As a bride who are about to tie the knot soon, we are always overwhelmed with tons of checklist items to complete (trust me – I‘ve been there, done that!). One of the biggest deals of preparing for a wedding is, of course, the wedding cake. So, if you are in the process of collecting ideas for homemade cakes, you are at a right place. I am sharing with you the top 21 DIY wedding cake ideas & recipes for you to consider and try.

 

21 DIY Wedding Cake Ideas & Recipes

1.     Three-Tier Wedding Sponge Cake with Cute Cake Topper

Source: Whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

Here is the first and the easiest option for you – a simple yet enticing DIY wedding sponge cake! It is very easy to make and does not cost much. You can follow a basic sponge cake recipes (say, from Martha Stewart’s recipe), do several batches, lay them on top of each other with icing cream and top it off with gorgeous strawberries or flower decors.

Ingredients:

  • ½ stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 and ½ cups of cake flour and sugar
  • 9 eggs
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Confectioner’s sugar for cake dusting

 

Directions:

  • Add 1 cup of sugar and whisk together with egg yolks in a bowl over simmering water in a saucepan for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add in vanilla and salt. Then, set aside in a bowl.
  • Beat egg whites until it is soft. Add the remaining ½ of sugar little by little into the mixer.
  • Fold 1/3 of egg whites into yolks and fold the remaining white eggs (P/s: Here’s a tip on how to fold).
  • Then, pour melted butter and fold it well.
  • Divide the batter into several pans and bake it at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Decorate the cake with your favorite toppers.

 

2.     Homemade Blueberry Banana Wedding Cake

Source: Countryliving.com

I also love this next DIY Wedding cake ideas as it is quick to prepare and yet looks scrumptious and luxurious for your wedding day. It is the classic homemade blueberry banana wedding cake! Here’s the recipe for you to follow as shared on Mumsnet.com.

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 190g of self-raising flour
  • 160g of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • One lemon zest
  • 150g of blueberries
  • 200g banana mesh
  • 125g melted butter

 

Directions:

  • Add sugar to melted butter and mix well.
  • Add eggs into the mix. Beat well.
  • Add mashed bananas with vanilla extract and fold it.
  • Add flour little by little and add blueberries once it incorporates well.
  • Pour into a pan and bake for about 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 150 degrees.

 

3.     DIY Wedding Sponge Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Source: Heritage-at-home.com

If you are a fan of sponge cake and would like to try a more stylish frosting, how about you try this next DIY wedding cake idea and recipe. You can follow the recipe of sponge cake I shared above and continue with the Swiss meringue buttercream recipe below. The result? A professional looking homemade wedding cake as if made by a pro!

Ingredients:

  • 230g granulated sugar
  • ¼ tablespoons of tartar cream
  • Four large egg whites
  • 3 and ½ sticks of unsalted butter
  • Additional flavors like chocolate, fruit purees or extracts

Directions:

  • Separate egg whites and whisk with sugar and tartar cream in a mixer until they combine well.
  • Set the mixing bowl over the simmering water in the pot.
  • Constantly whisk it until it is thick and creamy.
  • Then, put back the mixing bowl and beat at high speed for a few minutes until it becomes stiff and glossy i.e. until it becomes a meringue.
  • Add butter a few tablespoons at a time and whisk on a low speed.
  • Then, beat again until it becomes thick.
  • Lastly, add any flavoring of your choice.
  • Use it to decorate your cake!

 

4.     Homemade DIY Giant Wedding Cupcake

Source: Pinterest.com

How about making your wedding cake as one of the main props? Make it something extraordinary like a giant cupcake! Here, I am going to share with you the easy recipe on how to make a giant cupcake.

