Saturday, July 24, 2010

How to make a wedding cake in 3 easy steps

It just so happens that it is my friends, Jesse and Monique's first wedding anniversary celebration today. So, in the spirit of love, I was going to charge ahead and make them a mini wedding cake.
This is the story of how that happened.
I started out very optimistic. Thinking, "I've made big cakes before and taken pastry classes, this can't be that hard." says I, "who cares if it's only 88 degrees out and 88% humidity!"
I began my quest by making two 9" rounds of lemon cake.
It was a lovely cake that I planned on cutting into 6 layers total - 3 being smaller than the other 3. I was thinking possibly a square.
The cakes come out of the oven beautifully. Meanwhile, I had made the frosting and not getting quite the consistency of the egg/sugar "soft peek." I didn't want to wait, so I started adding the butter (4 sticks, yes, it's true).
"hmmm...this is a little loose, I'll stick it in the fridge and it will firm up in no time."
I started cutting and simple syruping my layers while the frosting was "hardening."
I was making a blueberry filling- so I went ahead and assembled. Then, it was time to frost. I was thinking that any mistake I had just made in this cake would be quickly covered by my beautiful frosting. NOT A CHANCE.

This thing fell apart before my very eyes- the filling was melting, the cake was falling, the frosting was more like a soup. It was mayhem.
"I'll just add cream cheese to stiffen it," thought I.
Not so much.
I was literally pulling anything to try to make this cake stay together.
About an hour later there was nothing standing. I was in tears, the cake was on the counter, the kitchen was a disaster. I decided to give it to my brother Josh, and sit down for a glass (or two) of wine. I cleaned up and called it quits.
NEXT DAY:
After spinning class in the morning I went to Price Chopper. Bought two coconut cakes courtesy of Pepperidge Farms in the freezer section. Stacked one on top of each other. Decorated with flowers. VOILA! Easy, Breezy, Beautiful!
So here's my solution to making a wedding cake in 3 easy steps:
1. But 2 cakes
2. Stack one on top of the other
3. Decorate with flowers

3 comments:

megcjones said...

this is exactly how i bake: i buy a damn cake.

the end result looks absolutely beautiful :)

Ryan said...

geez, that is a mess and a half. Good for you for trying though.
Bummer you don't write anymore

George Hodges III said...

How did you make the top part of the cake smaller than the bottom?