DIY Wedding Cake – A Beginner’s Guide

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

A week ago I tackled a DIY wedding cake. It was the first wedding cake I have made, and considering I’m not a professional I think it turned alright. My end vision was a three tiered wedding cake wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. In this post I will share with you how I did it and the supplies I used.

Just a note: this cake didn’t turn out perfect by any means, but thankfully the bride (my beautiful cousin) wasn’t picky as making a DIY wedding cake was incredibly cost effective.

No one ate my wedding cake at my wedding, so I didn’t want to create it with 100% cake. It would be too expensive and I felt like it would be a waste so I used styrofoam cakes for the top and bottom tier.

DIY Wedding Cake Supplies:

Below are all the items I used to make the cake (they are affiliate links).DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

First Things First: Make Your Cake

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

A few weeks before the wedding my cousin and I made a few cakes to sample and test out. This cake recipe from Canadian Living is what we ended up using for the wedding cake, but we made it without the orange and without the cookies.

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

I bought a Cake Boss pan set from Zulily and I love them! They are the best cake pans I have tried. You can find them at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and I have seen them at Canadian Tire.

After the cake comes out of the oven, cool completely on racks. You do not want to start frosting them until they are 100% cool!

Prepare Your Frosting:

White Chocolate Buttercream recipe - Looking for frosting recipes This makes for an amazing dessert - just try to save some for the cake andor cupcakes The Bewitchin' Kitchen

I used the base of the White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe, but without the white chocolate. I also added more sugar to make it a little thicker. I played with the consistency a lot. For the “crumb coat” I probably added roughly 4 cups of powdered sugar, and for the actual frosting part I just dumped it in until it “felt right”.

Get The Fake Cake Together:

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

It seemed so odd to make a “fake cake”, but I really didn’t want to waste my money and time on a bunch of cakes that no one would eat. So the first thing I did was “glue” the two cakes from each set (both 12″ and 8″) together. I spread the buttercream in the middle, stacked them and tossed it in the freezer until it was hard.

Use a soup can for your styrofoam DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

What I didn’t anticipate was how tough frosting the styrofoam cakes would be. Unlike the real cake, the styrofoam cake was light and it was hard to spin the cake turntable and evenly coat the cake with the buttercream. It took a bit, but I finally got smart and used a can of coconut milk to weigh it down (any soup can would do). This helped big time!

Treat the styrofoam cake as you would a real cake: crumb coat, freeze and repeat. I used the Wilton spreader to make the frosting even and I also used one of those food scrapers (like this one) and that worked awesome as well.

DIY Wedding Cake: Frost Your Cake

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

I treated both the real cake and the styrofoam cakes the same. I would crumb coat it or “dirty ice” it, freeze and repeat. I built the frosting up and kept chilling or freezing them. I didn’t worry about the bottoms of the cakes too much as they were being covered by the burlap and lace. The real cake was 2 10″ cakes put together with a lot of frosting in  between (I’m a big fan of the high frosting to cake ratio).

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

The cake was still lumpy and bumpy (it was worse on the styrofoam due to the weight of it) so I used the spatula dipped in hot water to smooth it out. What happened then was the frosting changed color a bit in the areas I used it. So I slathered on more frosting and did my best to smooth it out. DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

When it came time to wrapping the cake with the burlap and lace I pinned it with sewing push pins. On the real cake I put wax paper on before the burlap so the threads of the burlap wouldn’t transfer to the edible parts.

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

At the end of the day, I think it turned out alright. Not bad for my first try anyway.

DIY wedding cake. This three tiered wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

The important part is the bride and groom didn’t seem to mind. Want to see more of this wedding? Check out my post on Rustic Wedding Ideas (goes live August 5).

DIY wedding cakes. This three tiered diy wedding cake is fake on the bottom and top, with two vanilla lemon cakes in the middle. Wrapped with a burlap and lace trim for a rustic wedding feel. Here's how I did it.

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15 comments on “DIY Wedding Cake – A Beginner’s Guide”

  1. This is so great! I was following along on IG as you made it. Glad it all turned out. Looks like they really appreciated your gesture as well

    • It was her bridal shower gift 🙂 Plus it was a new experience. Would I do it again? No. There is too much pressure that I put on myself.

  2. I don’t think there is anything in this world that you can’t tackle! This is amazing! I can totally see this for a rustic theme. If this is your first one, I can’t wait to see what you come up with in a couple months. Awesome!

    • Haha…I will never do this again lol. I was so stressed over it.

    • I know what you mean about feeling stressed about a big project like this but you never know when the wedding cake making bug will bite again 🙂 hopefully it will be for a wedding I attend. Looks so yummy 🙂

  3. By the way – I LOOOOOOOVE your logo!

  4. I love your logo too. You are super talented at everything you do. This cake with burlap and lace is gorgeous also. I think it turned out great!

  5. Such a wonderful job!! I love to decorate cakes, but have never attempted a wedding cake before….

  6. WOW! This is quite an impressive first try! It looks so beautiful and yummy!

  7. You made your own wedding cake, amazing. It looks great, congrats!

  8. I think it turned out beautifully. I can barely bake a birthday cake so you are awesome to try such a big undertaking. I work with brides and their invitations, etc. and some can be really hard to work with to say the least. I am glad this was for your nice cousin. But even if it wasn’t I think the bride would have still loved it.

    Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  9. Thanks for sharing. I’m referring this post to a friend who’s getting married on a budget.

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