Ingredients:

  • 450g caster sugar and self-raising flour
  • 8 eggs
  • 450g softened butter
  • Two tablespoons of vanilla
  • Three tablespoons of milk
  • Four tablespoons of baking powder
  • Superlarge cupcake tin

 

Directions:

 

5.     Tropical Coconut Cream Wedding Cake

Source: Brit.co

Are you having a tropical or garden theme wedding ceremony? I think you and your guests will love this coconut wedding cake. It suits well to your theme and tastes delicious too! Cover your cake with shredded coconut to give it a polished and fluffy look!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of softened butter and canola oil
  • 2 cups of sugar and sweetened shredded coconut
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and baking soda
  • One teaspoon of coconut extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of almond extract, salt and tartar cream
  • 2 and ¼ cups of cake flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk

 

Directions:

  • Beat butter, sugar, and oil and add egg yolks one at a time.
  • Add extracts into the mix.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and add into the mix with buttermilk together with coconut extracts.
  • Beat tartar cream and egg whites separately and add into the batter.
  • Pour into greased pan and bake about 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 325 degrees.

 

6.     Do-It-Yourself Sugar Cookie Wedding Cakes

Source: Lucydylanweddings.com

One of the best DIY wedding cake ideas and recipes has got to be the DIY Sugar Cookie Wedding Cake!  It does not take long to bake, and the ingredients are easy to prepare. To decorate it, you can add small chocolate chip cookies on the cake and put a layer of frosting cream in between the cookie tiers.

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of baking powder
  • One tablespoon of salt
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour, sugar, eggs
  • 1 cups of unsalted butter
  • Four tablespoons of vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Mix butter and sugar until it turns fluffy.
  • Gradually adds in flour mixture.
  • Once mixed into a dough, separate into four pieces and refrigerate overnight.
  • Once ready to bake, roll out the dough and cut into different sizes using a cookie cutter.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees and bake for about 18 minutes.
  • Pipe icing onto each cookie layer and stack them up.
  • For the top, you can use meringue, buttercream icing or confectioner’s sugar as dusting.

 

7.     The Classic DIY Red Velvet Wedding Cake

Source: Theknot.com

Who does not love red velvet cake? It is very moist and delicious. Plus, the color mix between red and white looks elegant and appealing, thanks to the fluffy sponge cake and cream cheese frosting. For your wedding, you can spice it up by adding flowers or bride & groom edible miniatures on top of it and place it on an ornate cake stand.

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of baking soda, baking powder, salt, and vinegar
  • 1 cup of canola oil and buttermilk
  • 2 cups of flour and sugar
  • Two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ oz of red food coloring
  • ½ cup of hot coffee

 

Directions:

  • Whisk flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine canola oil and sugar.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and red coloring and mix well.
  • Add in coffee and white vinegar and stir it well.
  • Mix these wet ingredients into the dry ingredients a little at a time.
  • Once mixed, pour into a pan and bake in an oven at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Frost each cake layer with cream cheese frosting and decorate it per your creativity!

 

8.     Homemade Wedding Moist Carrot Cake

Source: Korenainthekitchen.com

Now, a carrot cake might sound like a too-basic cake. But, trust me, if done right, your DIY wedding cake will become the talk of the town. Bake the cake by following the recipe that I share below, layer it with cream cheese frosting and place gorgeous and bright flowers for finishing!

Ingredients:

  • Two teaspoons of baking soda
  • One teaspoon of salt and vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar, brown sugar, and chopped pecans
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of grated, peeled carrots
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 and ¼ cups of canola oil
  • Four large eggs

 

Directions:

  • Whisk flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon well in a big bowl.
  • Whisk oil, sugar, and vanilla in another bowl.
  • Add eggs into the bowl and blend well.
  • Add the two batters and stir gently.
  • Add in carrots, nuts, and raisins.
  • Divide the batter into separate pans and bake for 45 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
  • Use cream cheese as a frosting in a between the cake layers.

 

9.     DIY Freakshake Wedding Cheesecake

Source: Olivemagazine.com

This DIY Freakshake Wedding Cheesecake is also one of the best DIY wedding cake ideas & recipes for you to try. It is unique because it is not the regular sponge-type cake. It is a cheesecake with creative toppings like pretzel crumbs, marshmallows, and salted butterscotch cream!

