winter weddings, part 2: let it snow!
Our winter weddings story continues with the other popular design of the season: snowflakes. While you might think this makes perfect sense for winter, here in Michigan (as many know) we don’t exactly have consistent weather patterns, and this past December was actually a little warm and rainy. Until December 29th, the day Mary Kate and Jeffrey got married. It was a chilly day and right before we went to deliver the cake the flurries started falling. It was beautifully fitting for a snowflake cake.
From a technical standpoint, there are a few different methods to make snowflakes for cakes. Our favorite is to pipe royal icing snowflakes separately and later attach them to give the cake more depth and dimension. The benefit of this method is you can make delicate snowflakes and add embellishment like sugar or edible glitter for extra sparkle. Admittedly, the disadvantage is also the delicacy because that also means lots of breakage. In December we made three cakes with snowflakes and we probably had around 200 snowflakes piped and ready to go, just in case. Next time I’ll have a picture because it was sight to see! It’s a labor-intensive project, but we think the beauty of the intricate snowflakes outweighs their fragility. As you can see from this close-up, Mary Kate and Jeffrey’s cake has both sugarcoated snowflakes and snowflakes piped directly onto the cake. The whole cake was then airbrushed pearl for extra shine.
What truly made this cake unique was their topper. As a fellow penguin-lover, I was pretty excited to make their special bride and groom penguins. They included an even more personal touch by adding their individual alma maters—Jeffrey, the University of Michigan and Mary Kate, the University of Notre Dame. These cute plump penguins were made of gumpaste with painted detailing; and then the accessories got added. But I had to ask, why the top hat and monocle? Mary Kate told me that Jeffrey has a t-shirt with a penguin wearing those items so maybe that’s where he got the idea. Although she also said he wanted it on the penguin because she wouldn’t let him wear a monocle. What a great compromise.
Since we don’t often see the bride and groom on their wedding day it’s always fun to see photos of their reactions to the cake as well as their cake cutting and feeding…or in this case, smashing! But when Mary Kate and Jeffrey, and their photographer, allowed me to go through their wedding photos to find some for this blog, I came upon one reaction shot I was not expecting to see but had to share: Mary Kate’s nieces, the flower girls, admiring the cake. And while I know I shouldn’t pick favorites, I going to anyway and say I love the little girl whose chin barely reaches the tabletop. We hope they enjoyed eating the cake as much as they enjoyed looking at it!
A special thank you to Patrick Abel from Special Moments Photography for the beautiful photos, and to the flower girls’ mother for letting me use this photo.