With the Wedding season approaching, here’s how you can potentially help to reduce one of the costs, by making your own wedding cake. It’s not as daunting as you may feel. Help is on hand with Victoria Glass’s book. It’s a great guide to baking and decorating, not just wedding cakes but other celebration cakes too. Victoria de-mystifies the art of wedding cakes.
So you think you can make a wedding cake, do you?
Well, so do I. And I should know, because I’ve literally written the book on it. I founded Victoria’s Cake Boutique in 2008 and specialise in bespoke and unique flavours and designs. My celebrity clients have included Miranda Hart, Zach Braff and Dave Gorman and I have made hundreds of celebration cakes. My first book, Boutique Wedding Cakes, published by Ryland, Peters & Small, is a “how to” guide to baking and decorating, with beautiful photography by Laura Forrester. With straightforward instructions and various techniques and styles to perfect, readers will be armed with all the right tools to create their own unique cakes.
The book isn’t just for budding wedding cake makers though, far from it. I have included baking times and ingredient quantities for several different sized cakes in each flavour, so you can just as easily use the book to make a single tier undecorated 6-inch cake, as a beautiful tiered creation big enough to feed hundreds of guests.
I have always firmly believed that a cake must always taste as good as it looks. There is nothing more depressing than cutting into a beautifully decorated cake only to find an uninspiring dry old sponge underneath. All the magic is immediately lost. I have a strong aversion to dry cake and, although a good buttercream can do something to mask the insult, it always feels like a depressing waste of calories. Cake should always be a pleasure, which is why I have created 19 delicious flavours, ranging from boozy Victorian fruitcake, lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge to green tea and ginger, white chocolate and cardamom and fruits of the forest torte. Styles range from pretty handmade sugar roses to edible gold leaf and chocolate ruffles. Every finished cake project is designed to impress, but each is entirely achievable in a home kitchen.
The book’s aim is to de-bunk myths and inspire confidence. After years of teaching sugar craft and baking, I’ve found that a gung-ho attitude is just as valuable as artistic flair in my students. If you’re too terrified of making a mistake, your cake will never get iced. With top tips on everything from achieving flawless sugar paste to correcting mistakes and how to deliver it in one piece, all that’s left to do is read the book and pop your pinny on.
Alternatively, you can book a place on my new class, Boutique Wedding Cakes, at Cookery School, where I will personally guide you and answer all your questions. Armed with the right instructions and given a little time and care, anyone can make an impressively beautiful and delicious wedding cake. Go on, have a go!
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