My First Wedding Cake

Well folks, I did it…I made a wedding cake! My sister-in-law got married over the weekend, and I volunteered to make her cake. I got a lot of funny looks when I would tell people that I was making a wedding cake, and got a lot of “Are you crazy!?” responses, but overall it was a success. So how exactly did I sign myself up for this?

Way back in January, my sister-in-law had just gotten engaged, and we all sat around my in-law’s kitchen table gushing over her ring, and brainstorming ideas for the flowers, decorations, and potential reception venues. She had decided that in lieu of a cake, she wanted to have homemade pies for dessert – very fitting for her rustic, fall theme. However, she knew she wanted a small cake to cut during the reception, and that’s when I opened my big mouth. :)

“Oh, I can make you a small cake! That’s easy, don’t order one.” 
“Awesome! But, I guess we’ll need one for our 1st anniversary too…” 
“No problem, I can do a two tier cake.” 
“Well…I guess if you waannnted to you could make a three-tier cake….”

And before I knew it, I had signed myself up for a three-tiered wedding cake. I was excited about the challenge, and spent months browsing ideas on Pinterest and trying out cake recipes that would bode well for a tiered cake. I decided to go with a classic yellow cake with chocolate buttercream filling, and pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese filling. I kept the design very simple. I used a rustic icing technique that I found on youtube, and wrapped rafia around the base of each layer. I topped it off a small bird’s nest with bluebirds to tie in the wedding colors. It fit well with the rustic theme, and everyone seemed to love it.

Of course, I didn’t stop there. Since I always like to make my life more complicated than it needs to be, I had this crazy idea to make a groom’s cake for the rehearsal dinner as a surprise to my new brother-in-law. He loves to hunt, so a hunting cake was an obvious choice. I found my inspiration on Dani Cakes, and pretty much followed her instructions to decorate the cake. The antlers were made with homemade marshmallow fondant, and the rest of the cake was iced in buttercream. Since traditionally groom’s cakes are chocolate, I used my standby chocolate cake recipe for both tiers.

While I don’t think I’ll be quitting my day job anytime soon to open a cake business, I had a ton of fun making the cakes, and it was nice to challenge myself in the kitchen. I can’t wait to have a good reason to make another fun cake!


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  1. Beverly says

    You did a beautiful job, especially, since it was your first wedding cake. I’ve seen a lot of them, I am a minister and have done many weddings. Your’s looks as good as the professionals. Keep up the good work! :)

  2. says

    I can’t get over these cakes! For your first time making cakes, you did a tremendous job. They’re both beautiful and I’m sure they loved the time and effort that you put into the cakes.

  3. Gloria says

    Awesome job! If I ever get married again I will ask you to do my cake! Love the birds on top and the rafia – absolutely beautiful!

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