Sophie & Grant's Wedding Cake Story
Written by Gill
Every cake is sketched
prior to the design being agreed
and a full detailed brief is provided
to ensure all the expectations of the bride and groom
are fully met.
Sophie & Grant first visited me in the Autumn of 2014, when they were eagerly planning their wedding for May 2015.
They decided on a 'Rustic Style' Country Wedding to be held at Nant Gwrtheym on the North Coast of the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales:- a stunning location offering an amazing coastal panorama.
Sophie had been doing some research and was keen to persue a cake resembling stacked 'sliced tree logs' with a heart shape inscribed with their initials carved into the tree bark.
Both were keen the cake should be a selection of different sponge flavours as neither of them like fruit cake.
Grant favoured the Carrot Cake and Sophie was looking forward to trying the Chocolate Truffle Cake, they both also wanted a Lemon Cake and two smaller tiers of the Coffee & Walnut option for the family to enjoy the following day.
With 120 guests this cake needed to be 4 or 5 tiers!
I was slightly worried about the addition of the Carrot Cake in the tiered stack as the texture of this cake is very moist and doesn't particularly lend itself to be firm enough for stacking
So.... desperate not to disappoint the Groom, it was agreed the Carrot layer would be a single 10" square cutting cake, divided into 48 pieces making it easy for the kitchen to cut.
That bit sorted the rest was simple!!!!!!!
Grant's Favourite - Carrot Cake
Made into a Cutting Cake
and divided into 48 pieces.
Making the Flowers and Leaves
Sophie had six adult bridesmaids and a flower girl, all were wearing floaty chiffon dresses in a gorgeous shade of Powder Blue. Bride and
entourage carried mixed bouquets of Pale Blue Scabious, Pale Pink/Cream/Peach Roses, Trails of Forget-me-Nots, Jasmine & Ivy.
So, with the rustic theme set, colours chosen and the flowers decided..
I set about making some 400 flowers and leaves in early February 2015. They were all made from moulded flower paste. Wherever possible I made them to match the brides bouquet.
It took around eight weeks to make them all.
This left plenty of time to let them dry properly before assembling them on wires and arranging the top arrangement in oasis. I then finished them with a light dusting of edible tint.
12" Tier - Chocolate Truffle Cake, split twice with a
Dark Chocolate Ganache.
10" Tier - A moist Lemon Cake, split twice with a Tangy
Sicilian Lemon Curd and Lemon Buttercream.
6" & 4" Extra Deep Top Tiers - Coffee & Walnut, each split three times with a Rich Roasted Coffee Buttercream.
Top: Some of the ingredients used in the Coffee & Walnut Cake
Left: Filling the lemon Cake with Sicilian Lemon Curd and Lemon Buttercream
After filling, the sponges were covered with a thin coating of vanilla buttercream.
After chilling for 2-3 hours this layer was then firm and ready for
The Top Coats
The top of each cake was covered with a cream tinted sugarpaste
layer, pressed with a bark impression mat, the edges were then
brushed with gold tint to resemble the cut log.
The buttercream on the sides was made using Sugarflair Extra Black Paste until the exact colour was reached - in this case a pale grey. I then added streaks of black to the mixture as it was put onto the cakes;
to resemble the silverbirch bark.
The Heart carving with initials was made by dragging a scriber through the buttercream.
Finally, I sprayed all the 'bark' with a silver shimmer spray, this brought out the carved inscription and the texture and dimension
of the bark.
Stacking the Tiers
To be sure the cake would stand firm and not collapse, dowelling was put into the cakes to support the thin boards and cake weight of each upper tier.
So basically that was it! Easy! Give it a go, or if you would rather I made this cake or something similar to match your exact requirements, please contact me,
Send me an e-mail, click on the link Contact-Us or phone me on
01925 730732. Many thanks Gill
In the meantime, Many Congratulations to newlyweds
Mr & Mrs Grant Syme and Many Thanks for allowing me to write your 'Cake Story' and the opportunity to provide you with your dream cake.
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