Archive for wedding cake

• IT’S WEDDING TIME!

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 08.08.09

This cake has been talked about for awhile with the bride and groom.  But it has only been a few weeks since the final decision was made about their wedding cake, and boy was it a great idea on their part.  The couple  are very close friends and quite the mentor of art I must add.  I was probably more nervous about this cake, but yet honored at the same time to do it because the groom is such an amazing artist himself.

Brandt and Aurora were to wed on August 8, 2009.  They wanted a wedding cake that incorporated who they both were and what they liked.  They decided on a record player (music is Aurora’s passion) and a melting clock as the record (art is Brandt’s passion).  The clock idea came from the famous Salvadore Dali’s great mind.   He often drew melting clocks so I knew it had to be spot on.  They decided on vanilla on strawberry to feed 100, so the adventure began.

As I started planning for this cake, I knew I wanted to go above and beyond what I hoped they had in mind.  I wanted to either make the record/clock spin or the power light to light up.  Since the clock would be melted down the cake, I knew we had to conquer the electrical idea.  Ben and I sat up one stormy night making electricity from batteries,, wire and bulbs. Ironically we conquered our mission while the power was out and had us a nice light to get around the house.  So after this obstacle, it was cake time.

I baked four sheet cakes (two vanilla and two strawberry) and stacked them. I carved an outer edge or the record player and covered with buttercream.  I mixed up a tan colored batch of marshmallow fondant and draped over the cake. I painted the inner part of the box with a wood grain pattern.  From here, we had to get the light in place.   Ben found a red LED light and a 9V battery and hooked up the current by pulling the wires through a straw that went down into the cake.  We lifted up the edge of the cake and pulled the wires out and around the side to hook to the battery behind the board.  And we had our power button!  Next, I baked a 10″ for the record/clock’s platform.  I painted it black as ready for the clock.  I created a round circle of white fondant and began to stretch the sides as if it were melting.  I rolled back the edges to give it a lip and painted the rim gold with a vodka/gold luster dust mix.  I hand painted the numbers with black food coloring and came back with a black edible marker to clean up the edges,  We placed the hands on the clock to be 8:08 to symbolize their wedding date.  Finally, I added to top dial to the watch which is on every Dali clock.  After the clock was complete we attached the fondant speakers which were gridded and painted gold to the sides of the box  and the gold plated edges around the corners of the cake.  While I formed the knobs and record arm Ben created the gold edge around the bottom of the cake.  After 15 hours baking/decorating it was a piece of art!

We delivered the cake to Clarksville, attended the wedding and smiled as they smashed the cake into each others faces.  Ben and I wish the newlyweds nothing but happiness and success as you start this new adventure.  We’ll always be here for you guys and love you very much.  God Bless.

• A TOWER OF GOODIES…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 05.30.09

Beth contacted me quite awhile back about doing her wedding and grooms cake. She had picked out a cupcake wedding  and a sculpted trooper’s hat and badge for the groom. Her main color was green with white, pastel pink yellow, and orange flowers. The 75 cupcakes were to be  in vanilla with green buttercream and a fondant 6″ topper to match for the bride and groom to keep.  The groom’s cake was chocolate with buttercream and fondant. So with all the details in hand, off I went.

Cake #1 – Groom’s Cake

I baked an 11 x 15″ chocolate cake and sculped around the edges to form an oval badge. I covered it with buttercram followed by tan colored fondant and free-handed the golden and red details on top to make the state trooper patch. Next I baked a 6″ round cake and a ball shaped cake and stacked them together. I placed them on top of a 12″  cardboard circle to act as the brim of the hat. I scuplted the dips in the top of the hat and then covered with buttercream followed by green fondant that draped over the cakes and the 12″ board. I made up black fondant and wrapped around the hat as well as gold luster dust painted fondant as the cords. I placed on the final black and gold embellishments and it was complete. I leaned the hat upon the badge as soon as we got to the reception to keep from damaging during transport.

 

Cake #2 – Cupcakes!

