It’s the last day of 2010, so I thought I would share my favorite baking experience of this year. Without a doubt, baking my first wedding cake with friends Grace, Janet, and Wen was definitely the highlight of 2010. None of us had any experience baking wedding cakes, so we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but it turned out to be a really fun and memorable experience. 🙂
During the summer, Janet, Wen, and I lived in a small one-bedroom apartment with no AC. The tiny kitchen had zero counter space and it would turn into a furnace whenever the oven was turned on. This is where we made the cake batter, whipped the buttercream, and rolled out the fondant. It was NOT pretty, and we had a couple of disasters that made me worry that there wouldn’t be a cake at the reception, but somehow we managed. 🙂
The cake had three tiers, with three layers in each tier, for a total of nine layers of cake. The top and bottom tiers were chocolate cake with raspberry filling, and the middle tier was white cake with lemon filling. The whole thing was spread with vanilla buttercream and then covered in a layer of fondant. I had so much fun taste-testing numerous cake recipes before settling on the final ones. 🙂
The cake from our trial run two weeks prior to wedding day. Not bad…
The final product! Definitely not perfect, but pretty good for a first try. 🙂
Baking this cake was a lot more work and stress than any of us anticipated, and we definitely needed a couple glasses of wine during the process. But it was SO worth it when we saw super cute pictures of the happy couple feeding each other cake on their wedding day. 🙂
After baking this wedding cake, none of us wanted to make another one for a LONG time, but I think I’m up for the challenge again this year! 🙂
Happy New Year!