Home Wedding Planning DIY Library DIY Cake Month: Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes

If you’ve browsed Amazon or cruised through the cookbook aisle of your local book seller, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that there are lots (and lots and lots) of wedding cake books on the market. Not surprisingly, there are gems and there are clunkers hidden in the vast pool of offerings.

In my book search for this series I found that some cake books are outdated and, well, just plain frumpy. Others are meant to be inspirational eye-candy with no recipes or how-to. Some books deal only with decoration. Some are a combination of decor how-to & recipes. While many books have neat ideas or solid instruction, few books are truly outstanding. Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes falls into that outstanding category. A combination of inspiration, decoration how-to, and recipes this book exceeded my already high expectations.

What I loved about this book:

  • Beautifully photographed cakes by the fabulous Wendy Kromer are truly inspiring.
  • The book is very well-laid out from the basics of cake components and tips on selecting your perfect cake to recipes and decorating instructions.
  • The range of cakes is diverse from Martha-esque classic and elegant to fun and whimsical (without being cheesy).
  • The yummy recipes are scaled appropriately for wedding cakes, taking some of the guesswork out of the baking process.
  • As with all of Martha’s DIY, the instructions are clear and concise.
  • The cake display ideas are fabulous, creative, and within the skills/reach of most DIYers.
  • Did I mention this is a gorgeous book? It is worthy of display on a coffee table.

Other notes:

  • I’ve seen most of the cakes in MS Weddings. While it doesn’t take away from the quality of the book, I would’ve loved to see some brand new cake ideas.
  • This may not be the best book for 1st timers. It is, however, a great companion if you’re taking decorating classes or have some experience under your belt.
  • The list price is $60.00 though one can find it cheaper via Amazon or other discount retailers. I think it’s worth it because it’ll be on my shelf forever. Your mileage (and budget) may vary.
5 replies to this post
  1. I checked this out from the local library and although I haven’t tried any of the decorating yet, I thought the book looked very thorough and had great descriptions!

  2. I have this book and bought it for my wedding planning (still under way!) and plan to make my own cake,which I find is a very ambitious task to take on… This book is great for details and while some of the designs are dated, the photes are amazing quality and the book overall shows a wide variety of designs. This is the best wedding cake reference I have found and while it won’t teach you all you need to bake and decorate a cake, it is a great place to start for ideas.

  3. Indeed, Martha Stewart cakes are gorgeous. Wendy Kromer does an amazing job, I’m proud to say we are from the same town! If only her cakes weren’t so pricey, I would have booked her in a heartbeat to do my wedding cake!

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