the wedding cake

June 30, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts the biz



The wedding cake was delivered today, assembled on site, and probably long gone by now. Even though Mark has done a handful of simple wedding cakes during his time as pastry chef, this was the first one we did together. Can’t say it was free of minor disagreements and bickering, but I suppose that goes with the territory when you’re in business with your spouse. I think we’re pretty happy with the way it came together, though of course you always want the buttercream to be smoother and the bead borders to be more perfect, but all in all, the cake looked like, well, a wedding cake. We just hoped it survived the trip from restaurant refrigerator, up a steep flight of stairs to the outdoor patio without any incident. I swear you could put a dent in the buttercream if you just looked at it wrong! I now know why so many wedding cakes are covered in rolled fondant – it’s certainly smoother and sturdier, but fondant just doesn’t taste very good and we’re all about the taste.

I’m still convinced that I’ll be able to rock the icing flowers when I get around to practicing a few, but there’s nothing more festive than fresh flowers on a wedding cake. We used spikes filled with water inserted into the cake which made the dome flower topper fairy easy to compose. In addition to the cake flowers, I put together a half dozen smaller bouquets (posies, if you will) to place around the base of the cake (which I really hope the waitstaff did! They seemed a bit clueless as to what to do with the cake). Can you tell that I also want to be a floral designer? Mark and I joked that we could be a one-stop wedding shop: cake, favors (we also delivered cookie favors), floral arrangements, and graphic design for invitations, favors and place cards. And since we were (are?) both musicians in a former life, might as well throw in musical entertainment. Ha! I can’t really think of anything more stressful, actually!

We have quite a few odd-looking cake scraps leftover from trimming the sides and leftover buttercream, so I’m actually enjoying some cake right now. I must say, as nervous as I was about the whole thing, I do feel like we accomplished something today.



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  • unha June 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    too bad i didn’t know you guys when we got married. ๐Ÿ™‚ heh

  • Kim June 30, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    uh… id say so (re: accomplishing something). Gorgeous!

  • alice July 1, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Wow, it looks great. Very elegant!

  • PsychMamma July 1, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Stunning! The assembly pics were even pretty, but the finished product is a work of art. I love how the edging looks like pearls! Almost too gorgeous to eat…except I really want to stick my finger in that frosting….

  • cyndi July 1, 2008 at 8:51 am

    That cake is gorgeous and the fresh flowers are amazing!

  • jennifer July 1, 2008 at 8:52 am

    so lovely…you two seem to have limitless talent. what are you tackling next?

  • anny July 1, 2008 at 10:23 am

    it’s so chic! i woulda have loved to have u done our wedding cake, but ours was ok too. also buttercream ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lani July 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Oh my goodness…that just couldn’t be any more beautiful. And how on earth did you figure out the long distance thing? Please keep doing cakes. I will find excuses to order them.

  • Jenna July 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    thanks guys. Lani, no no no, this was williamsburg brooklyn. We drove there in 20 minutes. We would never do a long distance cake…I’m not sure how?

  • ha and jon July 2, 2008 at 8:50 am

    thank you jenna and mark for such a gorgeous and delicious wedding cake!! it was a huuuuge hit and definitely one of the many highlights of our wedding day!

  • Jenna July 2, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    yay! The bride and groom liked the cake! Congrats to the newlyweds!

  • Kc Curay July 14, 2008 at 8:53 pm

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