Why do I say Trial 1?? Because this was trail 1 of 3! (I will post about trial 1 and 3 then the final cake success thanks to the products provided by Wilton and Duncan Hines!)
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 1.
I am going to admit that Trial 1 happened last year. It was a long time ago. I just haven’t had time to write this post when I got behind with everything else late last year.
Trial 1 was red velvet cake mix. My mom picked this. I have no idea why she picked this. My sister wanted the confetti cake mix (Duncan Hines variety has one but I learned it can be tricky to find!) But red velvet cake mix it was for this round.
The Wilton Tired Wedding Cake Pans were easy to use. They were actually much easier to use than I thought they would be for a insanely huge cake! The lifesaver for me, the designated cake baker, was the guide that told me how many cups of batter to use in each layer. This is key!!
During Trial 1 we used several different icing recipes. I don’t even remember which ones we used by now but they were all “voted off the island” …. errr, cake.
Sorry for the pictures in this post … this was my effort to make them a manageable file size. I am not loving it but will work on my skills!;)
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.
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Red Velvet Cake Mix, 18.25-Ounce Box was used for this trial. The Confetti Cake Mix was used in Trial 3 and the Final Cake!
Making the Cake …(Me, my Mom in the background, and my two girls)
So the end result was getting to where we wanted to be. We realized we could bake cakes in these pans AND get them out of the pans!! We also realized the edging job we did was horrible! LOL I don’t know if we were scared or if we just happy we made something at this point. I do know the whole icing issue topic was a big area of concern. We needed an icing that tasted good and was easy to make smooth!!
Look for posts outlining Trial 3 and the Final Cake in the coming Saturdays!!
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.