Friday, March 15, 2013

Here come the brides!!

As Spring begins to spring, so does the season for matrimony!  So far, I have the great honor of making cakes for a few weddings this season, the first of which was last weekend.  

This cake was for a former co-worker of mine and literally, one of the "smartest guys in the room".  He was that guy that we always called on when we were stumped with something media research/Excel pivot table/ Powerpoint-related.  Matt knows it all. And he is largely self-taught, which is just down-right mind boggling.

He and his fiance' had a simple and elegant wedding and requested a cake to match.  They provided me with a photograph, which I reproduced, but in buttercream finish rather than fondant.  The cakes were alternating tiers of White Vanilla Sour Cream cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Choco-Mocha cake with Chocolate Buttercream.  The bands at the case of each tier were done in a 50/50 modeling chocolate/fondant blend.  

A little mention about modeling chocolate.  It is my new best friend.  I have been reading about it in message boards and blogs, but it is not readily available at retail, so I had not tried it until a couple of weeks ago.  Little did I know, I had the ingredients to make it right here and I found a tutorial which gave me the confidence and knowledge to try it.  It is a wonderful material!  It has many of the molding properties of fondant and gumpaste, but it does not stretch and tear when working with it.  It does, however, get soft when handled for a long time, so mixing it with fondant is a great solution.  I can't wait to experiment more...I feel like a whole new world of design options is now open to me. 


What a cute topper they chose!  There are SO many options on the market now - a couple can infuse so much of their personalities onto the cake this way.  Thank you, thank you to Matt and Kim for the honor of baking their wedding cake!


This next item makes me giddy!  This is for all of you who have swiped a finger along the icing border of a cake or stood at the fridge with a spoon, eating ready-made canned frosting like it is ice cream.  Come on, admit it.  You know who you are;)  Well, be still your hearts...get ready for it....BUTTERCREAM SHOTS!!!  Imagine these at cocktail parties, on a dessert bar, as a parting treat after a dinner party.  Completely sinful...but oh, so worth it!  I, myself, only eat cake so I can have frosting, so I LOVE this.  As a friend once said, "I could eat frosting on a boot"!  

The treats below are Vanilla Buttercream, Chocolate Buttercream and SWIRL! Or how about Champagne or Kahlua Buttercream!  Oh, the possibilities!! I will be adding these to my list of offerings...anyone having a party?


Confectionately yours!

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