Today is the 22nd birthday of a very dear, wonderful, and lovely friend of mine. She had her birthday party last night, and I knew as soon as she gave me the invite that I wanted to surprise her with an AWESOME cake for the party. She's a pretty big fan of Spongebob Squarepants--I can't explain it, but we all have our things (Doctor Who and Buffy happen to be mine). :-)
So, as always, let's start with the finished product (for those of you who just want to see with picture, and not so much the lengthy how-to that follows)!
The groom's cake post! The couple wanted their groom's cake to have a crawfish boil theme from the get-go--the groom is from Louisiana. I think my favorite part of that meeting was when they started to explain to me what a crawfish boil was, and I was able to hold up my hand and say, "oh, I know--I lived in Louisiana." They looked relieved not to have to try to explain this concept:
The groom's cake!
They sent me several inspiration photos, and this was the end result! They were specific on a few design points that I needed to be sure to hit:
1) They wanted the cake, itself, to look like a stockpot
2) They wanted the crawfish, red potatoes, and corn on the cob to be inside and around the pot
3) They wanted the board covered in newspaper (a very nice touch, actually--I wish I'd thought of it first)
4) As a last-minute addition, the bride wanted a Coors Light beer can on the side (made of something edible--I suggested just putting an actual Coors Light on there, but she was not down with that)
Last week, I had a wedding order that literally took my entire workweek. I also had the bright idea to throw a couple tasting appointments in there--I've done this before, and you'd think I'd remember NOT to schedule appointments on a week like that but no.
Anyway, let's start with the good news! The end results for Alex and Andy's lovely bridal cake at La Posada de Santa Fe:
The bride's cake
The bridal cake was the easier of the two, by far. But it was still one that, when the bride sent me the inspiration photo and asked me if I could replicate it, I was like, "....yeeeeeaaaahhh."
I know, I know...I'm awful about keeping updated, I really am. But see here my attempt to start doing this more regularly, starting after this post!
While a lot of you who may find yourselves here will have seen many of these photos I'll be posting before (thank you, Facebook), maybe some of you haven't! We're in a slump at the bakery, but when wedding season picks back up I really want to try harder to take a few seconds during decoration to take in-progress shots. Because while the final results are fun, sometimes seeing how they GET there is even more fun.
And maybe some other poor decorator out there who is thinking to herself, "I can't believe I agreed to [insert design here]...I don't know how to do [insert design here]!!" And maybe the in-progress approach will help! Learn from my epic frustrations, fellow decorators.
So keep your eyes out--some fun things (hopefully) coming up!