My wonderful Aunt, whom I might add taught me all I know, decided to surprise me and bake all 75+ cupcakes while I was at work. This turned out to be such a blessing because they tunred out gorgeous and such a time-saver. I started with the 6″ topper cake by covering in buttercream, then green fondant. I came back with green buttercream and created leaves and vines. My mother and I rolled out white, pink, yellow and orange fondant and cut out flowers for each cupcake and the topper. After placing the flowers on the topper we rolled up little white balls and places them in the center of each flower.

Then, it was time for the cupcakes. I made up a huge batch of green buttercream and piped a large beehive-like swirl design on top of each cupake. I then came back and piped the leaves to match their topper. We then placed a flower on each cupcake, and they were  finished. After 9 Hours/Baking/Decorating I was complete at 1 AM Saturday morning. Ben and I delivered the cakes to the beautifully decorated recpetion hall and left the tower of goodies for the happy couple.

 

Congrats to you both! May God Bless you in the many years to come.

 

Specials thanks, again, to my wonderful Aunt, Parents and Ben for all their hard work and helpful hands. You’re all such troopers!

• A ZOMBIE WEDDING…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 05.23.09

Dan and Colleen asked me over a year ago to do their wedding cake. They already knew they wanted to incorporate zombies and themselves as the topper. So I’ve had a year to dream up this unusual but absolutely amazing idea of a cake for two of the most wonderful people in the world.

Over the past month we’ve worked out the major details for the cake and decided on the following: Green, three tiered round cake to feed 80, 2 zombies climbingup the cake, the happy couple huggingon top, purple flower accents, with alternating cake flavors of yellow with buttercream and triple fudge chocolate with chocolate hazelnut cream cheese frosting all covered in homemade marshmallow fondant. With all the details sorted out, I was ready for the challenge.

Ben and I started sculpting the zobmiesa week ago with clay, but after creating such realistic disturbing zombie faces, we decided they were just not right for the cake. So Monday and Tuesday, I pulled out photos of Dan and Colleen and created their faces along with the zombies. For Dan and Colleen’s faces, I rounded out flesh colored fondant and made indentions for the white eyes to sit in. I used a black edible marker to dot in their pupils so that they would be looking at each other when placed on the cake. I used the end of a straw to make the shape of their smiles and rounded up a small ball of fondant for their noses. I used a toothpick to press in the nostrils. For her rosey cheeks, I put pink luster dust on my hand and rubbed it around to get just a hint on my fingertip, and then applied it to her cheeks. For her eyelashes I used the black edible marker and drew a line over her eyes out to the eyelashes. For the zombies, I rolled up gray fondant for their faces. I made their eye sockets deeper and colored in a dark circle before putting their eyes in place. After attachingtheir noses, I used a tool to poke in their mouths so that they would look like they were open. And finally it was time for all their hair. I purchased an amazing tool about two weeks ago that creates things such as this. You mix up the color hair you want with fondant and add a bit of crisco. You add it to this pump-like tool and it creates small strands of fondant that push out the end. You then take and cut it to the length you want and place it. This seemed to take forever, but gave me the look I was definitely going for. After four hours, the four heads were complete.

For the cake, I made 2-6″ and 2-12″ Round Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cheese for the top and bottom tiers. The middle tier was 2-9″ Round Cakes that were Yellow with Buttercream. After frosting each of the tiers, I mixed up green marshmallow fondant and covered each layer. I then stacked the tiers and was ready for the decorations. After Wrapping each tier with black satin ribbon (used to match the black around the waist of her dress) I used the hair tool to make the grass that went around the base of each tier. This took about 2 hours to create, but definitely worth the extra time. I then rolled out purple fondant and created the flowers followed by little white balls to fill the insides. After all the cake was put together, it was time for the bodies of the figures. This was the tricky part.

