So, twenty-seven years ago these two lovely women meet and fall in love. They decided to commit to spending their lives together regardless of what society and the law dictates. A few years back they take a trip to Canada to get married while in Vancouver. It couldn’t get better, right? Well, it did. Last July , New York State finally legalized same sex marriage. I say finally, since NY should have gotten on board a long time ago, considering it was the Stonewall Riots back in 1969 that sparked the gay rights movement. But, that is neither here nor there for this special occasion. These two have made a life together for the past 27 years. And they are happy. Considering how many failed marriages we have all seen over the years, this is a true testament to commitment, regardless of their sex. A happy marriage is a happy marriage. So, they did it again. this time in their own hometown.
Anywooo… I was privileged enough to be asked to bake their wedding cake while I was in NY and my little one was their flower girl. As luck would have it, my husband was able to join us as well, making it a real family event for all. The cake was deep, dark chocolate cake with raspberry filling and Italian meringue buttercream. They chose not to have the cake covered with fondant, which gives the cake a fabulous smooth exterior, but wanted to go for flavor instead. I am all for that. I love the look of fondant, but do not like the taste. I don’t think anyone really does.While I make my own fondant so it does taste way better than store-bought, it still is not something that people really want to eat (for my own wedding I covered the cakes with buttercream instead of fondant). It just take a lot longer to smooth it out.
On the second tier there is a design stencilled onto it using the same color buttercream for a subtle white on white effect. To use a stencil on buttercream you must make sure that your base coat is very cold before trying to stencil on it or else you will smudge the smoothness of your frosting, then make sure the buttercream you are using to stencil with is very soft.
Finally, the cake was decorated with moth orchids made out of gumpaste. Each one was hand painted so I started them about one month before the wedding so there would be plenty of time to finish. What I love about gumpaste flowers is that you never have to worry about poisonous plants and they last forever, so they can have a special keepsake. If you are interested in me doing a tutorial on gumpaste flowers, just let me know. Have a great day!