Greetings, fellow cake fans! This is from the Better Late Than Never Department….
A little over three years ago, I made my first (and only) wedding cake, which was the subject of a brief forum discussion here. I promised to post pictures when I got them from the photographer. She was pretty busy, so it took a while… and then it was the holidays… and then… and then… and then… well, I have a short attention span at the best of times, and you know how it is.
In short, I forgot about it.
Cut to a week or so ago.
I was flipping through one of my copies of The Cake Bible (yep, I have two of them) and realized… my all-time favorite cookbook is 25 years old this year. Cool. So I decided to write a blog post about it. With a bunch of cake pictures, of course. Including that wedding cake.
At which point I remembered that I never got around to posting them here. And so, at long last… here they are.
This cake was a real labor of love for me, and I was deeply honored to be asked to make it—the bride is a very dear friend of our family. I’ve been baking since I was a small child, and over the years I have made a LOT of cake for a lot of special occasions. Never a wedding cake, though, and certainly never cake for 250 people at once.
Even so, I was perfectly comfortable agreeing to do it without any hesitation whatsoever. Undoubtedly because it never once occurred me to how monumental a task it would be just to PLAN a cake on this scale, let alone make it.
I don’t think I truly comprehended until after it was all over how risky this actually was, and how easily it could have turned into a disaster. Several years later, I still haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. The cake (all three flavors of it!) was delicious - and the bride was beyond delighted - so I suppose by every measure that counts, it was a success.
Looking back on it now with the benefit of hindsight, I think I must have been crazy to take on such a thing. Crazy or not, I know one thing FOR SURE: that it would never have been possible without The Cake Bible. Because all those pages and pages of Rose’s incredible charts and calculations absolutely saved my life. For which I am SO grateful.