Recently I had the Privilege of making a Wedding cake for two dear friends Shelly and Carlos. Now when the question was asked if I would make their cake I must say I had mixed feeling between Excitement and dread. Needless to say excitement took over and the dread changed to a beautiful challenge.
I began experimenting with different cake and frosting recipes. Came across a Blog called Lucy in the Larder when I was researching frosting recipes. Lucy had made her brothers Wedding cakes. A delicious chocolate Mud Cake with a White chocolate fudge frosting.
Coffee in hand I read on, it was like I could see the finish line before I had started, and the idea of making the Wedding Cake wasn’t so scary after all, so Thank you Lucy! I really enjoyed reading Lucy’s Blog, she shared the highs and lows along the way and might I say the Cakes looked Amazing Lucy!
The Frosting sounded perfect to go with the White Chocolate Mud cake I was making for Shelly and Carlos. I am all about Taste and not a big fan of sugar-craft or fondant, but I do appreciate the time, talent and art that goes into it. I loved the idea of the Wedding cake being rustic and more of a care free feeling which Carlos and Shelly are, and I love that about them.
Shelly and Carlos are big fans of the movie “How to train a Dragon” so I made a suggestion of having some Kokeshi Dolls custom painted as Astrid and Hiccup to be their Bride and Groom Cake Toppers. I made an custom order through an Etsy shop called Knottingwood in the USA. Kathy from Knottingwood did an amazing job and they turned out perfectly and another piece of the Wedding Cake Puzzle was falling into place.
Next I made the cake bunting. Found some fabric which complimented the dolls and rustic style of the cake. Used some bamboo knitting needles as the posts and tied them on with gardeners twine. Really pleased with the way the bunting turned out.
Everything needs a plan, so I sketched out the way I wanted the cake to look. It was good to use as a reference and guide putting the cake together.
Made a minature cake for Shelly and Carlos to have a Cake tasting. Wanted to give them an idea of what The cake would look like. The rocks you can see are actually chocolate. I thought it tied in the theme of the Movie “How to train a Dragon” and more chocolate is always well received.
Spent two days Baking the Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes. The wedding cakes consisted of two layers per tier so four cakes in total had to be baked. I kept a watchful eye over each cake as my oven is from the 1950’s and has hotspots. Each cake turned out perfectly. I was well and truly baked out. Now onto the cupcakes. These were a dark chocolate Mudcake with a chocolate Buttercream. Once these were made I started making the White Chocolate Fudge frosting from Lucys blog. Cakes were cut and leveled crumb coated and frosted. I asked my husband Bobby to help with placing the wooden dowels through the cakes to secure so the top tier wouldn’t slide off. He also tweaked a Wooden Lazy susan as the cake board. Thanks for your help Bobby! Cakes Done and Dusted. They all arrived safely and were enjoyed by the bride and groom and guests.
The Wedding was fun, loving and every detail had Shelly and Carlos stamped all over it. The words spoken were beautiful. The reception was exciting and fun filled. The speeches were hilarious and heartfelt. This is one wedding that I will never forget. It was JOY!
Shelly and Carlos Congratulations, May Your Marriage be Blessed Always.
We love you both very much. xoxo