Tale of a Wedding Cake

Hello all – please forgive me for the lack of recipes of late I have had a huge project on the go…

A wedding cake for my sister Charlotte and her husband!

 It’s all over and done with and whilst I considered blogging each step for you the design of the cake was a surprise for Mr & Mrs Rodgers so I couldn’t give the game away.

Of course I need to share it with you so here it is.  More detailed tutorials on the elements will  be making an appearance in due course!

I started with this….

And now just have this left!

I worked my way through:

2530g butter

2960g caster sugar

38 eggs

2158g plain flour

696g self-raising flour

934ml milk

180g cocoa powder

and 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda

for the cakes alone.

The top three deep tiers are cake, the bottom and largest is a covered cake dummy.  The request was no fruit cake so there are two madeira cakes (14″ and 6″) and one chocolate cake (for Mr Rodgers) at 10″.  My life it weighed the same as a baby elephant!

The lace is made from Sugarveil and completely edible.

And here they are cutting the cake – congratulations Mr & Mrs Rodgers! xx

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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60 Responses to Tale of a Wedding Cake

  1. Sue says:

    Ruth, I am speechless, the cake is stunning and the lace well…. so elegant and classy. Wish I had just 1 gram of your talent. It really is beautiful.Well done x

  2. Emma says:

    Ruth thats AMAZING! wow Well Done!!! x

  3. Jules says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I need to get hold of some of this edible lace. I love it.

  4. Bernice says:

    This is a truely beautiful cake, and one to be VERY proud of. I’m sure it was one of the nicest things you could have done for your sister and her husband. You talent knows no bounds!
    Well done, B x

  5. Elaine says:

    WOW !!! Fantastic …so sophisticated …Love it. Brilliant work x

  6. Beautiful! You are so clever! You were right about the sugarveil, def worth the investment, gives such a wonderful detail to the cake, so elegant. Well done you! X

  7. Leanne says:

    I saw your picture of it the other day – it’s absolutely breathtaking! Exactly what I’d like if I was ever to get married again (to my husband, of course…or Robbie Williams).
    Are the recipes you use for the sponges the ones in your book, Ruth? I’m in the process of decorating a wedding cake for this weekend and have used your sponge recipes! I used them a few weeks ago for a birthday cake and they definitely got the thumbs up! xx

  8. Edible lace? Never seen that before. That cake looks amazing.

  9. Janice says:

    This is fabulous…well done on creating a complete masterpiece.

  10. Ailsa says:

    I was worried something had happened to you! Consider yourself forgiven, you have been very much missed x

  11. Lynn Brown says:

    wow, the lace is stunning.

  12. tracey h says:

    totally stunning! x

  13. Ann Hawkins says:

    As a complete rookie to this cake decorating malarky, I am so very impressed with what you do and I also feel at ease with what you do, not intimidating as are some of the websites I have visited!! The wedding cake is superb and I can only hope that some day I might be as good.

  14. Nikki Ashwell says:

    Ruth this is truly amazing well done its gorgeous, although I’m not suprised!! I’m so amazed that the lace is so delicate and intricate yet edible, how did you do this with all your boys running around.

    No wonder Mr Clemens looked relieved when he had dropped it off, what a responsibility.

    Hope you enjoyed the day x

  15. Lucy says:

    Very classy and elegant I thought. I love your sister’s dress too (am I allowed to say that on a baking site?!!!).

  16. Wow it is beautiful- so elegant 🙂

  17. Jocelyn Bays says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Very elegant, love the sugarveil. Bet your sister was thrilled.

  18. Niamh says:

    Ruth it’s amazing. How was the Sugarveil to work with? I am planning my own wedding cake and thinking about making an investment..

  19. Sarah says:

    Wow – that IS amazing!!!!! Xxx

  20. Nicola Bush says:

    Beautiful ! Love the lace.

  21. narf7 says:

    What a stunning cake! No wonder your sister looks so radiant, with a cake like that you would always remember your wedding day 🙂

  22. Jayne says:

    What an outstanding cake! Very well done! Your sister must have loved it, it’s beautiful! Edible lace, who knew?

  23. Diane S says:

    Ruth that looks absolutely amazing and i’m sure it tasted as good too! You must have felt very proud of your wonderful creation.
    Loving the edible lace that looks so intricate.
    Congraulations to the lovely couple, can i say your sister looks like you!

  24. Absolutely stunning, but it’s not just that you’ve made it so perfectly, it’s the ultra elegant simplicity of the design. Your creativity is inspirational! And just to depress all Mummy elephants, how long did it take to create your *baby elephant”…? 🙂

  25. EmmaMT says:

    AMAZING! I made my sister in laws cake last year. It was four tiers and weighed a ton. I was more worried about carrying it from the car to the hall than I was making or decorating my first big cake!

