Over the Memorial Day weekend, I had a large wedding cake to create and this time it was for a client who was someone I've known since my junior high days. I was excited to meet with her a few months ago and discuss the details of her wedding cake and to come up with a design.
One of the advantages of making wedding cakes and delivering them, is I get to see many wedding venues that I wouldn't normally visit or even know about. This was one of those venues. The wedding was held at the Mission Mill Museum in Salem, Oregon, which is a historic woolen mill and other buildings on a 5-acre site. The reception was held in the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill building on the third floor which was called the Spinning Room. I was relieved to find out that there was an elevator--whew!
The bride's colors were red, white and black and this was incorporated in her cake, as well as the decorations in the reception room.
I really like how formal and elegant this cake was even though the square cake shape gives it a more modern or contemporary twist.
I loved how the sugar pearls looked like little jewels hanging between the piped swag details.
Since black is such a strong, dark color, and it can make an impact with a small amount--so I went with the "less is more" attitude and added black in the form of black sugar pearls, slightly pearlized.
Although this cake was only three tiers, don't let that fool you. This cake was very large and VERY heavy.
There are several reasons why I assemble wedding cakes on-site and one of them is that there is no way I could lift a stacked cake and carry it by myself from my vehicle into the venue. This cake was no different. The bottom tier alone was so heavy that I had to enlist some help from a young man that was in the wedding party. Even he was surprised at how heavy it was!
Once the cakes are safely delivered to the table where it will be displayed, then I can stack them and finish the piping details. At this point, I am able to relax and enjoy the rest of the decorating process.
The bride chose fresh red roses and calla lilies for her wedding cake, as well as the reception table bouquets.
I was really pleased with how this wedding cake turned out and I was even more happy to see the look of excitement on the bride's face when she saw it completed.
Congratulations Stacy & Kevin!
May 29th, 2010
Mission Mill Wedding Cake Details:
- Top tier = White-Vanilla Cake w/Vanilla Cream Buttercream Filling [8-inch square]
- Middle tier = Dark Chocolate Cake w/Raspberry Filling [12-inch square]
- Bottom tier = Dark Chocolate Cake w/Vanilla Cream Buttercream Filling [16-inch square]
- White Fondant Icing w/Vanilla Buttercream Frosting layer
- Sugar pearl details and royal icing piping details
- Fresh Roses & Calla Lily Flowers