Remember how I said cheesecake wasn’t wedding-y? Well, maybe I change my mind. Wanda’s is apparently out of business (wah!), so am looking for substitutes! Still heavily considering Italian cream cake, but this is pretty convincing.
“I love…cake…” —Eric Foreman, That 70’s Show
Ah, wedding cake. The edible symbol of your relationship in fondant-covered form. SO many questions for an unfussy bride—chocolate or vanilla, buttercream or whipped, to top or not to top—it all seems too much for me to handle. And, let me get this out of the way: while I can respect certain celebrity pastry chefs as business owners and professional visionaries, most of the cakes I see are just not for me.
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And I have something to confess: I abhor fondant. It’s true, and I won’t sacrifice delicious-ness for a pristinely smooth cake, or even one with bobbles galore. Plus, the way they drape it over the cake like a skin? It’s creepy! But, that’s just me.
Although one of my top five favorite foods is a good cheesecake, it just doesn’t seem too wedding-y to me. (I have a friend who went to a wedding where the cake was literally cheese—wheels of it!)
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So I have decided on an Italian Cream Cake by a local baker named Wanda. I remember my sister requesting this as her birthday cake one year, but she recently informed me that the cake actually made its debut at a cousin’s wedding and I just didn’t remember it. Either way, the cake is seriously yummy, but nothing fancy to look at.
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Pretty plain looking, right? We’ll only be feeding about 60 people, so I think something along these lines will work, and it is just so delish with the creamiest cream cheese frosting, not too sweet, and the cake so dense and moist you could eat it like home-baked bread. So I think I can handle plain, and I’ll just dress it up a little. I know Wanda can do chocolate covered strawberries, so that’s a consideration, and I love the look of fresh flowers on a cake:
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At one time, I even thought about making a personalized wedding topper out of clay to show FH, myself, and our dog Chiwi.
My first (and only) attempt lasted hours as I tried to mold myself out of Sculpey clay, rolling out little white snakes to use as the lace for my sleeves. (Afterwards, I decided to remove the sleeves from my actual dress and had to remove the lacy arms from my clay body. I have since decided to leave the sleeves alone when we moved the wedding back to December, and have all but given up on the clay figures). There were too many problems for me to handle by my inexperienced self. I couldn’t keep the white clay from looking dirty, I couldn’t attach the head to the neck at the right place or make a foil form to shape the skirt that wasn’t too bumpy. So that plan is pretty much gone, although there are several etsy artists that could help out if I decide to try again.
How did you decide to decorate your cake? Is your cake a priority for you? Which is more important, function or form?