DIY wedding cake: Marvellous Macarons
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 beautiful cake that makes a wonderful centrepiece at any time of year. I’ve used a navy satin ribbon, then I decorated the cake with macarons in shades of blue, purple and teal with accents of edible silver leaf. This cake feels expensive, and although I've made it in peacock colours, you could make it with ribbon and macarons in colours of your choice to suit your scheme.
If you'd like more ideas, we have a Pinterest board to go with this theme.
So, how can you create this cake yourself?
15mm satin ribbon. You'll need 3.5m
30 Macarons. You can make your own or we can make them for you.
I source my ribbon from Josy Rose. They have an amazing choice and provide good quality ribbon for a great price.
You will also need scissors and either pins or royal icing. If you don’t know how to make royal icing, you can use a pack of pre-mixed writing icing that most supermarkets sell.
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. If you prefer, you can use royal icing to do this – just put a generous blob of icing on the cake, attach the ribbon and hold in place for a second or two, then take the ribbon round the cake. Overlap the ribbon a little and add more royal icing between the two layers of ribbon. You’ll end up with cake, icing, ribbon, icing, ribbon for the most secure hold.
To decorate the cake, arrange a small pile of macarons on top of the cake, then use the remainder to create a cascade up the side of the cake, starting at the bottom and working your way up. You'll need to use royal icing on the back of the macaron to stick it to the side of the cake and you may want to pipe a little on edges where they macarons touch so that they stay in place.
And you’re done! So, it takes 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.