Long story short… there just wasn’t enough time to bake for my sister’s last-minute wedding before I had to leave for the 3 hour drive (unless I decided to skip my brother’s graduation all together, but that was the reason for going in the first place, so I wasn’t about to miss that). An unplanned and unannounced last-minute wedding definitely made matters complicated, but I think I was able to come up with a fairly decent substitute cake despite not having any idea what I was going to do just 2 hours before the wedding.
It’s a bad photo because I had to zoom in from across the garage and edit out the mustard and ketchup bottles, as well as delete the wooden paneling from the background (did I mention this was a very informal wedding/picnic). Anyway, I ended up getting two small cakes (4” and 7”) at a gourmet grocery store (yes, covered in real ganache). Oh, got the cute 8” cake pedestal there too! Then I begged the bakery staff to sell me a couple of clean cake rounds, before quickly running over to the craft store for silk mini roses, a wooden dowel, and a can of yucky pre-made frosting (glue). I quickly zipped to my in-laws house, trimmed the clean cake boards to be slightly smaller than the cakes (so they wouldn’t be seen), then I used a hot knife to quickly release the cakes from their original cake boards. I cut all the flower heads off the flower stems while my father-in-law cut and sharpened the dowel and my mother-in-law scrounged for 2 paper wrapped straws she had stashed away. My husband stood by closely monitoring the time while all the little cousins watched. A dab of frosting glue on the pedestal and between the layers, the dowel through the middle, and quick placement of all the little mini roses to hide the gap between the tiers. Shew…. we were only 5 minutes late for the wedding - thankfully the ceremony hadn’t started yet.
My sister likes pretty, she likes tiny, and she likes feminine… so, what do you think?
Okay, I added the unedited garage version of the cake, as well as photos of the two original cakes from their grocery store’s website - you can see why I didn’t want to keep them on their original cake boards. There was also a sheet cake that you can’t see, and my sister’s new sister-in-law brought a surprise 2-tiered chocolate cake. You can kind of see it in the background (on the right). It was her first time stacking a cake… it was filled with mousse and started to lean badly, but it was yummy and thankfully, between the 3 cakes, there was plenty for everyone.