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Three Weddings And A… Birthday (Cake!) {Wedding No. 1}

It’s been a bit quiet on the blog-front for the past month or so – which means that it’s been busy in the kitchen! I’m finally able to share with you what I got up to slightly secretively in December and give an update of what I’ve been baking recently – namely a bunch of lovely but challenging wedding cakes for friends plus my bestie E’s special birthday cake. There’s been a lot of cake (understatement of the century!), so I’m spreading them over four posts altogether.

As much as I like to share with the virtual world, I’m looking forward to reading (and re-reading!) these finished posts myself to remind myself of what I’ve learnt during the past six months in baking and caking 🙂 I’ve also been taking fledgling steps in food photography, which you’ll see in some of the posts, although where the images are not mine (mainly this post) I have given credit to the photographer(s).

Wedding No.1: S + J = Fondant Frills

Seeing as I was enjoying getting into cake decorating for the first time in 2014, I figured I would need a challenge to flex my new skills on by the end the year. S and I had flatted together before I got married, and then I got wind that her own engagement was near (having a unique vantage point because of J’s request to hold the fort at the church bookstall while he took her out to a ‘surprise’ weekend retreat!).  I asked (as soon as it was proper) who would be making their cake, and was met with “we weren’t even thinking of having a cake!” 

Well, that was all I needed to see my mission in life as their personal wedding cake-r. In my enthusiasm, I didn’t ask how many people they were inviting, which meant a wee bit anxiety, a lot of thinking and a fair bit of consulting other more experienced cakers. The loans of my parents in-law’s freezer and a colleague’s massive perspex cupcake stand – to store and then display 370 cupcakes – convinced me that this epic first wedding caking could indeed succeed. 

Cupcakes a-plenty (photo by NOPHOTO)

Beautiful photos by Dru and Talia of NOPHOTO show the outcome: a day that drizzled until the last moment (the tent covering threatened with tiny drips to unleash a torrent of captured rain onto the cake table) cleared up for the ceremony then opened up into sunshine for bridal photographs. The bride and groom made a handsome couple in ivory and tweed respectively, flanked by bridal party members wearing the sunset colours of the icing flowers and leaves on the cake.

Photo by NOPHOTO

The cake itself was my first proper attempt at ruffles using gumpaste and I found this tutorial (by the wonderful Rose Atwater of Rose Bakes) to be invaluable. It took a wee while for each frill to dry but was not the most difficult design, seeing as the rustic look benefits from not looking absolutely perfect!

Photo by NOPHOTO
The gumpaste roses and leaves were made using Wilton and Americolor gel pastes and dusted with colour lustre dusts. I was really pleased with the yellow ones in particular – the orange dust I used gave them a nice depth. In case you’re wondering…they were attached to toothpicks and stuck into the cake, while the leaves were attached using edible glue.

Photo by NOPHOTO

Cake flavours were Annabel Langein’s banana cake recipe with dark choc ganache and preserved ginger (S’s fave!), both covered in white choc ganache under a fondant base. 

The cupcakes were vanilla (MY fave recipe) and chocolate (a la Sweetapolita) with regular buttercream as I’ve posted about before except substituting half of the butter with Kremelta to make it brighter and whiter. Each had a little rolled rose and leaf in the same colours as the cake’s ones. And there were certainly a lot of them…

Photo my own

So when I say it was an ‘introduction’ to wedding caking… it was more like a  baptism by fire!!! But good fun and good learning 😉 Thanks to the bride and groom for the opportunity, and to them and NOPHOTO (check them out!!!) for letting me use these stunning photos.

Photo by NOPHOTO



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