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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: May 19th 2013
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    Hello im really really new at all of this but im getting married on the 4th may2015 some people well tell me its far to early to start planning anything, but i want to make sure i get every detail right and enjoy the experiances of see lots of different ways of doing things. But i was wondering if anyone is making there own cake as im wanting to make alot of my own stuff for the wedding so as i can stand there on mine and my fiances day and be rather proud i did it my self. But is the cake a step to far do u thing?
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    • *KelBel*
      CommentAuthor*KelBel*
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    I don't see why u can't give it a go, u have plenty of time,...just get enough practice in x

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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
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    Thats what i thought. As we had a tester from a company that designed the cake but the cake was really really dry.
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    • clive
      CommentAuthorclive
      Got married 7 years ago
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    Most suppliers can get booked up for up to two years in advance, so no way is it too early.

    If you have the confidence, and know what you want, then why not? Practice now, and if it doesn't work, then at least it better to say you tried and failed, as opposed to not trying at all.

    Our cake maker didn't want to see us until a year prior to our wedding, so you may have plenty of time there, but as for everything else, get deposits down! :-)
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    • mrsV2013
      CommentAuthormrsV2013
      Got married 7 years ago
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    I was going to have my cake made but now me and my MOH will be doing it this week. Once it's made I'll put pics on my wall :)

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    • CommentAuthorHelainaH
      Posted: May 19th 2013
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    If you're confident that you can make your own cake, then go for it!
    When you practice, time how long it takes to do every aspect of it (baking it, decorating it, packing it up for transport) - then you'll be able to determine if you'll have time to do it in the week leading up to your wedding x
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    • Kirsty
      CommentAuthorKirsty
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 19th 2013
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    Hello! Im getting married the 4th may 2014- star wars day! (Big fans!) Im making my cake, well a 6inch cutting cake and mini cupcakes. I bake alot so it made sense. I have my sponge recipe I use for all my cakes, we are going for vanilla and some lemon ones. I am practicing my icing as I want at least 2 icing styles. I plan on making them the sat morning for the sunday weddding.

    Just give a few batches a go!
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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
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      Posted: May 19th 2013
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    Thanks everyone im going to try my own and see we didnt know about the star wars thing untill my father mentioned this haha
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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
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    Ps will post a picture up success or failed
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    • MrsMoran
      CommentAuthorMrsMoran
      Got married 6 years ago
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    I'd say if you feel confident about making it, then why not. Practise before hand with plenty of time to go and see how it turns out, and as suggested before, time how long it takes, so you know roughly when you need to do things xxxx




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    • AmyK
      CommentAuthorAmyK
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 19th 2013
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    I have allergies, so I'll be making a batch of cupcakes that I can eat. I can't even make non-allergen ones, but will buy some cheap ones then ice them myself & put some nice cupcake wraps around them. We might get a small round cake for cutting, but if we do it'll only be an m&s one with a ribbon around.
    Making your own just depends on how much time you think you'll have to do it & whether ts worth the stress, or if getting a shop bought is the way to go if you want to keep costs down




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    • sarah
      CommentAuthorsarah
      Got married 12 months ago
      Posted: May 19th 2013
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    I wouldn't want to bake my own because I wouldn't want the stress on the lead up to the day. But if you have the time & aren't a stress head making your own cake is a good way to save money.




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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: May 20th 2013
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    I make my first cake yesterday and for someone who as never even looked in to a sugar flower i am pretty impressed with it. Is there any where on this sign i can post piccys and i will show you all a picture of final product. I am very sorry about poor spelling.
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    • sarah
      CommentAuthorsarah
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    You can post them to your profile. Unfortunately you have to be a power user to post to this discussion, but I'm sure once you have them in your profile photo album someone can post them for you.




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    • MrsMoran
      CommentAuthorMrsMoran
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    you need to be a power user to post pics on the forum, but if you upload a pic to your photo album on your profile, we'll be able to see it there xxx




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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
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    Ok i shall see if i can upload them to my profile thank you
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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
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    I have up loaded them to my profile for any one to see go easy it was my first attempt at this
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    • MrsMoran
      CommentAuthorMrsMoran
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    is it the white one with the red flowers? xxx i think you've done well for your first attempt!! A couple of things I would suggest is that before you put the icing on, I would use a knife to shape the cake a bit more into a round shape around the edge and smooth the top out a bit, so you won't have the irregular shape and bumps in the cake, then when you put the icing on, smooth the bumps out by running like a dry pastry brush over the top and just use a knife to evenly cut the excess icing away round the edge of the cake, on the board. Other than that, it's fab hun, love the flowers! xxx




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    • ElizabethP8
      CommentAuthorElizabethP8
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 20th 2013
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    Hiya, I don't know much about cakes except your one looks yummy! Very impressive for a first attempt :) As for planning too early, there is no such thing in my opinion! The sooner you start the more time you have to get everything done so therefore less pressure :) xx
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    • RuthW61
      CommentAuthorRuthW61
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: May 20th 2013
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    I am making my own wedding cake.. i love making cakes and i am fairly good so i thought i would defo do mine... plus saves me a couple of £100...
    you have plenty of time to practice hun!
    Play around with sizes to find something you are happy decorating!
    Or why not go for a tower of cupcakes! ;o)
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    • Finally Susan B
      CommentAuthorFinally Susan B
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    great effort roxy. Good advice there from MrsMoran about shaping the cake before icing - little bits like that add that 'professional ' touch.
    Sugar flowers look fab - nice shade of red too - mine always seem to come out slightly pinkish red x
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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
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    Thank you everyone for the tips i will deffenatly use them. I will be attempting another one at the weekend will put up more pictures i really enjoyed making the cake.
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    • Finally Susan B
      CommentAuthorFinally Susan B
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    PS. If you make one a week and need tasters .. I shall be eating as much cake as I like in 12 days time so pass it my way ;) xx
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    • roxyd
      CommentAuthorroxyd
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    Thats fine i need lots of tasters haha x
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    • Maz
      CommentAuthorMaz
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      Posted: May 26th 2013
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    im making my own cakes, im having cup cakes because i have so many people coming and on a low budget found they were the best, as long as you have plenty of practice at making it and cover will fancy icing will look lovely




