To have a cake or not to have a cake that is the question… well at least the one that is causing me quite a bit of grief early on. Neither Richard and I are too keen on having a cake. Cake isn’t his favorite dessert, unless it happens to be an ooey gooey yummy cake. I also dislike most store-bought cakes. They always cost a lot and leaving you feeling disappointed because a box mix cake would/could have tasted just as good or better. That being said, I think the tradition of cutting the cakes is a very cute and sweet one and affords some great photo ops. Plus there are lots of traditions that we already have plans of eschewing so perhaps keeping this one is a good idea.
Right now the thought is to make our own little two or three layer cake that we can use for the photo op. But according to the recent The Knot wedding magazine, DIY-ing the wedding cake is considered a BIG mistake. Article author Eustacia Huen argues:
“Seriously, you wouldn’t even consider doing one of the most defining elements yourself, would you?… a wedding cake disaster is hard to fix. Plus, decorating and even just transporting a wedding cake is a serious project that’s best left to someone who knows what they’re doing – and doesn’t have their own wedding to be thinking about.”
I do agree a cake is easy to mess up. On the other hand we are looking for something simple, perhaps that DIY flair would add a touch of whimsy and add less pressure to the process. Here are
a few five cakes I’ve seen on where else… Pinterest of course… that I think are attainable goals.
1) Love that this cake has a different type of dessert on each tier. That’s one of our biggest conundrums which desserts should we serve at the wedding? We love
so many all kinds of sweets! How can we just choose one!
2) This cake is simple yet elegant. I also love that the blog it comes from has DIY instructions and has plenty of other great recipes and info that the baker in me can’t wait to try.
3) This cake is simple but packs a lot of visual punch from the interesting color choice to the tall flag cake toppers! It’s such an interesting and unique little cake.
4) You would never know this cake is simple thanks to the gorgeous flowers decorating it.
5) If you can read the little sign in the background this cake is a pretty unique choice… lemon! Richard and I love lemon cake! I also like that the shape of each tier is a little wonky but that makes them even more charming. The unique topper and retro cake stand add to the non-traditional appeal.
We also found this cool graphic that gives pan size to people fed ratios! That’s some great info to have if you’re DIY-ing your wedding cake. Of course if we did choose to make a small pastel we would be sure to load the sweets table with lots of our other preferred desserts such as cupcakes, cookies and s’mores.