Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Let Them Eat Cake

One of the reasons I have been MIA lately is because I was busy getting ready to make a wedding cake for a friend's wedding.  It was a long, stressful process that I'm so glad is over.  Almost every month in May was devoted to prepping for it and I'd been testing cake and frosting recipes for 6-8  months prior.  

I baked all the cakes the weekend before the wedding and froze them.  I baked every day for four days (it was Memorial Day weekend).  I had no idea how long it would take to bake all the layers and I baked extras just in case.

Baking Day

The wedding cake was three layers and square.  There was a 6", 10" and 14" layer.  Square cakes suck.  I don't ever want to do one again. When I signed up for this gig, the original plan was for a round cake but the changed their minds.

Practice layer I made the weekend before the wedding.

I took the day off before the wedding because I wanted to get most everything done that day.


 Just getting started.

By the end of the day, all of the layers were iced and ready to go.  And I had cake everywhere.  Did I mention that my kitchen is tiny?  Because it is and that made everything so much harder.

 Cake on the counter


  Cake in the fridge

The day of the wedding, I stacked the bottom two layers, put on the ribbon and did some of the piping.  I did not put the top layer on until I got the venue.  And I'm so glad I didn't because that sucker was HEAVY.  My arms were shaking so bad by the time I got to the venue (I was lucky to have a friend help me deliver!).

 Half done!

I will say that I am not at all happy with the final product.  I felt really good about it when I went to bed Friday night and then when I looked at everything on Saturday, I just wasn't thrilled.  I didn't have a lot of options to fix it or redo things because my babysitter fell through and I was stuck trying to finish the cake with my toddler running around (the hubs was gone because he was in the wedding).

Anyway here is the finished product:

  
There were a lot of compliments on it and evidently people thought it was delicious.  There were lots of people asking about it so I guess that's a good thing but I couldn't help but see every single flaw and it still upsets me.  But live and learn, right? I guess?  

Anyway, in the future, I will just stick with birthday cakes for Julia because if I don't like them, I can throw them out. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm impressed! I think the cake turned out really well. Of course, it reminds me a bit of my wedding cake, so I may be a bit partial to the design!

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