But if you want the down-home look and are having an informal, backyard type reception, all the more power to you if you choose to make your own Home-Made Wedding Cake
Your #wedding cake doesn’t have to be super-fancy or super-glitzy to be glamourous. Here are some pictures of stunning cakes that you can make at home. Be sure to practice several times before the big day! Also, you can bake your cake layers ahead of time and freeze them. Be sure to let them come to room temp completely before icing them or the colors will run and the cake will “sweat”.
Amaretto Cream Wedding Cake
Inspired by ribbons and lace and reminiscent of fine china, this cake will be the focal point of your reception. The cake layers are classic and generously coated with a sumptuous apricot glaze that complements the amaretto batter and the butter-cream frosting.
Recipe: Amaretto Cream Wedding Cake
Tiered Poppy Seed Wedding Cake
If you’re planning a small wedding or an at-home reception, stack two layers to serve 25 guests. Here, an upside-down candy dish is the support between the layers. You can use an heirloom from your family or purchase a new one as a keepsake.
Recipe: Tiered Poppy Seed Wedding Cake
Dogwood Blossom Wedding Cake
The Dogwood Blossom Cake is a melt-in-your mouth white cake with a smooth blackberry filling. From the fondant dogwood blossoms to the white satin frosting, this cake is also an elegant centerpiece for springtime receptions.
Tip: Purchase ready-to-use white rolled fondant for the dogwood blossoms and leaves. It’s easy to work with and saves time on such a busy occasion.
Recipe: Dogwood Blossom Wedding Cake
Pansy Wedding Cake
Peach lovers will want to check out this colorful cake, which features peach filling sandwiched between yellow cake layers and topped with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting and Crystallized Pansies. Though the recipe calls for orange, yellow, and white pansies, you can modify the colors to suit your wedding theme.
Recipe: Pansy Wedding Cake
Chocolate Velvet Groom’s Cake
Grooms cakes are gaining in popularity – guests often appreciate having an alternative to the traditional bride’s cake. This decadent chocolate layer cake features a nutty pecan filling that guests are sure to love.
Recipe: Chocolate Velvet Groom’s Cake
Bridesmaid Baby Cakes
Bridesmaid Baby Cakes can be personalized with each attendant’s initials. For a formal affair, use white-on-white frosting or monochromatic hues. Experiment with contrasting colors for a casual look.
Recipe: Bridesmaid Baby Cakes
Peaches-and-Cream Wedding Cake
Fondant Peach Blossoms with a blush add a breath of beauty and elegance to this Peaches-and-Cream Wedding Cake. To make ahead, either chill the tiers up to 2 days, or freeze up to 2 months.
Recipe: Peaches-and-Cream Wedding Cake
Small Tiered Cluster Cakes
These small, tiered treats with 3-inch-round bases lend elegance to an intimate engagement party, tea, or dinner. The baked layer cake was cut into three graduated circles with cutters, then stacked on a wire rack and coated with Poured Fondant.
Recipe: Small Tiered Cluster Cakes
Garden Bridal Cake
The Garden Bridal Cake is a wonderful option for smaller, less formal ceremonies. A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers and blue ribbon reflects its summery garden theme.
Recipe: Garden Bridal Cake
Other Simple Wedding Cakes
If you choose to make your own wedding cake, try different ones and experiment with different flavors. Also, fondant is not very difficult to use – take your time and invite family for cake and coffee while you decide – you may choose to have 3 or 4 different cakes! The most important thing: HAVE FUN WITH IT!