Cookery Editor, Sue McMahon, shows you step-by-step how to make a wedding cake – get our recipes here

…we’ve even listed the ingredients you’ll need to make a wedding cake depending on your size of cake tin. Plus a delightfully easy video teaching you how to do this elegant sugarcraft decoration. It’s surprisingly simple!

We won’t make any claims that it’s cheaper to make a wedding cake rather than buy one, as it probably isn’t if you’re comparing prices to cakes that you can buy from supermarkets as they can bulk buy ingredients.

…but yours will be a designer cake, totally unique. And will work out cheaper than the prices that some designers charge!

Here, we’ve worked out our favourite fruit cake recipe for cake tin sizes from 4in upwards, so you can pick the sizes of the cakes you want to make depending on the number of guests at the wedding. Click your link to download PDF instructions to make a wedding cake.

DOWNLOAD: Fruit cake recipe featuring ingredients for different sized tins

DOWNLOAD: Almond sponge cake recipe featuring ingredients for different sized tins

The cake originally pictured in the magazine was made in 4in, 7in and 10in round cakes as we recommend 3in between the tier sizes. So if you want a larger cake then 6in, 9in and 12in would work well too. Or if it’s a very big wedding, then you could make a 4-tier cake by adding a 13in cake to the 4in, 7in, and 10in.

The main feature to our wedding cake is the frills. It’s a technique that it’s sometimes easier to see being done in “real life” rather than still pictures, so Sue McMahon made a very short video to show the rolling technique. It’s really easy. See it here:

As I had a second cake, as I made a cake for the step-by-step photos, I decided to have a little play to make it slightly different to the design that we published.

So this is a picture (below) of another version where I spread the roses out rather than grouping them together, and I also added a few pale green rose leaves (which I actually had left over from some cupcakes), and then I decided that as stacked cakes can often look a little “squat”, especially if displayed in large venues, then I added some extra height by covering a polystyrene ball with frills too, and stuck it onto the top of the cake.

Wedding cake