Complete: Wedding Cake Test-Run Two

2 May

Alright, so I haven’t posted much about my various cooking/baking adventures lately, but the wait will have be worth it (because in my mind, you’ve all been waiting with bated breath for my next post).  In case your interested, I also have another blog ‘From Here to Here‘, which is a bit more (and I stress a bit more) educational.  Because it seems that here, at ‘Osteo[pun]’ I seem to have diverged rather quickly to posting about various pies, cakes, biscuits, and other edible items, where I said that initally this blog would feature all manner of distraction.  But this is only because baking/cooking is what I most often use to distract my mind completely from my research. And I say most often… because in a few days, I will have another very fun post to share with you.  But right now it’s still a secret!

And now on to today’s post: Wedding Cake Test-Run Two.  You may remember (but if you don’t the link is coming shortly so you can read the back story) that a couple of months ago I performed Wedding Cake Test-Run One, in an attempt to discover if I could successfully use sugarpaste to decorate a cake (and successfully in this context means being able to decorate a cake to a standard acceptable for a wedding).  Well, it turned out to be a great success!  A great delicious success!  I learned a lot in the process and decided that the next test run would be to determine whether or not I could make a tiered cake without it collapsing.  I mentioned to my friend Sara (one of the to-be-weds at the wedding in question for which I am preparing this cake [and I’m aware that was a mega awkward sentence, but I am too lazy to try and figure out a better way to write it]) and she let me know that they had chosen a theme/concept for their wedding, all around the circus/fairground.  What a super neat idea for a wedding!  It immediately brought to mind a lot of really fun things you could do with a cake.  I did a few searches for some inspiration and one issue that immediately came to mind is that if you go too circus-y, it just ends up looking like a cake for a kid’s party.  I decided that I needed to pick out some strong features (colours, patterns, etc) and use this to create the circus-y feel, but still keep the cake looking wedding-y.  And so, Test-Run Two not only became a test for making a tiered cake, but also using sugarpaste on sugarpaste decorations, since I had never done this before.  I even used colours (and nice colours too, not like the mega ugly yellow from my first test-run)!

I learned a lot in the process of decorating this cake, so I know a few things that I would do differently next time, but all in all it went really well.  I drew up an illustration ahead of time and worked out the measurements for the decorations, which was something I had figured out from the last time – go in with a plan!  And then I baked!  I made a mutated Victoria Sponge cake, with blackberry jam.  And then I iced!  I used a simple butter frosting to smooth over the cakes and even up the edges.  And then I covered in sugarpaste!  I rolled out the sugarpaste and covered both the top tier and bottom tier and left it to harden over night.  And then I decorated!  This was the bit that involved the learning curve.  I am not going to go through this test-run step by step like last time – but if you have any questions about the step by step process, just ask me in the comments.  I’m simply going to post lots of pictures of the final results and you can all let me know what you think.  Any feedback is appreciated (but kind feedback is more appreciated).  You can hover over the photos for extra comments, if you feel like you need some guidance!

Huzzah!  Cake!

Look!  Tiers!

I wanted to lick it so bad!

And there's even a star on top!

Ta da!

Tiers

Bottom tier: dots and bunting!

Top tier: stripes and star!

A view from the top.

Huzzah indeed!

I made this sign by hand and I am super proud!

Look!  You can see the inside of the cake!

That is the cut-out for two slices, just in case you're judging.

It wasn't there for long.

Sara came over this afternoon to see the cake (and taste test it too).   It was super yummy.  Obviously the flavour options are pretty much endless for their actual wedding cake, but I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed the blackberry Victoria Sponge instead of the traditional strawberry or raspberry – it was quite different!  We also had a good talk about ideas for the actual wedding cake: colours, decorations, tier styles, sheet cakes, logisitcs, etc!  And now we have a good idea of what I will be doing for the final cake.  The next step is that I am going to draw a few designs out based on our ideas and then Sara and Will can choose which one they like best!  Oh and of course Will gets to taste test the cake too, since I sent a piece home with Sara – so it will hopefully get the full approval by the end of the week and then we can sign the contract (by which I mean, them saying, yeah, go ahead, make our wedding cake).

Can you believe they are trust me with such an important thing!?!

It’s going to be so much fun!!!

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2 Responses to “Complete: Wedding Cake Test-Run Two”

  1. gillianleemartin May 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    That is incredible! I can hear carnival music in my head when I look at it. Bravo!

  2. gillianleemartin May 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I can actually hear the sounds of a carnival in my head when I look at the pictures. Bravo!

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