The following was originally posted on my first blog, The Planet Cake Intern, as I learned the art of cake decorating and began putting together the very first pieces of my cake business in Kansas City.
Originally posted August 9, 2008
I met with a very fun couple back in July and was hired to make the cake for their early August wedding at Kansas City’s Uptown Theater.
They wanted a cake in these colors to match their invitations and the venue…
…and similar in style to the cake in this picture that they gave to me to match their fun and laid-back personalities:
Here is the design they chose:
They wanted a 3-tier white chocolate mud cake and two kitchen cakes in vanilla white and yellow butter flavors. It was a lot of baking, but of course, any amount of cake seems trivial now compared to the cake trials.
So the boards were prepared, the cakes were ganached, and the center pole was constructed.
I hadn’t covered a square cake for a while, but got a whole bunch of practice at once this week.
After stacking the cake it was time to move on to the mixing of the colors. I spent at least a half hour (probably closer to 45 minutes), and made a colossal mess trying to come up with the correct shade of red to match the invitations.
My hands ended up being nearly the same color…
Oh yeah…that’s what those gloves were for! Next it was time to carve the “K” for the cake topper. I cut it out of styro, secured it to the skewer, and covered it in the red icing.
The “K” cake topper was finished off with silver cachous around the outside to match the “i do” lettering on the middle tier.
I decorated the tiers from the top down so as not to mess up anything I’d already created by leaning my elbows on it or something similarly klutzy. The stripes:
The front rectangle piece for the ‘i do’ had to go on next, and was surrounded by red and aqua bubbles:
Starting the checkerboard pattern:
For efficiency’s sake, a piece of cardboard was cut to the correct width and used to cut all of the red and aqua squares. It made life a lot easier than measuring every time I needed to make a cut.
It was a bit late (or early, if you prefer) when I finished this one.
The last thing I had to stress about was the delivery, but that went as smooth as silk because I had such great help (you know who you are)!!!
Am I proud of my first successful wedding cake delivery? Ummm…yes, I suppose I am.
The best part of the delivery was running into the bride and her bridesmaids as they were coming in to set up for the reception. They were literally jumping up and down and shrieking with delight as the cake came out of the box. I think they were happy with it…