October has brought us spooky days and candy fueled nights, but alas it is over. I think it is finally starting to set in that in 2 months we are going to be living in the 20's again. So to all you bakers, I would brush up on your flapper and Great Gatsby style cakes because I suspect they will be all the rage. But in the meantime, let’s take a look back at the October Sweets:
Wildfire Wedding Photo
This has been a month full of viral weddings, and this is one of the wildest ones. This wedding resulted in a picture that has it all; beauty, sadness, celebration, love, and a social statement (no idea what it's saying but certainly feels like it). In case you missed it in the news, wildfires are raging throughout California. This current fires are threatening celebrity homes, cutting power off to thousands, and heading towards wine country. A Chicago couple has been planning their California vineyard wedding for over a year. So they were committed to the wedding despite being not far from the wildfire that has burned more than 75,000 acres and destroyed 123 structures. During the photo shoot, the couple thought they might as well capture some images with the protective masks, which people across the region have been wearing due to the toxic air. What resulted was a very bizarre image full of contradiction. You can read more about the story in this write up.
Viral Deer Wedding Cake
The cakes that go viral are always surprising. The things people choose to make out of cake surprises me even more. This cake is a perfect mix of the two. A Pennsylvania couple asked Pam McNeal at Shady Maple Market in East Earl, Pennsylvania to create a full-size deer cake for their wedding. She did not disappoint! It took her 10 hours to complete! The cake serves 250 people and Pam even used the full-size plastics antlers provided by the couple. While this story has been getting a ton of press coverage, the one question you really want to know, "why a deer cake?", has still gone unanswered. Maybe like a good magic trick, some things are best left unknown.
A Cake That Caught My Eye
This month's cake that caught my eye is an elegant dapper beauty crafted by Love Cake of North Carolina. It's tall and slender profile makes for a dramatic effect when placed on my black Picture Perfect cake stand. It's then elevated even further with an acrylic platform. Thank you Love Cakes, for having the trust in our cake stands to keep this elegant beauty safe on such a precise cake display! To see more great cakes like this one, make sure to follow us on Instagram.
My Guide to a Great Wedding Cake
Designing a wedding cake is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding. You get to sample decadent sweets to find just the right flavor cake. You also get to exercise some creativity when coming up with the look of the cake. I mean, when else do you get to pick a cake in any size, color and shape imaginable? You even have the perfect excuse to buy a cake stand!
But without some guidance on designing a wedding cake, it can be a daunting task. With so many choices, it can be hard to choose a cake that is right for you. Here are some bits of advice I have picked over the last 10 years that will help couples make the right decision, or help bakers clients be a little more educated about the process. Check out my guide to designing a great wedding cake.
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 feeling towards cake competitions:
How do you feel about cake design competitions?
- 15% - Love them!
- 21% - They are great! Just don't take them too seriously
- 50% - They are fine. I can take them or leave them
- 14% - Not a fan, sugar art is too subjective to be judged.
- 0.0% - I hate them
Well glad to know we don't have any competition haters out there. I think I fall into the "They are great! Just don't take them too seriously" camp. I love the camaraderie, the learning opportunities, the gathering of sugar artists, but I am just not a fan of judging one piece as better than another. I get that winning is a wonderful way for the winner to help promote themselves to potential clients and competition can bring out the best in us. Ultimately though, there is a lot of subjectivity in the judging.
This month I want to ask you more about cake competitions: