Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Wedding Cake For My Baby Sister

I had the pleasure of making my baby sister's wedding cake this past weekend.


I spent one day baking all the layers - 3 tiers, 2 layers each.


Spent another day (and night) making the buttercream, applying the buttercream, making the buttercream look perfect, and finally, stacking the tiers.




I use a bench scraper to get the sides of my cake very straight. Don't say I never shared any secrets with you.
;)


I use drinking straws as internal supports (yet another secret). I stack the cakes with a little buttercream "glue" between the tiers, leaving about 1/4-inch of space between the tiers - the space is covered later. I drove a wooden dowel down the center of the cake to keep the tiers from shifting in the car.


ButterYum Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding CakeOnce the ribbon, flowers, piping, etc are added, the 1/4-inch space is completely hidden.


ButterYum Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding CakeThis Deep Chocolate Cake with Amaretto Italian Buttercream was super yummy! Wish I could have shared it with each and every one of you!!

Btw, did I mention that we had to drive 3 hours to the wedding? Normally I would dread driving a stacked cake that distance, but this past weekend the color of the autumn leaves were at their prime. We had 3 full hours of these stunning views - enjoy!

Happy Fall - 2009!

ButterYum Fall 2009 Pennsylvania

ButterYum Fall 2009 Pennsylvania
ButterYum Fall 2009 Pennsylvania

ButterYum Fall 2009 Pennsylvania
ButterYum Fall 2009 Pennsylvania

46 comments:

  1. Patricia, beautiful cake and beautiful view! How did the cake survive the 3 hour drive? Did you freeze them?
    Thanks for sharing the secret of using bench scraper :). Fall colors are the best.
    PS: I noticed the tubfull of whisks in the background, nice!

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  2. Thanks Jenn - I'm a sucker for a good whisk... can't pass them up when I find them! Still need to get the huge balloon whisk, but I'll get it eventually.

    Re the cake - no freezing, I just had them well chilled. The cake survived the ride just fine. I put a non-slip mat under it so it doesn't slide around. We've made this trip many, many times so I knew the roads were smooth the whole way.

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  3. Wow. My heart just melted. What a beautiful cake for your baby sister Patricia. It's just stunning.

    I want to get married again now. We never did have a wedding cake!

    LAura

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  4. Gorgeous! What a gift from the heart :) I'm embarking on my own adventure in <1 month and I have 1 question (right now...more to come I'm sure): Do you coat the ribbon to protect it from absorbing fat?
    Thanks for sharing and get some sleep!

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  5. Wow, I love the cake. Thank you for sharing your secrets. Can you share the recipe for the buttercream?
    My next question will be ..how can you upload big pictures like these ones? I want to do the for my blog.

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  6. Hi Patrincia,
    I do have a 2nd question, what are the dimensions of the serving of cake shown? The wedding I'm doing will have about 225 people and I am only going to do a 3 tier display and then have extra in the back. It will not be a dessert portion. I assume Rose's portion sizes will be adequate if not served for dessert.

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  7. Beautiful cake Patricia! Your sister is very lucky.

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  8. It looks beautiful and delicious!! You did such a great job; what a lucky sister you have, that you made this amazing cake for her. Ever consider doing weddings cakes professionally?

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  9. Thank you so much Shanna - I've toyed with the idea from time to time, but then it might be more "work" than fun, if you know what I mean. I love the ability to bake at my leisure. So for now, I'm happy to just bake for friends and family.

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  10. Such a beautiful cake!!! How lucky your sister has YOU for a sister! Wonderful!

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  11. Wow that is a gorgeous cake, and I love the photos as well!

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  12. I love the photos of the foliage! We don't see a whole lot of that in California.
    Excellent job on the cake - love to see your process photos.

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  13. This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing :)

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  14. That is such an amazing cake! The idea of your doing that for your sister just melts my heart.

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  15. Wow!! It's a very stunning cake! Totally gorgeous! Looks delicious too! I love anything chocolate!

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  16. You did such an amazing job with your cake!

    And I love you fall pictures. Aren't the leaves so beautiful at this time of the year?

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  17. What a beautiful cake! Blessings on your sister and her marriage.

    Thanks for sharing the fall colors too. I live in the desert and don't get to see much in the way of changing colors.

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  18. Fabulous cake. A wedding cake is such a labour of love!

    And such a gorgeous drive to get it to it's final home. Your photos are fantastic.

