This one was a first for me – my first beach-themed cake, and my first (official) wedding cake! (I’ve done other wedding cakes, but this was the first one that SugarPunk has officially done.)
Bottom Layer: Chocolate-Hazelnut Butter Cake with Chocolate-Frangelico Ganache
Middle Layer: Lemon Cake with Lemon-Curd Buttercream filling
Top Layer: Madagascar Vanilla Cake with Roasted Peach and Strawberry Filling.
All covered in a Vanilla Buttercream (French style).
Served: Intended to serve 100, it way overshot. However, leftover yummy cake was enjoyed by many, I’m given to understand.
The topper was a replica of the Ocracoke lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where the wedding was held, and the seashells were gathered on site (and cleaned/sanitized by me before putting on the cake!)
The fence and plaque were made from gumpaste and hand-painted, and the sand was graham cracker crumbs.
The mother of the bride contacted me secretly about making a groom’s cake for her prospective son-in-law – he went to the University of Maryland, so we decided that something turtle-themed would be appropriate.
I found the nifty cupcake toppers at Art Design Store, and they shipped them immediately – so no worries about them getting here in time!
The cupcakes were Devil’s Food Chocolate, filled with caramel-pecan gooeyness, frosted with caramel frosting, and the edges rolled in toasted pecans. The toppers eventually sort of meld with the frosting (no fondant here!), and other than a slight gumminess were hardly noticeable.
Don’t they look happy with their cake? Of course, the hard part was over (the wedding) – well, mostly over. There were some problems with the room the reception was supposed to be in, and some other last-minute stuff – but all was handled gracefully and in the end, everyone was happy.
Well, everyone except the folks who ended up with swine flu — one of the aunts was diagnosed with it two days after the reception, and a few people ended up with it, including the happy couple. Oops. But hey, that’s what makes for great stories to tell your grandkids, right?