Whenever we are sitting down with a bride and groom to think about their wedding, we always ask them to consider what is their particular passion, or to think of places that they love which we can talk about and build into their design.
One of our brides’ family has been going to Walt Disney World forever. She and the Groom wanted to express their love of everything Disney without having Mickey Mouse everywhere so, needless to say, they were nervous trying to figure out what should be on the cake. The bride was looking at some pictures from their recent Disney World trips and saw the gardenia in bloom and knew that had to be it. The couple told me they had a connection to those flowers because no matter where you are on the grounds of both the Grand Floridian Resort or Polynesian Village Resort you can smell them everywhere.
After we had talked about the design and the colors she had in mind, we went back to the tasting session to think about their favorite combinations. The bride mentioned that her grandmother was originally from Italy and loved a special variation of Cannoli that had candied orange peel. There we had the decision immediately! This reinforced for me how important it is to think about what makes a wedding cake so unique, because it is all about you, just like the wedding day is all about you!
Once I start working on the elements of the cake, I will look back at my notes and think about what the customer told me, it really helps me get emotionally involved in the preparation, so that I am focused on creating the cake the couple described to me. So for example when I color the sugar flowers, I am making sure the edible food dust blush attains the right shade of color.
While I bake and prepare the ingredients, in this case you can see the candied orange peel drying, I think about what it means for the couple and how I am helping them create their dream cake!
And here is the end result, a beautiful three tier wedding cake with gardenia sugar flowers!