Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snowflake Wedding Cake

Happy New Year!

Our renovations are pretty much done now! But we still have the huge job of "moving in" down there and sorting through our stuff. Whew!

Over Christmas we kept pretty busy too. Especially with this cake! My friend Carmel got married in Red Deer on December 27 and she asked me to make her wedding cake for her and I was more than happy to do it!

I baked and filled and iced and covered all of the tiers at home before leaving for the wedding. The top tier was an 8" round 3 layer deep dark chocolate cake with ganache filling. The middle tier was a 12" round 3 layer blueberry cake with blueberry pie filling filling. And the bottom was my favorite - 16" round 3 layer red velvet cake with cream cheese icing filling. All tiers were iced in buttercream and covered in white fondant.

A couple weeks before the wedding I also made a lot of gum paste snowflakes. Each snowflake was cut out with a cookie cutter and left to dry for a few days. Then I painted some piping gel in designs on the snowflakes so the white sprinkles would stick in different patterns. Then each snowflake was finished off with a royal icing snowflake pattern over the sprinkles.

Then we packed up everything and traveled to Red Deer. The entire wedding and reception was held at the same hotel, so Dale and I stayed at that hotel. I built and decorated the cake in our room and then we transported it down the hall on a cart with the help of a busboy.

I used gum paste to create the drape effect. I tried fondant first, but the fondant I use is a little too soft for this effect so I was happy that I brought gum paste along too! Then I attached all the snowflakes onto the cake with royal icing. It turned out so great! It was one of my favorite cakes of the year!

Here is the cake set up in the reception area

Once it was set up, it needed a bit of extra sparkle, so I just shook sprinkles over the entire cake. It looked like snow!

I was so proud of the cake!

Carmel and Lance liked it too

Dale and I cut the cake for them. It looks kinda pretty all cut up too :)

Congratulations Carmel and Lance! I loved doing your cake!

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