This weekend I had the honour of make the wedding cake for my sister-in-law-to-be and her bride. Months ago when Kristy and Selena asked me to do their wedding cake I was terrified!!! To me the wedding cake is a huge deal, EVERYONE sees it, EVERYONE eats it, most people photograph it. I see it as a huge part of the day. I actually tried to talk them out of it because it was like nothing I had taken on before. They assured me that they had faith in me and absolutely wanted me to do it. I accepted the challenge.
Knowing that the cupcakes were going to be tasted by A LOT of people I got right to work testing recipes. This is where everyone at work came into the equation. Kris and Selena wanted a variety of flavours, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla, banana, carrot and red velvet. I tried 2-3 recipes for each flavour, (yes everyone at work had A LOT of cupcakes!!!) everyone at work tried them and gave feedback then the best ones were presented to Kris and Selena. The recipes and icings were picked and I nervously awaited the big day.
I live in Ontario and the wedding was in New Jersey so I was not able to bring familiar ingredients, only measuring spoons and cups and spatulas. Friday was shopping day, struck off to Shoppe Rite to get almost everything I needed. I was a little worried because a few things I have baked down there in the past didn’t turn out as they usually do. I am not sure if it is the ingredients or the weather but I was hoping it would not be affected this time.
Selena had just gotten a Kitchen Aid Mixer just weeks before the wedding, I was thrilled because I didn’t have to lug KAM down. I named hers KAMMIE cuz he was tiny 🙂
I feel in love with the splatter shield, I must get one! Really cut down on the mess.
10:00 AM Pulled all the ingredients out to get started…
No pictures as I usually do, I didn’t have time
11:00 PM Complete! 130 cupcakes and a layer banana cake
Red velvet with Cream Cheese Icing
Banana with Chocolate Icing
Vanilla with Chocolate Icing
Carrot with Cream Cheese Icing
Chocolate with Peanut Butter Icing
Banana Layer Cake with Butter Cream
They turned out quite well, visually, but I was still nervous about how they were all going to taste.
Now the big challenge, getting them an hour away all in once piece on the highways of New Jersey. A major problem was averted, it was a very chilly day. Usually it is hot as hell and humid in New Jersey, but I was lucky, so the icing stayed in tact. When we arrived I opened the trunk holding my breath, all was well, I could breath again! When it was time to take them into the hall…we were locked out! We had to wait outside for 15 minutes for them to let us in. Then I was trusting people I didn’t know to help carry them up a HUGE flight of stairs. I was not calm until they were in the hands of the restaurant. It was a stressful day, you would think it was me getting married lol
The restaurant displayed them beautifully! They didn’t put them all out at once.
You would think at this point all would be fine, but I was a nervous wreck! Usually if I make something I drop it off and I am not around when it is being eaten. If they didn’t like how they tasted I would be devastated.
This was the stampede when they announced that the cupcakes were served…
They were a huge it! Everyone loved them! I finally relaxed! One woman came up to me and told me how she is a huge fan of Red Velvet and has been buying it at a bakery in Brooklyn for years but mine was way better. I was shocked. She went on and on and on and said she just had to meet me and tell me. I promised I would make her some when I came back down 🙂 That comment and others like it made all the work worth it.
This was brought to my attention the day after the wedding. I had to take a picture of it 🙂
One of their photographer took a picture of the other holding my cupcake and posted it on their Facebook wall…
This was the comment she put under the photo
I was truly honored to have been part of Kristy and Selena’s day and wish them a Life time of Love and Happiness!!!