Ben created a wire frame for me and used aluminum foil to build up the stability of the bodies. I then took fondant and wrapped around the wire until they were fully covered and ready for clothes. We cut out white for the shirts and wrapped black pants with rips around the bottoms of the legs for the zombies. For Dan we used a photo of an army-style jacket Colleen had sent a picture of. We created his white button-up shirt with a collar underneath and placed the black jacket on top with all the pockets. For Colleen, she sent me a photo of her wedding dress that was a beautiful shade of green with a black band around the waist. I wrapped her upper half with flesh-tone fondant and wrapped the green fondant around her torso, followed by the black band.  We created Dan and Colleen in two separate pieces for easier transport. We attached the bottom halves of their bodies on top the cake and would place the top halves on when we set up the cake at the reception. Finally after staring at 1PM on Friday afternoon, we finished about 2AM Saturday Morning. So for a total of 20 hours Baking/Decorating, the Zombie Wedding Cake was complete. We packed up the car and headed to Nashville for the Wedding at the Belcourt Theater followed by the reception at the Cuisine of India. What a beautiful day filled with such an amazing amount of love. To the happy couple, I wish you all the best and cannot tell you enough how much you guys mean to us. Love you both!

Special thanks to Ben for spending so many hours planning and sculpting with me and to my parents for the extra help baking. You all mean so much to me. These cakes wouldn’t be possible without your artistic hands and helpful hearts. God Bless

• WEEKEND FULL OF WEDDINGS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2009 by beverlydill

This same time last year I booked two wedding cakes and a grooms cake and swore I would never do it again, due to the strenuous work and deadline of the weddings.  But I did it again with two wedding cakes and a grooms cake that all fed the same amount as last year. I guess I felt like I was up for the challenge and I went to school with the ones getting married, so I was a bit excited to play a part. With the help of my wonderful parents helping me bake and my lovely Ben’s artistic eye for weenie dog cakes, the cakes were much easier to complete. So it all began…

Cake #1 – 05.16.09

Amanda booked her wedding cake with me awhile back. She had the cake picked out that she liked so it went rather smoothly and quickly. She decided on a four tier round cake with alternating yellow and chocolate cake flavors. It  had a wide ribbon with a smaller ribbon around the bottom, second and top tiers and had an elegant monogram design on the third tier. Her colors were light blue and black and the cake was to feed 150. So with all the info, I took off.

We baked 2-14″, 2-12″, 2-9″ &  2-6″ round cakes. The top and second tier were chocolate and the bottom and thir tier were yellow.  After covering the cakes with buttercream, I stacked the first three tiers. Since the cake would be so tall, we left off the top tier and would later take it to the reception hall to place it on top there. I placed a 1.5″ blue satin ribbon around the bottom two tiers and the top followed by a small black satin ribbon. I then placed a blue satin bow in the front of the three tiers. I mixed up some black buttercream and  freehanded the monogram design on the third tier. After piping the shell border, it was finished until we arrived at the reception hall. I placed the top tier on, piped the border and it was complete after 8 hours baking/decorating.

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Justin Zellers! God Bless you both!

Cake #2 – 05.16.09

Brandy called last year to book her wedding cake and grooms cake. For the wedding cake she decided on a light pink square vanilla cake with darker pink accents to feed 100.

We baked 2-12″, 2-8″, 2-6″ square cakes. I covered the cakes with light pink buttercream and stacked the tiers. I piped the swag design on the bottom tier and the ribbon design on the top tier. For the middle tier I used a stencil and scraped dark pink buttercream over the openings to attach it to the cake. I then peeled off the stencil and was left with the elegant scroll design. I finished it with a dark pink shell border around it tier and moved the cake aside for the good ‘ole grooms cake…

Cake #3 – 05.16.09

Brandy decided on a weenie dog in the shape of a “G” for their last name. I was a little worried about this cake, but knew I was up for the challenge and repeated to myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” So after lots of praying and sketching possibilities, Ben joined me in on the fun. The cake was made from a 14″ round chocolate cake. He carved the general shape of the dog for me and handed over the knife so I could make a complete mess. After cutting here and carving there, we had us a weenie dog in the shape of a “G”. I then mixed up reddish-brown fondant and covered the dog. We shaped it’s ears paws and tail with the same color. We then made it’s nose, eyes and collar out of fondant. For the dog tag, we shaped a heart, painted with luster dust for a silver shine and carved a “G” in the middle. After 12 hours of baking/decorating, both cakes were complete.

