Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Pictures and Blogs and Wedding Showers, Oh My!
I swear, I think I can justify a smart phone just on the basis of how many times I leave the house with a special cake and without my camera. It has happened again, and this time for the wedding shower for my nephew's bride to be. No, not that bride or nephew. This time the first nephew's older brother is getting married! And not more than two months after the younger one! Keep up with the story here!
Anyways, this shower featured a small cake and an assortment of other desserts. I made a petal shaped white layer cake with caramel filling (the bride's idea -- and a tasty one at that!), a whole fleet of mini pavlovas (my idea since the bride is from Australia), and over 100 chocolate dipped strawberries (the bride's request as she is a strawberry fanatic).
The cake was pretty easy, but I made two little heart shaped cakes to put on top and covered them with fondant to look like a bride and a groom. I never realized just how tricky frosting and covering little cakes can be when you have nothing to hold on to and no mass to anchor it! It not only looked cute but it also allowed me to save a little cake for the groom to taste after the shower.
Pavlovas are basically meringues with a touch of vinegar and vanilla to add a bit of chew to them. You bake them for 30 minutes then let them cool slowly in the oven overnight, then fill them with whipped cream and top with fresh berries. I also filled some with cream cheese frosting and strawberry cream cake filling, since that's what I had on hand. When you're doing more than 80 of these you tend to run out of ingredients a lot.
My niece was kind enough to do the dipped strawberries and they were just perfect. She muttered about tempering the chocolate and keeping it at the right temperature, but they turned out picture perfect and tasted great. Thanks, Jen!
Now hopefully this will be the last of the family weddings for a while, and hopefully I'll remember the camera the next time I make a cake! (Yeah right...)