I recently had the honor of creating a wedding cake and a groom's cake for the wedding of one of The Husband's best friends, Clay, and his fiance Sarah. There were a number of challenges with this project, first and foremost - I've never made a wedding cake or groom's cake before!!!
I wasn't sure what decorations I'd do on the wedding cakes - maybe swiss dots (groups of 3 dots in a triangle all over), or regular polka dots or swirls. I practiced on a plate and even know it was more work, I felt the swirls looked the most elegant. I was happy the way they turned out. The only other work on these would be at the reception site - placing the cakes, the tiers, the ribbon and flowers.
When the wedding day was finally upon us, I was happy to find the cakes were still in good shape (they took up most the space in the fridge that was also filled with a ton of beer as our cabin was the 'party cabin' as we had 8 people and most of the groom's men staying with us. After the wedding ceremony at 1, I came back to the cabin and started packing up between 2:30 and 3. The reception site at the Iron River Country Club would be open for guests at 5 so I had a good hour and a half to put everything together.
I had made a detailed list of where to start - unpack everything, place decorative ferns on the table (thanks Grandma for the ferns), place mom's revolving silver platter cake stand, take out cakes, center tier legs into bottom cake, tape top cake onto tier, add ribbons, place flowers, etc.. just in case I got too nervous to know what to do next. I love lists. It worked perfectly.
We spent a long time putting flowers on the wedding cake (and of course I had lost my scissors and the ones we borrowed were terrible which also made cutting the ribbon difficult, hence the quadruple pinning on each tier to cover up mismatched ribbon seams) but finally we got to a point where even I was satisfied - "Okay Gwen, you're right, it's as good as it's going to get! We're done!"
The lobster cake went together much faster - place lobsters, place legs, place sand (brown sugar), place seashells, and place veil and hat. The toothpicks in the legs weren't in the right place exactly so I had some bright red frosting on hand to fill in the gaps, it worked out great. People were trickling in watching the progress and it was really satisfying hearing the positive comments. Sorry for anyone who was there when I accidently bumped the wedding cake with my finger and may have muttered some explicatives... I smoothed out the small bump I made as best I could. :) The bride and groom seemed to love the cakes and Clay made a nice announcement to everyone in the country club getting food that I was the cake decorator, as they could all view it while passing by to get their food. I was very pleased with how everything turned out and was just happy to get everything up there safely and put together without any major hitches! It was a super fun project, I learned about a lot of new techniques, and thanks to Clay and Sarah for the fun adventure and congratulations!