Event Help: Cake

I am not, I repeat NOT recommending that you suddenly decide that you are going to DIY a ten tier wedding cake for your own wedding day (or anyone else for that matter) from a youtube video if you can’t tell the difference between flour and cornstarch.  If you have a very talented friend who you know does this for a living or at least a serious hobby and you’ve seen their work, that is permissible.  If your friend is the aforementioned individual, kindly decline their services.


Because this site exists to give you tips to DIY and therefore not go without…. Here we go:

  1.  Go small.  Cupcakes.  Most people can make a cupcake look good.  Even if you can’t, see if you can order naked cupcakes and ice them yourself.

  2. Display those cupcakes on interesting, thrifted, or family heirloom platters.  And don’t stop there.  Think outside the box for displaying cupcakes.  Remember height and tiers make all the difference.

  3. Order sheet cakes for the guests, and one small cake for the cutting ceremony.  At my wedding, I think two people watched my husband and I cut the cake and one of those was the photographer.  I didn’t care, but the important part is there’s a good chance your guests won’t either.

  4. Order your sheet cakes and (gulp) DIY your smaller ceremony cake.  Practice ahead of time!!  Deliver to venue ahead of time if possible or assign someone this task.

  5. Cake is a science.  No one will tell if you use box mixes.

  6. Don’t decide to make sheet cakes yourself.  Don’t decide to make quarter sheet cakes yourself.  By the time you buy the equipment, you could have just bought the cake.  Unless of course you already have the equipment, and then I assume you have the knowledge, and if that’s the case I probably don’t need to tell you to go for it!

  7. Can’t handle a 3 tier cake but can handle a regular cake?  Make one for each table and allow guests to cut their own, or have event staff take care of that..

  8. Create a stunning display with all those cakes on pedestals and risers on a table.

  9. Forget cake.  Serve no cake.  Serve brownies, serve ice cream, serve cotton candy… you do you.

  10. A cookie table is a Pittsburgh (born and raised) tradition, but it is also a great way to provide dessert with little stress.  I baked ALMOST every cookie served at my wedding, and I started months before hand and froze them in a friends freezer.  Pick recipes that freeze well, obviously.