"Are you sure you want me to make it ? I don't want to spoil your day. Wouldn't you want someone else to do it? "
The answer was no. They wanted me to do it.
I have done my own baking for years; everything from loaves to cakes to biscuits to desserts. The difference is that my family have always eaten everything I make even when it doesn't turn out perfectly , food is money ; money's food. Eat it ... and they do.
A wedding cake however, is rather different. It is a centrepiece of a wedding, half the guests won't even know me and won't have any loyalty to telling me it's marvellous when it isn't. Plus a disaster could spoil their day.
OK ! No pressure. The main problem was I had never decorated a wedding cake or indeed any special cake, before in the whole course of all my life.
What was I going to do ?
Ty the wedding cakes are rather special of course.
I took a photo of the cupcakes before I had finished hem as I wanted to remind myself how to fill a cupcake with jam/ jelly. I frosted them after the photo.
The point on the stars on the Baptism cake had no special significance but the number of stars did and is as described.
Frank was and is a lovely brother but of course could never get the better of a little sister ; still can't ;)
Veronica, Thank you for sharing your cake-making training and trials. All of them are beautiful although I admit a special fondness to the wedding cake that prompted it all. Why is it that three cupcakes in your first picture are not frosted? Is there a reason why the little stars are five-pointed, and the big six-pointed, on the blue-and-white baptism cake?
P.S. In reading the other comments, I see what Frank experienced as a big brother: the worst has got to be the toilet-water drink!
Today, we have decorated a Baptism Cake for my new baby granddaughter's Baptism on Sunday. The photo is bright but is pictured above.
Yes it all went well and the cakes seemed to be successful. I have up loaded a photo of the marmalade which came in a great little jar which can be kept for afterwards. As you say......What a great idea .
The Beswicks are all very practical people.
What a great idea to have marmalade s wedding favors :). I hope you too have fun at the wedding today :)
Infact our youngest brother has made his own homemade marmalade as wedding favours for today. I always helped with the preserves at home and make all my own jams and red onion marmalade now.
I think that home baking was more than just an Irish tradition, it was common all over. I do say, though, that we were raised with a philosophy that you should be self-reliant and that home-made is best, as far as possible. I have carried on this tradition with home grown vegetables, and you have concentrated on home baking.
I do recall a time when you were rather small, helping mother with her home made marmalade. That was very good stuff indeed.
The baking isn't the problem for me. I was brought up in the Irish tradition for home baking. It is decorating them to such a high level that was the issue. But I have overcome that in a short space of time ...as you see. I have quite literally come from icing cup cakes to wedding cakes. My youngest son made the flowers above out of icing sugar.
I have done two chocolate fudge cakes for tomorrow too.
I should have realized that you would be baking the cake for tomorrow's wedding. I am looking forward to eating my slice. It is good to know that you continue our mother's skill of baking lovely cakes.You were well taught and learned your lessons thoroughly.
The latest cake which is for tomorrow for our niece's wedding is pictured above.
Who would think I hadn't iced a proper cake before 12 months ago.