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Make a Wedding Cake With SprinkleBakes

May 24, 2012

by Heather Baird handmade and vintage goods

Heather Baird is an accomplished painter and photographer, but her passion is creating eye-popping, mouthwatering desserts. She writes about her adventures in the world of creative dessert-making on her award-winning blog, SprinkleBakes. She is the author of the new baking book, SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire your Inner Artist. Heather lives in Knoxville, Tennesee, with her husband Mark and two mischievous pugs, Biscuit and Churro.  

Making your wedding cake takes a good measure of bravery, but it’s an excellent way to cut some expense from the wedding budget. Practical considerations aside, you’ll also be feeding your guests something made with your own hands, and that is nothing short of special!

To learn how to make, fill, frost and assemble your own delicious cake extraordinaire…

Follow us over to Etsy Weddings for complete instructions, tips, tricks, and helpful step-by-step photos by Sprinklebakes.

Be sure to visit Sprinklebakes for more mouthwatering treats, or check out SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist, available from Amazon or an independent bookstore near you.

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All photos by Sprinklebakes.


  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 8 years ago

    I've been thinking of making my own wedding cake. Granted, I don't have a guy yet, so I have plenty of time. But this looks really fun. Very pretty.

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake from jessjamesjake said 8 years ago

    Yummy yummy! Hungry now.

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery said 8 years ago

    Yum! Who says there needs to be a wedding! I'm hungry now! Anytime is Cake time. This cake is not a lie.

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 8 years ago

    Looks delicious! And the coconut hides any imperfections. Handmade cakes always look so cute.

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 8 years ago

    Yum. Looks so good. Can't we just have a wedding cake without the wedding?

  • JasmineLund

    Hannah Jasmine Tucker from TheMiddleButton said 8 years ago

    I come from a "crafty" family, and one of my sisters made her own wedding dress as well as another sister's; the third married sister wore our grandmother's handmade wedding dress. While I imagine I will make my own wedding dress, because I am a competent seamstress, I would just as soon leave that job for somebody else and take on the cake instead. I love decorating cakes, and while the bride's dress is mostly just for her, the cake is mostly for the guests, and I'd love to do something like that, something special for the special people who come to my wedding. When it happens. ;o)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Amazing I love love sprinkle bakes! Such a beautiful cake : )

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 8 years ago


  • shawnstpeter

    Shawn St.Peter from shawnstpeter said 8 years ago

    Very nice

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox from ArtigianoJewelBox said 8 years ago

    A baker at heart, when my brother got married, I offered the cake. What an odyssey it became! But a lovely memory and fun for all the guests. Sprinklebakes looks like a great resource for the dessert lover - thanks for the story!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 8 years ago

    nice article!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    Ali from ContessasCollection said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! This cake looks gorgeous.

  • josiesdesign

    Josie from JosiesDesign said 8 years ago


  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop said 8 years ago


  • filigreepheasant

    Susie from filigreepheasant said 8 years ago

    This makes me so hungry for cake!!

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta said 8 years ago

    so pretty! great idea too, save some $$$

  • CatSeyler

    Cat Seyler from CatSeyler said 8 years ago

    Fantastic! looks beautiful, fun, & delicious!

  • aymujer

    Yreina Flores Ortiz from AyMujer said 8 years ago

    We planned our wedding in less than 2 months. We were broke and I couldn't afford a traditional baker so I went with a high-end neighborhood market's bakery. I *thought* I was being resourceful. Well, in the middle of our dinner, the cake started to lean and ever-so-slowly the top two layers slid away! My best friend was the only one who saw it happen. Without stopping to think about her beautiful dress, she ran over to the cake table and caught the runaway cake in her arms! Everyone, including her, busted out laughing. We got some great pictures. However, (and this was my point, I swear) I wish we would have been able to feed everybody cake.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    That looks so beautiful!!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 8 years ago


  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 8 years ago

    Nice! Great idea.

  • BayMoonDesign

    Kathy Lindemer from BayMoonDesign said 8 years ago

    My daughter and I are doing some DIY projects for her wedding, but not the cake. We can't even make a decision on the appearance or flavor! You are a brave woman. Best wishes for a wonderful marriage.

  • 2mwt

    Sweet Vintage Goods from SweetVintageGoods said 8 years ago

    I want some!!!!

