• Jo Watkinson

DIY wedding cake: Stunning succulents

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 modern, stylish succulent-covered cake for a winter or spring wedding. I’ve used a ribbed grey ribbon to fit with the textured feel of the cake and the smokey colour scheme. I then decorated the cake with an array of real succulents in muted shades of greens, greys and purples. Winter and spring weddings can sometimes feel quite cold, but this cake brings the feeling of evergreens but with a much more current style.

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:

Grey grosgrain ribbon. You'll need 3.5 metres in 16mm.

A selection of real succulents sourced from my local garden centre

White greaseproof paper

You will also need scissors and pins.

The day before the wedding, you'll need to prepare your succulents. You'll need to trim off the 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! Succulents are pretty resilient, so as long as you handle them carefully, you can put them in a sink full of water and give them a good clean. Allow your succulents to air dry.

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 succulents on the cake. Cut small circles of white greaseproof paper to cover the root section of the succulent. This will be on the back of the succulent and is the area that'll be in contact with the cake so you won't be able to see the greaseproof paper once you're done, but it will protect the cake.

And you’re done! So, it takes around 45 minutes to clean your succulents and around 20 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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