A couple of weeks ago, Wonktheplank and I attended the lovely wedding of his cousin-in-law. I was excited to go to the wedding, but not only because it was a chance to see friends and because I had heard that it was going to be quite the shin-dig. No, I was excited about the wedding cake.
(I only wish I had gotten a photo before they took the little bride and groom figure off!)
Wedding cakes are one of those fantasy items that I just love to drool over, but since I haven’t been to many weddings, I haven’t often had the opportunity. As you can see, this cake was just lovely—the yellow cake layers were covered in simple white frosting and decorated with grape leaves (the wedding had a wine theme, hence the grape leaves). The only thing I would have changed was the cherry-flavored filling, as I am not a fan of cherry fillings in general. However, that is entirely a matter of personal taste and doesn’t reflect on the cake one bit.
I have to say, after spending so much time and effort making my last two cakes, it was nice to sit down to a piece of cake that I didn’t have a deep emotional/financial investment in. Of course, it was far prettier and polished than anything I could make on my own, but sometimes it’s nice to be around a cake that’s so far out of your league. If anything, it serves as an inspiration to aspiring cake-bakers like myself.
The slices were tiny (as you can see) I think in an effort to have enough for everyone. Here you can see the filling and the open, soft crumb of the cake. You can also see what a fine job they did with the frosting—the covering is smooth and opaque in the first photo, but they didn’t have to cover the cake with gobs and gobs of frosting. Quite an accomplishment in my book.
To supplement the cake, they also set out trays of cookies, shown above. I ate far too many of these peanut butter chocolate balls and practically made myself sick. But hey, it’s a celebration, right?
Man, now I really want a piece of cake.