The daughter of our good friends, Pearl and Bryan, got married Dec. 1. My husband, Dave, performed the ceremony and they actually trusted me to do the cake. Our son Rocky provided the music for the ceremony and our daughters Stephanie and Stormie shot the wedding. They won’t let me show any “official” photos until the bride and her family get to see them.
The wedding was beautiful in red and black and white at Stonebrook (www.stonebrookmanor.com). Pearl hand-sewed twisted sheer fabrics into a tree form on red fabric and added black fabric scrollwork as a backdrop for the ceremony, which was later moved to reveal the head table. The centerpieces and custom table scarves were the perfect combination of winter (bare tree branches as a motif) and warm (red-hot hues). The bride was radiant, rivaled only perhaps by her sweet mom.
Here is how the cake went down:
16″ tier: lemon-poppyseed with lemon-curd filling.
12″ tier: strawberry creme cake with strawberry filling.
8″ tier: a recipe I “invented” as I was going, which turned out very well – pumpkin-spice cake (with extra cinnamon) filled with cream cheese icing.
Misc. cake facts:
- I worked on it for 3 days while we had family from out-of-town here.
- The almond-infused buttercream included 6 lbs. of shortening, 4 lbs. of real butter and 20 lbs. of confectioner’s sugar. That’s 30 pounds right there! Lots of almond extract, some vanilla and even some butter and rum extract, too.
- The lemon curd took 1 1/2 dozen eggs and the juice of more than 12 fresh, large lemons, along with more real butter.
- I used about 4 dozen eggs in the cakes and each tier was 3 layers deep.
- We off-set the tiers, by Audrey’s request. She wanted to be a little moderne and daring.
I couldn’t have done it without my husband, Dave! He replicated a cake stand we had seen on the cover of a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, except we painted it black. It didn’t show that well because it was sitting on black cloth, but, the cake was the star anyway. My husband also did the black scrollwork on the sides because the thought of working with black icing on my smoothed-out white buttercream stressed me out. Also – Dave doodles scrollwork very well. I love how it turned out. The wedding colors were very striking. And my husband is a cutie!
I have a 2-tier baby shower cake to make this week…Jeanie
NOTE TO BEN & AUDREY: Congratulations. Thanks for letting me be a part.
Pictured: the cake just after final assembly; Ben and Audrey getting ready to cut into the cake; the cake and table; Dave with the bride and the groom.