Congrats Brandy and thanks so much for bringing on such a fun challenge.

As I’ve always been told, something bad will eventually happen to one of the cakes, and it just so happened that today was the day. After we delivered the pink wedding cake and weenie dog cake to on eof Brandy’s friends, she was to take the cakes to Murfreesboro, which is about 2+ hours from Dover. The cakes were in the back of her SUV. Even after using many dowel rods for support, lining the vehicle with padding and non-slick mats, the sun and heat were not so  easy to work with. The buttercream could not compete. Brandy contacted me after the cake arrived and said that it had shifted and the icing had cracked. Even with so much support, and air-conditioning, the direct sunlight can wreak havok through windows. They decided to serve the cake from the back and use a dummy cake for the wedding. I hate so bad this happened, but at least they still had the cake to serve.  Risks are involved in long distant transports and anything can happen. I just hate this happened to you guys. I hope you had a wonderful day and many more happy years to come. God Bless.

• M-I-CROOKED LETTER CROOKED LETTER I-CING ON THE CAKE

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 03.14.09

April contacted me awhile back about doing her wedding cake and grooms cake. She wanted a chocolate Ole Miss football cake to feed 30 for Scott and a wedding cake to feed 175 decorated with hot pink, orange, red, yellow, and white gerber daisies. So off I went.

For the Grooms cake, I began by attaching the Ole Miss logo to the board.  I baked two football cakes and stacked them on top of each other. I covered them with brown tinted buttercream and piped the white on top. I came back with green icing to create grass under the football, and it was complete.

For the wedding cake, I decided on a three tier square cake since she left the design up to me. My lovely mother helped me bake 2-16″ square strawberry cakes, 2-10″ french vanilla cakes, and 2-6″ strawberry cakes.  I iced the cakes with buttercream and placed the dowel rod supports before stacking. After the cake was put together I wrapped a hot pink ribbon around the center of each tier followed by a white ribbon. I placed the colorful gerber daisies on each tier and created a topper bouquet of the same flowers.

After 11 hours, baking/decorating the cake, it was all complete. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Wallace! I wish you nothing but love throughout the years to come. God bless you both.

• A CAKE TO MATCH THE DRESS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 01.03.08

A great friend ‘s sister asked me earlier last year to do her wedding cake. The reception was originally planned for The Riverfront Plantation in Dover, but due to a terrible fire, the historic building was destroyed just a month before the wedding. She moved her reception to Rose Ella in Dover and went with a golden theme. She wanted a vanilla cake with buttercream to feed 30. She went with a square shaped cake with the design of her dress decorating the sides. She provided the top monogram and off I went.

I began with  2-10″ and 2-6″ square cakes. After icing them in buttercream and stacking the cakes I free-handed the gold luster dust tinted buttercream on the sides of both tiers matching the design on her dress.

After 5 hours baking/decorating it was complete. After we delivered the cake we placed the monogram topper and piped the gold beads as accent on the letters.

After attending the beautiful wedding at our church, my mother and I headed back over to the reception to dine with the family and cut/serve the cake. It was such a beautiful evening and such a pleasure to be a part of. Special thanks to Mrs. Gail Morgan for the wonderful dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott for the wonderful company, my mother for the help  and to the Bride and Groom for allowing me to play a part in such a special day. God Bless you both.

• TASTES LIKE TEAM SPIRIT…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 12.20.08

I received a call from Cyndi for her wedding cake. She was marrying the football coach for the Stewart County High  School Rebels and wanted a Black and Gold themed cake based on the school colors and a football cake for the groom’s cake. She went with a vanilla wedding cake with buttercream to feed 150. For the groom’s cake, she went for chocolate with buttercream to feed 30. 
 Cake #1
I began with the groom’s cake. I prepared a gold covered board and baked two football shaped cakes and stacked them together with buttercream in between the layers. I then covered the entire cake with brown tinted buttercream. After smoothing the icing, I piped the white on top of the football followed by the green grass around the bottom. Finally I sat the cake and board on top of a stand covered with black material to match the wedding cake.

