My timelines with regard to this blog are not always met. In fact, this post is over a year coming. But my nephew’s first year anniversary (even that is not on time as it was a few weeks ago lol) seemed like a great time to create the blog post for his wedding cake.
Is this my favourite cake I’ve ever done? Well, it’s hard to beat the cakes you make for family. Because in addition to meeting a theme or vision from a family member, they always have a little extra love in them. And if size is anything to go by, this one had a LOT more love than most!
In reality this 5-tiered cake creation was actually a 6-tiered cake with one double barrelled tier. (A double barrel is really two cakes in one, separated by a cake board and dowelling.) It had 3 separate flavours; chocolate, chocolate-oreo-vanilla, and lavender-lemon, and each tier was a different height, adding to the drama.
Two separate cascades of handcrafted sugar flowers took 12 hours to make, with the cake being a total of 43 hours, and a South Africa Protea was included as a nod to the bride’s roots. An edible gold monogram lay on the 2nd tier, with a gold edged set of fondant ruffles on the bottom.
Were the couple happy with the end result? Well, I may have welled up as my sweet nephew choked up while looking my way to say thank you, prompting his beautiful bride to comment “What Kyle means is, we love the cake”. I love you too buddy 🙂
Happy Anniversary Kyle and Michelle! Wishing you God’s richest blessings and many, many more years ahead.
I’m sitting here at the end of New Year’s Day and am smiling when I think of 2017. I was blessed with so many wonderful clients. Brides, looking forward to their upcoming wedding day, spouses planning detailed surprise birthday parties for their significant other, and parents anticipating the birth or birthday of their special ‘littles’. So much to be thankful for, in both business and relationships. May you all be incredibly blessed in 2018 and find new ways to share those blessings with those around you!
And speaking of weddings, this cake was for a sweet couple, Christina and Ryan. Ryan is on our sound-tech team for the worship team I’m involved with at Glad Tidings in Victoria, BC.
They are a sweet couple and I was excited to spend some time focusing on sugar flowers for this cake topper, as well as creating this semi-naked cake with splashes of gold. Photography by the uber-talented Rachael Alexandra.
Today’s wedding cake was covered in pink ombre buttercream ruffles and held 2 different flavours underneath all of the buttery goodness. The bottom tier was a coconut cake with raspberry coulis and vanilla buttercream, and the top was a vanilla cake with a brandied apricot glaze.
Set in the most BEAUTIFUL outdoor location, I’m convinced that outdoor weddings are my FAVOURITE weddings !
When my son was about 3 or 4 he said to me ‘Mummy, draw me a dolphin’. ‘Oh sweetie’, I lamented, ‘Mummy doesn’t know how to draw dolphins.’ ‘Well, draw me a squirrel then.’
ummmmm huh? On what PLANET is a squirrel easier to draw than a dolphin ??????? Regardless, I couldn’t draw either and he left the room completely disappointed.
I’ve always equated being an artist, with being able to draw. So when people would see my cakes and say things like ‘you’re such an artist’ I would always deny it and tell them I didn’t know how to draw, how could I be? etc. etc. I’ve since come to terms with the kind of art that I produce, BUT…. I STILL can’t draw!
And to prove it to you, I’m going to show you a design I created recently. When last weekend’s wedding couple was at my home for a cake consultation, they discussed what they wanted in their cake design and my handy-dandy cake office-closet was perfectly situated to draw out what they were explaining.
Ummmmm…. draw might be too strong of a word. Let’s go with sketch. Actually, sketch sounds a bit A R T S Y. Make that SCRATCH. Below is what I SCRATCHed out for this sweet couple.
Surprisingly, the couple totally caught the vision of what I was explaining. I’m going to assume it was DESPITE my efforts and not BECAUSE of them LOL !!!!!!
(Frankly, the fact that ANY of my ideas end up becoming real cake in the end, is a bit of a mystery!)