Friday, May 29, 2009

Wedding Cake


Last weekend my friend, Teresa got married. She had asked me a few months before if I would make her wedding cake. Even though I said yes, I was a bit nervous as while I enjoy cake decorating, I am a complete amateur! The theme for the wedding was orange and pink and Teresa and Graeme wanted hearts on wires coming out of the cake. They also wanted a chocolate wedding cake.

I made the cake in a number of stages. The wedding was on Sunday afternoon, so on Wednesday last week I baked the bottom layer of the cake. The tin was a 26cm square tin and I doubled my cake recipe that I use for my 20cm square tin. The mixture makes a very deep cake and even without doubling it, my kenwood bowl is full, so I creamed the butter and sugar in my kenwood and then transferred the creamed mixture to a large bowl and mixed the recipe by hand. It was a huge task and actually the hardest part of making the cake.



On Thursday night I baked the top layer of the cake and then on Friday night I ganached both cakes. I need to practice getting my ganache a lot smoother though, as that is why the cake looks a little lumpy. Saturday afternoon I put the white fondant on the cakes and then on Sunday morning I assembled the cakes and put on the heart and dot shaped decorations. I put the hearts on wires (which I had made a week before) in the cake once we got it safely to the reception area.

The cake itself was delicious. I was kind of pleased with the overall look of the cake, but I was a little disappointed with the hearts on wires – in hindsight I should have cut the wires shorter. Never mind. I did have a lot of fun making the cake and it has inspired me to so more cake decorating, but I don’t think I will be in a hurry to be making another wedding cake!

The photos are fuzzy as I took them in a rush at the reception hoping no-one would see me taking a photo of the cake.

10 comments:

The ex-expat said...

Congratulations on your first wedding cake!

magstar said...

It looks gorgeous and I am sure everyone at the wedding raved about it! You are very talented!

What's for Supper? said...

Very impressive!

Elyse said...

Awww, I'm sure the couple was ecstatic upon seeing this gorgeous wedding cake! You did a fabulous job, Tammy. You'd never know you were an "amateur." And I love that the white fondant is hiding a deep, dark chocolate cake!

Leslie said...

This cake is adorable, Tammy! You should be so proud of yourself for pulling this off!

Cakelaw said...

Gorgeous cake Tammy - I don't think it looks amateur at all.

The Food Librarian said...

Tammy, This is stunning! What a lovely cake. I'm sure your friend was so delighted!

♥Rosie♥ said...

What a gorgeous cake Tammy - well done!

PheMom said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! What a fantastic job!

Di said...

Great job--the cake looks wonderful! I really like the colors.