a year in food and life

Wedding cake July 30, 2007

Filed under: baked goods,Dessert,food — superspark @ 7:49 am


This past Saturday, our friends Jill and Gavin hosted a party to celebrate getting married last month. The affair was casual, a backyard BBQ with guests asked to do something extraordinary in lieu of wedding gifts. After a little subtle questioning, it emerged that they were not getting a wedding cake and thus a plan was hatched for our “something extraordinary”. Dylan has been wanting to bake a wedding cake for quite a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Ordinarily, I might be wary of presuming to bake someone a wedding cake, especially as a surprise, but Jill and Gavin have such a laid-back attitude that even if the cake had turned out horrendously, they would have been appreciative and welcomed it. (As opposed to many brides and grooms who might scoff at anything that strayed from their visions of a “perfect wedding”.)


The decision was quickly made to do a three-tiered cake with three different layers:

1) A large bottom cake with three layers of genoise, filled with a peachy compote and whipped cream

2) A middle-sized chocolate buttermilk cake, filled with whipped cream

3) A small carrot cake, also filled with whipped cream.

The entire thing was then thickly covered in cream cheese frosting and after a lengthy debate over how to get around the issue of being unable to create a perfectly smooth outer layer of frosting without using a fondant or special tools, we decided to cover the whole thing in white chocolate shavings and strawberries, thereby distracting from any imperfections in the icing (and it totally worked!).


I’m not going to write out the recipes or instructions for baking a wedding cake here given that they’re pretty lengthy (there’s some internal construction to help support the cakes), but all in all, I was both impressed with how our cakes turned out (they were all delicious!) and the whole process wasn’t nearly as tedious as I would have imagined it would be. Dylan spent several hours on Thursday baking the three cakes and then we spent about4-5 hours on Saturday making the filling and frosting and assembling the whole thing. I don’t know that I imagine doing it again anytime soon (or perhaps ever), but I like the idea of having at least tried it once.  And the hilarity Dylan driving 10 mph with the blinkers while I sat frozen in the passenger seat, covered in a towel while perilously holding the cake in my lap as we drove the mile to their house was priceless.   I think Jill and Gavin were surprised and amazed to see that we’d baked a wedding cake, even knowing how much we like to cook. And by the end of the 7 hour party, the cake was almost entirely gone and we truly felt like we had done something out of the ordinary.

(If anyone is interested in baking a similar cake and wants suggestions or has questions, just leave a comment!)


20 Responses to “Wedding cake”

  1. What an adorable cake! I’m so impressed.

  2. connie Says:

    um, wow. three layers & with all sorts of layers and flavors inside?! i’d have a hard time deciding which to try. well, i’d have them all, but i’d have a hard time deciding which to try first!

  3. Jill Says:

    Thank you both so much for this amazing cake! People are still talking about it.

  4. Glen Says:

    Have seen hundreds of wedding cakes as I’ve sorted through to find one for our own wedding.
    This one really grabs my fancy.
    Would you be willing to share recipe for the filling and icing?
    Much appreciation,

  5. Louis Estrada Says:

    I love baking and after browsing the internet for ideas what a surprise to find this beautiful wedding cake on the net.

    Not only does it look delicious (which I am sure it was) it is a treat to hear that it was baked and designed at home and for a lovely reason.

    Finally, I bought something not as nice looking and spent a small fortune for something not as orginal as your wedding cake.

    Great job.

    Louis is Los Angeles California.

  6. John Says:

    Lovely blog! Thanks for the useful information.

  7. Hiro Says:

    A pleasure to come to your site. Thnks very much!

  8. brandy Says:

    Great looking coconut cake..

  9. maki Says:

    adorable cake! please post some recipes as well.

  10. Toria Says:

    I am possibly baking my mother’s wedding cake, and she happens to greatly dislike fondant. I was looking for a type of cake that looks polished & beautiful without it, but doesn’t have any outlandish decorations. This style is absolutely perfect!
    I just had one question; how did you keep the layers from toppling over? I mean, what kind of internal construction did you use, and how? If you could help me out, that would be wonderful!

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  17. Beautiful wedding cake.

  18. Adebisi Adekemi Says:

    I really appreciate your work.pls could u explain to me how u come abt that soft cake nd the cream in between them

  19. Mario Says:

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