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gregcal Sun 29-Mar-15 19:25:28

I am considering baking a wedding cake as I could not believe just how expensive they are to buy! I am a reasonable baker but not very good at piping and icing. Can anyone suggest recipes that I can use? Not fruit cakes though. I am just going to use fondant rolling icing to decorate and use ribbon and fresh flowers.

NotLoveActually Tue 31-Mar-15 12:46:52

By the time you factor in ingredients costs, time, energy etc, you might be as well buying a cake from m&s or the like? they're very reasonable, no £600/ £700+?

strawberrydaquari Tue 31-Mar-15 13:00:27

What about a naked cake?

moonbells Tue 31-Mar-15 13:30:41

I went on a local wedding cake icing course, which explained basic techniques like stacking/pillaring, swags, roses, and how to get good piping. Course cost me about £20, buying a stand cost me about the same as hiring one, and the (three tier) cake itself cost me about £30 in materials. All in all, about 1/3 the cost of a bought one and I got precisely what I wanted. I used my mum's wedding cake tins (one of which hadn't been used since her wedding!) and had a great time decorating it.

Of course it set me off on what has since proved to be a great fun hobby and I have definitely spent more than the other 2/3 cost on equipment etc!

You can get plain cakes, choc or vanilla, from supermarkets - I helped out a friend who bought her cakes like that, then put my icing flowers on it. If you're putting anything wired or fresh on a cake, make sure they're not poisonous! (Euphorbia is pretty nasty that way, for instance, but seems to be in a lot of bouquets.)

Recipes - I'd get a Lindy Smith book, as she gives all her Madeira etc recipes at the start, for all different sizes and shapes of tin.

gregcal Tue 31-Mar-15 19:19:13

Thank you for all your replies. Certainly given me food for thought!

NotLoveActually Wed 01-Apr-15 12:44:56

Ooh just had another thought. A friend ordered 3 Victoria sponge cakes from sponge.co.uk, and decorated with fresh strawberries, dusted icing sugar and fresh flowers, it was lovely.

Karinagarcia Wed 10-Jun-15 12:49:49

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You can get wedding cake levels in Imprints and Spencer that are splendid quality and great worth on the off chance that you need a customary nutty delight.

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