Wedding No.2: C + I = Buttercream Seascape
This wedding cake was for my (very trusting!) friend C and her fiancé who were married at Easter weekend. Their stunning inspiration photo was this one below. Unfortunately I don't have the credit details at hand - it seems to originate on OneWed but they don't list the source... I've asked the site moderators for the credit info and will update if I get a response.
|Creator unknown - found on OneWed|
I must add that the bride's talented friend M created the stunning sugar sunflowers and foliage, travelled hours with them by car and attached them just before the reception - legendary work!!! Despite neither her nor I knowing what the other was going to do, I think that both cake and decorations looked beautiful together.
This cake had to serve approx. 120 guests so a single-tier like the one above wasn't going to cut it. In fact, it took a 12 inch carrot cake, a 10 inch passionfruit buttermilk cake and an 8 inch rich chocolate mud cake, as well a sheet cake also in the mud cake flavour to provide enough dessert for the guests. Not as delicate as the inspo cake, but with the sunset-over-the-ocean theme of the wedding, I tried to create an ombré effect of waves with foamy tops. In the first picture below you can compare it to the real waves and decide for yourself how I did!
|Super shiny Swiss meringue buttercream!|
|View from the top|
|Now I'm just playing with my new camera for lighting fun!|
|Yes, I played around with the contrast in this pic and I don't regret it at all!!|
|I love the lighting in this picture - and the detail in those sunflowers!|
Here are the cakey details for anyone interested:
- I used the Chelsea Sugar carrot cake recipe, but as is this is prone to under-cooking in my very average oven, I've since switched to an Annabel Langbein recipe. For the filling, I used my favourite recipe for super-stable cream cheese icing from Rose Bakes with a little lemon rind added.
- The passionfruit buttermilk cake is a Women's Weekly recipe that I have recently come across - very dense but with a nice fresh flavour from the passionfruit. It was filled with a store-bought passionfruit curd (us working gals have to take shortcuts somewhere!) but unfortunately the layers were prone to sliding as a result, since the curd reduced friction between them. Next time I'd recommend a passionfruit buttercream instead.
- For the chocolate cakes I used another Chelsea recipe - it still produces a spongy chocolate cake texture rather than a thick brownie-like one. Which is totally fine if you want rich chocolate flavour which still looks like cake! Simple white chocolate ganache filled these chocolate layers.
- The Swiss meringue buttercream was made the cheat's way that has changed my life (which one day I will add to my SMBC post...) in copious quantities - 4.9 times the recipe at that link to be precise! After crumb-coating the cakes, I coloured the rest of the icing four separate shades of blue, which took more Wilton Sky Blue gel colour than you would imagine given the pastel shade. And I used two shades on each layer, obviously the lighter on the top half and the darker on the bottom. I was washing blue colouring off everything in sight for days!
- Note: 12 inch cakes are heavy and need to be firmly attached to their base board - this one wasn't and went for a little slide into the side of its carry box in the car on the way. Fortunately buttercream is very forgiving and fixable!!
The bride and groom seemed to have a great time - I was glad to be able to contribute to their happiness in this way on their special day :-)