Jun 16, 2014

Red, Gold and White Wedding Cake


After having made an Engagement cake a while ago I was yearning to do a Wedding cake someday. I did not have to wait long as our close friends announced they were getting married this year and that too in Minneapolis and yaaayyy, I just jumped at the occasion of making a pretty cake for them that matched with their wedding and theme. 


I'm so happy to say I was able to make a Three Tiered Wedding cake for them who got married this year in April and it was a beautiful ceremony and the first time I attended a North Indian Wedding. They decided to bring their immediate family over to MN to attend and bless them on this auspicious occasion. 

A lot of things had to be taken care of like food, photographer, venue, poojari, sangeeth and Mehendi night preps, decorating the venue etc etc . Trust me I never did nor think of anything of this sort for my own wedding other than getting dressed up, wearing makeup and sitting at the mandap ;-)

The bride and groom along with help from a bunch of us friends did all the preparations and organizing for the big day and it was a gorgeous event and one to remember and in the end a job well done ;-) 



They chose 'Love Marriage' as the theme for the wedding with decorations in colors of Red, White and Gold! So the colors for the cake was set. She also wanted some cookies to add to the favor bag for the guests as a Thank you for attending their auspicious event, so we decided to bake them at home itself and do some decorations with royal icing.


We first started with the cookies. My friend and her sis-in-law (who came from India) helped me with the cookie baking-decorating marathon ;-) 

We baked 85 Shortbread cookies in an aromatic Espresso flavor using fluted Heart shaped cookie cutters. We planned to incorporate the Love theme into the cookies so decided on doing a marbled heart effect using royal icing. I made two batches of red and white royal icing and we all had so much fun doing the icing decoration.  The whole cookie making marathon literally took us the whole day and here's how it looked :-)



The wedding was held at an elegant Indian restaurant here in Minneapolis and the entire decor was done such that it had everything to do with 'Love'. There were heart shaped red balloons, red and golden drapes all over the hall, beautiful fresh flower arrangements and elegant tea light candles floating in crystal vases filled with red rose petals at each table, golden chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and romantic indian music playing in the background....in all it was a glittery night and a beautiful wedding!



For the wedding cake after brainstorming quite a bit I decided on bottom and top tiers being Red and middle tier being White with the couple's Initials on it.
Thankfully the wedding was on a Monday, so I had the entire weekend to bake, frost and decorate the cake. We decided on these Cake flavors: 
Bottom Tier (10"d x 4"h) - Rich Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Middle Tier (8"d x 6"h) - Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Top Tier (6"d x 6"h) - White Cake with Mango Buttercream

Everything from Cake to frosting to fondant was all made at home from scratch with the freshest of ingredients and the decorations took me almost 14hrs flat on all three tiers. Here's a look at how these beauties looked before getting draped with fondant.




I wanted to do a Mehendi design on the bottom tier, but as I'm personally not very good with doing free hand mehendi, I decided to use a stencil. I used the left-over Red Royal Icing (that we made for the cookies) and used the stencil for the pattern on the cake and I painted over the stenciled royal icing with Antique gold edible dust. This was so time-consuming and I had no room for mistakes with even a bristle going out of line, so it was very intricate work. This was done three times all around the bottom tier.



For the middle tier, I decided on a pleated look. I had recently bought an embosser rolling pin on sale and wanted to use that to create an embossed look on the fondant pleats. It was very faint but hey! you can see it if you look closely. The pleats took me quite some time with measuring each individual pleat to be of same thickness and attaching them one by one. I did a free-hand heart cut-out on fondant and wrote the couple's initials and piped a beaded border with white Royal icing and painted over both with Antique Gold Edible dust. 




For the top tier I had initially planned on making several sugar roses and placing them on top, as my friend loved Red Roses, but that din't work out, so finally I used my silicon mold to  make a giant rose and painted it with Antique Gold Edible dust. 

To give the cake more height I included a divider in between the middle and top tier using a styrofoam block that was 4" in diameter and 3" in height, that I wrapped fully in cling wrap and added fondant beads accents which again was painted fully with Antique Gold Edible dust.  



The cake was supported with wooden dowels for stability and placed on a pretty silver cake stand surrounded by rose petals and pretty candles in wine glasses. The florist suggested keeping some fresh roses on top of the cake and she promised that the flowers were organic and pesticide free, so we placed few roses on the top. So finally I was able to keep few roses on top of the cake as planned before and there you go!!!