Ingredients:

  • 500g cheese
  • 125g melted butter
  • 200g crushed biscuits
  • 300g marshmallows
  • 185ml whole milk
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla
  • One tablespoon butter
  • Crushed pretzels, fudge pieces & crunchy bars
  • 150ml whipped cream
  • Four tablespoons salted caramel sauce

 

Directions:

  • Mix melted butter with crushed biscuits and pour it on the pan base.
  • Melt milk and marshmallows together and set aside.
  • Beat vanilla with the cream cheese and fold the marshmallow mix with whipped cream.
  • Pour onto the biscuit base. Chill overnight.
  • Pour chocolate drizzle and decorate with crushed pretzels and crunchy bars!

 

10. Wedding Chocolate Stout Cake with Caramel Buttercream

Source: Marthastewartweddings.com

If you are looking for an idea or recipe for a DIY wedding cake, why don’t you try this tasty chocolate stout cake recipe as shared by the Cooking Queen herself, Martha Stewart? It is an ideal cake if you are a chocolate lover. Add pecans, caramel sauce, and buttercream ganache as decoration pieces.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of sugar, all-purpose flour
  • Four eggs
  • Four sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of stout
  • 1 and ½ cups of cocoa powder and salt
  • One tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of sour cream

 

Directions:

  • Simmer stout and butter in a saucepan.
  • Add and whisk cocoa powder.
  • Whisk together sugar, flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl.
  • Beat eggs and sour cream in a mixer and add stout batter slowly.
  • Add flour mixture and beat well.
  • Pour the mixture into separate pans.
  • Bake for 45 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees.
  • To decorate, sprinkle candied pecans and drizzle salted caramel sauce.

 

11. DIY Ribbon-Wrapped Vanilla Wedding Cake

Source: Bhg.com

Besides chocolate, vanilla is another classic flavor loved by many – you can’t go wrong with this flavor! So, all you need to do is to bake a simple vanilla cake, prepare (or purchase) a layering fondant, and decorate your cake as you wish. My suggestion: wrap it in a stylish golden ribbon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of whole milk and unsalted butter
  • One tablespoon of vanilla extract and baking powder
  • 2 and ¾ cups of cake flour
  • 1 and ½ cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  • Beat sugar and egg together until it is fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Add flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir and add into the butter mixture.
  • Alternate with milk and beat well.
  • Divide the batter into several pans and bake for 25 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
  • Cover with a fondant and wrap a golden ribbon around each layer base. For an extra punch, place edible flowers on top of it!

 

12. DIY Wedding Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes

Source: Bettycrocker.com

So, maybe you think the giant cupcake recipe and idea above is too extraordinary. Perhaps, this DIY wedding cake design is the perfect one for you: DIY Wedding Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes. You can do it in a few batches and place them on a multiple-tiered cake stand. As for the frosting, it is up to you to choose the flavors, colorings, and decorations!

Ingredients:

  • Betty Crocker’s SuperMoist yellow cake mix.
  • One teaspoon of vanilla
  • Baking cups

Directions:

  • Mix all filings ingredients and simmer it.
  • Beat the mix with butter and whisk it. Then, refrigerate it.
  • Combine the cake mix as directed on the box and add vanilla to the batter.
  • Pour it into baking cups and bake it in an oven at 350 degrees.
  • Pump fillings by inserting the bag tip in the center of the cupcake.
  • Decorate with a frosting of your choice and sprinkle it with edible glitter if you wish!

 

13. The Ultimate 4-Tiered Sprinkled Wedding Cake

Source: Coolcrafts.com

How about bring back old memories and have a traditional sprinkle cake in your wedding? To make it luxurious and fits your glamorous wedding, let’s make it a four-tiered cake with a touch of white fondant bows with this DIY 4-Tiered Sprinkled Wedding Cake!