  • karenkettering

    Karen Kettering said 8 years ago

    VaLon, honey, unless you have nothing else to do with your time, a week leading up to your wedding, let someone else make your cake, and when the time comes, return them the favor by making theirs. Making a wedding cake is a huge commitment, as is being a bride. You don't want to do both on the same day.

  • ShibaNgDesigns

    Robyn from ShibangDesigns said 8 years ago

    What a great article with lovely step by step photos. Making your own wedding cake definitely is ambitious.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 8 years ago

    I've always wanted to make someone a wedding cake. What a great gift!

  • OncleHope

    Oncle Hope from OncleHope said 8 years ago

    Oh that looks like so much fun!!! I need to start baking some more too... Thanks for sharing this! And her blog....yummi!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 8 years ago

    Not something I should look at since I am on a diet. I might be tempted to try this for a graduation cake for my son!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 8 years ago

    Love the visuals! I love cake, despite working in a bakery. I should be sick of sweets, but I am not. Love the confetti on the side of the cake, a good alternative to sprinkles. Maybe I will try something like that, but have it be coconut (shredded) and chocolate chips. Need cake now. ^-^

  • FayesAttic11

    Rachel Parr from FayesAttic11 said 8 years ago

    Looks beautiful! Love the textures!

  • BeadtrissLane

    Krista Kirk from BeadtrissLane said 8 years ago

    Looks wonderful!! ~Krista

  • Caheez

    Carla Helene' from Caheez said 8 years ago

    Bravery is RIGHT! I'd rather leave THAT to the professionals! My wedding cake would look more like a cookie! I love to cook, but baking is so not my forte'. It's a crap shoot every time I turn on the mixer and combine it with an oven... I've gotten better over the years but I know my limits! YOU, however, are amazing! Baking is definitely an art form and you, my dear, are quite an artist!

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Looks delicious!

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 8 years ago

    Great recipe and tips! We made our own wedding cake together, 6 years ago. It was a 3-tier affair, and we made the top and bottom tiers using an old family fruit cake recipe, then I made a sponge cake for the middle tier. I iced them all and handmade lots of sugar flowers (despite never having made them before). We were very proud of our achievement, and it made the day even more special. But it was such hard work and took so many hours I don't think we've made a cake since!

  • ArtsyFlair

    Michaela Bowles from ArtsyFlair said 8 years ago

    Wonderful recipe! If only I were a better cook. :)

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana from lassandaliasdeana said 8 years ago

    It looks delicious! ;)

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 8 years ago

    I think if you had a lot of help from friends and relatives, you could have time to do this....

  • genevaforte

    geneva forte said 8 years ago

    great awesome love it.

  • SomsStudio

    Som from SomsStudio said 8 years ago

    Looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing.

  • DarlinBrandoPress

    Alisa and Alyssa from DarlinBrandoPress said 8 years ago

    I love wedding cake! That looks delicious : )

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 8 years ago

    pretty and yummy :)

  • Pantora

    Andrea from Pantora said 8 years ago

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  • blknekomage

    Neva Nobles-Alder said 8 years ago

    Oh I am SO happy this was put up here! I'm making my cake and this is really helpful. 4 months to go woop woop!

  • Lindablankenship1

    Linda Blankenship said 8 years ago

    I love Etsy and creative people.

  • customizeBaby

    Custom Baby from customizeBaby said 8 years ago


  • sendgiftsforever

    Rucha Gupte from JewelsULike said 8 years ago

    soo delicious!!!


    VINTAGE NOW from ESTATENOW said 8 years ago

    It looks so good..

  • TheGroovyBaker

    Lisa LaConfiseuse from PamplemousseSucre said 8 years ago

    I'm sorry ~ but I'm completely blinded by the bandage on her finger : / Please practice basic hygiene when cooking (especially for a crowd!) can you imagine if that slipped off? :( that said ~ this is a very nice cake, but please do not attempt to make your own wedding cake (unless you are having a *very* small, informal affair) have ice cream if you are on that much of a budget ~ wedding cakes are a HUGE ordeal, and so much can go wrong it's amazing (I don't see any reference to internal structure, for instance..a 3 tier cake would collapse on itself wihthout it) ...the stress just isn't worth it. Make this for a birthday or less stressful event, me..and wear gloves for cripes sake! Yummy flavors though! :D xo

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