Friday, April 13, 2012
Last Minute Wedding -- And Cake Too!
I love my mother. She has always been an inspiration for me in all of the things that she does. In addition to many other talents she is in charge of the kitchen at our church. This means that she gets to coordinate the wedding receptions we have there and help the brides get their ducks in a row.
Last fall I got a call from my mom on a Thursday. She asked if I was busy in the coming weekend (I said no, why?) then proceeded to ask me if I could whip up a last minute wedding cake. In our non-denominational Pentecostal church we have what we style as "Jesus people weddings." This came out of a need for weddings to be simple and not expensive. After people get their heart right and accept Jesus they should stop sinning, and that includes living together without the benefit of marriage. So in our church you can just get a dress, some flowers, a couple of attendants, and get married during a regular church service. After the service and ceremony everyone heads back to the fellowship hall for cake and punch (and whatever other food you want) for a receiving line and a chance for the congregation of 650 to wish the new couple well. Granted, most receptions only see 200-300 people but in a traditional catered venue this can set you back thousands. One young groom with no family here had my mom set up the whole reception for $300. That included cake, punch, nuts, table decorations, table cloths, and everything else you would need. It was simple and lovely.
This bride and her intended groom just got saved on Wednesday night and they wanted to get married on Sunday morning. Mom was pulling together sheet cakes to take care of the majority of the people in attendance but wanted a little "special" wedding cake for them to cut while having their pictures. With a color scheme of black, white, and gold I dove right in. It ended up feeding 60 people and worked out lovely on the crystal pedestal. I made a simple gumpaste white rose for the topper and tah dah -- a simple last minute wedding cake!