Friday, May 29, 2009
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.