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  19. That is such a magnificent wedding cake. Just stunning....as is the color change you so graciously shared with us....

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  20. Patricia, I loved this post- perhaps my favorite pic was the one of all the pans in the sink! If it were my house, they would all be dirty...

    Your cakes are so perfectly level and smooth, the slice looks like you used a ruler to layer in the pale buttercream. Beautiful! -Julie

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  21. Bravo,Patricia! All I can say is you've excelled yourself this time and that takes some doing after seeing all your other cakes, what a lucky bride!
    Your pictures, also, are excellent. We have the same granite worktops in common, wish I had your skills too! Jeannette

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  22. Lucky sister to have you make that gorgeous and delicious wedding cake. I would have had to worn double the amount of spanx as I would have eaten an entire layer myself:) Oh and the fall photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Now can we get the wedding photos next? Oh please.
    Joyce

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  23. Thanks for all the fall pictures. I grew up in Illinois and miss the fall the most. Came here from PW. Check me out...please. biggreenacres.com

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  24. The cake turned out fabulous and looked like it was made with such love and devotion for your little sis.
    The cake colors were vibrant as were the colors of Mother nature along your drive. I hope the wedding was beautiful and a great success.
    Thanks for sharing your secrets:)

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  25. What a stunning cake. Your sister is so lucky!!! Love the autumn colors. A scenic drive sure makes driving much more fun, doesn't it? I might have missed this... which recipe did you for the choc cake? One of Rose's?

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  27. beautiful pictures and I bet the cake was deliciouis because we can all see it was beautiful

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  28. Kewelopolis cake! I have never seen such a beautiful decorated cake. Besides that you are able to transport cake without a hitch. Lucky sister!
    Joyce M

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  29. That is beautiful! I have always had trouble with getting my cakes that smooth. Thanks for the tips.

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  30. What a beautiful cake. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. I also loved your pictures of the fall foliage. They are just wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  31. Beautiful! Such smooth sides... wow!

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  32. a bench scraper!!! boy do i love that you share your tricks :)

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  33. You did a terrific job for your little sister-she will remember it always. Thanks for the ride the view was so nice too.
    vickie

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  34. amazing!! so beautiful! you should start your own bakery!

    i ready your "about me" section and we are so much a like. it's still my dream to go to culinary arts school! i hope i can start my own bakery one day. =)

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  35. Beautiful fall colours and an even more beautiful cake. What a lucky sister you have. I can only imagine how much that would cost from a professional cake maker!

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  36. That is one of the most beautiful wedding cakes I've seen! Great job.
    Also, beautiful scenery! Where is it? My husband and I travelled to Virginia recently (from Kansas--by plane) the rolling hills were gorgeous, but had just barely starting changing leaves (beginning of Oct.)--so pretty out there!

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  37. Nice post - wedding cake pictures ..Keep Posting


    Ron
    wedding cake pictures

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  38. Gorgeous cake! You did an amazing job getting your frosting so smooth!
    ~ingrid

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  39. Beautiful view and I'm out of words with the cake.

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  40. Are those real flowers? or silk? or frosting? I am going to attempt a tiered cake for a friend's anniversary and like the idea of decorating without having to make frosting flowers (a skill I do not have yet.

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  41. Hi Madridmom - these were fresh flowers. You can order. I place them on the cake just before it's displayed. They'll last for several hours if you cut the heads off the stems just before you need them.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  42. Hi. Very beautiful cake. Do you mind sharing the recipe for the Deep Chocolate Cake with Amaretto Italian Buttercream. Would love to try it out . We dont get cakes like this in nz!!!my email chalamanjali@hotmail.com.

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  43. Hi just stumbled upon your blogg. Love it! Had a question though. How do you drive a wooden dowel down the center? Do you fix the dowel from the bottom (how to secure it?) of the base and place your cakes on top with holes centered in each cake board or just pound it in from the top punching down through each cake board? I'm so confused???!!!

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  44. Thanks for visiting... I'm so glad you like my blog. You ask a great question - I sharpen the tip of my dowel with a pencil sharpener and carefully pound it town through each tier. It's very easy to do.

    The other option, securing a dowel to a base so the tiers can be lowered onto it is another great way, but you need to start with a very sturdy base (like wood), and you'd have to drill appropriately sized holes in the cake boards (I've never seen them sold that way).

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