Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Wedding Cake

Normally around this time, I would be blogging about some cool Daring Bakers thing I made, but I didn't have time this month since I was kind of busy trying not to get engulfed by frosting. So if you're interested in this month's challenge, I'll redirect you to Hannah's blog. Go say hi, she's nice.

Anyway, wedding cake. I can't believe I did it. I'm honestly still kind of in shock. But you know what? I feel like I can conquer the world know. At least the baking world. I made a cake for one of the most important days of someone's life and it wasn't a disaster. In fact, people liked it. Really liked it. Sorry if I'm bragging. Getting a big head over one's achievements is unbecoming. I would love to show you some pictures if you would care to look! 

Some action shots my mom took. Thanks, mom! I'm looking kinda haggard at this point. If you're wondering what I'm doing, I was measuring a wooden dowel that I proceeded to saw down to size, then stick in the cake for structural stability.

Piping a border around the top layer of cake. Or at least, posing so it looks like I am. I'm sure my face would have been much more scrunched up and hideous if I was actually in the act of piping. The cake is sitting on a cake circle, which is on a non-slip shelf liner, which is on a pizza stone, which is on a turntable. Innovation!

The mostly decorated cake hanging out in the fridge. I'm freaking out at this point because I'm afraid some catastrophe could occur before the wedding, leaving me cakeless.

But it didn't! It survived! Hooray! I spent the twenty minute car ride in the backseat, hunched protectively over the cake. I should probably mention that the cake itself was vanilla with raspberry buttercream in the top layer, vanilla pastry cream in the middle, and chocolate ganache in the bottom. Yum.

The end. I'm so glad I now have this experience under my belt. If any of you are thinking of making a wedding cake and don't know where to start, I would highly recommend Heather's tutorial. It really helped me get a grasp of portion sizes, correct timelines, and other techniques.

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