This week, I've been more about the edible favors than about the cakes. It just seems the right thing to do, yes?
We'll get back to featuring sumptuous wedding cakes after the first of the year, but in the meantime, check out this adorable S'mores Kit. It's just perfect for a rustic wedding, or a fall affair. Even winter weddings in warmer climes might involve a campfire or two.
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It will come as no surprise to regular readers of A Wedding Cake Blog that I am an avid Southern Living magazine fan.
The world stops once a month when an issue comes. I peruse every feature, and file away recipes for that week's menu or upcoming party, and I dream — and sometimes use — the travel advice on the pages.
So I look forward every year to the December issue, and what has come to be known as “the big white cake” on the cover.
This year's big white cake is beautiful in its simplicity, and I applaud the powers that be who chose it, because it's the perfect all purpose white cake. Perfect for birthdays, perfect for weddings.
We've gotten so fancy, haven't we? And there's nothing wrong with fancy. But every good cook should have a very basic, completely perfect cake in their repertoire, and this is a good candidate for that job.
The cake — Mrs. Billett's White Cake — is done up in lovely, minimalist fashion with white buttercream and fondant snowflakes. I was excited to share this with you because it would make a sensational winter wedding cake, and the fondant snowflakes are easy AND spectacular (which just happens to be the perfect combo IMO.)
Ah, Southern Living. I love how fabulous you continue to be.
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck.
How many weddings have we been to, People? And how many times have we suffered through not great cake? Many, many times, I can guess, between us.
Wouldn't it be brill if someone actually featured something other than cake at a wedding? Hmmm….now that would be interesting.
Now, don't get me wrong. I lurve cake. All shapes and sizes, all flavors…buttercream-filled, mousse-laden, jam-laced, gluten-free chocolatey goodness…and the list goes on. But I am not everyone. And not everyone loves cake.
Imagine a world in which you could serve your very favorite dessert at your wedding. Well – welcome to that world. And consider your options.
Okay…so you like cake…a little.
You just want something different. Did you know that you can make a cheesecake into a wedding cake? Oh, yessireebobby. In fact, there are cheesecake bakeries that feature such confections. We totally think you should have a cheesecake wedding cake, and we totally think you should invite us to the wedding if you do. Think different cheesecakes for different layers. And who needs frosting? Fruit glazed, or even whole fruit, fruit-tart style, would be simply gorgeous.
When's a cake not a cake? When it's a trifle.
Here's another idea. If you like pudding and cake combinations, imagine a table that features different trifles. A traditional English dessert made of cake, fruit, pastry cream (think pudding) and liberal amounts of liqueur or sherry, trifles are traditionally served in beautiful glass bowls that allow you to see a cross section of all the yummy goodness. Envision a table with a rasberry chocolate trifle here….a coconut macaroon-Grand Marnier trifle there…and maybe a strawberry shortcake trifle smack dab in the middle. Seriously. Cake Who?
And then there's the pie crowd.
We can think of LOTS of ways that wedding pie could steal the show. While I've met a person or two in my life that said, “Eh, cake…I can take it or leave it,” I do not recall ever, not one single time, having someone make that statement about pie. It's never, “Do you like pie?” but rather, “Which pie is your favorite?”
For an outdoor or rustic barbecue, or picnic-style reception, we simply cannot think of a better wedding cake alternative. Most fruit pies are super sturdy, and will stand up to your hottest July sun, whether you're in Wisconsin or Texas. And if your tastes run to the creamy or chiffon – key lime or lemon meringue anyone? How about banana or coconut cream? Or serve pumpkin with a pecan crust for a November wedding. People will talk. And it will be all good.
Hold the sugar, please.
So, what if you aren't a dessert person? Well, again…your wedding. You don't want to serve dessert? Then don't. There are plenty of creative businesses out there who offer savory alternatives to sweet confections. Consider a “wedding cake” made out of various wheels of cheese, surrounded by breads, crackers, and mounds of fresh fruit. Or think about a cake made of meat pies. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Hopefully, we have given you Non-Cake Lovers out there a think or two to think about. Never has there been a better time to get married, if you crave a little individuality. So go for it. And please. Send us pictures.
I love me some Beatles. I have since I was a kid. It's a cool mom who passes on her love of 60s bands to her children.
This cake is extraordinarily fabulous. I mean, look at its simplicity, but it's perfectly complete. The double-height tiers and the simple corded bows are just fab, and I'm such a sucker for blue. And that teeny tiny base layer!
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I've been a little stuck on coffee and chocolate over the past week or so. My hubster made a truly fabulous mocha-kissed Buche de Noël for our gathering with Canadian friends the other night. The beautiful dessert – shaped like a Yule log, in case you aren't familiar – capped off a lovely evening of French-Canadian/British fusion celebration, and we had a grand time.
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Aren't the holidays the best? I mean, I know it can be hectic, trying to get everything done, all while being intentional and meaningful about every little detail. But still, it's such a great time to gather in and just love on people.
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Recently, our friends at For Goodness Cakes, located in Atlanta, Georgia, shared with us one of their most unique groom's cakes to date: a cake depicting the game board from the uber popular board game The Settlers of Catan.
Christina from For Goodness Cakes told us the story behind the cake:
Nothing excites us more than a challenge and groom’s cakes are almost always the ones that get our hearts (and minds) racing! This particular cake was a surprise from the bride to her game-loving groom. We had never heard of The Settlers of Catan game before, but the bride surely enlightened us! We soon found out just how many people are fanatical about this game and so we knew we had to do her and her groom justice.
In order for us to get the proper game set-up on the cake, the bride taught us exactly how to play the game – down to what pieces can move where and what tiles can be next to others! We were quite nervous in the beginning, but once she sent us pictures of game pieces in progress, this helped tremendously.
Of course, we could have printed out the board game graphics and merely laid them on top of a cake. But we knew that the whole point of the surprise was to truly recreate the game, by hand. And so we did just that! Each tile is a hand-painted hexagon made out of fondant, as is the board game layout itself. We did our absolute best to recreate the terrain illustrations in the actual game and so we felt a little bit like we were art students, re-creating a master work.
We couldn’t have been happier with the results. And the groom, of course, was absolutely stunned and enthralled by it. As you can imagine, it was hard for them to cut into it and ruin a perfectly good game!
I love the story of how the team at For Goodness Cakes painstakingly recreated this board game with TLC for their clients, without taking any shortcuts. And, as you can see from the photos, the finished product is completely awesome.
I come from a hunting people. Or so they tell me.
No one in my immediate circle ever disappeared the week before Thanksgiving to go hunt up some deer. But when I transferred to a private high school in the next (somewhat more rural) county over, I soon found out what a big deal hunting in my neck o' the woods was. I would normally get pretty Read More
I heart plaid. You know that, right?
Last night, I posted one of my favorite holiday pics of the kids and me in our little tartan Christmas aprons — gifts from my mom last year. I just love it, and it inspired me to look for a plaid cake to share with you today.
Turns out there are a surprising number of plaid cakes out there! Some frightful, and some lovely. Today, I went with this simple black and ivory three-tiered plaid cake. It's actually a birthday cake, but it would certainly make a lovely wedding or groom's cake. And while it's Read More