This weekend, two of my good friends got married in Amelia Island, FL, and – even better – I got to do their cakes!
Here’s the wedding cake from the front:
And from the side:
The bottom tier is a 14-inch Styrofoam cake dummy because they wanted to add height to the cake without adding more cake to eat. The next tier up is a 12-inch round white cake with fudge filling. The second tier is an 8-inch round yellow cake with strawberry cream and lemon curd filling. And the top tier is a 6-inch round chocolate cake with raspberry cream filling.
The cake was topped with a bunch of sugar flowers (anemones, hydrangeas, and lisianthus) and two sugar turtles. Ben proposed to Shelby during a cruise to the Galapagos Islands (Aren’t you jealous? I am.), and the wedding invitations featured turtles with a swirl pattern on their backs so I recreated it on the cake. Actually, Adam painted the turtles for me!
He’s a sweetheart. He hates to go to bed and leave me alone to work on cakes all night. I put him to work on the turtles as long as I could, but he was soon fast asleep on the couch with Nani snoozing on the floor beside him.
Here’s another close-up of the rest of the cake:
And here’s the groom’s cake:
Shelby asked me to make a really tacky University of Oregon-themed Hawaiian shirt as a surprise to Ben. You know, it’s actually pretty challenging to purposely make something tacky! It was a gluten-free chocolate cake (using the new Betty Crocker mix available at grocery stores) with raspberry cream filling.
So which cake tier did I eat at the wedding? Well, how can you choose just one?! I sampled a couple of them – strictly quality control, of course.
It took me 15 hours to decorate these cakes (that doesn’t even include baking and icing), but it was so worth it! I always love decorating cakes, but I find a special reward in making wedding cakes – especially for friends. The bride and groom were on cloud nine…Ben was all smiles, and I’ve never seen Shelby that giggly!…and it just makes me happy to have contributed even a little bit to their big day!