Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mission Mill Wedding Cake


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

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Jill! I saw some photos of the day and everything looks perfect! Nice job!

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  2. It's flawless! Beautiful, Jill!

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  3. This is so very beautiful! I know the bride was thrilled.

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  4. It is stunningly beautiful. I'm sure the bride was thrilled.

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  5. Another awesome job! Love the stringy pearls!

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  6. This is gorgeous!!!! You did a beautiful job here!

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  7. beautiful--and i think the less is more with them dark colors on a wedding cake is a great idea. and holy cow! i went to college right across the street from the mission mill!

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  8. Beautiful, I love the details you put on it and the color combination.

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  9. If I was getting married, this would be my cake!

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  10. Words fail me...you've out done yourself and I didn't think that was possible. I don't think I've seen a wedding cake that literally made me gasp in awe. Sometime can you have someone take pictures as you are carting it out of the car and assembling on site? I can't comprehend out in the world you do this!

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the details, the colors and the flavors.

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  12. That's beautiful Jill!!! Oh ya, people often underestimate how heavy a decorated cake can be. Back home in Malaysia, cakes are charge by per Kilograms, instead of per servings. Glad there was the elevator and the young man to help you with! Gorgeous cake!!! :)

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  13. Wow what a beautiful cake, simply divine!

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  14. Oh, Jill. This is gorgeous. You must just be chuffed to bits when you make something like this! I know I would be...

    thanks for showing this to us.

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  15. Jill, your cakes are eye candy. They are so gorgeous! I wish I could churn out beauties like yours. That, my dear,is a DREAM of a wedding cake! The piping is phemonemal!

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  16. I love the combination of the red with the white. Very elegant. Nice use of the calla lilies too, which I suppose are eatable!

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  17. JIll: This is the first time I have looked at your blog. But, I love it and I am very happy to see that you put down what the layers are; that is great. May I ask what dimensions the layers are and howmany would you say that cake serves.
    Thanks so much 7 beautiful work.
    ButtonsH

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  18. Jill, that cake is fantastic! It's funny, I have been totally MIA from the blogging world, and really from the kitchen for months. I finally sat down to get caught on some of my favourite sites and was so pleased to see this post! I have a wedding cake for this weekend I have been working on (my first) and her colours are also black, white and red. The design they have opted for is super simple - yours is absolutely stunning - congrats :)

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  19. Gorgeous cakes and flavour of each layer. I often made fruit cakes for wedding cakes but never these sort of flavours. However this is becoming popular in Austalia. I'm wondering about your timeframe and how you bake, decorate and keep everything fresh? You must work through the night. Beautiful!

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  20. Wow Jill, the cake is simply stunning. You are right it is very formal and elegant. I love the contrast of colors with the deep red against the white. Gorgeous!

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  21. It's big. I thought the cake was just the top part. It's very very beautiful cake.

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  22. Jill, that is one gorgeous cake. You are so talented.

    I have some sad news, I might lose my job because they are not making enough money. BUT we are in the works to open a bakery in town, which is about 4-6 months away. Scary but exciting.

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