Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Daniel and Hannah's Wedding Cake

Around the middle of April my friend, Hannah, asked if I could make a cake for her upcoming June wedding. I was excited to be able to have the opportunity to help her out with this task. We got together discussed what type of cake and theme she wanted, leafed through cake decorating magazines, and drew pictures and took notes so I could refer back to them during the whole process. I've decorated a few cakes over the years but never a wedding cake so I was up to the challenge. :) I pulled out cake pans, decorating gadgets, tips, icing colours, etc. and hoped my creative juices would flow freely.

For the cake I used butter pecan mixes. Years back I took the first Wilton Decorating Course and the instructor recommended a handy tip for when using cake mixes for decorating: omit the oil and 1 egg. The taste is still great but gives a firmer cake base to decorate. I like the 3" Wilton cake pans and use the Bake-Even Cake Strips which makes a huge difference in how level the cake bakes. I used a buttercream icing recipe. The first cake I did half shortening and half butter but it gave the cake a bit of a yellow tinge so for the real cake I used straight shortening and substituted half of the clear vanilla with butter flavoured vanilla so there would still be a butter taste. Icing with just shortening also tends to hold up a little better in the heat and humidity compared to the butter/shortening recipe.

 The practice cake. The orange was supposed to be lemon yellow but I didn't have the right shade on hand when decorating this one.

My sister picked up this tilt-and-turn cake decorating turntable which made the cake decorating about 10 times easier. You can tilt it several different angles and also spin it around while decorating or lock it in place.

Top tier of the practice cake. 

Decorating the real cake. Yes, I was a bit nervous! Had a few issues along the way but I was pretty happy with the end result. 

Top cake

Naomi (Hannah's sister) making the groom's cake: chocolate cake with a raspberry jam filling and fast fudge frosting. :)

Done just in time to deliver Friday evening. 

The finished result! :)


Naomi T. said...

Love the photos! What a great idea to document the stages of completion. It was a lot of fun seeing the cake go together... thanks for letting me hang out. :)

A Heart of Praise said...

I've never seen one of those cake decorating turntables, it sure looks like it works good! Nice job on the cake! :)

Gary Weisbrodt said...

A short introduction.
Live in Regina

I'm currently finishing off the writing of two books; Chambers Bay Walking Tour, and Cottage Kitchen Design. Both are the first in a planned series. The first one is about my love of photography and my second one is my love for architectural design.

First published book
Fox Harb'r Golf Resort & Spa Walking Tour

I'm a Design Builder which means I work with clients to design their homes or business facilities and help them through the building stages until the keys are turned over. An end to end service.

BLOG "Design & Details Matter
I'm currently discussing Cottage Kitchen Design - From my book with the same title.


July 4th 2012 Editorial in PINK magazine for Saskatchewan Women