Wedding Cake Recipes:
There are countless wedding cake recipes in cookbooks and on the Internet -- in fact, there are so many wedding cake recipes out there, printed copies would stack higher than a multi-tiered wedding cake. Wedding cake recipes can be relatively simple or incredibly elaborate. Some wedding cake recipes are just for the cake itself, while others also offer intricate directions for how to assemble a wedding cake, including instructions for building tiered or stacked layers.
Classic wedding cake recipes:
Naturally, wedding cake recipes start with the cake itself. Wedding cake recipes are available in many different flavors and colors; this recipe, for a traditional Classic White Cake, is from Wilton (wilton.com), which has been manufacturing cake decorating and bakeware products for 80 years.
- 6 cups cake flour sifted
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 12 egg whites (whites only are used for a purer white color)
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease bottom of pans and line with waxed paper or parchment paper.
Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Set aside. Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Set aside. With mixer at slow speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with milk. Beat well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Gently fold egg whites into batter. Pour into prepared pans. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Makes 12 cups of cake batter.
For fancier wedding cake recipes, which include frosting and decorations, try epicurious.com, which features many recipes from Bon Appétit and Gourmet magazines. Or for a simpler approach, look for wedding cake recipes that use boxed cake mixes with add-ins. Wedding cake recipes can also be varied by using different fillings and frostings than in the original directions.
Buttercream frosting was the standard for wedding cake recipes for many years, but rolled fondant icing has become very popular in recent years. Rolled fondant is a combination of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin that is rolled out like a pie crust and then laid over the cake layers, trimmed and decorated. It dries to a semi-hard finish and can also be molded into just about any shape or design to decorate the surface of the cake. Rolled fondant can be made or purchased pre-made.
Most wedding cake recipes offer one version for decorating the cake, but these can always be modified. Edible or ornamental cake decorations can be purchased or made from rolled fondant icing, gum paste or other ingredients. When wedding cake recipes don't offer decorations to your liking, look at pictures of other wedding cake recipes with attractive decorations and adapt those to the cake you're making.
Wedding cake recipes often are accompanied by beautiful pictures of the finished product - and by mixing together equal doses of creativity, patience and time, talented home bakers can produce their own beautiful, delicious versions of wedding cake recipes.