, and she taught me everything she learned - which was a LOT! There are so many fun Wilton products out there!

    I cannot wait to see your progress leading up to the big cake! GO YOU!!!

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  2. I cannot wait to follow along as you do this. I have always wanted to be able to make pretty cakes so I can't wait for you instructions. I wish I had more tips to share bit I do know a crumb coating can be really helpful.

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  3. Our "secret weapon" for perfectly smooth, clean and modern edges and sides on a wedding cake is to smooth over the freshly iced cake (after the icing has "set" for a bit) with non-textured (no ridges) paper towels. It's the perfect trick for sleek cakes and works like a charm every time. I added a link that I found online to show you the technique in better detail. Hope that helps! Good luck- I know your cake will be perfect!

    http://www.monkeysee.com/play/988-cake-decorating-a-secret-to-smoothing-icing

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie!!! I can't wait to try this.

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  4. How exciting! I can't wait to see how this goes.

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