Here are some more precious moments :-)






Photography credits for the Cake: Kristin McCarthy Photography
Cake cutting and decoration pics : Kushal Paudyal Photography

Please do share all your valuable feedback on the cake which was my first three tiered cake as well. It still has plenty of room for improvement but I'm hoping to learn as I go. 
I want to thank the bride and groom who are our close friends from the bottom of my heart for letting me make the cake for their special day and I wish them a very happy married life.

Next on the blog, I will be sharing the recipe for the gorgeous Espresso Shortbread cookies and will also show how we did the marbled heart effect with Royal icing, so don't go anywhere ;-) 

-Manju

28 comments:

  1. hats off to ur work.Great ,keep going

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  2. Mind blowing cake really its a lot of hard work

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  3. well done Manju, they cake looks so professionally done and gorgeous! I bet your friends are ecstatic with the outcome, and cant wait for the espresso recipe!

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  4. awesome manju... looks like u have put in loads of effort.. I'm sure it wud have tasted even better than it wat it looks...

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  5. excellent work Manju...loved it. Hats off to your patience and planning too. Cake looks so lovely

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  6. OMg!!! I'm in absolute awe of your talents!!!!! Awesome work my dear... kudos to you :)

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  7. wooohhhooooo u did amazing job. The cake looks so nicely done, neat and beautiful...
    And you too look very nice:)

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  8. This looks really good... no words to say...

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  9. Had there been no styrofoam block,,,it would have been real gorgeous...it would be a perfect sized and colored cake....the block is looking like an odd man out disrupting the symphony....But great work and all ur effort shows...Very well done...

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    1. Thank you Niru for an honest opinion. The styrofoam block was a last minute idea I thought of to add height to the cake as I couldn't do the topper I was planning to. And I have seen that technique done on several professional cakes. Mine din't look quite as neat as theirs but :-) But thanks a lot!

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  10. cake is looking wonderful.
    Great Job...need to have good patients to do such a creative job. god bless

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  11. cake is looking wonderful.
    Great Job...need to have good patients to do such a creative job. god bless

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  12. Wow 14 hrs of work and 1 whole day for making all the 85 cookies!!!!! Manju , I am wondering how lil Appu was behaving during the whole process. Won't he come to you? The cake looks gorgeous and I feel so happy for you for doing such a great job!!! But I am still thinking about lil Appu :)

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    1. Shibi, yes of course he's behind me only all the time. But Manish helps me out by taking him out or keeping him pre-occupied. I often need to take breaks with feeding him or making him go to bed n all. And my 14 hrs for the cake started at 4pm and went on till 6am the next morning, which included making the fondant n all....My friends are cooperative with letting him go to their place and play with their kids and eat with them when I'm overly busy and his dadda will accompany him :-P N now he knows (or is used to the fact) that I'm doing a cake..Lol! So he doesn't bother me much and ya it was team thingy with friends and hubby helping out! It's sweet to know you thought about him :-)

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  13. Wat an effort, trust me am awestuck to see all the hard works behind this beautiful three tiers cake and those cookies. Such a stunning cake, wish i'll prepare myself for one more marriage if you get me this kind of stunning cake.. Actually am lost with words..

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  14. wow..that's a real master piece ..loved the way u beautifully explained all layers,Manju..yummy cake & kudos to all the efforts :)

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  15. gr8 work, love the cake to core!!!

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  16. Wow..I am really impressed, the cake picture did blow me out hence I sat and read the whole story even though I was about to go up and put my LO to bed!! :) That shows how good it looked hehe.

    Hats off to your dedication and skill!! Am assuming you also go to work and you still have energy to do all this and much more! Keep it coming.

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    1. Thank you Pradnya :) Yes, I still go to work. Cakes and decoration are a passion for me so it never tires me out when I get a chance to do it!

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  17. Manju... very beautiful cake.. your hard work and dedication definitely has paid off... I am sure your friend would have been so grateful for this lovely cake... you should do this more often :)

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  18. Beautiful cake :)
    Really admire the fact that you are a working mum and still manages to have the time and energy for cooking and baking .

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  19. You truly are an amazing cake maker and decorator!!

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  20. Wow...What a gorgeous cake.... Good work Manju.. :)

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  21. Whoaaaaaaaaaaa! It is a GORGEOUS cake! So much detail... I heard wonderful things about Indian weddings and hope to be able to attend one someday. :) You're very talented Manju!

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  22. Manju...I am speechless...rather in awe of your patience, talent and this amazing creation. You are super talented and so creative! Keep it up and go commercial with it. You will do great.

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  23. I cant take my eyes off from the cake..Great job ,manju

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  24. Thank you so much to all my wonderful readers and blogger friends for all this love, support and feedback. -Manju.

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