Are you brave enough to make your own wedding cake? As on any other DIY wedding project, I urge you to be sure to set aside more time that you think you'll need. Things that look "super easy" can run into complications.
This video on making a wedding cake is by Jane Asher Party Cakes. She is well known in the United Kingdom as an amazing cake artist. Her video breaks down the creation of a fondant cake with clear and precise direction.
There are five basic steps. Please note that these steps are primarily focused on the decorating part - not the baking part.
The lovely thing about this cake is it's simplicity and the fact that you can personalize it in so many ways. Different piping, ribbon, and trim can make the cake uniquely yours.
Remove the cake from the oven, turn it upside down on a cooling rack and remove the paper liner. Prepare a bowl of royal cake icing.
After the cake has cooled, remove the domed top. Cut the remaining cake into thirds and spread each with jam (if preferred). Ice the cake with the royal icing.
Roll out the fondant and lift it carefully onto the cake layer. Smooth with your hands and then cut around the base. Repeat for each cake layer.
Smooth with fondant tools. Insert supportive dowel rods and cut with wire cutters. Lift top layer into place. Attach ribbon around base of each layer with royal icing.
Pipe decorative scallops onto sides of cake and press on silver balls. Paint scallops with eatable silver icing paint. Create bows and attach to sides of cake with royal icing. Affix the jewel brooches into place.
Take a deep breath and admire your work. Overlook imperfections and give yourself a pat on the back. It would be a very good idea to do a practice cake a month or so in advance. This would give you an idea of how much time you need to allow and any techniques that need more practice.