Wedding Cakes: Breaking Them Down To Build Them Up

Lets face it. Wedding cakes can be pretty intimidating to look at as they insight a sense of inferiority in us as they stand in all their glory, belittling the little knowledge that we have. But do they HAVE to be so complicated? There are many varieties, and fair enough, some of them can be extremely exquisite and intricate in design which would reasonably justify their high price tag. But then there are some that with just the right techniques can be bold and effective with very little complication. Below we have provided the part one of a three part series on baking a 3 tier wedding cake by Cookies Cupcakes & Cardio. She does an excellent job at taking you through the entire process, start to finish which will give you a full overview and help curb that intimidation often tied to wedding cakes.

Another thing I found which has led to much inspiration about wedding cakes is getting an overview on how they’ve been made around the world in many different cultures and the symbolism they carry at these ceremonies. If you follow the link: you will be amazed to read some of the old superstitions once held around wedding cakes, their history in weddings in the old days of Europe, the many varieties and even the traditional ceramic toppers that are often times displayed on top; the small bride and groom figures eloquently displayed. Dig in and soak up some knowledge and try taking on the task. It’s a great personal task for any baking enthusiast which will fulfill your love for baking while offering your loved ones a gift from the heart, for them to share in the cake cutting ceremony together.

Slow Cooking Your Sweets


No one is guessing why slow cookers are such a hit. They are one of the simplest way of cooking, completely hands-off with an easy set-n-forget programmable interface which makes for your favourite kitchen appliance in not just preparing dinner but dessert as well. Most people don’t think of a slow cooker for their desserts. They are often thinking main courses, whole chickens and roasts. But once you put your slow cooker to use for your dessert recipes you may just find yourself coming up with more and more sweets than you had imagined possible. Sounds dangerous doesn’t it? Well how perfect does it sound for bake sales, picnics, community events, holidays?

If you’re often pressed for time in the morning, why not making yourself a large portion of fruity bread pudding to last your family for days? Now that’s something the entire family can look forward to! Prep it up Saturday night and have it hot and prepared in the morning. You can play with this recipe every week, adding varieties such as banana bread pudding, chocolate bread pudding, chai, almond, apple, the list goes on and on. If your concerned about the wheat content then go ahead and try some gluten-free flour.

If you haven’t hopped on board with the slow cooker craze then check out right away. You have probably got a certain number of mouths to feed, perhaps a particular aesthetic that your going for in your kitchen, and would also just like to know that other customers have tried and tested a product and you feel good about your investment. They have done an excellent job in presenting many of the most sought after models on the market in which they review themselves as well as give an average user rating which combines all user reviews found online. This saves you the time tracking them down and reading them all so you can spend your time finding recipes!!! To compare models you’ll want to check out their top slow cookers reviews for some good oversight.

Another one of our favourite aspects of the Best Slow Cooker website is they have a Slow Cooker cookbooks page which hosts some bestsellers. Almost all of these books have a desserts section with some incredible recipes. We picked up I Love My Slow Cooker by Beverly LeBlanc which features classic Almond Créme Caramel, Winter Fruit Salad, Vanilla & Pepper-Poached Pears and so much more. They will truly escalate your desserts into the realm of fine food and have you bragging about your new slow cooker to all your friends.







Getting to the good part: Pressure Cooking Desserts


When one learns about the wonders of pressure cooking their creativity is always wildly ignited resulting in a month long marathon of high volume cooking that bewilders the rest of the household. And why not? It’s not like they are complaining! Your needs are fulfilled as much as their appetites. While one initially thinks of main courses when looking at their pressure cooker there are endless possibilities with unforseen results waiting to be discovered when using pressure cooking for desserts. Now, if this is all sounding like news to you and you have yet to tap into the fun then we’d suggest that you do some research to find the best pressure cooker for your kitchen. There are many models and brands to choose from, both electric and manual so be sure to get one that represents how you enjoy cooking. We’ll come back to this later on. Below is our favourite recipe for a fruity clafoutis cake. Give this one a try and impress your loved ones. For it you will need a pressure cooker of 6L capacity or more, a steamer basket and a heat resistant bowl. It has a preparation time of about 15 minutes. Set your pressure cooker to HIGH.


2.5 cups of your choice of fruit. We recommend cherries, figs, tangerines or blueberries.

0.5 cup of sugar

0.75 cup of all purpose flour

1 cup of fresh milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Icing sugar

oil to hold the wax paper in place


Add the trivet or steamer basket to the pressure cooker. The goal with this is to have the cake keep its form while avoiding touching the bottom of the cooker.

Add 2 cups of water to the pressure cooker

Prepare your fruit by removing any peel or seed that it may have.

Take a mixing bowl and add the sugar, eggs and vanilla mixing them together thoroughly with a whisk.

Now add the milk and flour

Oil the form  and line it with some wax paper.

Pour in the mixture and slowly add your fruit to the mixture evenly.

Tightly cover with some aluminum foil.

Create a handle for the form, either using more foil or some string and lower the form into the pressure cooker. You will need these handles to pull it out of the cooker.

Properly close and lock the lid and set the temperature to HIGH.

Once the pan reaches the desired pressure, lower the heat and set a timer for 15-20 minutes while cooking at high pressure. Once this time has passed you can slowly release the pressure.

Use a toothpick or a fork to check if the cake is cooked right by poking into its centre.

If the cake needs more time then just close the lid and the leftover heat from the pressure cooker may be enough to do the trick.

Once the cake is done cooking you can remove it and let it cool

Sprinkle your desired amount of icing sugar right before serving

Serve warmed or cooled.

So as we had mentioned before, there are a lot of options for consumers nowadays in pressure cookers. Some people prefer a more automated way of cooking which allows them to set it and forget it. These people would be best to read the best electric pressure cooker reviews as there will be a wealth of information that can help them find a programmable model that has the features they seek as well as choosing what would look best in their kitchen. On the other hand, some folks enjoy a more hands on approach to cooking where they would likely be best to check out the famous Fissler pressure cooker as it is hailed as the best manual pressure cooker on the market today. It is modern in design so though it is manual it is free of intimidating features and know-how often tied to the old fashion pressure cookers of the past.