By Philippa Rose Cake Design 08/21/2022

6 Reasons why you shouldn't DIY your wedding cake

DIY weddings are a huge thing at the moment. I have seen some amazing transformations of barns and potato sheds that have just left me speechless. The hours and hours it must’ve taken and the vision of the couple is just out of this world. But there is one thing that is far better left to the professionals and that is your wedding cake.


Here are 6 reasons to put that whisk down and step away from your mixer.

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2. You should be relaxing, not decorating

Wedding cakes are a stressful business. Who wants to be stacking a cake and decorating it with sugar flowers when you could be having your hair and makeup done with another glass of prosecco to get over that tiny little headache you might have from the night before? What happens when something goes wrong or you need to fix something and you don't have the right things with you? Us cake designers take a tool kit with us just for these little mishaps and you can guarantee no one will ever know anything needed fixing!

4 tier wedding cake with real looking sugar flowers

Now I’m not talking about support from your family. I’m talking about the internal support of a wedding cake. You can’t just put one cake on top of another because it will collapse or slide or both and if you’re lucky enough that it doesn’t collapse it will definitely resemble the leaning tower of Pizza and that’s not a good look. Some cakes just can’t be the bottom tier because they have too much moisture so it’s not even about knowing that you have to use dowels, you need to know which cakes will support each other and what order they should go in

4 tiered wedding cake with a pale pink color scheme of sugar flowers

If you’re getting married in a hotel, where are you going to store your cake the night before? If it’s a super hot day and you’ve got a buttercream cake you need to keep it refrigerated or that beautiful creation is going to melt! Buttercream doesn’t hold up well and if it’s outside in the sunshine you can bet you will end up with a big soggy mess.

Elegant 4 tiered cake

h delivery, quite possibly the most dreaded part of the process even for the pros. If you don’t know what you’re doing you could end up with cake everywhere. I don’t stack my cakes until I get to the venue because I have the fear that if I’m driving a stacked cake something will happen. I am also a bit of a weakling and I can’t lift anything very heavy and some of my cakes weigh between 20-25kg+ once they are stacked. Don't even get me started on sugar flowers. Hearing the rattle of sugar just gives me the fear so I transport all of my flowers in their own boxes with plenty of padding.

So really what I'm saying is, sit back, relax and let us professionals handle it for you. It will be worth it and you'll have a stunning show stopper of a cake without any of the stress.

3 tieres boho dried florals cake
Beautiful 2 tier wedding cake with sugar flowers

There is a 4 day rule when it comes to wedding cakes. You bake, you fill, ganache and cover, you decorate and you deliver on the fourth day so do you really want to be having a nightmare with your fondant and flowers or your chosen decorations the day before your wedding when you should be sipping prosecco with your besties and getting a good night’s sleep before the big day.

1. It’s not just a cake

Ah that phrase "it's just a cake". Well, it's not, its your wedding cake! Now I’m not saying that Auntie Joyce isn’t an excellent baker or you don’t bake the best Victoria sponge known to man but there is a huge difference between baking to relax or for a nice treat on a Sunday afternoon to baking a wedding cake. Can you imagine how much work you need to do to increase that recipe to feed 120 guests? And then there's the decoration. Unless you're a skilled sugar florist you could end up with some floppy looking flowers!

3. Stress

4. Support

5. Where are you going to store it?

6. Delivery

About the Writer Philippa,

Imagine a cake, that was so beautiful to look at that you never wanted to cut it. That tastes so moist and flavoursome you never wanted to finish it. Your wedding is a truly special day and your wedding cake should be equally as beautiful.


At Philippa Rose Cake Design I design and create show-stopping custom wedding cakes, turning your dreams into reality. With the utmost attention to detail, sharp edges, and a classic, elegant and sophisticated design, I believe that every cake should taste as good as it looks.

I am a recommended supplier at The Old Course Golf Resort & Spa, Rufflets Country House Hotel, Forbes of Kingennie, Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort, Glen Clova, Megginch Castle and Kinnettles Castle.

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