Wedding Day, Snow Day

So it feels like its been at least a year since I posted a blog. Wait, I just checked, it’s been longer than that. In fact its been almost two years since I posted a blog. I’m horrible, really I am. I have a ton of posts I started but never finished and I have SO many cakes I haven’t shared and that’s just not fair. I could start listing the reasons why I’m so far behind, why 2016 was literally the worst year ever to be a “Sara”, why I have pretty much disappeared from the “Cake Scene” online when I’ve been making such fun cakes for my clients, but honestly it doesn’t matter now…Because I’m back!

Not only do I plan on sharing my recent cakes but I’ll be throwing in “flashbacks” here and there to get all of us caught up (because I cant even remember everything I’ve made, so it will even be new and exciting to me).

So with all that aside let us get to the cake of the hour. Remember back to the first week of January here in good old Connecticut? If you’re not from around here…just imagine the unpredictability of winter in New England…then times that by ten. Well months in advance, when I booked this wedding for my two awesome friend, Cat and Keith, I joked about it snowing. Bad Sara….Bad bad Sara. So of course it snowed. But it wasn’t just “snow”…it was SNOW. Which is pretty fitting for the season and the general theme of the cake….but stressful as all heck when you need to drive a bit of a way to get to the venue.

Normally my deliveries consist of me and a “helper”. The unlucky person helping me is usually my boyfriend or my mother…both of them are rockstar helpers…and both of them hate dealing with me. I may be a tad neurotic…just a little bit. This time around not only did they both accompany me, but my Stepfather drove. Needless to say, I had a car full of people who wanted to throw me out of a moving vehicle on more than one occasion.

It took us about 3 times longer to get there, but all in all the drive was ok….well except for the crazy girl holding the huge cake while simultaneously weeping and screeching…she was annoying. That girl may or may not have been me.

Finally we arrived at the beautiful “Bill Miller’s Castle” (one of my favorite venues ever) and I went to work. Not only was the venue perfect. I had a great time catching up with some long lost pals while getting to do my “thang”. Delivery perfection.

So now for the part you actually came here for (not my babbling) I introduce to you, the cake!

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I pretty much had free rein on this cake, and that is always exciting. The beautiful bride wanted a winter theme without it being too “Holiday-ish”. She was digging the different texture look, which I was more than happy to work with. The couple also wanted the topper to be a non-edible keepsake, which was super fun to make. It really gave me a chance to be creative in a whole new way. Aside from the topper and the lighter colored ribbon though, its still all edible. The cake and cupcakes were my beloved “Red Queen” flavor (Red Velvet & Vanilla marble cake with ganache and cream cheese filling…yum!) so I could only imagine the fun contrast of color when they cut into the cake.

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Here’s a close up of the bride and groom pinecones. Squee!

And now let me spam you with a couple more photos because I just loooovvveeed this cake.

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Lastly, here’s my favorite picture. The hilarious and amazing Best Man decided to pose in the mirror while I was taking some shots. Love him!

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Sending a huge congratulations to Cat & Keith! Thank you so much for having me be a part of your special day.

I hope you all enjoy, and thank you for reading! Its great to be back ❤

~Sara

Date: Jan. 7th, 2017

Venue: the breathtaking Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford, CT

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Amp’d up Wedding

Earlier in the year I met Fay & Nick. A super cool couple who were having a their wedding at a family house in the area. Home-based celebrations was quite the trend this year and let me tell you I LOVE them, especially this one. It was everything you would expect from a wedding (elegant, gorgeous, amazingly orchestrated) but at the same time, had a warmth to it making it have such a comfortable vibe. My favorite element of their wedding was the cake though….obviously haha.

When they came to me I loved their idea. They wanted the cake to represent them both by combining what each of them wanted. Most people do the whole separate “groom’s” cake but they wanted it it all together…and I was down with that! The idea presented to me was a base cake that looked like a “Amp” (Nick makes them and oh boy are they gorgeous) and have a pretty two-tiered traditional wedding cake sitting on top of it. Fay wanted the cake on top to be feminine and more on the simple side with a few flowers. They brought me a bunch of inspiration pics and picture of his Amps. I knew this cake would be a challenge, but I knew it was something I definitely wanted to do.

here’s a sketch I did of how I envisioned it.

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this was my initial sketch. The final cake had a “Mr. & Mrs” topper that was placed after my pics.

When the day finally came to start the cake I was a nervous wreck. The cake was pretty huge and super heavy. The amp part was the hardest, and the first try collapsed. I was a whack-a-do after that. When something goes wrong in my cake world, there is pretty much no living with me. I should publicly apologize now for all the misery I put my mom, boyfriend, dogs, mailman, etc through. Thankfully the second try was a success. Once I got the structure down, the next test was the “screen” front on the amp. I tried a bajillion techniques and finally used an actual screen to press into the front after painting. It was also the first time I did brush embroidery and made peonies!! I was thrilled with the result.

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In the end this cake made me “over-the-moon” happy…even if I yelled at it and called it names throughout the whole creation process. Hope you like it!!

see this cake on cakes decor! https://cakesdecor.com/cakes/164349-amp-d-up-wedding

visit my facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/youvebeencupcaked

-xoxo

Sara

P.S. a big shout-out to Donna over at Yummy-O Cake Company for the help with making my own “Peony” cutters. She is amazing, please check out her awesome work! ❤