As we all know, weddings are expensive, and it can be tempting to save a little change by baking your own cake. But attempting a large, tiered wedding cake is a big feat for an amateur baker, and takes a lot of logistical planning and technical skill to pull off. With so many ways for the process to go wrong, you’re better off putting the spatula away and leaving it to the pros! Below are four reasons why.
When you’re trying to decide whether or not to bake your own wedding cake, consider what your time commitments will be like in the week leading up to the wedding. If you’re like most brides, you will most likely have your hands full greeting guests and in-laws; having your final dress fitting; finalizing the décor; and accommodating the last-minute surprises that tend to crop up during big events. (For instance, your DJ might get sick; your florist might run out of lilies; your caterers might not show; and family drama might brew.) Whatever happens, you’ll likely be too busy handling it to worry about stacking, frosting, refrigerating, and transporting your cake.
And speaking of transportation—If you’ve never tried driving a multiple-tier cake across town, then setting it up at the venue, keeping every bit of frosting as flawless as it originally was, you should probably leave it up to a professional. Take our word for it—delivering a wedding cake is much harder than it looks! In our opinion, your wedding day will be much better spent sipping prosecco while being pampered, than wincing at every speed pump and pothole in the road. You could, of course, always enlist a friend or relative, but come on—who wants that kind of pressure?
Making a wedding cake is challenging, but a beginner can generally figure it out. The tough part is the timing. It’s very stressful to bake, ice, and decorate a cake while the clock is ticking. The stress makes it easy to make mistakes, and once you’ve made them, you won’t have time to correct them or start over, which adds even more stress and makes mistakes more likely! Don’t believe us? Just check out how hard it is for contestants on Netflix baking shows and you’ll see what we mean!
Now, we have no way of knowing whether or not your results will be disappointing. But no matter how skilled you are in the arena of baking, you’ll have to face one particularly judgmental critic—yourself! It’s natural to see the imperfections and bits that didn’t go right in our own creative endeavors, and this can add stress to what is supposed to be a happy day. And since your cake will be displayed in photo albums forever, you might always be critical of your work for years to come! In our opinion, it just isn’t worth the stress and risk when you can just hand it off to a professional baker instead.
Sweet Cherry Bakery is a boutique Raleigh bakery specializing in wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and personalized cookies. If you’re looking for wedding cakes or wedding treats in Raleigh, check out our gallery or place an order today!