Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cake is more than eggs, water and flour. Just so you know.


Sweet friends and readers, 
Whew!  We finished the cake and danced the night away.  
It was fun and hard work.  And I'm glad it's done.


Tier #2 - Butter Recipe Fudge Cake...yummy.
2 of the 3 layers cooling, for 2 hours 
Just one of the many, many, many bowls of buttercream icing,


that would be slathered all over the cakes.

My sweet little baking zone.

The Mixing Zone

Tier #2 frosted and trimmed.


This is not EVEN all the powdered sugar and marshmellows used.




Tier #2 draped with fondant.



My sweet friends Jeremy and Beth came in town just to help. 
(Ok, and see a few friends and attend the wedding.)
They loved rolling little balls of fondant until the wee hours of the night.


I'm really not sure whether he is showing you his creation 
or about to slap me for making him roll hundreds of tiny marshmallow spheres.


However he did invent the "dot-o-matic"
which was indispensable in making swiss dots for the cake!
Way to go Jeremy!


See!  Lovely dots.


Jeremy and Beth's diligent work.



Tiers #1 & #2


Red Velvet cake mix just looks like carnage.

Tier #3 - Red Velvet




The beginnings of the swirls.



Swirls, swirls, swirls

Beth and Jeremy planning their dowel strategy.
Seriously, the entire cake would have caved had they 
not done such an amazing job!
One of our biggest worries was overcome when I placed the second tier on 
and nothing fell.


Third tier was placed and it was apparent to me that accuracy and attention to detail are key.
The second tier wasn't completely flat on top and it caused the top tier to not be flush.  
This made placing the beading difficult and cause for much discussion.
The ribbons never would stay flush against the cake and our options were to pin them and have pins showing or use frosting and have big greasy smears all over the ribbon.  We decided to leave the ribbon as is, but I was never happy with it.


Sweet pretty Beth.  Such a servant's spirit!


Jeremy and his "birthday cake."




Detail of the finished product.



Top tier with topper.


7 comments:

  1. job well done! i am so impressed! is their more wedding cake baking/designing in your future now that you have the first one done?

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  2. I'm so proud of you! I know that you were proud after stepping back to look at it after all of that hard work! I will think that some of creativity has come from growing up alongside of you, my sis! :)

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  3. Tara, that looks fantastic! I would highly recommend, if you plan to delve further into the cake making scene, that you invest in a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I saw the hand mixer in the photo, so assume you don't have one. It saves time and your energy, for sure!

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