Well it has certainly been a while since our last post and this is why…
That’s right! We made our sister’s wedding cake!
The following is a brief account of our adventures in wedding cake making…
Our Task: to create a 3-tiered wedding cake complete with over 400 hand-made gum paste flowers, AND, desert cake for 160 guests!
- 5 kg flour
- 37 cups butter
- 8 1/2 lbs chocolate
- 25 kg icing sugar
- 5.4 kg white sugar
- 1.4 cups vanilla
- 1/2 cup baking powder
- 7 tsp baking soda
- 42 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp corn syrup
- 5 dozen eggs
- 2 L heavy cream
- 64 oz marshmallows
- 4.5 L milk
- 3.5 tsp salt
- 24 cups shortening
- 2 Tbsp strong coffee
- 1.5 cups brown sugar
- 2 cans gumpaste
STEP 1) Create 400+ gumpaste flowers (roses, calla lilies, and forget-me-nots)
Realizing how long this would take we started 2 weeks before the wedding, and packed them up well before shipping them 4 hours to the wedding location. (SEE our post for Gum-Paste Flowers HERE)
STEP 2) Bake cakes! (SEE our post for Wedding Cake Recipes HERE)
The top-tier of the wedding cake was a chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream and the middle tier (LEFT) was coffee flavoured cake with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream (YUMMY). For the desert cake (RIGHT) we layered a delicious milk chocolate cake with a white vanilla cake, chocolate ganache and vanilla buttercream.
STEP 3) Assemble Cake & Decorate
This is where things got a little crazy. We are both fairly organized people and so in preparation for making the wedding and desert cakes we made ourselves a schedule of things that needed to be done and when they needed to be done by. It looked something like this:
2 Weeks Before Wedding: Make gum paste flowers
Week of Wedding
Monday – Marshmallow Fondant
Tuesday – Buttercream
Wednesday – Bake cakes
Thursday – Decorate Cakes
For the most part we followed the schedule, but once Wednesday arrived, things changed slightly. We baked all of the wedding cake by late afternoon and by dinner decided that we should at least start to decorate it by filling, icing, and covering it with fondant. As evening faded away we become even more ambitious and around midnight we decided we might as well just get it all done tonight and focus on the desert cakes alone tomorrow. Well that was indeed a very ambitious plan, but we are stubborn girls and when we set out to do something, we do it! Needless to say, we finished the wedding cake that night…or rather than morning! At 5am we looked at each other and smiled having completed our first big wedding cake! Then we laughed…we actually stayed up all night to finish this darn thing and in less than a few hours we had to get started on 4 large slab cakes.
STEP 4) Transport Cake to Reception Venue
Though one would think this was the easier part of our adventures in wedding cakes, for Krista, it was probably the most stressful! The city where the wedding was taking place is located on drumlins (which means lots and lots of hills). It also happens to have a fair number of train tracks running through it, several of which we would have to cross on the way to the reception. Nicole on the other hand, was not worried at all. Drive carefully and go slow, there should be no problems… 4 ways on if needed!!
Oh, we forgot to mention we were both also in the bridal party and were scheduled to have our hair and makeup done at 9am….AND the hall for the reception only opened at 8am! This would give us only an hour to get the cake set up in the hall and get to the salon (20 minutes outside of town). Oh yeah! Luckily, the cake arrived in one piece at the hall and we made it to the salon with 1 minute to spare.
The Bride and Groom (our sister and new brother-in-law) were as thrilled with the final product as were we. While there are some things we can improve on, overall the cake looked great and tasted fantastic! We even got the approval of our brother-in-law’s grandmother, who use to make wedding cakes professionally!!!! It was a fun and exhausting experience. With probably 3 more weddings to come in our immediate family, it is likely this will not be our last endeavor in the world of wedding cakes!
-K & N