Ingredients:

  • 450g butter
  • One tablespoon vanilla and baking powder
  • Four tablespoons of whole milk
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 450g flour
  • 8 eggs
  • 200g rainbow sprinkles

 

Directions:

  • Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer.
  • Add eggs and flour gradually into the mix.
  • Sift baking powder and flour and fold it into the cake batter.
  • Scatter rainbow sprinkles and mix well.
  • Pour into separate pans and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees.
  • Wrap two layers with fondants and another two with sprinkles.

 

14. Creative DIY Macaron Wedding Cake

Source: Moncheribridals.com

Creative DIY Macaron Wedding Cake is one of the best wedding cake ideas & recipes that you should try if you want to have a nice French flair in your ceremony. Have you baked any macarons before? If not, below is the simple recipe for the macaron. Then, stack them up on a cupcake stand or cake holder.

Ingredients:

  • 100g of icing sugar and ground almonds
  • 55g caster sugar
  • Two egg whites
  • A small pinch of salt
  • 150g of unsalted butter
  • Food coloring of your choice

 

Directions:

  • Sift ground almonds and icing sugar and mix well.
  • Whisk egg whites, food coloring, and salt. Add caster sugar gradually until it becomes thick.
  • Stir the almond and sugar mix gently.
  • Insert the macaron mixture into a piping bag and pipe it onto a baking sheet.
  • Make sure to break any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, open the oven door and bake another 9 minutes.
  • Pipe the filling and layer the two macarons together.
  • Watch this YouTube tutorial video on how to make French Macarons.

 

15. Homemade Multiple-Tiered Pavlova Wedding Cake

Source: Rainbowsugarcraft.com

Pavlova is a traditional dessert that can give an opulent feel to any wedding ceremony! It is one of my favorite DIY wedding cake ideas & recipes. Would you like to know how to prepare a pavlova cake for your nuptial? Follow the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • Eight egg whites
  • Four teaspoons of cornstarch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 and ½ fine sugar and whipping cream
  • One teaspoon coconut extract
  • Two teaspoons vinegar
  • 6 passionfruit
  • Lime juice
  • 1 cup of shaved coconut

 

Directions:

  • Whisk salt and egg whites together.
  • Add sugar gradually until it becomes a shiny meringue.
  • Add coconut extract, vinegar, and cornstarch and fold it.
  • Pour into a baking pan and form a circle.
  • Bake for 1 and ½ hours at 300 degrees.
  • Decorate the top with any fruits of your choice and make a couple of tiers to make it grand!

 

16. DIY 2-Tiered Fruit Wedding Cake

Source: Odlums.ie

Your summer wedding will be more beautiful if you pick a cake that suits well to the beauty of the season – a DIY 2-Tiered Fruit Wedding Cake. The cake itself is sweet and fruity. You can finish it with a glossy fondant to give it a sleek and festive look. On top of it, place your favorite flowers.

Ingredients:

  • 350g white flour
  • 275g butter
  • 275g brown sugar
  • Six large eggs
  • 450g of raisins and sultanas
  • 175g of cherries and mixed peels
  • 125g of ground and chopped almonds
  • ½ teaspoon of mixed spice and nutmeg
  • A couple of teaspoons of lemon and orange juice

 

Directions:

  • Mix sultanas, cherries, almonds, raisins, peels, and lemon juices in a bowl.
  • Mix flour, nutmeg, and spices together in a separate bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a mixer.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
  • Add the fruit mix and fold the rest of the flour into the batter.
  • Pour into separate pans and bake for 3 hours in a 140-degree oven.

 

17. Peach Cobbler Cake

Source: Aujpoj.com

A wedding does not have to have a sponge cake. It can be just about any deserts. Having said that, here’s another top DIY wedding cake ideas and recipes for you to consider – Homemade Peach Cobbler Cake! Jeremy Roloff from Little People Big World used it for his nuptials, and it became the talk of the town!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz of peaches with syrup
  • 18.25 oz of yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

 

Directions:

  • Pour peaches on the pan base.
  • Add dry cake mix on top of the peach base and press firmly.
  • Cut butter into several small pieces and place them in the cake mix.
  • Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 190 degrees.