 

Cake #2
Next came the wedding cake. She went with a designer’s choice cake and let me run with any ideas I had that went along with the Black and Gold. I went with a 16″ – 12″ – 8″ tiered cake – bottom two tiers stacked with a 4″ tall separator decor followed by the 8″ top cake and black and gold rose topper.

I began by placing black satin material over the base followed by the clear cake plate. I placed the 16″ on bottom and iced the cake with buttercream. I repeated the steps on the next two tier and kept them all separate in the beginning stages. After all the cakes were covered with buttercream, I created a border stencil that would have 1.5″ from the top edge of all the cakes. Next, I placed the 12″ cake on top of the 16″ and began to pipe the black bead border on the stenciled line followed by black cornelli lace. I placed the separator plates and columns. I draped black satin over the plate to match the base of the cake. Finally, I added the top tier and the rose topper. I came back with gold ribbon and wrapped around the base of each tier and then added a see-through black ribbon and placed in the middle of the gold. Lastly, I added the black buttercream bead border and it was complete.

After 12 hours baking/decorating, the two cakes were finished. Saturday afternoon came and I attended the wedding and cut and served the cake at the reception. I’ve realized that there’s nothing better than to create one of the most memorable desserts that there will ever be in a couple’s life which makes cutting into it feel absolutely wonderful. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Holliday. Thank you so much for asking me to play a part in such a beautiful day. I wish you all the best. God Bless.

• A GOLDEN TOWER AND A CHOCOLATE DELIGHT…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 11.08.08

I met with a couple earlier in the Spring about a November wedding. She had many ideas for the cake so we sat and went through designs and photos until she came up with the perfect cake. We met one more time to decide on sizes and grooms cake design and finally we were all set. Since her wedding colors are red, gold & ivory, she went for an ivory four tier wedding cake with roses between each tier and gold detailing. The grooms cake was to be a Chocolate lovers dream, two tiers of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache poured over top dripping down the sides with a monogram design on the top that was used in their invitations. Both cakes were to feed 296 People.

Cake #1
I began with the Grooms cake. Because the top monogram design was to be made of royal icing, I made it up a couple nights in advance. I piped the design with icing and let it sit 24 hours to harden. I then covered it with gold luster dust and it was complete.

The Grooms Cake was to feed 62 people, being two tiers (8″ & 10″).
8″ – Chocolate Fudge Cake with Hazelnut Filling
10″ – Chocolate Fudge Cake with Hot Fudge Chocolate Buttercream

After frosting both cakes with brown tinted buttercream, I made up the chocolate ganache. I poured the ganache on the 10″ and let it drip down the sides. Next, I placed the dowels in the bottom tier and one long one to go through the middle of both tiers. I lowered the top tier onto the bottom and then poured the remaining ganache on top. As the ganache hardened, I piped a buttercream bead border around the cake. Finally I placed the royal icing monogram design on top and the Grooms Cake as Complete.

 


Cake #2
The wedding cake was to feed 234 people and be 4 tiers, including many different flavors:
10” : Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Filling (saved for anniversary cake)
12” : French Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Filling
14” : Yellow Cake with Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Filling
16” : Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

I began by piping a “dam” of icing around the center layers of the the cakes. This was to keep the different fillings from flowing out into the outer icing. After all the filling were included, each cake layer was put together and iced with ivory buttercream. I then placed a different stencil to each tier and piped gold buttercream detailing. After all the accents were finished, I placed quite a few dowels in the bottom three tier cakes for support since they would have 3″  between each tier and so much weight to hold. The separator plates and columns were then added to the top of the bottom three tiers. Finally, I piped a golden border to the base cake. After 16 Hours Baking/Decorating the cake was complete and ready for transport.

