I love a good wedding cake, just as much as I love a good wedding. A few weeks ago I got to enjoy both. I had the pleasure of going to one of my best friends daughters wedding.
I have known Bri and her husband Paul for the past 12 years, and both a great and dear friends to my husband Justin and myself.
When we first met Zadie she was 8 years old, now she’s all grown up, 18, married and a mother to her own beautiful little girl Amity.
As well as being at the wedding I was also asked if I could make the wedding cake. I was very pleased and happy to be able to contribute to the special day by making the cake.
I love making cakes for people, however I was terribly nervous about making this one.
Wedding cakes are not something I do often, and are very special, so you don’t want to get it wrong!
Zadie and her husband to be Tom wanted a marble cake.
This was different for me as I was very used to doing the classic chocolate or vanilla cake, simple no fuss.
Doing a marble cake I was worried about how it would look cut, but, Zadie’s favourite cake is a marble cake, and I didn’t want to disappoint.
I made four layers of marble cake, and they turned out great. Next was the filling to go between these layers. I thought plain chocolate or plain vanilla would be boring, and detract from the effect of the cake layers.
With the go ahead from Zadie and Tom I decided to do both vanilla and chocolate buttercream. On each of the cake layers I alternated circles of vanilla buttercream with the chocolate, and then kept my fingers crossed that it would look great when cut.
It is extremely nerve racking when you are trying something new for the first time and you just happen to experiment on a wedding cake. Thankfully Zadie and Tom weren’t too fussed, they were just happy I was making the cake for them.
Icing and decorating the cake was the easy part, It was kept simple with a textured white buttercream, incredibly hard to get wrong.
The decoration was to be a nice bouquet of flowers. I also suggested a wooden plaque saying Mr & Mrs, nice simple and a very popular thing to do at the moment.
Bri had bought the plaque and sort out the flowers for the cake. All the was left for me to was pick them up and put it all together with the cake.
A little nervous about putting fresh flowers on the cake, something I had not done before, and knew I only had one shot at it. Each flower once cut and put on the cake really couldn’t be removed. Putting the plaque on the cake was much easier.
Well I did it! I had successfully put together my first wedding cake with fresh flowers, and I must say was rather pleased with the end result.
Now all I had to do was transport the cake to the reception, on our way to the wedding. This always makes me nervous.
Then I stay nervous until after the cake is seen by the bride and groom, cut and eaten. always hoping it looks great, inside and out, and ultimately tastes great.
So, cake delivered, we then headed to Torquay for the wedding of Tom and Zadie. Set on Cosy Corner a nice little spot on the sand of Torquay front beach.
I must say the weather was absolutely perfect for a morning beach wedding with around 60 of the the couples closest family and friends.
Tom (a musician) sang very nervously You Are My Sunshine as Zadie walked down to the sand. Of course she looked stunning in her Bohemian style off the shoulder white dress, as her Dad Paul walked her down to Tom.
It’s definitely one of the best weddings I’ve been too.
After the wedding we all headed into Geelong to one of Tom and Zadie’s favourite little places.
A very retro little dessert bar called Armageddon Cake, tucked away in one of the many funky hidden little lane ways of Geelong.
A couple of very old couches and chairs out the front looking very inviting with nana blankets scattered on them. Inside the walls where painted with all manner of different art works, old chairs and tables with old lace table cloths, napkins and doilies on them too, and a couple more old couches.
Armageddon Cake is a small funky little place, and certainly one I’d like to check out one evening.
Bite sized savoury and sweet treats were on offer and we all had a great time eating and chatting. Very informal reception. I loved it.
Then came time to cut the cake, oh boy did my heart start pounding then.
Much to my relief the cake was cut and looked better than I could have imagined, and tasted pretty great too.
Thanks to Zadie for asking me to her something I had never done before, but look forward to being able to make something like this again.
We had an absolutely amazing day with the Stevenson and Clapham families and friends, and were honoured to be asked to be a part of it.
Thank Tom and Zadie for having us, and enjoy life as Mr & Mrs with your two beautiful girls Amity and Lucy.