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    • AngelaM77
      CommentAuthorAngelaM77
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2013
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    Hi, just a quick note. My gran used to make wedding cakes for a living, and she told me we could make our own as long asthey were fruit cakes. If you want a sponge cake, they need to made no more than 2 days in advance, which a really short turn around time. I don't like fruit cake (although we're having one layer for the traditionalists), so we've decided to buy the cake from a well known supermarket and decorating it ourselves. That way we can make the flower decorations in advance and not worry about the actual baking.
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    • mrsV2013
      CommentAuthormrsV2013
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    My MOH made mine and was wonderful :) if you can bake do a trail. Mine was a success :)

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    • LynD
      CommentAuthorLynD
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      Posted: May 27th 2013
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    a friend of mine makes cakes for a living. She said if you make a sponge cake and, when cold, ice it it'll still be ok for around 5 days or so - plus, if you have some left over (erm.. left over cake!!!!) then it freezes amazingly well.

    I've made the fruit cake for part of mine - another friend is doing the sponges :)




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    • PB
      CommentAuthorPB
      Posted: May 27th 2013
     
    I made my own (fruit) and was so glad i did.It wasn't nearly as hard as i thought it might be,it tasted as good as any wedding cake i have tasted before (better cos i knew it was mine) and saved me a small fortune (there is a picture of it in my wedding day album) Plus the sense of achievement was massive,especially when everyone kept complimenting me on it.You have loads of time so practice,practice,practice oh and keep it simple. xxx
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    • sarah
      CommentAuthorsarah
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    bump :)




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    • LauraM9144
      CommentAuthorLauraM9144
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Jun 18th 2013
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    one of my very talented family members is making this cake for me
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    she is amazing and her cakes not only look amazing they taste fantastic too!! but i m also having a treat table so will be making cup cake trees
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    they are really simple to make i have been pracricing by making them and selling the individual cakes to add to the wedding fund lol bonus! i will also be making scones and sweet trees ! all the day before i get married that lot should kee me from stressing lol

    One BIG day will lead to lots of little happy days !!


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    • bendy_jendy
      CommentAuthorbendy_jendy
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jun 18th 2013
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    We get married august 2015 and is planning already...I'm making my own as I makes cakes anyway....saves ALOT of money too xx
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    • ChloeH51
      CommentAuthorChloeH51
      Posted: Jun 23rd 2013
     
    If you really want to make it on your own, then go dear. It sounds cool if you will make your own cake full of efforts and full of love.
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    • ValentinaK
      CommentAuthorValentinaK
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jun 23rd 2013
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    A lot to consider here!

    Are you going to have time to complete it in time for the wedding? What flavour cake are you having?!

    If its fruit cake you have more time on your hands as you can make the cake well in advance and as a fruit cake should be, you can have it matured over a year (mine is fruit cake and my aunty is doing my cake, the actual cake is all baked - 6 months ago, and will be aged 18 months by the wedding. Each month, more brandy is poured in and the cake is checked!)

    If you're doing sponge, it needs to be very fresh...so consider and plan your week before schedule carefully to allow to do this WITH CONTINGENCY TIME AND A CONTINGENCY PLAN!!!

    Also, it will probably work out cheaper, but ingredients can be expensive for the quantities required of a wedding cake, marzipan, icing, (fruit ingredients and good quality baking ingredients can be pricey). You can get a lovely wedding cake that is relatively simple from cake makers for around £200-£300 ... you can also buy plain iced cakes from places like Tesco and M&S in different sizes which you could a lot less stressfully decorate and plan in advance.

    Just some thoughts.

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    • julez
      CommentAuthorjulez
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      Posted: Mar 19th 2014
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    was thinking of making my own not getting married till next year so going to practice alot as will be sponge one

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    • CommentAuthorFranM76
      Posted: Mar 20th 2014
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    Hey that's really impressive for a first attempt. I agree about the smoothing of the icing but other than that it looks fab. I wouldn't have the patience myself - we're buying ours from a well known store and decorating it ourselves xx
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    • clair
      CommentAuthorclair
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    Hi! I am getting married on the 2nd aug 2015, we are in full swing of planning so
    It is not too early! For the cake, we can't afford to get one made from a baker and I am not very good at making cakes, so we are going to buy 3 difrent size plane sponge cakes from Marks and Spence and I will decorate it my self. It works out a lot cheaper then buying a cake from a baker.
    But if u are confident in making it your self then go for it. I am making as much as I can my self :). Xx

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    • CommentAuthorFranM76
      Posted: Mar 20th 2014
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    That's exactly what we're doing Clair :-)
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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
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    One thing to consider with making the cake yourself is that unless it's a fruit cake it really needs to be done the day before at the earliest, when you will probably have a lot going on. Fruit cakes are fine, they can be done in advance. We're planning on having a few cakes made by friends who like baking, and then H2B's mum will hopefully decorate them all so that they are uniform.

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    • shell
      CommentAuthorshell
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jul 6th 2014
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    I am going to make my own wedding cake also - just having to hold back on trying to do all the last minute things/baking/setting up as I just wont have time and I'd like to enjoy the day and have my family enjoy themselves too x
 
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