• Jo Watkinson

DIY wedding cake: Ivy and ice

Our Decorate-it-yourself wedding cake is perfect for those couples who want a truly unique cake but are on a bit of a budget. You get amazing quality cake in your choice of flavours and you can decorate it exactly as you choose, but because decorating time is a large part of the cost of most wedding cakes, you can save a lot of money!

This month I wanted to show you how to make a classic, frosted cake for a winter wedding. I’ve used a white organza ribbon with a little sparkle to it, then decorated the cake with a real ivy swag and glass crystals for a sophisticated sparkle. This is the perfect cake for a sophisticated winter wedding

If you'd like more ideas, we have a Pinterest board to go with this theme.

So, how can you create this cake yourself?

I used:

Organza ribbon. You'll need 3.5 metres.

Lengths of ivy

Green floral wire

Green floral tape

Glass or acrylic crystals. I used Christmas tree decorations with the hanging threads removed.

You will also need scissors and pins.

The day before the wedding, you'll need to make the ivy swag. If you are using ivy from your garden, you'll need to trim off any roots and very carefully wash off any soil, insects and so on. Remember, this is going on to your cake so it needs to be clean! Even if your ivy has come from a florist, it'll still need a really good wash. Allow the ivy to air dry.

Once the ivy is dry, take two lengths of ivy and overlap them by 10-15cms then bind them together with floral wire. If it looks a little messy, you can go over the wire and stems with floral tape. Keep repeating this process until you have a long swag around 4 metres long.

To assemble the cake, stack the tiers on top of each other, making sure that the cakes are central. We provide boards so that you can slide the tiers on top of each other more easily and food-safe gloves to minimise any marks that you may leave on the cake. The cake is fresh, so it’s delicate and you may leave marks, dints or snags on the icing as you assemble it, but don’t panic – just use the sides of the base cake drum to rotate the whole cake until you find the best side.

You can pin the ribbon into the cake drum and the cake itself. Pick a line down the back of the cake and put your pins along this line so that they won’t be visible in any photos.

You can then put your ivy swag on the cake. Pin one end of the swag to the back of the cake, just above the cake drum. Take the swag around the front of the cake and spiral it round and round the cake, pinning as you go. Once you get to the top, pin the end of the swag into a crown on top of the cake, then add your glass crystals to the top of the cake and scatter them on each of the tiers, in amongst the ivy.

And you’re done! So, it takes around 30 minutes to make your ivy swag and around 30 minutes to set the cake up yourself. Easy! And if you want to see how it's done you can watch our film.

So what else do you need to know about the DIY wedding cake? At The Dandelion Bakery, we use the finest quality ingredients and we do not mass produce, so your wedding cake will be made just for you, with the same care and attention that we give to all of our cakes. We bake as near to your wedding day as possible to ensure freshness and quality. We provide the largest cake on a fully iced cake drum edged with white satin ribbon and the smaller cakes on cake boards that become invisible when the cake is stacked. We also cut and insert the support dowels for you, so the cake is ready to go. So, how come this is cheaper than our bespoke cakes? You collect the cake the day before your wedding, which saves the cost of delivery and set up to your venue. The majority of any cake cost is decorating time, so by doing this yourself you save a lot of money, and finally, the time it takes to design a cake is usually included in the price, but that’s not needed for this cake so you don’t have to pay it. Hurrah!

You can order your own Decorate-it-yourself wedding cake from The Dandelion Bakery to make your wedding day exactly how you want it.

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