As the Dust Settles or The End

IMG_0781 Not a new soap opera but man, does it describe today!

The Wedding was this past weekend and although I’m not a drinking woman, I feel like I just came off a cheap drunk, as my Daddy would say!  🙂 Time to kick back!!

Everything went off beautifully. In the cake department, the cakes didn’t fall, the flowers didn’t break, I finished  on time….but honestly, I had just enough time to jump into my dress, put on some lipstick and roar down Belt St. with Big Boss at the wheel to the church, arriving with 10 minutes to spare!! *pant pant*  This is a good thing.  Many weddings find me still decorating through the ceremony and praying that the photographer is slow so I can finish everything before the guests start arriving at the reception!!  I still have a hard time walking away and not nit-picking every little thing.

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In the foreground is the Blue Velvet cake…background is the Carrot cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Red Velvet cake

Red Velvet cake

But this was my last wedding.  So I was on schedule (almost) as I had planned accordingly.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese cake

My bride…who is also my niece…had requested dirt/mud.  Seriously, she didn’t care what kind of cakes we had because they could be made out of mud and she’d love them.   Can’t get much more cooperative than that folks!

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Bottom tier is the Orange Cream cake with Orange custard filling and the top tier is Lemon Cream with Lemon Custard filling. Yum!

 

So, the plan was several small cakes using several different flavors.  I won’t bore you with the details, but it was good plan!

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The groom’s cake table…Chocolate Fudge with Hazelnut Fudge filling, one with dipped strawberries…and a German Chocolate cake that DiL fought to get the first piece for!

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This was a first…a gumpaste fish, made in a mold then handpainted…attached to a gumpaste log surrounded by tinted piping gel “water“.

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The groom will have NO excuses for forgetting his anniversary!!

We served 4-5 different flavors at a time so guests had choices!

Robins Cake

Orange Cream cake with Orange Custard filling on bottom tier, Lemon Cream cake with Lemon Custard filling on top tier.

And Sweet Niece wanted each of the cakes decorated differently, so that meant I got to be creative,  using several cake artist’s techniques and designs, then throwing in my own ideas.  Almost more than an artsy fartsy person can handle!!!? (Not shown is a chocolate sheet cake…just in case…)

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Madi took a break in my lap from the dance floor. Thank to Morgan Ruff Photography.

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Peonies, full-blown roses and calla lilies topped with a Tiffany Blue butterfly…not exactly biologically correct but who’s checking?!!

Anyway, in spite of the HIGH HUMIDITY, which never occurred to me to worry about, the entire weekend went well! And of course, I had helping hands all along the way…BB not getting a square meal for weeks…without complaining!  SiL and BiL and #2 niece loading and transporting cakes and a boatload of cake decorating supplies…a great hotel with eager to please employees…more friends moving finished cakes around! Grandkids taking care of yard and garden while I was gone

And a grandson now want’s to know if I’ll do his wedding cake!  Also a great-niece..who is 8!  And a couple of groomsmen from last Saturday’s celebration.  Oy vey!

This is…officially…The End.

Now…for Madi’s birthday cake!

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18 Responses to As the Dust Settles or The End

  1. Dianne says:

    The cakes are lovely. I like the fish!

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    • The Queen says:

      I was surprised at how much I ended up liking that fish! The bride asked for something “fishy” like a tackle box or something. This is what I ended up with. I like him too. And thanks!

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  2. Melinda Strickland says:

    As beautiful as the first one I remember from so many years ago! I was surprised not to see any risers though until I read that she wanted different cakes and decorating. That must have been harder and more time consuming than 1 multi-layer cake! However, never say never. Those grands can be pretty convincing and charming–let’s see–10 years are so to get ready for 1st grand’s wedding?

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  3. Melinda Strickland says:

    Can’t believe I didn’t proof before posting–That should say “10 years OR so to get ready…” Arghhhh!

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  4. Fancy Nancy says:

    Just beautiful! I love the smaller cakes instead if one big! Out of the box thinking that I like! You are truly a master cake artist! I want to be you when I grow up! 🙂

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    • The Queen says:

      I love that you approve dear old friend!! The guests had a hard time deciding…except for the German Chocolate. Those fans were waiting with baited breath. Made me laugh!!

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  5. Jean says:

    Holy Toledo, Wonder Woman!! These are spectacular in every way. What a creative person you are, and how special you made this wedding. I love everything that you did….all the completely different cakes in all the delicious flavors!!!

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  6. prue batten says:

    NB., you never cease to amaze me! What stunning cakes – it was an orchestration of summer. Your flowers are beautiful and the quilted icing is so rich. Here in Australia, brides only have one cake which might be multi-layered so yours were a veritable cornucopia. Rest, dear girl, rest and make no cakes now for a little while!

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    • The Queen says:

      “an orchestration of summer”!!! Spoken like a true wordsmith!! Usually, my brides have one central cake but my niece lives on the edge as I do! 🙂 But no rest as #11 grand has a birthday coming up!! Her mom and I planned it today. And thanks !!

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  7. Carol Dismukes says:

    A bite of each, please! Oh, Deb, how gorgeous your masterful creations turned out. You do indeed deserve some rest!

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    • The Queen says:

      You know what they say…no rest for the wicked. Must have been really REALLY wicked as corn silage harvest began this past week and that means food for 11 guys each day. Made dozens and dozens of cookies yesterday afternoon. Now to get to those APPLES!!! And guess what..a sweet friend sent over apples from her tree last night!!! Noooooooo! But…they’re great pie apples and I don’t have many of those. So guess what I’m doing the rest of the day!! And thank you! it was fun making all those cakes!

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  8. Nedka says:

    I love your idea about the fish. I would like to make it for a colleague’s retirement party. Would it be possible for you to give me any directions, recipes, and guidance. I will appreciate it very much. Thank you in advance.

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