Ben & Mel’s wedding cake is by far my favourite cake that I have made to date! It was huge with each tier being double stacked. Each tier covered in ganache, fondant and of course the ever so time consuming ruffles. I just LOVE ruffles!! I think they provide such a dramatic and beautiful looking result.
I made this cake last year so can’t remember exactly how long it took but let’s just say it was very time consuming (hours and hours of ruffling alone) but well worth the effort! I made 10 of the flowers even though I only used 5. I needed to make sure I was prepared if any broke on either the trip to the venue or during the assembly.
I had a visit from the bride to be on the night before the wedding whilst I was ruffling away, stressing that it just wasn’t going right and how on earth was I going to get it done in time. Nothing puts your head back into perspective then a glowing bride to be! Due to the size of this cake, it needed to be assembled at the venue. This caused me a little bit of fear, as I wasn’t able to see how it was looking as one until it was crunch time!
The sun was shining on wedding day which was fabulous to see. I love being able to share in the special day of these glowing brides! The cake was finished in the morning and I anxiously awaited the time to deliver the cake. With each tier packed carefully it their own boxes with non slip mats and paper towel to avoid any damage to the ruffles, individually packed and carefully wrapped flowers, my bag of essentials – royal icing, piping bag, spatula, cake lifter, paper towel etc and of course my camera, I packed the car up and headed out to the venue. I’m sure all you cake decorators out there feel my pain as you slowly but surely make your way to a venue with the precious cargo on board. You feel every single bump that you are almost certain was there the day before and hope that the cake is surviving the trip. I located the venue, a gorgeous winery and get shown the back entry in which I can gain entry to set up. Now, getting everything through this back entry was going to be half the battle through wine barrels galore The cake was being presented on a full wine barrel, beautiful! Yet also challenging considering the size of the cake. I really could have done with a step ladder. I carefully put my tiers together with minimal breakages, arranged the flowers (lucky I made spares, as I did drop one ), inserted the initial toppers then stood back and admired. Argh, love that feeling! The sigh of relief when you realise all of your hard work has paid off and it looks fabulous.
Here are a few pics of the cake and the gorgeous venue!