    I love your design and colour choice. I reckon you’ll have lots if family requesting the same now!

  26. Glo says:

    Georgeous looking cake Ruth. Classy! I also like the way the cake bow corresponds with bow on bride’s dress.
    Look forward to info on Sugarveil.

  27. Frances King says:

    Really, really lovely. So simple (looking)and so elegant. Brilliant

  28. colleen keyes says:

    Ruth, you are SUCH an inspiration. And, unless you´ve moved without telling us, all accomplished in one of the titchiest kitchens I´ve ever seen!! So very well done!!

  29. Zoe Smith says:

    Well done ! It is such a gorgeous cake, your sister is a lucky girl to have such a talented sister. Love your sugarveil work , have been looking at it myself too. Was it easy to use ?

  30. Hannah says:

    That is a stunning cake – love the idea of edible lace! Congratulations to the happy couple too!

  31. Syma says:

    Oh my gosh…. That’s fantastic. You should be very very proud of yourself!!

  32. Morvyn says:

    Ruth, cake is beautiful. Congrats to the newly married couple 🙂 x

  33. Annabel says:

    You’re so talented – the cakes look perfect, beautiful and very classy. Well done, and lucky sister in having you to bake her cake!!!

  34. cleo welsh says:

    the cake is beautiful and very inspirational.
    Many congratulations!


  35. Janice says:

    I love the simplicity of your cake and am blown away by the perfect execution. Edible lace is incredible.

  36. Karla says:

    Congratulations Ruth! What a beautiful and perfect wedding cake!

    What a challenge to make this for your sister!

    Super work! Bravo


  37. sheila says:

    Your cake is stunning Ruth, you must be so pleased with the end result.

    I have also had problems with calculating ingredients to make larger and smaller cakes. My husband recalculates ingredients for me when I want to make smaller/larger cakes. He also uses a ratio of volumes but uses pi to calculate the volume of round tins. However, the problem that we have is determining the cooking time and oven setting for the resized cake. How do you solve this problem please?


    • Hello Sheila the oven setting should be the same but I don’t know of a way of calculating baking time other than keeping an eye on it and testing with a skewer for when it’s done x

      • sheila says:

        Thank you for replying to me Ruth, that is what I do so I shall carry on in the same way.

        BTW, I meant to say that lace is out of this world :).

  38. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    that cake is absolutely gorgeous!

  39. lovesredvelvet says:

    Congrats Ruth.Wow your sis is so beautiful. Your wedding cake is very very very beautiful.Looks so delicious.I wish icould fly from singapore to meet u,try yr beaut.yummy cake.You’re so talented.Thanks.cheers!

  40. Rhian says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I have watched your progress from the the Great British Bake off and been totally amazed! I think you have given me confidence that it is possible to do things in your life that you feel passionate about!

    Ive been making sugarpaste cakes for friends and family for the past year but would like to take it further! How do I go about it? Thought about starting up a home run business!
    I love baking and believe I have a great talent. Id be ecstatic if you had a look at my website or had any advice! http://www.cakedinicing.blogspot.com

    Thanks Rhian x

  41. Mottram Hall…? I recognise the wallpaper!
    Great cake, looking forward to your post on sugar veil. X

  42. Sarah says:

    Ruth, this is absolutely amazing. Well done you! What a wonderful gift to be able to give your sister. I’m loving the edible lace! x

  43. Rachel says:

    Wow your sisters cake was amazing.I have a wedding cake to make next week and will be using your madeira recipe for some of the tiers.Just wondered can you convert the recipe to a chocolate cake by adding cocoa because I need a cake that will last a week at least so I can decorate it with quite a time consuming design. Also could it be turned into lemon by adding lemon zest and extract. Normally I would use a sponge mix but don’t need them to last as long. Any help would be so grateful. Thank you.

    • Thank you! I would convert the madeira to lemon by adding grated lemon zest to the creamed butter and sugar and then lemon juice stirred through at the end. I would use a Devils Food Chocolate Cake for the chocolate version as that also keeps very well.

  44. Mags Dobbyn says:

    Hello Ruth, This is in relation to your Traditional Wedding Cake on the BBC website. I am making this for my daughters wedding next April and am going to make the 6inch first as a practice run. You may not respond to individual enquiries but it’s just one question – What size eggs do I use? As there are 12 needed for the 12inch I want to be sure. Many thanks. Marie

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