The most important part…the CAKE

I don’t have the professional wedding pictures back from our photographer yet (hopefully later this week) so I’m a bit reluctant to post too many wedding pictures from friends until I can also pick out the best ones from the photographer.

However, I’m sure that most of my readers aren’t too interested in the dress, or the speeches, but instead, the cake.  So I’ve decided to blog about the wonder that was our wedding cake today!

Wedding cakeBack in June I wrote about the cake board and knife/cake slice.  We were after something rusticy and when Dan’s Mum offered to make our cake for us, it didn’t take long for us to fill a Pinterest board of cakes we liked the look of.  We were very insistent that we should have buttercream icing for our cake, rather than royal or fondant icing to stay in keeping with the rustic theme.  Flowers on the cake were also a must and we liked the idea of having raffia tied around each of the tiers.

Finding a cake topper was one of the things that got left until the last minute and then all we could find were old fashioned cake toppers or ones that looked nothing like us (eg; black haired bride and ginger groom!) or it became really expensive if we wanted to venture into handmade territory.  We loved this pinecone topper on Pinterest, but felt it suited for a more Autumny-wedding.

Pinecone wedding cake topperThen we saw this rusticy topper, which my now Mother-In-Law created perfectly for our own cake but with little sunflowers instead of the roses that were in the example we had found…>

Wedding cake rustic topper

Because Dan’s parents stayed with my parents in the week leading up to the wedding, Wednesday became baking day for Ann in my Mum’s kitchen and Dan’s Mum spent approximately eight hours mixing, baking and cooling cakes!

Wedding cake baking Wedding cake bakingWe had four tiers on our wedding cake and each tier was three cakes on top of each other and filled with jam and more buttercream icing.  Two of the tiers were chocolate sponge, and two were vanilla.
Wedding cake baking

My Mum’s oven was rather busy for the day.  I love my Mum’s oven and have baked many tasty treats inside.  I’d love a big oven like this one day!
Wedding cake baking

By the end of the day we had twelve cakes all clingfilmed up and one part-broken cake to pick at and taste test, as it had fallen apart when placed on the cooling rack.

Thursday was spent putting the cakes together and icing and then on Friday the cake was assembled and placed at the village hall ready for our reception the following day.

Cutting the wedding cake Cutting the wedding cakeNo-one tells you beforehand just how awkward the cutting the cake moment is!  You stand for several minutes with a hand each on the knife poised and ready to cut the cake.  Every time you start to make a move with the cut, another camera flash goes off and you daren’t move incase somebody is in the middle of taking a photo!

After we had made the first cut, our caterers whisked away the cake and slices were cut ready for when the buffet was produced later in the evening.  I never actually got a slice of cake on the day but there was plenty left over.  (I’m pretty sure this cake would feed 500 people rather than the 100 we requested it for!)

Mum currently has the base layer, cut into four in her freezer at home and the next few times I am back I shall bring a section home with me so that I can distribute cake amongst people that couldn’t make it on the day (or just eat a lot of cake myself!)  Here is the quarter I was sent back with on Thursday night.Wedding cake I cut a thin slice off, just so you could see the layers in the cake.  (Not so that I could try a slice without Dan noticing at all!)

Wedding cake

Did you find the cutting cake moment painstakingly awkward?!  Or have you found it awkward at other weddings?!

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6 thoughts on “The most important part…the CAKE

  1. Yay cake! The best bit of a wedding :) Yours looks beautiful too, and so lovely that it was hand made and so personal for you.
    I must say that the most awkward part of a wedding that I find is the receiving line- I like my personal space and am not one to hug even my friends, so I hate that you have to queue up and congratulate people (especially the parents who you generally don’t know). Although at both of Andy’s brothers weddings it was just as weird congratulating his mum and dad.
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    1. The receiving line was the part I was most worried about actually! Although on the day it wasn’t as awkward as I thought. I’m not a hugger either, and get annoyed by those that do try and hug me all the time!
      We did have a receiving line at Dan’s request, but mainly because other than our sets of parents meeting once before, the family had never met each other, so we felt our parents should at least know who was who there. There were a couple of people I wasn’t quite sure how to hug/kiss though!

  2. I am always interested in the cake – Although it must be said you do look absolutely stunning!
    This cake looks absolutely delicious, if you ever need any assistance eating it then I can always assist (addicted) plus buttercream is always the way…Oh as is having too much cake! :)
    Hope your enjoying life as a Mrs and your honeymoon looked wonderful, I want to see more of Italy next year if possible..
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    1. Thank you! 😀 I really, really, REALLY can’t wait to get my photos back from our photographer. One of my friends took some great ones (all the ones I’ve been sharing so far!) but I can’t wait to see the rest!
      Italy was amazing thanks. Everyone said to us before we went ‘Once you’ve been once to Italy, you’ll have to go back to see the rest!’ and it’s already gone back on our to-visit list!

  3. Firstly, I am very interested in all of your wedding (in a non-creepy stalker kind of way…) not just your cake. HOWEVER, I am very pleased your have dedicated a post to the cake 😉
    It looks amazing! I love that it’s homemade, I love the design. And I love that you went for what you wanted not what was expected of traditional (fruit cake etc.)
    For our wedding we went with a lemon later, a vanilla layer and a fruit layer – all royal icing. But we love royal icing and we wanted a fruit layer to keep (which has subsequently been eaten by us slowly over the years…). I also remember eating THREE slices of my wedding cake on the day – so I’m highly disappointed that you didn’t manage a single slice. Poor effort! 😉

    1. Haha! Of COURSE there was a post entirely about the cake! 😛
      Three slices?! I am very impressed! I did pick up one slice at the evening buffet was still so full from the dinner I put my plate down somewhere and totally forgot about it, never even getting to the cake!

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