How to: steps to making three-tier square wedding cakes

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How to: steps to making three-tier square wedding cakes
Creating a gorgeous wedding cake first requires a plan. (wedding cake image by Cindy Haggerty from

Creating a wedding cake is a time-consuming endeavour, but is very rewarding when complete. There are many steps involved, beginning with the design. Determine if the cake will be round or square and the number of layers needed. Decide if each layer of the cake will be a different flavour or if they'll all be the same. Also, choose the colour and type of frosting and what kind of decorations the cake should have. When the plan has been created, the baking can begin.

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Things you need

  • Cake mixes
  • Cake pans
  • Foil
  • Frosting
  • Decorations

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  1. 1

    Choose which flavour of wedding cake to bake. White, chocolate, marble or any other variation. Decide what size cake is needed and purchase the square pans based on how many the cake will feed. Pans come in sets starting at 8, 10, 12 x 2 and increase in size from there. This means the top cake is 8", middle cake is 10" and the bottom layer cake is 12". All are 2" thick. Bake two of each size as each layer will have two cakes with a filling in between.

  2. 2

    Prepare the cake mixes according to the directions on the boxes. Pour the batter into three different size square cake pans. When cakes are finished baking, let them cool completely. Store cakes at least overnight in a refrigerator.

  3. 3

    Frost the cake layers. Take a piece of cardboard cover with foil wrapping paper. Add some frosting to it. Lay the largest cake on top of it. Add a layer of filling on top of the cake. Then carefully slide the second largest layer on top. Spread the cake with frosting. Refrigerate so frosting will set. Repeat this process with the other two size layers.

  4. 4

    Place the largest cake on a cardboard support sheet. Create the first layer of tiers by cutting a circle piece of waxed paper to put in the centre of the layer. Mark with a straw four or five areas where the supports will go. Layer frosting on the waxed paper and lay the second tier on top. Apply a light layer of frosting on top of the middle cake and gently slide the top layer on.

  5. 5

    Decorate the cake. Add piping around the edges to hide the layer seams. Add flowers or ribbons or any other decoration required.

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