I love cakes…really I do. I love weddings…really…I do! But there is something about the wedding cake combo that makes me cringe. As if my perfectionist tendencies weren’t dizzying enough, making wedding cakes takes it to a whole other level. It’s perhaps because I’m not into the easy fondant cover-up technique and buttercream is more apt to show flaws.
And in my humble opinion, absolutely nothing can be flawed on my bride’s wedding day!!! Sounds like pressure? It is.
(About the fondant thing…it really doesn’t taste good, so what’s the point? I don’t want people eating my cake to peel the carpet off of it lol. I’d rather just make a nice design using my delicious buttercream frosting.)
I recently had to opportunity to work on a wedding cake for a special client and although I had done wedding cakes in the past, it still had me feel a little…you know…jittery.
I hosted a tasting with the lovely and exuberant couple and much success was made! They decided on a Golden Coconut Cake with a Pineapple Fruit Filling and a Coconut Italian Meringe Buttercream. We discussed the design concept where the bride wanted vines and the wedding colors of blue and orange incorporated. I soon got to work on creating a draft image of the cake.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Not bad right? I used to looove sketching when I was younger! I remember making this whole women’s clothing catalogue when I was in high school. It was very haute couture…(lol yeah right! but it was pretty cool…someone stole it. That’s Brooklyn for ya, ehh? lol)
Well after much gumpaste ado and stiff egg whites I had completed the wedding cake project, complete with all the pomp and flair. This is how the actual cake came out.
Well, I’m happy to say the bride was happy, the guests were “wowwed” and the cake was completely and eagerly devoured! My wedding cake dream come true. Even the catering staff/chefs at the venue were pratically begging me for the recipe…which of course was pointless but I digress…I had a “feel good” moment.
I’m quite sure that no matter what, doing a wedding cake will always give me some kind of jitters… but its a good thing. It means that I care LIKE CRAZY to have my brides day perfect as far as I’m concerned!