Ben & Shelby’s Wedding

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!

Enough about cake though! The ceremony was outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was perfect, the view was amazing, and, of course, the bride was gorgeous!

I’ll leave you with a random shot of me, Shelby, and Nicole at the reception:

Thank you, Ben & Shelby, for letting me be a part of your day! I love you guys!

6 thoughts on “Ben & Shelby’s Wedding”

  1. Hey Mel,

    Thanks again so much for making two incredible cakes! The groom's cake was an awesome surprise (too bad I don't have a shirt to go with it anymore ;). We loved both of them and got so many compliments on them! You did an amazing job!


  2. Some of the most amazing cakes I have ever seen. I think everyone was blown away. Not only were they beautifully constructed cakes, they were also the most delicious cakes I have ever had. Those were cakes that anyone would be proud to have at their wedding and it makes it all the more special when they come from a friend.

    Matthew Ball

  3. Beautiful cake! I just love the pleating combined with the more detailed layers. And I love the purple! Great job, Mel!

  4. Hey Mel,

    I know I have told you this a million times but everytime I see this cake I am just blown away! I hated the fact that we had to cut into it. All the details were perfect and the flowers were amazing! I just loved watching people come up to the cake just to see if the flowers were real! Just and amazing cake from an amazing friend!!! Thank you for making our wedding day so special!

    Love and *hugs*

  5. Melanie, as alawys, your work is beautiful. I brag about you to all my friends. The cookies above were cute too.

    Aunt Debbie

  6. Whoa YUM! And totally GORGEOUS! I just saw the bottom was a dummy. Great idea! Looks incredible (and I'm sure it tasted that way too!)

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