Naked cakes are a trend that is here to stay. They offer a neutral palate for the surrounding decor, and because they aren't finished with a layer of perfectly smooth icing, they are usually a less expensive option too.
Matt and Deshayna liked the look of the naked cake, but they also wanted fondant flowers as well. Their colors were shades of blush pink and dusty rose, and the edible flowers turned out just perfect for the color palate.
This 130 serving cake was delivered to The Grand Ivory in Leonard. Instead of a groom's cake, the couple chose a single large cake with two flavors. The top and bottom tiers were Strawberry cake with Cream Cheese buttercream, and the middle two tiers were Cookies & Cream Cake with Cookies & Cream buttercream.
Venue The Grand Ivory
At the end of September I delivered this wedding and groom's cake to The Grand Ivory in Leonard. The bride knew exactly what she wanted at the consultation. She brought me pictures of three different cakes and said I want the bottom tier of cake one as my top tier, the middle tier of cake 2 as my middle tier... That part of the consultation went quickly and the design was inspired by a glass of champagne.
We then started talking groom's cakes. The only real requirement was that they wanted to incorporate a tier that was painted to look like wood. I love hand painting wood grain because each time you get something slightly different and unique. We talked about where the couple went to college and came up with a design.
The bottom tier was a square cake covered in fondant and painted to look like a wooden box. On top was a buttercream tier adorned with the Texas Tech Red Raider's mask and cape, "guns up" signal, and the double T. My husband, an Aggie for life, had a hard time watching me make this one!
Venue - The Grand Ivory
As a baker, you never quite know what to expect at a venue until you deliver the cake. Even if you have delivered to that venue several times before, there is always something different to work around. Usually you can count on the bride one week wanting the tables laid out in a completely different arrangement than the bride next week. Maybe the topper has to be located because the maid of honor said she was bringing it at one point, but the mother of the bride wound up bringing it and setting it in the kitchen where it got buried under some of the caterer's boxes. The cake table may be missing its table cloth and not be ready for delivery yet - or not even be set up in one case! A little surprise of some sort can always be expected at every delivery.
This wedding cake from the fall of 2017 had a tier covered in buttercream rosettes, buttercream swags, and a hint of gold in a fondant ribbon around one tier. The florist left a beautiful arrangement for the top of the cake. Usually, I am left with a bunch of flowers that I cut, wrap, and arrange, so I was loving the idea that I could just place the arrangement on top of the cake and call it a day. However, when I got up close, I could see it was too big... like it could have fit perfectly on the third tier big.
No problem! I talked with the planner, the amazing Amy at Amy Lacey Weddings, and we decided it had to be taken apart and put back together on a much smaller scale. So I got out my clippers and went to work. The resulting arrangement fit the top tier perfectly, and the bride loved it!
Here's the review the bride left on Wedding Wire.
If you have found your perfect wedding venue and still need a wedding cake, contact us to set up your consultation; we would be happy to help!
Venue - Rustic Grace Estate
Planner - Amy Lacey Weddings
Florist - In Bloom Flowers
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.
Why hello there, Beautiful!
Tonight I delivered and set up this gorgeous naked cake at a wedding taking place at 1899 Farmhouse in Princeton. I love their stone walls - what a perfect backdrop!
The top three tiers were Lemon cake with Strawberry Buttercream filling. Perfect for the start of summer!
The bottom tier was alternating layers of Chocolate and Vanilla cakes filled with Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercreams. I would be the guest coming back for seconds!
Oh, did you happen to notice the new backsplash? We finally moved to our new kitchen, and I love it! I have so much more room to spread out when I'm baking... and making the occasional dinner for my family. =)
Ok, one more look at the dreamy flowers on this lovely!
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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