I am getting married in August next year and wanted a wedding cake decorated with buttercream but have been advised that it could melt! Has anyone had any experience of this? I don't really like royal icing or fondant icing and neither does my partner. Not sure what to do?!
I havent had any experience with wedding cakes but just making normal cakes at home it really does melt if ti gets warm. I would talk to whoever is making your cake, maybe they have another option for decorations or maybe your venue can keep the room cool. x
Hi I agree with Naomi the sensible thing to do is to talk with whom ever is making your cake :)
I agree with Naomi speak with your cake maker and also the venue too. You could also consider chocolate ganache but it would be the same as the buttercream there is a chance it could melt.
Thank you! I have been advised by the lady making it that fondant icing will be best so I'll go with that I think x
If the cake maker thinks it'll be an issue how about a naked cake? They can look so beautiful
How about a naked cake? That's what we had and it looked and tasted beautiful x
Oh yeh I was looking at naked cakes earlier they do look lovely x
We had mini cupcakes, 5 different flavours as no one I know is a particular fan of wedding cake & icing is always too sweet.
Hi, as a cake baker it's not impossible to have a complete buttercream covered cake, there are a few factors that help, 1 making sure it's not in direct sunlight, 2 see if your venue has a walk in fridge or even a cellar u can keep it in until it needs to be set up and 3 get your cake maker to keep it in the freezer it won't dry out the cake but will make the buttercream solid so it doesn't melt during delivery
Have a naked cake with loads of flowers and just dusted in icing sugar... beautiful!
I agree with Amelia! Ditch the buttercream and go naked! Have fresh berries or flowers tumbling down the side
we had 96 cupcakes topped with buttercream last august, as long as u dont place them in direct sunlight and chill until you need them then you rcake should be fine!
I made buttercream iced cupcakes for my mums wedding and they didnt melt luckily think if the venue is cool enough you will be fine
My MIL is making our wedding cake and she will be icing it at the venue not long before it will be served up.
what about a chocolate and cream ganache, it sets solid but not as sickly and shouldnt melt majorly so long as it stored correctly till needed
I wanted a naked cake as I don't like any icing but was advised against because it can dry out so the caterers have to cut and throw away so much of the outside of the cake away
By having fondant icing you keep the cake moist underneath so we've gone for iced but with some yummy flavours
I used to be a wedding coordinator and yes buttercream can melt, but should be fine as long as they are kept in the fridge until it is absolutely necessary to take it out. After this as long as it is kept in a cool place it should be fine. Cake suppliers will generally advise this if you want buttercream but obviously do not want to be blamed if it does melt on the day.
I am going for a "naked" cake as neither of us like icing they can look amazing and even keep good for longer if kept in fridge x
I love buttercream.so i went for naked cake with buttercream filling...was delicious...didnt melt but gave the cake that bit of moistness. X
Yeap buttercream melts but long kept in fridge until absolutely last-minute be fine don't worry have the cake you want love simple as ohjand definitely serve it don't let a expensive cake not have good taste test
if done correctly it won't melt, my sister is a professional cake baker and decorator, buttercream can be very good for piping
Ours was buttercream, also in August. Just ask your venue to pop it in the cold store and put it in a shadey area. Ours was fine x
This was my cake...not an icing fan full stop. It can always do a naked cake
Maybe have your wedding cake made smaller with icing and a separate buttercream cake made for you and your hubby that you can cut but isn't out on display for you to enjoy? X
Have a naked cake
I make cakes and buttercream will be fine. Fondant has risks of sweating as well. Cakes should always be kept at a reasonable temperature full stop. If you're that worried, opt for a naked cake? My wedding is rather rustic so will be be opting for that to match the theme. Also not a fan of fondant!
We had butter cream and fresh strawberries it was an issue for us as well but our cake maker assembled it at the venue during the ceremony and had arranged for space in there but walk in fridge it came out for cutting up and then we devoured it hehehehe xxx good luck x
Am a wedding coordinator & can say with experience that "naked cakes" are problematic. Great photo op but not really an all day cake. Very tricky to do - often either too wet & unstable or too dry & inedible . The butter cream coated ones are also difficult to actually cut & serve .
A naked cake would also look lovely :)
We had butter cream in August and the drive from the bakery to the venue was a bit scary (air-con essential)! But it was all absolutely fine!
I'm a cake maker and buttercream is a nightmare in the heat of the summer. However there are tricks and tips a baker can use to prevent the buttercream melting like adding royal icing sugar instead of normal royal icing sugar. Makes it firmer. Also adding melted white chocolate to average buttercream also can help it become more stable and not alter the taste to much. Naked cakes do look nice but depending on the baker and there experience of working with naked cakes they can end up being very dry quickly. Would also depend where you are getting married if it's a marquee you may have more problems than a fully air conditioned room. We get married this august. I personally don't like fondant but then again I won't really eat the cake myself. Remember don't feel pushed to have something you don't want if one baker says no maybe shop around and see what others say. Good luck. Xx
Go naked !!
I got married on one of the hottest days of the year last year and had a buttercream wedding cake with glitter have to say we had no issues with the heat and there was none left over lol everyone loved it
I ordered my husband a BB-8 cake as it was his 30th a few days before the wedding. It was buttercream on the inside of the complex spherical design...our wedding was the hottest day of the year....and BB-8 melted and lost his wee shape and collapsed. I was gutted
You could have a naked cake xx
I've had a buttercream one at an event, yes they can melt but if it's kept cold in advance there usually ok. Don't put heavy fruits or flowers on it tho. We had to bodge a brides back together once xxx
A naked cake, with Swiss Meringue buttercream which sets harder than buttercream. Also, any good cake maker would cover the edges of the cake with a sugar syrup to keep it moist and prevent drying.