How to make a wedding cake

Eve O'Sullivan
13 July, 2015

With wedding season upon us and the rustic DIY trend showing no sign of abating, we’re guessing that a fair few people will be making wedding cakes for friends and family. So if the thought of enough cake batter to feed an army fills you with fear, then worry not, Cooked authors are on hand to guide you through the process. Here are a few of our favourite recipes from the site and some indispensable tips.

Selecting your bake

Classic cakes are far from where it’s at, and actually, you’ll give yourself a much easier time by opting for a much looser style. 

The naked wedding cake

This sponge from Three Sisters Bake is all about simple, seasonal decoration. With just a handful of flowers and berries and a dusting of icing sugar, you can create something that’s simple but impressive.

Naked wedding cake

Simple chocolate

Dark buttercream is pretty forgiving when it comes to the inevitable trail of crumbs from icing. By keeping it simple on the outside, you can tie your cake into flowers and dresses with a pop of colour from decorative flags. 

Fruit fancies

Use seasonal berries to your advantage when decorating. This strawberry cake from Leiths could tweaked to use raspberries or blueberries for different tiers. 

Strawberry wedding cake

Petal power

If the wedding your cake is destined for will be a riot of colour, then try this eye catching idea from Fiona Cairns; remember that edible flowers tend to wilt, though, so scatter them at the very last minute. 

confetti wedding cake

Elegance with a boozy twist

If you want to make something a little more in line with a traditional wedding cake with white icing, then why not use it as a chance to jazz up the sponge? This lemon and limoncello cake has all the elegance of the perfect dress with a boozy hit inside. 

lemon limoncello cake


But picking your flavours and baking the sponges is the fun bit; construction is where the stress lies. April Carter suggests using four cake dowels or skewers per tier to secure the cake, and using a little buttercream to ‘glue’ the cakes in place.

DIY wedding cakes


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