One of the things keeping me busy these past months has been cakes. It got really crazy around Christmas with two weddings (one of which was my sister's). The week before Christmas entailed this three-tier wedding cake, about 85 cupcakes, and the birthday cake for the bride's father.
Although the cake looks complicated, it was actually pretty easy to decorate. I covered the cake with fondant, then piped the decorations on the side--see this post for frosting cakes, and this post for covering cakes with fondant. To transport the cake, I boxed each tier individually.
Most of the cakes I make do not have space between the tiers, so I use cardboard bases for each tier. For this cake, I used Wilton'sstackable square cake bases for the top two tiers, and a foil-covered square for the bottom of the cake. The stackable bases click into place with the columns--creating a stable cake that will last throughout the day. This was the first time I had used this type of construction, and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I used a dab of frosting to secure the ribbons in place around the base of each tier after I stacked them.
My friend Pam helped me cut the fruit and dab it on paper towels to keep the juices from dripping on, and melting, the fondant. The cut fruit and flowers quickly filled the gaps between the tiers and completed this cake.
The twelve-inch bottom tier of the wedding cake was comprised of four layers of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The ten-inch center tier was four layers of lemon poppyseed cake with vanilla buttercream, and the eight-inch top tier was white chocolate cake with white chocolate raspberry filling. I used my basic cake recipe for these cakes found in this post about baking beautiful, delicious cakes.
my post about food coloring here. There are so many different cupcake holders, cupcake wrappers, cake stands, and candy to decorate with right now, that you can easily create whatever look you want.
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