Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Going to the Chapel

Here is the story of my first wedding cake.

I met Lori in college.  We sang in the Women's Chorale together and we ran Project Infiltration together (remember how much fun that was?).  Our senior year, we lived in the Long House with 8 other girls.  That's right, ten girls and two bathrooms.  Don't ask me how we did it.  The Long House doesn't exist anymore, but it lives on in spirit.  The thing I love about the Long House Girls is that I know that they would drop everything and be there in five minutes if I needed them.  They are pretty awesome.

They are also fans of my cakes!  So when Lori asked me to make her wedding cake, I was very excited.  I know, I'm always excited to try something new.

We decided to do a two-tiered cake with blue flowers on each tier.  Lori bought a Disney castle cake topper made of white chocolate for the third tier.  

It looked something like this:

We have pictures of it, but they are on Lori's phone and since she is on her honeymoon,
I'll just have to wait until they get back to add them.
The Wednesday before the wedding I went over to Lori's parents and painted the towers blue (so they would look like the actual castle).  It took about two hours of carefully painting royal icing, but I managed to finish without getting it anywhere it wasn't supposed to be.

Painted Disney Castle
Pretty awesome!

I started working on the flowers a few weeks before the wedding.  The roses were more time consuming, so I did them first.  

Drying Roses
I made varying sizes and also made sure I had enough extras in case some of them broke.  The lilies were much simpler because I just piped them using royal icing.

Lilies ready to go on the cake.
The night before the wedding I baked the cakes and added the filling.  They turned out really nice and flat.

Around this time my friend Rachel showed up.  Rachel is also a Long House girl and she has been my cake assistant in the past (see Oh Boy).  She was such a tremendous help with this cake.  She stayed up with me as I worked, catching me up on her life and keeping me awake so I could finish.

After I frosted the cakes, it was time to put the fondant on.  Now I had only covered a round cake completely with fondant once - and that was in one of my Wilton classes.  So I was a little nervous about it.  It can get tricky when you try to smooth it out.  But everything went great!  I have a lot of action shots because Rachel had the camera while I was working.

Smoothing the fondant on.

You have to be careful when you cut the excess fondant off.  If you cut exactly where the crease is at the bottom, it will be too short.  Both cakes came out great.

Trimming the fondant
And then it was time for bed.


(Note: I was super nervous about this.  It wasn't anything I hadn't done before in some way, shape or form, but it was for Lori's wedding.  I mean, if I messed up, there was no time to get a replacement cake.  That's a lot of pressure).

Since I had to assemble the cake at the venue, I had a game plan all set out.  We got ready in the morning and brought our wedding clothes with us so we could change after finishing the cake.  We arrived around 9:30.  The wedding started at 11.  I was feeling the time crunch, but Rachel kept encouraging me that we would make it.

The cake needed support (especially with that heavy topper), so I was going to have Rachel cut the plastic dowels while I piped the border on the bottom cake.  Of course as I showed her how to cut them,

My scissors broke.  I couldn't believe it!  I had done this so many times before, and now, on the day of Lori's wedding, with the clock ticking, my blasted scissors decided it was a good time to snap!?!?!?!?

Rachel promptly went and asked someone for scissors.  She saved my butt a lot that day.

I piped a beautiful shell border in record time.  Then we added the supports.

And the next tier went on.  Repeat process.

No one really wanted to touch the cake topper for fear of breaking it.  But that went smoothly too.  The cake seemed to be slightly leaning to the side, so we countered that by putting the topper on a little off-center.  Didn't want the whole thing to topple over.

I added the final border.

Then we had to arrange the flowers.

Since the lilies were bigger, we built the setup around them.

We were almost done.  Rachel started cleaning up while I added the final touch, and my favorite part, the leaves.

I finished around 10:40, giving us plenty of time to change and make our way across the street to the sanctuary for the wedding.

The leaves just add that extra pop of color that makes it look so nice!

Here's the view from the back.

Back view.
And from the side.

Side view.
And let's look at those flowers again . . .

Of course there is always time to take pictures.

The cake did not topple or sink, nothing fell off, the topper didn't break - I'd say it was quite a success.

The bride and groom
Jason, Lori's husband, cut the cake quite expertly, managing to avoid the cake boards as well as all the supports in the cake.  It was impressive.

The cake was also a great success with the wedding guests.  I've never seen so many people trying to take pictures of the wedding cake.  That was pretty cool.

Congratulations Lori and Jason!  Here's to many years of cake eating together!  Thank you for taking a risk and letting me give this gift to you.  You never forget your first wedding cake.

1 comment:

Duane Swab said...

The wedding cake was beautiful! Not that this surprises me at all. Lori's face was also beautiful in the picture with Jason and the cake. Great job once again.