Long time no see, blogging world! The past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind. School is now over and I am in Quebec City for 5 weeks to work on my French, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to fill you in on my very first wedding cake!
My bonne amie’s brother tied the knot earlier this month, and I had the pleasure of making the cake, cupcakes and cookie favours for the big day! The ceremony took place the the Celebration Pavillion at Queen Elizabeth Park, and the reception was at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever seen a more beautiful day in Vancouver, and for a city known for its beauty, that is saying a lot! G&K, I don’t know what you had to pay Mother Nature to arrange that one, but she definitely came through!
Ask anyone in my family, and they’ll tell you that I can get a bit….”territorial” in the kitchen when I am baking (among other things). Lucky for them, they were either out of town or at work in the few days leading up to the wedding, so no one had to witness any meltdowns, and I had ample space to take over. See what I mean?
For the wedding favours, each guest received two sand dollar sugar cookies, which tied in with the beachy theme. To make these, I used my kitchen scale to weigh out equal portions of dough, which I rolled into balls, flattened, and dipped in a mixture of granulated and sanding sugar. (note: the petalloids are actually white chocolate, not almonds)
There were three different types of cupcakes: red velvet with vanilla frosting, banana-chocolate with chocolate frosting, and vanilla confetti with vanilla buttercream. Each cupcake was topped with a bride or groom fondant cupcake topper. (Yes, those took me a very long time to make, but the end results were worth every minute!)
The wedding cake was a two-tiered, four-layer banana-chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. For the beach-themed accents I made shells and starfish out of Wilton candy melts, mixed brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs for sand, and made plumeria flowers using fondant and petal dust (I will post a tutorial soon). The adorable adirondack chair toppers were ordered from Etsy.
All in all it was a wonderful day, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process leading up to it. I couldn’t have asked for a better, or more easy going couple to be my (first) wedding cake clients. It was also an honour to be a part of the day as both a guest and a baker :).