Wedding season is here, naturally leaving us with thoughts of weekends away, cocktail dresses, the perfect nude heels and sky-high cakes dancing in our heads. While many may choose to have a local bakery create their wedding cake, a homemade cake is the ultimate personal touch to make a wedding feel more intimate. Whether you’re thinking of baking one for your own special day or for a dear friend, we’re here to show you how easy it is to make a lovely tiered wedding cake yourself.

Below are step-by-step instructions for constructing a stacked tier layer cake. Visual learners, be sure to check out our Facebook Live tutorial for more tips and tricks!

Step 1

For a sturdy base, tape two or three cake boards together. For best results, use boards that are at least 2 in. in diameter larger than the base cake layer.

If your cake design includes a bottom border, or your cake is more than 2 tiers, an even larger diameter cake base makes moving the finished cake easier. Cover taped cake boards in Fanci-Foil wrap. Level, fill and stack bottom cake layer on covered cake board. Make sure cake is perfectly level. Cover cake with icing or fondant as desired.

Step 2

Level, fill and stack cake layers for remaining cake tiers on cake boards with the same diameter as the cake. Make sure stacked cake is perfectly level. Prepare cakes, covering with icing or fondant.

Step 3

Gently imprint bottom cake with the next size cake board being stacked. Use this outline to guide the insertion of the dowel rods.

Step 4

Measure height of each stacked cake except the top tier. Cut the dowel rods even with the height of the cakes. Insert dowel rods into cakes, spacing about 1 1/2in. from edge of the cake board imprint. For cakes 12 in. or larger, insert at least 3 additional dowel rods towards the center of the imprint. Make sure the top of all dowel rods are even with the top of the cake. Repeat for all cake tiers.

Step 5

Place cut parchment or sprinkle confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder or coconut in the dowel rod area where cake board will rest. This helps prevent icing on the cake from sticking to the tier above.

Step 6

Carefully stack tiers. For added support and to avoid shifting of tiers, sharpen one end of a bamboo dowel rod. Insert through center of all cake tiers and cake boards.

Step 7

Finish decorating your cake. Add ornate fondant decorations or keep it simple with hand-piped swirls and fresh flowers.

Looking for more unique wedding ideas? Visit the Wilton wedding page for endless inspiration!