Saturday, August 27, 2011

Quinceañera cake

My friend's neighbor had a daughter who was about to turn 15.  The neighbor is from Puerto Rico, and in her culture, that is the age where they celebrate with a quinceañera.  It's kind of like a mini-wedding because there is a church service where they have a ceremony rededicating the girl to the Lord, as well as acknowledging her becoming a young woman. The ceremony is followed by a big reception celebration.

Joy chose to have a Hollywood theme to her reception, and wanted her cake to reflect that theme with a red carpet and lots of glitz and glamour.  They had purchased the figure in Puerto Rico and wanted to incorporate that somehow as well. Joy brought me several photos of cakes that she liked, and I tried to combine most of the ideas as well as make it her own.

When I delivered the cake to the country club where her reception was being held, the staff raved about it.  I later got a note from my friend who photographed the event and also from Joy herself letting me know how much they loved the cake. That made me feel really good. :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wedding cake

This is the wedding cake I did for my friend's daughter's wedding in August.
I enlarged the photo so you could see some of the detail.
Everyone was really happy with the outcome of the design, including me!
This is definitely the largest cake I've ever made, but I was very confident in the structure and support that I used this time. The only nerve-wracking part was transporting it OVER AN HOUR from home to the reception hall!

Don't you just love the beautiful wooden cake stand that the bride's father made?
I think it was the perfect way to showcase this beautiful cake.
I just felt bad for my husband & son who had to carry the cake in from the car, because it was so very heavy! The stand itself wasn't solid, but still probably almost weighed 10 pounds before any cake was added to it. Then, four two-layer tiers of cake, with however-many batches of buttercream icing that I had to make to fill, cover and decorate this enormous cake.