Going against what everyone says not to do, I decided to make our own wedding cake. I had originally planned to cater the food and was going to leave the cake up to my future sister in law. I soon realized after we had moved from Cape Cod to New York that the distance would make the work almost impossible, and showing off my cooking skills would not be best presented. In hindsight I’m glad we didn’t task Kristen with the cake, which gave her more time to work on her amazing speech.
Instead I decided to display my talents in the form of cake. I’d been making wedding cakes all summer long, so this was an easy task (minus the transportation to MA). I’d had the plan to showcase a faux cake big enough to feed 1500, but bring sheet cakes to feed 300. I wanted a unique tiered design with simple decorations and a neutral color. Making the eyes focus on the height and flowers more than colors and patterns.
I started prepping the tiers ahead of time on Styrofoam and worked on the flowers separately for about 2 weeks. Mostly making flowers on Sundays while watching football (so manly of me). The base is still my favorite go to stand, the large wooden lazy-susan that Heather found at the Amvets store and one that I used for Amelia’s cake. It has the perfect width for a large 16 to 20 inch base, and elevates from the table just enough to really make a cake stand out at an event.
For flavors I wanted to show some of the tasty combinations I’ve been coming up with. I figured on 3 sheet cakes to feed our approximate crowd of 250. Of course I had to do the signature Vanilla Pound Cake with Raspberry preserves and Italian buttercream. Then I made the heavenly moist Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. Lastly, my favorite cocktail cake, The Irish Car Bomb. Jameson’s Chocolate Cake with Guinness Chocolate Ganache and Bailey’s Italian Buttercream. Needless to say, the caterer’s were happy to cut sheet cakes and with enough to feed 300, there was nothing left to take home. A good sign.
After 2 years of planning and hectic moves from Vermont to Cape Cod, then an apartment in Rochester to our beautiful house in the city. I was very glad we decided to do separate days of ceremony and reception. We lucked out with the most beautiful fall weather for the weekend and had enough time to relax and get everything in place. Giving us time to spend the best day we’ve had with all of those that we love so much. I’d like to thank again all of those who made the trip, it was well worth it.