 

18. DIY Vanilla-Buttermilk Frosty Wedding Cake

Source: Epicurious.com

Sure, vanilla cake is delicious but when you couple it with buttermilk, the taste is irresistible! So, for the next DIY wedding cake idea and recipe, I am suggesting you try this Homemade Vanilla-Buttermilk Frosty Wedding Cake. The recipe below is a simplified version. If you’d like to see the complete – cake, frosting, and syrup – recipes, check it out here!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of cake flour
  • One tablespoon of vanilla extract and baking powder
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¾ spoon of salt
  • 2 and ¼ cups of unsalted butter
  • 5 and ¼ cups of sugar
  • 12 large eggs
  • 3 cups of buttermilk

 

Directions:

  • Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a mixer until it is light and creamy.
  • Add four egg yolks gradually and add vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mix and alternate it with buttermilk.
  • Beat four egg whites separately and add sugar gradually for 3 minutes.
  • Fold it into flour mixture.
  • Pour into separate pans and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Apply frosting and decorate with colorful fruits or flowers!

 

19. Homemade Three-Tier Black Fondant Wedding Cake

Source: Brides.com

If you’d like to shy away from girly wedding cakes and opt for a more masculine look, you might want to try this next wedding cake ideas and recipes – The Homemade Three-Tier Black Fondant Wedding Cake. You can bake a cake of any flavors, so I am going to share with you the recipe on how to make a black marshmallow fondant!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs powder sugar
  • 1 lb of marshmallow
  • One tablespoon of water
  • One tablespoon of black food coloring
  • ½ cup white vegetable fat
  • 1.25 lbs of Wilton fondant

 

Directions:

 

20. DIY Gerbera Naked Wedding Cake – Orange Flavor

Source: Cakesdecor.com

This next wedding cake idea and recipe is ideal for you if you are having a beach wedding by the ocean. The gorgeous Gerbera daisy flowers make a beautiful décor item for your naked (unfrosted) cake. Most importantly, it is easy and cheap to prepare! Let’s try this orange-flavored naked cake simple recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of orange juice and milk
  • 125g of softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cups of caster sugar
  • One tablespoon of orange zest
  • 1 and ½ self-rising sifted flour

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients above in a mixer and beat for 3 minutes until it is well-mixed.
  • Pour it into separate pans and bake for 40 minutes in 190-degree oven.
  • End it with a thin layer of orange frosting to give it a naked look.

 

21. DIY Neapolitan Wedding Cake

Source: Lifeloveandsugar.com

I save the best for last – this one has got to be my top favorite. The elegant and sophisticated looking Neapolitan Wedding Cake. It comes in three different flavors which are strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. It tastes delicious and satisfying! Try the simplified recipe below and check out this tutorial to see the full recipe.

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 cup of sugar and cake flour
  • ¼ cup of Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of buttermilk, boiling water, and vegetable oil
  • One tablespoon of baking soda
  • One large egg
  • ½ tablespoon of salt
  • ¾ tablespoon of vanilla

 

Strawberry Cake:

  • ½ cup of milk
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Two tablespoons sugar
  • 2 and ¼ cups of cake flour
  • 1 and ¾ cups sugar
  • One tablespoon of salt
  • Four tablespoons of baking powder
  • ¾ cup of unsalted butter
  • 24 oz of ripe strawberries

 

Directions:

  • Mix the ingredients of chocolate and strawberries cake and bake as usual by following one of the standard cake recipes above.
  • To assemble them all together, start with chocolate cake on the bottom.
  • Spread icing in between and alternate the layers with strawberry cake.
  • Spread icing and decorate per your creativity!

 

Conclusion

So, there you go! The best 21 DIY wedding cake ideas & recipes for you to try. They are not only easy to make but also very budget friendly. It won’t cost you hundreds of dollars for a single cake. Most importantly, the satisfaction that you get from creating your cake masterpiece for your wedding? Priceless!

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