I did a wedding cake this weekend. Wedding cakes freak me out. They have to be as close to flawless as possible and I don’t do flawless work. I prefer the cakes that have to look like something else. The kind that, if I mess up, I can cover up the mistake with a fondant flower or some other random decoration. Anyway, this one was pretty simple.
Three square tiers with ribbons around the bottom. Impossible to mess up, right?
The first cake I baked stuck in the pan. When I tried to turn it out, it came out in a million tiny pieces. I said some choice words, cried a little, gave the mess to 5 very happy children, and made another one. It turned out perfectly, as did the next 4. In all, I made 6 pound cakes, but only used 5 of them for this cake.
Then I cut them into squares, as I don’t have square pans. Again, more remnants for the cake monsters. They ate cake for breakfast for 3 days. I won major Awesome Mom points for that.
I made 14 cups of buttercream icing (thank God for KitchenAid mixers!), iced them, put dowel rods in them (to keep cake from collapsing,) iced them again, and stacked the suckers. Then, I spent 1 hour, applying scotch tape to the back of ribbon so the grease/butter from the icing wouldn’t bleed through. That was FUN. *eye roll*
I attached the ribbon and went to bed.
The next morning, I got up, got myself and 5 kids ready for a wedding and loaded them and the cake into the car. I hate driving with cakes in the car. I just know somebody will rear-end me and cake will fly everywhere and the poor bride will be left with no wedding cake. I drive very slowly, turn corners at a snail’s pace, and tick off drivers every time I deliver a cake.
Anyway, I got it there in tact and on time. Here it is.
Not much to it, but it’s at least relatively smooth. Not smooth enough (my cakes never are) but I did the best I could. It tasted good, or so I’m told. I’m dieting and can’t eat it. Bummer, huh?
This little baby packs some major calories/carbs/fat or whatever else you’re not supposed to have while dieting. Here’s the rundown.
- 14 sticks of butter (cake and icing)
- 15 cups of granulated sugar (cake)
- 28 cups of powdered sugar (icing)
- 15 cups flour (cake)
- 30 eggs (cake)
- 7 cups Crisco (icing)
I think I gained 15 lbs. just by typing that.