Okay, not really a “naked” wedding with flowers; more like a naked wedding cake with flowers!
My friend Sue was marrying her long-time best friend Mike in an outdoor, country wedding. The ceremony was to be performed outside. Folks would sit on hay bales. The greenhouse which once housed Sue’s flower and garden biz, would be transformed into the dining room with one long table to seat 65 guests.
And yes, it all happened as planned yesterday in the full sun of a gorgeous summer afternoon.
The cake? We talked about it months ago and after going in different directions we decided on a carrot cake, done as a naked cake with real flowers for decoration. Lucky for me, my garden had flowering purple basil and variegated marjoram along with black-eyed Susan and nasturtium. It all came together and looked perfect sitting in the greenhouse. Like it was meant to be — just like Sue and Mike!
Uber cool couple Christina and Kristin wanted a wedding cake with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme. It had to feed 150 rockin’ guests. Other than that, I could do what I wanted.
I decided on a black and white theme because it seemed elegant for a wedding and added red gumpaste roses to give the cake some pop.
Ooh wee! It worked. The bride wore white, the bridesmaids were bedecked in red and all the decorations under the tent were red and white. The cake fit in perfectly!
And the cake gods smiled that day. The week had featured 35C with high humidity making it feel like the mid-40s C (100+F). Lucky me. The day before the wedding, when I was icing the cake, the weather changed to the 22C and clouds.
The cake was vanilla bean separated by a citrus buttercream. Apparently, it was a big hit.
My friend Miriam was marrying her best friend Eric in a non-traditional wedding. She didn’t want a tiered cake and they both love chocolate. She asked me to make two chocolate cakes for 80 or so guests at their wedding party.
The round cake was the one they posed with for photos. It was chocolate orange with chocolate orange buttercream between the layers, all topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttecream roses.
The second cake was also floral but oval and a dark chocolate cake covered with chocolate and vanilla fondant. The chocolate fondant tasted somewhat like Tootsie Rolls.
Happy days to a sweet couple.
I made this cake for a couple who had a tiny wedding — just family — with a small dinner for six after the ceremony. They provided me with the cute bear topper and told me their favourite flavour was chocolate. I made a simple cake with a poured chocolate ganache to cover it, and decided to add a small, round tier to the top to make it look more wedding-ish. The happy bears sat tidily on top of that. Then a few peach-coloured buttercream roses encircling the bears and some buttercream squiggles and shells. Happy days!
Just down the road a piece, my friend’s daughter was marrying her partner in a small, family wedding outdoors on the farm. With only ten friends and family in attendance, the cake didn’t have to be big. But it did have to reflect the couple’s love for water and scuba diving. Kate wore a pale blue dress, Zac had a blue flower in his lapel and the cake kinda matched them both. Happy days to the happy couple. Keep swimming you two!
Ailen and Scott got married yesterday. They wanted a cake that featured silver and blue and they both love hearts and chocolate cake. From there, they said do whatever inspires you! And so, I did! And they said, “I do.” Perfect.
These sugar cookies were for a bridal shower tea. The bridesmaids were wearing pale pink so I kept with the theme and had some fun. Loved doing these. I don’t do cookies often but when I do, I’m reminded of how much work they are but the results are worth it.