Friday, October 26, 2007

Cake Testing

This is the other reason why I was so tired after last weekend. After getting home really late from Rhinebeck on Saturday night, I had to wake up very early on Sunday to bake. A friend of mine commissioned me to make her a wedding cake for her wedding in November. She and her fiance were coming over on Sunday afternoon to taste the cake flavors and make a decision on what they want.

Oh, didn't you know I make wedding cakes? Well, honestly I have never made one before. She called me in May and asked if I could make her wedding cake and cater her reception (for after the church) with appetizers. I was a bit shocked that she had that much faith in my baking skills. I spend Thanksgiving with her family every year ever since I moved to NY 7 years ago and I always make elaborate pies and cakes for their Thanksgiving feast. This is quite a honor for me to be asked, but I still had some trepidations and still do.

Of course, I had just found out I was pregnant and didn't want to say anything until I went to the doctors to confirm that everything was okay. I agreed and was optimistic that the pregnancy wouldn't hinder me in my normal activities. Hehehe...boy was I wrong! I didn't know that I would spend the first 4 months of my pregnancy on the couch or in bed all day. A few months later, she called me after I announced my pregnancy to see if I could still help her with the wedding. I said that I could still do the cake, but there was no way I could make the appetizers and cater the reception. It would be too much work for me.
The cake is going to be 3 tiered. I baked 3 cake flavors: strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. I paired them up in 3 ways. They ended up choosing the vanilla and chocolate with mocha butter cream (bottom left cake slice).

Stay tuned to see if I flop or succeed in a few weeks. This is going to be a fun and interesting challenge.

16 comments:

Rebekah said...

neopolitan cakes...so cute!

good luck with the final version : )

Hannah said...

What an incredible project this will be- I admire your bravery for attempting to tackle a full wedding cake! I'm sure it will turn out incredible though, so I can't wait to see what you manage to create. :)

flanthrower said...

Oh wow! I knew you baked but a wedding cake? That's a whole different level of baking. The cake pairing sounds lovely! You must share your recipe for mocha buttercream! That sounds sooooo tasty.

Sarah said...

I think I drooled on my keyboard a little. Mocha buttercream frosting...yum!

Kristy said...

That's so cool. I'm having a friend make my cake-- she's an awesome baker too. And I have to say, it's more important that my friend gets to contribute her cake than it is to have a *perfect* cake. I hope that helps your nerves :)

amandajean said...

good luck on the cake! you are a brave woman.

rohanknitter said...

Yummm, mocha buttercream! Ooh that sounds good. I'm sure you will do great, altho it would totally intimidate me. I am really not a good cake decorator.
Glad you aren't doing more - it would be a killer to be on your feet that much!

Octopus Knits said...

I'm salivating now - must have cake!

Good luck with the wedding cake. I'm sure it will be extraordinarily delicious : )

*karen said...

I would have such a hard time choosing. Your baking skills must be good!

Julie said...

You'll make a fabulous cake, I can't wait to see it! How special for your friend to have a cake so wrapped up with memories. It's good though that this can be done in stages so that you don't overtire yourself. Will you have anyone to help?

shirley said...

Wow, all three iterations of the cake look delicious. I'm sure the final wedding cake will turn out fabulous...can't wait to see it!

Marisa said...

These all look so yummy, I'm sure they taste even better! I'll take one of each! Your friend is lucky to have such a talented person as you working on her cake!

Fliss said...

They look amazing and a lot tastier than the usual fruit cake.

What a tough choice!

happy zombie said...

Seriously hating my monitor right now. I want to just reach through it and sample some of those cakes!

Alice said...

Yay for cake testing! (I have to do that in a few weeks, so I can work out the cake for my mother's 50th).

Thanks for your comment on my blog - I think you can get back issues of that magazine though their website but they have had a few mail order issues in the past. If you want the pattern and can't get hold of them, email me and I'll see what I can do.

My Best Friend Calls Me Martha said...

Wow! That's so exciting, and scary at the same time! I'm wishing you the best of luck :)