December is done and with it's parting, we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. Do you believe we are about to live through "The Return of the Roaring 20's: Electric Boogaloo Editon." There is an entire generation that has yet to turn 40 and has already seen 4 decades, 2 centuries, 2 millenniums, and the most massive surge in technological advancements that mankind has ever created. I have no idea what it means, but I find it makes me oddly hopeful for the future and excited to see what's next. So with that let’s take a look back at the last December Sweets of the decade:
Franken Flavor Wedding Cake
Safiya Nygaard is a popular YouTube creator with over a billion total views that has been having a ton of fun exploring the wedding world lately. One of her more recent videos I thought would be of particular interest to all you bakers out there that like to get bold with your flavors. Safiya and her team decided to bake an 8-tier wedding cake where each layer is a different cake flavor, and then at the end taste them as tiers and all together. Essentially, each tier is 6-8 flavors stacked together. Then all the tiers are stacked into one single 8 tiered cake. Watching them break down how all these crazy flavors mix together I am sure will inspire some of you to try some flavor combos you had never thought of before. Check out the full video now.
Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies
Holy Google Spike Batman. As you may have realized I am an avid watcher of good trends for wedding words. In the last two weeks, there has been a massive spike in searches for Mexican Wedding Cookies. Maybe this is just an anomaly, or this could be the beginning of a trend in requests for the powdered sugar covered pecan treats. You may also know them one of there other names, Pecan Sandies, Russian Tea Cakes, or in Mexico, they are called Polvorones. They are all the same sweet delight. In fact, many historians say that the term Mexican wedding cake cookie was used to replace the term Russian teacake due to the strained U.S. relationship with Russia during the Cold War. Kind of like that whole "Freedom Fry" thing that didn't quite take in the early 2000's. You can check out this recent episode of Live with Ryan and Kelly where they make the cookies on air. Or if you need a good recipe to try yourself, these two looked like great options from First Coast News and Food.com
A Cake That Caught My Eye
This month a cake that caught my eye is a piece of sugar art from the Santa Barbara cake designer Colin Odea Cakes. Getting nice sharp edges on a square cake is no easy feat. Also, the mix of soft flowers with a harder granite base tier makes for a wonderful juxtaposition. My square Sweet & Low cake stand is the perfect display for this cake, as it slides right into the bottom tier of this sugar art. You can check out more of Colin Odea's cakes on Instagram. And to see more great cakes like this one, make sure to follow us on Instagram.
Do I Need a Cake Stand for my Wedding Cake?
This is a question that often crosses the mind of bakers, brides, and really anyone that is putting a cake out on display. To me, the answer is a resounding Yes. Now, the word need may be too strong a word. On the other hand, if you want your wedding cake to look its best, then you need a quality cake stand.
A cake stand adds not only height but drama to your wedding cake presentation. A cake stand can be the splash of color that pulls your overall cake design together. A cake stand can turn a simple cake design into a sublime masterpiece. I often say that a cake stand is like a perfect pair of high heels for a glamorous dress. For a complete break down of what a cake stand can bring to your cake check out my recent write-up._______________________________________________________
Question of the Month
Each month to try and better understand the wedding cake world I ask a question, and then share the answer the next month. Last month I was curious to know about your feelings toward cake competitions:
Just for fun, which one best describes how you really feel about eating cake?
- 94% - Love it! Give me all the Cake!
- 6% - Shhhh... I hate it! No more cake for me.
I knew it! There is a small silent minority of sugar artists and bakers out there that have had their fill of cake. It makes sense to me. You are surrounded by it all the time, and at some point enough is enough. I cannot personally imagine that for me, but you have to hit it at some point? Right?
This month I want to ask you about your feelings towards cake: