Occasionally, I will get a request for a duplicate of a cake I have made previously... the "I saw this cake on your website, and it would be perfect for my daughter's birthday!" order. I like having this kind of cake every now and then because it gives me a chance to rethink how I did the original and challenges me to find what I can do differently to make the new version special for the new client.
Here is the original cake I made a couple of years ago. The cakes are very similar, but cakes with this kind of detail will never look exactly alike because they are hand made by a person, not a machine. The finish of the cakes is fondant that has been hand painted to replicate the look of parchment. The wood grain look of the cake board is also fondant that has been hand textured and painted. The wands, scarves, and glasses are also all slightly different. The most obvious difference I think was the addition of the footprints around the name plaque on the second cake. Ironically, both cakes were Chocolate Fudge filled with Chocolate Hazelnut buttercream. I guess wizards have a favorite flavor!
It is important to keep a few things in mind when you find that perfect cake on the interwebs:
The point I'm trying to make is to not let that dream cake you saw online be the end all, must have, can't even think of anything else. Your guest count will change the size and silhouette, your baker's skill set may modify the design, and the lighting at your event will alter how the final product looks. Be open to these changes, and you will end up with a centerpiece dessert that is perfect for you.
The traditional stacked wedding cake is my most requested wedding dessert; however, dessert tables, where several goodies are offered, are still trending too.
We recently did a wedding at the gorgeous Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne where the couple asked for a small gold painted wedding cake which was only for them and cake pops for their guests. The bride and groom chose a flavor filled combination they loved for their cake - Champagne cake with Lavender Blackberry, Vanilla, and Raspberry filling. For the cake pops, they selected Amaretto cake with Raspberry buttercream which they thought would be more popular with their friends and family. The couple's family provided some additional desserts to round out the sweet offerings.
When planning for a dessert table, we recommend that you plan on 3 mini desserts per guest. Some guests will only have one, but some will want to try every item you offer. We can't blame them...it's hard to say no to something this tasty!
Rustic Grace Estate is a beautiful venue just 20 minutes north of McKinney. They have a breathtaking white chapel (the floors! the pews! the windows!) that is just steps away from their 1920's red barn where the receptions are held. Additionally, they have a 3 acre lake with a fountain, longhorn cattle, and Arabian horses... what an amazing scene for photos! The venue is yours for 14 hours on the day of your wedding, and they also have a bridal suite and groom's room so you can get ready for the walk down the aisle on site. Take a look at their photo gallery, because my little picture of the barn is just a taste of all the rustic elegance they have to offer!
Hi! I'm Melisa
I am the owner, baker, designer, decorator and all around 'one woman show' of Sweet By Design, a home based, custom cake bakery which is located just outside of Dallas, Texas. I hope to shed a little light on the wedding and event industry and make your day a little sweeter!
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