Long gone are the days when professionals coordinated every detail of a wedding. In an effort to save money and lend personalized touches to one of the biggest days of their lives, more and more couples are opting to DIY the big day. From crafting invitations to creating wedding playlists, there are a plethora of details that can be completed in-house. Often relegated to the local bakery or caterer, there's no reason wedding cakes can't join centerpieces and programs in the party of homemade details.
Below you'll find cakes that serve up to 80 guests—and many of them can be altered to serve much larger crowds. If creating one cake for a large group of family and friends seems daunting, consider a dessert table. Four or five cakes, plus a smattering of prettily decorated cupcakes and other treats (cookies, candies, and chocolates) are sure to satisfy everyone's tastes and appetites! Keep reading to see six wedding cakes and cupcakes you can easily decorate yourself. Then, click through for the complete instructions.
1. Peekaboo Layer Wedding Cake
Fluffy white buttercream cream frosting peeks out between eight layers of rich chocolate cake. In lieu of a traditional cake topper, silk orange lilies and coral roses decorate the cake, which sits on an elegant pedestal cake stand. Customize the look of this cake by tinting the color of the frosting, using different diameter cake rounds, or even experimenting with different shapes. At only $37 to make and decorate, this breathtaking wedding cake serves about 40 guests.
When different size sheet cakes are stacked on top of each other, the variation in size creates a ledge that can be filled with so many things—decorations, flowers, or as in this case, fruit. Fresh blueberries and blackberries are piled high on this cake to create a luscious and abundant look. The sides of the cake feature a striped pattern in the frosting that's classic and easy to recreate. At only $65 to make and decorate, this magnificent wedding cake feeds a crowd—about 80 guests!
Send your guests off with a hug, a kiss, and a treat. These yummy chocolate cupcakes are crowned with fondant circles that have been stamped and painted with gold X's and O's. Don't worry—non-toxic, food-safe paint makes them 100-percent okay to eat. A dollop of vanilla buttercream holds the fondant circles in place and adds a sweet and creamy touch. The sky's the limit when it comes to displaying these cute creations. Top them with DIY toothpick paper flags marked with your wedding date, dress up the table with small bundles of fresh flowers, or add a personalized note from the bride and groom.
Neat and tidy rows of pastel candy wafers dot the surface of this four-tiered wedding cake. With eight colors to choose from (including classic white), it's easy to create a scheme that fits with your wedding palette. Whether you go for an ombre, color-blocked, patterned, or monochromatic scheme, the method's the same. Simply frost your cake smooth, and then use small dabs of buttercream to adhere the candy wafers to your cake. For an even more whimsical look, place the cake on a color-coordinated pedestal and finish with a DIY monogram cake topper. When it's all said and done, this cake costs about $1 per slice!
Many brides and grooms are forgoing perfectly smooth wedding cakes in favor of more textured, handcrafted varieties. This cake has that and more: a cool aqua color and charming DIY pinwheel cake toppers. (Why stick with one when you can have three?) The key to recreating this two-tiered cake is in the swirly frosting technique and neatly piped border. We'll walk you through every step, including how to prevent crumbs from peeking through your pretty frosting. This fanciful cake is a bargain, feeding about 50 guests for just $31.
What transforms a dessert from everyday to extraordinary? It's all in the decoration. These simple, yet charming flag-topped cupcakes are proof that special desserts don't have to be complicated. Get ready to make these cupcakes your own by brainstorming creative cake and frosting combinations. The paper flags, which are a cinch to make, are another opportunity to display your creativity and tie into your wedding theme. You only need three super-inexpensive supplies—and there's a good chance you already have them on hand. When it's time for dessert, serving doesn't get any easier. Guests can help themselves. And at $1 per serving, they're affordable enough for second helpings!