Making your own wedding cake – tips and tricks

Top tips for baking and decorating your own wedding cake

Making your own wedding cake – top tips and tricks
How to make your own wedding cake. Image: Nova Photography

Want to make your own wedding cake? Ella Prichard, founder of Sugarella Cakes, shares her insider secrets for getting the perfect bake and decorating your own wedding cake. You’ve totally got this!

Tip 1. Collect together your favourite cake images via Pinterest and Instagram to get inspired. Think about the style of cake you would like to make. Traditional fruit cakes last well and a good option if you want to bake well in advance. Naked cakes and semi-iced cakes, look beautiful, but are prone to drying out so you need to make them as close to the big day as possible.

Tip 2. Do some research and gather all your equipment well ahead of the date – cake tins, boards, any special cake cutting tools for intricate details etc. 


Tip 3. Butter icing keeps for two weeks in the fridge so you can make it well in advance. 

Tip 4. Fresh flowers look beautiful and can cover up any small flaws on your cake. Research edible flowers (roses, primroses, pansies and sweet violets are all good options) You can also use them to decorate your cake table to tie the look together. 

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Tip 5. If it’s a very hot day, leave the cake in a cool shady place until the last possible moment. Marquees can get very hot and your cake will melt if left in there for too long. 


Tip 6.  Use a spirit level to ensure your cake is straight. It might sound a bit over the top, but wonky cakes often show up in photographs... not a good look!

Wedding cake decoration ideas

Cake stands: Give your cake the platform it deserves with a pretty cake stand. A slice of wood is a beautiful natural option or try a traditional silver stand.
Cake toppers: Figurines, cake flags and mini-bunting can all transform a cake.

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Metallic paint: Give you paint a lovely bit of shimmer.
Cake pillars: Give your cake that traditional tiered wedding cake look.
Sugar decorations: Feel super creative? Create delicate sugar flowers and details.
Hand-painted: Perfect for artistic couples.


Need some inspiration?
Get on instagram for some of the most satisfying videos you'll ever see...

And finally…

Have a back-up plan!
It’s wise to have a back-up plan in case disaster strikes! If you cake burns or turns to slop, lots of supermarkets (such as Marks & Spencer and Waitrose) sell plain white cakes, which you can add your own decorative touches to.

Want more? Try out Peggy Porschen's vanilla sponge cake recipe and Zoe Clark's traditional fruit cake recipe

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