145ml Vanilla Extract
1.925kg Caster Sugar
1.4kg Self Raising Flour
28 Medium Eggs
1.4kg Salted Butter
1kg Unsalted Butter
1kg Icing Sugar
6" cake board
8" cake board
10" cake board
13" cake drum
15" cake drum
9 plastic dowels
15mm white satin ribbon
35mm pink satin ribbon
Victorian Diamonte Brooch
Pearl Headed Pins...
Various already owned equipment
Peggy Porschen's Cake Chic
One whole day to bake
Five days to construct and decorate
One morning to deliver...
one Wedding Cake for the lovely Bride and Groom....
Or it will be come Saturday 1.30pm!
This time last year when my friend and fabby Hairdresser, asked me if I would make her wedding cake, I panicked and said "NO WAY! I couldn't possibly manage that!" before I realized I am forever proclaiming "give it a bash!" to my boys so really I should follow my own prompting. I'd baked cakes with sugarpaste before for my Biscuits, the mystery machine, the T.A.R.D.I.S, faces of monsters etc and other 'playing - like I did with plasticine when I was a wee lass' cakes. But nothing in the category of what I call 'proper' cakes, the kind you spend lots of money on from specialized bakers, the kind you ponder over the construction and execution of. The kind 'you'd need training' to make.
I found myself rising to the challenge and armed with Peggy Porschen's latest book (why not be instructed by the best?) I embarked on Project Wedding Cake! Ever the practical I knew I needed to practice, I needed to build up to a three tier, one that will be on show to at least a hundred people, be photographed and be eaten by EVERYONE there ( I live in a world where everyone loves cake you hear me Heather! I couldn't bear it any other way!) and had to look as good as any professionals or I wouldn't be satasfied!
That cake could NOT be my first attempt.
I started off with a single tier for my Mum's 60th Birthday...
It went really, really well and I learned lots, mainly that 'yes I can do this' and more importantly it's fun. It tasted so, so, so, so good! Next I moved onto my parent-in-laws Ruby Anniversary two tier cake...
This one went even better and I got just a little [read a lot] over-excited and addicted to smoothing the sugarpaste and rubbing my hands all over it. The compliments on the night boosted my confidence no end and this was my first ON SHOW cake, seen by over a hundred people who didn't laugh at it AND ate it AND came back for more!
So here I am about to start on the home straight of Project Wedding Cake and I am excited! I can't wait to get started and in truth see my friends faces on the day and watch them get wed and then have a ball sharing in it all with them!
Wish me luck!