Thursday, March 11, 2010

cake trials...

As you may or may not know we are doing literally every part of our wedding.  This includes the wedding cake. We stumbled upon cooking light's cupcake recipe for coconut cake (coconut inside the cake- not outside, like usual) and lime frosting. Its super we thought this would be fantastic for a summer wedding cake. 
So here was attempt #1-

...needless to say we were freaking out. Who wants to eat cake like THAT?! It actually was quite good tasting, but not only is it hideous but what you can't tell from the picture is that the lime juice curdled the frosting.... sweet huh?! Yeah, thats what acid in limes does to buttercream frosting. So we had a little hiccup in our plans. We tried again with some tweeked recipes, now with cream cheese frosting- which tastes great with lime, it doesn't curdle miraculously but it won't hold up in the heat too we bring the cake out at the very last minute...thats ok with us.

Attempt #2-
...better- right?! This was only one layer of cake, we will be putting about 3 stacked on top of each other to make a taller cake.And then put some little pine tree branches around the cake for decorations. The frosting also has little green specks of lime zest (our colors are turquoise and found four of these fabulous cake stands at Costco...small and large turquoise cake stands that we plan to have a small cake w/ our ceramic bird toppers, then the other cake stands will have lots of cute cupcakes on them with amy butler fabric ties on toothpicks...


  1. I am planning on making my wedding cakes. I am glad your posting on how it's going.

  2. I made my own wedding cake, and it was definitely a labor of love. The most useful link I found in terms of wedding cakes is "Real Meals: Wedding Cake on YouTube. I would provide a link, but don't want to get dumped into your spam filter.

    I will tell you this, after all was said and done, I did not save any money on a DIY wedding cake. I was just interviewing a cake baker for my blog the other day and she suggested couples ask their cake baker to 1) do a smaller cake and sheet cake in the back, 2) do a cake buffet with lots of smaller cakes, 3) do cupcakes.

    If you have any questions, or need specific advice or resources, email me. I am so very happy to help.

    Good Luck!