Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Here comes the Bride...and another cake

I am happy to report that I fulfilled my duties as a matron of honor to the best that I know how and my friend Rachel is now happily married! It was a stunning wedding. The weather behaved perfectly and so did Mateo, so that helped the day go a lot smoother.

One of my tasks was to decorate the cake for this elegant outdoor wedding. The original plan was for me to make the cake, but the red tape and fees at the wedding location were such a hassle, that we decided it would be easiest (and more affordable) to use their cake but have me decorate it to the brides' taste. These places have their ways of making you conform, don't they? Still, there was no way I was going to let Rachel's cake look like the gaudy, overdone ones they showed us in their albums.
So decorate I did.

Since she dislikes flowers and the wedding had kind of a vineyard/wine theme, it was easy to choose grapes for the cake decoration. I had originally wanted champagne grapes, but they are only in season in July or August, and I had to make do without them. These regular ones are sugared and the greenery is real ivy. It was really a simple decoration job and fortunately so, as I had -no joke- less than ten minutes to do it, right between feeding the baby and getting dressed with the girls.

I am looking forward to doing a wedding cake that is not rushed sometime!!


LyB said...

It's just beautiful! Very elegant, I love the dark color of the grapes against the white cake, it's lovely! You're an artist Aimée! :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

That's a lovely cake! At first I thought the grapes were frozen, or frosty -- the sugar makes them beautiful. Lucky friend, to have chosen you as maid of honor!

Mandy said...

I love the grape theme - and I also love that you used real grapes when it would have been so easy to go with artificial for something like this. It's gorgeous!

RecipeGirl said...

I think it looks absolutely perfect! Love the sugared grapes idea. Very summery too :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

That is a SPECTACULAR cake, Aimée! So elegant!

David Hall said...

How many talents?!? Superb!


Aimée said...

Hi Lyb- Well, thanks. I never thought about the contrast, but it is nice.

Hi Lydia- I like sugar!

Hi Mandy- Merci, merci.

Hi Recipegirl- this would go over well in your area!

Hi Patricia- Thank you!

Hi Jenn- good thing the bride liked it to, eh?

Hi David- Aw, you're too kind!

Culinary Wannabe said...

I totally understand the whole “red tape and tacky cake picture book” issue as I'm going through the same thing with my wedding location. What a lucky friend to have you to save the day! It's a gorgeous cake!

winedeb said...

Aimee you "take the cake"! Wow, it is just awesome and the grapes idea is so unique! Nice job!!!!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

My you've been busy! What a beautiful cake and lovely wedding pictures.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I love the simplicity of this cake Aimee:D

Heather said...

I know this post is old, so I'm not sure if you'll get this... but how did you sugar frost the grapes? Did you have a way to do it that did not involve egg whites, so they were still safe to put on top of the cake? Did you freeze them beforehand? How far in advance did you sugar frost them? Any tips on a particular kind of sugar to use?

Thanks for any help you can offer! If it's easier to e-mail me to respond, I can be reached at heatherkj11 at yahoo dot com.


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