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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mountaineer Love

Congratulations to my friend, Esther, and her new husband James! They tied the knot on Saturday and I could not be happier for them. Esther was a beautiful bride. Stunningly beautiful.

About a month ago, Esther asked if I would make the groom's cake. She wanted to serve it at the rehearsal dinner. I had never heard of dishing up the groom's cake before the reception, but what a great idea. The cake not only got a little of it's own spotlight, it provided a yummy, proportionately sized desert for the dinner of 40 guests.

I don't typically bake cakes for other people unless it's for a party at my house, so I was a little nervous. I prepared Esther ahead of time that I was not a professional, but I could at least promise that it would taste good. She was game for me trying something new, so I was on board to give it a shot. It's not like it was the wedding cake, right? We talked about what she wanted for James' cake, and I collected a few pictures to use for ideas/inspiration.

Esther chose dark chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting. Yum! In addition to actually making something worth looking at, I wanted to challenge myself to make everything on the cake edible. To do so, I had to bust out the old Cake Boss trick of using rice crispy treats to form the football on top. The rest of the embellishment were made with my own marshmallow fondant. It's not too bad for fondant, but I advised removing it before serving the cake.

Altogether, the cake's not perfect and there are a few things I would do differently, but I am pretty proud of how it tuned out for my inexperience. I was thrilled to find out that James loved the cake and Esther was super happy with it. Yay!

(Sorry this is in b&w, the color was atrocious from my iPhone camera and kitchen lighting.)

8 comments:

Heidi Mitchell said...

Watch out, Cake Boss!

Hannah Tettenburn said...

Steph, I had no clue you were doing the groom's cake until I saw it! I was first of all stunned at the detail work & the perfection of the cake...then stunned that YOU were the one that made it all! then I took a bite! so delish! :) great job!

The Ness Story said...

Girl you could make a living doing that. You even made that football have little spots on it like a real one... impressive! And sounds really really yummy!

We Don't Eat Bugs said...

You did an AMAZING job!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post it gives me one more opportunity to boast that you are our daughter. I think it's awesome; can you fly down for our b-days, anniversary, boss day, secretary day, grandparents day, and of course every holiday to make daddy and I cakes? seems reasonable?! Love, Momma

Bethany D said...

That's awesome Steph and it looks great and I bet it tasted awesome too. You are very talented in many ways, hope all is well..

Terry said...

I am most impressed. You girls really inspire me. I'm just proud to be able to pipe frosting onto cupcakes!

Happy Little Camps Family said...

You did an awesome job on this cake!! Looks professional to me.