So this is the cake that started it all. My marriage to Andy that is. And in a way, my passion for wedding cakes. Andy decided to ask me to marry him after I made the combination for his birthday. It was originally created for my good friend Chris W. after a request of an extra chocolaty German chocolate cake. It is my chocolate sour cream cake, dense and rich, slathered with a pecan coconut bourbon icing. It is so rustic and beautiful on its own that I don't ice the sides. I love this look. And I do believe it is the best cake I make. No one will ever think this cake is dry, flavorless or too sweet. The best part is it gets even better with time. Great for an outdoor wedding in the heat of the summer. Our wedding was in September '03 so we decorated with autumn flowers out of friends' gardens and even the humidity of hurricane Isabelle couldn't dampen this cake!!!
A beautiful bride named Amy created an even more elegant version of this cake for her August wedding. As with my wedding cake, we separated the tiers a little to stuff in flowers, this time with orchids! The five tiers were very dramatic and fed 250 people. I really like the look of the square on the bottom and the lady slippers that adorn it. The contrast of the rustic cake, the porcelain topper and tropical flowers came together to create a truly unique and beautiful cake. My father helped me deliver it while he was visiting and I will always remember the look on his face and what he said as we carried this cake up 3 flights of marble stairs to the tent. "Why do you always have to choose such difficult professions?"
After a few unsatisfying experiences renting cake stands, I started to imagine exciting alternatives to the silver platter. Silver is often the perfect platform for a wedding cake, but sometimes the mood of the event calls for something different! Alas, I have acquired 3 unique stones slabs. In addition to these I can also provide a marble slab or a log round. These options can be seen in the cake pictures. If any bride has ideas they would like to share, I am always open to new things!!
This is an 18x18 piece of Westmoreland Sandstone. It is dark and sophisticated with the local look of soapstone.
When searching through hundreds of stones at Charles Luck Stone Center, I fell in love with this Aegean Spice stone. It a little smaller than the others, 16x16, but has so much character. It has an ancient feel and beautiful gold tones that I feel will lend elegance and depth to any cake.
This stone is appropriately named canyon view. The soft curves and pastel colors are intoxicating. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks under a cake! I imagine it will be a wonderful compliment to late summer and fall color tones.
There are so many options of stones. If this has whet your appetite for stone slabs, Charles Luck Stone Center has some beautiful pieces that can be purchased for the same price or less of renting a cake stand. They were very kind to me when I was shopping even though I was only looking for single pieces, not whole pallets! Not a bad way to spend an hour!