We lined the car floor with a non-slip runner and a large foam mat. We placed three wedding cake tiers on the foam and held the grooms cake since it was two tiers and the wedding cake topper. As we arrived in Clarksville at the Riverview Inn, we set up the Grooms Cake on its desired table and began stacking the wedding cake tiers on its own table. After the four tiered cake was put together, I piped the gold border on the top three tiers and began placing the red roses between the tiers on the separator plates as if each tier was floating on a bed of roses. After placing the roses on the top tier it was complete. Special thanks to Tim for helping us with the roses. You’re awesome. Also, major thanks to my mother and father and Ben for helping with the cake, delivering and setting up.

Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Hopson! It was such a pleasure meeting you and working with you on such a special cake. I pray the Lord Bless you both with an incredible marriage and many happy years to come.

• WEDDINGS & TIGER LILIES & BARGES, OH MY…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake #1 – 10.04.08 (Wedding Cake)

This weekend was the wedding for Carrie and David. She had a wedding cake picked out with a few changes to incorporate her orange and brown theme with tiger lilies. The cake was strawberry with buttercream that fed around 60.

I began a night early by rolling out orange fondant and cutting the shape of the tiger lilies. I placed a cotton ball under each one and curled the ends of the petal so that they could dry overnight and be ready for painting the next day. I then rolled out brown fondant and cut out the shapes of leaves so that they would have a 3D appearance and pop out from the cake. The next day, I painted half of the lilies a vibrant orange using vodka and orange food coloring.

I covered the cake with buttercream and piped the curly pattern around the cake and placed the lilies and leaves. I came back with a deeper green and piped buttercream leaves around the cake. I then placed 3 spaghetti noodles in the center of each lily as the stem and piped a brown dot on the end as the stamen. I came back with brown food coloring and painted dots inside the petals. Finally, I piped on the orange buttercream as flower buds and white as the little pearls separating the tiers, and it was complete.

 

Cake #2 – 10.04.08 (Grooms Cake)
Carrie also wanted a Grooms Cake for David to feed 25. Since he works for Ingram Barge Co., she wanted a vanilla barge just for him.

I began the grooms cake with a 11×15 sheet cake. I cut the cake in half and used 5.5″x15 as the barge. I cut the other half in 3 pieces to be the three tiers of the boat. I started with the boat and covered the 3 tiers with buttercream. I then piped the red stripes, window/doors, Ingram logo, “M/V Hornet” (boat’s name), and Just Married on the back. After placing the American flag on the top, the boat was complete.

I rounded out the end of the barge where it goes into the water and cut out the four compartments on top. I then covered the barge with a layer of buttercream followed by a long piece of fondant colored as though it were rusted. I crushed up Graham Cracker and placed the “sand” into the compartments. Finally, I added white buttercream to the sides of the boat to act as water splashing from movement and it was finished.

After 13 hours baking/decorating, both cakes were complete. Congrats, David and Carrie! May the Lord bless your future together.

• WEDDING IN NASHVILLE

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , on June 11, 2008 by beverlydill

06.07.08

The sister of a great friend contacted me about having a wedding on June 7, 2008 in Nashville, TN. She wanted a cake to feed around 175 people. Simple yet Elegant. So we went with a four tier round design. A French Vanilla Cake with Homemade Buttercream Filling and Homemade Marshmallow Fondant. The Satin Ribbon around the base of each tier matched the bridesmaid dresses, finished with white buttercream pearl and a Monogram topper. It took about 13 hours to complete this cake with a 2 hour delivery.

So Ben and I made it to Nashville in one piece with no accidents or crushed cakes, but I did hold my breath the whole way. We transported the two bottom tiers stacked together and the top two tiers stacked together. We did the final assembling when we got to the church. She had someone to cut and serve the cake so we didn’t have to stay but we did hear it was a hit. I’ll try and get my hands on some pictures of them demolishing the cake to post. Best wishes to the bride and groom and God Bless. It was such a pleasure getting to meet the rest of the Beard family. Big thanks to Ben for sticking by my side all day and helping with the delivery and set-up.