WeddSplosion II: Joe & Stevie Get Married

Stevie and Joe

The kids at the reception crafted Stevie and Joe a special message.

It’s all over: my brother and his girlfriend of 12 years are now married.  Huzzah!

I’ll begin by giving you the sequence of events over the last week for the cake to arrive at its final destination and finally be consumed by the guests:

  1. Sunday: Bake and crumb coat all 3 cake tiers
  2. Monday: Pass boxed cake layers to parents
  3. Tuesday: Parents transport cake  & decorations to Virginia via car
  4. Wednesday: I fly to Virginia with final decorations & nut-free wedding cupcakes (for allergies)
  5. Thursday: The cake layers sit in their boxes, waiting
  6. Friday: I do the final cake frosting and preparations/decisions for decoration
  7. Saturday: Cake layers are transported to the reception area, and are layered together and decorated.  A wedding is had.
  8. ???
  9. PROFIT!

Suffice it to say, it was a pretty crazy week.

Before I continue though, I want to say  I owe a HUGE thanks to our friends (also fellow bridesmaid an best man) Ashley and James for their help, ingenuity, patience, and professional Kitchenaid mixer.  The cake spent most of its time in their refrigerator, and they spent a lot of time toting it and me around, as well as lending me their various kitchen appliances and utensils to do the final frosting.  James even jerry-rigged the cooler-box my father made for the transport of the individual layers to accommodate the completed cake so it could stay cool between when I finished decorating it and when it was time for its presentation.

Really, the cake was a team effort between a lot of people (also thanks to Liz and Roger for storing the bottom layer and to my parents, of course, for carting the whole thing across 4 states) and I want to thank everybody so much for their help.  GO TEAM!

Now with all the thanking done, here’s a small photo-journal of the week.  Regretfully these pictures were all taken with my phone (it’s tough juggling baked goods and a big camera, so I worked with what I had), but they’ll get the idea across.

Sunday

Cake Layer Baking

One of the 10″ and 14″ layers, cooling on the rack.

Crumb Coat

The 10″ tier baked and crumb-coated with un-tinted peppermint SMB

Friday

Frosting

The 14″ tier fully frosted with green-tinted cinnamon SMB

Saturday

Layers Sealed

I started by stacking the cakes, putting their best-sides forward, then sealed each layer with green-tinted, vanilla SMB.

Decorations

I gently “puttied” together any cracks or blemishes with last touches of frosting, then arranged the palm trees.

Cooler Box

I gently slid the decorated cake into the cooling box James created and added a few freezer packs to keep the frosting cool for the hours between the decoration and the cutting.

The Final Unveiling!

Wedding Cake

When it came time to unveil the cake I slid it out of the cooling box and added my home-made toppers: bride and groom t-rexes.

Wedding Cake Toppers

A closer pic of the wedding cake toppers

 

Lessons Learned & Future Goals

I had a lot of fun with this wedding cake and because Joe and Stevie were happy to have me re-use the fabulous chocolate cake recipe from Adam and Emily’s wedding, it was significantly less stressful than the last time and I was able to focus a little more on the decorations.  My initial vision for this cake was to make it an actual functioning volcano, but over time and due to limitations had to be pared down to simple dinosaurs on a mountain (hence the green frosting tinting and palm trees).  Even so, I feel like the decorations fit the bride and groom well, and they were very happy with the outcome.

Besides being more involved with the decorations this time around, I also opted for 2 different frosting flavors instead of the one I’d done previously.  This cake had a tier frosted with cinnamon and a tier frosted with peppermint (the top layer saved for the bride and groom was also cinnamon, per their request).  We did this so that anyone who didn’t like cinnamon would have another flavor option to choose from, but in the future I think a single flavor is the best way to go for a wedding cake.  It allows for easier frosting of the cake which allows more focus to be put on presentation, which would have been nice.

Until I get the opportunity to make another cake of this size, I’m going to start re-tooling my chocolate cake recipe.  After baking the layers again it’s clear to me that some of the layers are taller than others, so I should test out some different ratios to attempt to get them all the right size.

When it comes to decoration I definitely learned how beneficial it is to keep your cake layers properly crumb-coated and chilled.  From now on I will always chill my cake layers between baking and crumb-coating, and between crumb-coating and final frosting.  Does it take longer?  Absolutely.  Is it worth the extra time?  No question, hands down, yes.  I didn’t get any crumbs floating around in my final frosting, and it really made the decoration much easier.  I still have a lot of practice ahead of me in terms of getting smooth, even frosting around the outside, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it.

WeddSplosion II

Courtesy of Ricardio the Heart Guy

ANYWAY

There will eventually be more photos available and some nicer shots of the cake, but for now I just wanted to share the success of WeddSplosion, Part 2!

Mary Gezo

Formerly of both n00bcakes and !Blog, the two magically become one on Spatialdrift; expect some lazy baking and serious nerditude. Also, I love semicolons.

9 thoughts on “WeddSplosion II: Joe & Stevie Get Married

  1. That’s a really damn fine looking cake, there, Mares. I wish I could retroactively have you make my wedding cake, too. ^^

    • Thanks lady! I’d gladly make y’all an anniversary cake if you guys are ever back in town for the event. 😀

  2. Omg! Great work!!!! that cake looks HUGE. I literally loled at the topper, so awesome. I can’t imagine moving those giant cakes around the country like you did. I made cupcakes for my brother’s wedding this past weekend and they sat nicely in boxes and I was STILL all “omg everybody. EVERYBODY BE CAREFUL” over and over like a broken record. I was waaaaay too chicken to make a tall layered cake like yours. Now I want to! I’m posting about my cake experience this week too! So funny that we were both baking for our brother’s weddings.

    • Thanks Stephanie! And really, for someone with the baking skills that you have, a tiered cake would be a snap, I promise (well, if not a snap then definitely well within your scope of capabilities)! It’s one of those things that looks complicated or intimidating, but in the end really isn’t at all. Can’t wait to hear about your wedding cupcakes; I bet they looked way more professional than my cake. 😀 Better decorating is next on my list of things to improve upon!

  3. That cake was really, really good. I’m having trouble believing that it had been cooked 6 days prior to consumption.

    • I’m glad you liked it! I was worried about keeping the cake fresh for so long, but careful wrapping in plastic and proper refrigeration yielded a cake that lasts!

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