Welcome to Trial 3! (I am posting about trial 1 and 3 then the final cake success thanks to the products provided by Wilton and Duncan Hines!)
Background: My sister got married earlier this May. She found the cake she wanted. It is simple and beachy which is perfect since she was getting married on the beach. The cost for a wedding cake that feeds 125 people though was priced “starting at $600″. gasp!!! So my mom and I decided we could take on making the cake for her. What the heck were we thinking?!
I was so pleased to partner up with Wilton and Duncan Hines for this effort. They have provided some products to helped us “practice” and get to the final cake!
So here was Trial 3.
What was trial 2? Trail 2 was a lame trial on my own where I tried yet another icing recipe. The taste was there on that recipe but I couldn’t get it smooth.
We once again used the Wilton Tired Wedding Cake Pans! This time we used ALL FOUR cake pans and made what would be actual cake. For the largest cake pan, we tried using the cake pins that are recommended for large cakes so they bake even.
As for the icing, we made a decision to use the Wilton pre-made icing you can buy in tubs. You can buy this in a million different places …. Walmart, Joann Fabrics, Amazon.
For starters …
Wilton Performance Pans Round Pan Set, 3 Inches Deep are the Cake Pans we used for all of the trials and final cake. The Confetti Cake Mix was used in Trial 3 and the Final Cake!
Making the Cake …
So making the WHOLE cake took more work … a whole Saturday and several week nights. I made three of the layers prior to that Saturday. My mom made the candy decorations prior to the practice day. So we had to make the big cake and then decorate. Oh and when making the big cake, we had level the cakes. That was a lot of work. Here is a picture of that effort … now just figure out who took this horrible picture. hmmm I was totally not picture ready that day. Oh well.
The Final Product …
Here is the final practice cake with the REAL cake topper on it!!
We did learn a few lessons such as putting the “sand” on before we layered the cake. We also figured out how we wanted to group the candies (mostly in groups of three.)
What the heck do you do with a practice cake that feeds 100+ people? Well my sister took the bottom layer to work and the top layer to her future in-laws. I took the second layer to a church function the next day and then the third layer to my work. whew. That was a LOT of cake! My sister left before we took the cake apart because she didn’t want to see that effort. haha
Look for posts outlining the Final Cake in the next Saturday!!
Note: I was provided with Wilton cake pans and coupons for Duncan Hines cake mixes in exchange for the review of their products during the DIY Wedding Cake Series.