Monday, October 15, 2012

A Labor of Love - The Wedding Cake

Yesterday was the day.  After more than a year of anticipation, my daughter Tricia married her fiance Jeff, and they are now Mr. and Mrs. Ayers.  It was a beautiful wedding, with a memorable ceremony and reception at the magnificent Jimbo's Club on the Point in Brant Lake, New York.

In all the many months of planning, my major role was to translate their wishes into the wedding cake of their dreams, which I've written about in the last few posts leading up to today.  I wrote about the flavors, the design, and diving into the project, with all my hopes and anticipation about how it might turn out.  I was nervous and a little bit worried, but in hindsight that was wasted energy, because the cake was successful beyond my most optimistic expectations.

So, here it is:  a chocolate and pumpkin tiered cake with cinnamon buttercream and a fondant "birch bark" exterior.  The leaves and acorns are also made of fondant.  It was assembled, on-site and without a hitch,  about an hour and a half before the ceremony.  

I have more pictures to post and stories to tell about the wedding itself, the food, the people, the sights and sounds, but for now, here's a photo of Tricia's and Jeff's wedding cake, and the baker!


My "labor of love" for Tricia and Jeff!

Displayed on the perfect table!

30 comments:

  1. jeanne what a great memory and the cake came out perfect !! p.s. you looked beautiful !!!

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  2. Beautiful, Jeanne! I can't get over how gorgeous that cake is! A labor of love, indeed!
    A huge congrats to Tricia and Jeff!

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    1. Thanks, Colleen! I am so excited for YOU and your wedding at this gorgeous place in just a couple of weeks! What a happy coincidence that you and Mike, and Tricia and Jeff, chose Jimbo's for your wedding reception. Can't wait to hear about your wedding as well. I'll be following your blog for updates!!! Best of everything to you and Mike!

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  3. This is one of your very best cakes, Jeanne. Michael and I are so impressed.

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    1. Thank you Catherine and Michael. I was inspired for this one! :) Remember, you still have a prize-winning cake to claim!

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  4. Beautiful cake and MOB! Annie

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    1. Thanks so much, Annie! And your rosary in the window worked - it stopped raining in time for the ceremony and reception, and the next morning was beautiful! So appreciated!

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  5. Jeannie, your inspiration came together in a gorgeous way! Just beautiful, and so rustic at the same time! I bet it was delicious!

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    1. Carol, thank you! It did turn out so well, and I was so happy because the vision in my head actually became a reality. That is NOT always the case! This time, it was just too important to get it right! : ) It was delicious, and people especially loved the pumpkin part of the cake. So happy!

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  6. I love it, love it,love it. It's PERFECT, I had no doubt that you would pull it off. You should be so very proud of your family and yourself.
    Lots of Love
    Joanne

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. You always are so supportive, and I really am grateful for that. xox

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  7. Jeannie, what a beautiful work of art you created! The cake is absolutely spectacular. The MOB/baker looks very pretty as well! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim! Very kind words, and I appreciate them!

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  8. not only beautiful ..... suuuper delicious!

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    1. I think this is you, Lynn (right?)... Thank you!!!

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  9. I knew it would be amazing, but it surpassed even what my imagination had dreamt up! Congratulations on a beautiful cake that I'm sure made Dish's dream come true.

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    1. Di - she and Jeff both LOVED the cake for its design and flavor. I hit a home run with this one!!! Thanks for your very kind words, which I choose to believe! You're the best!

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  10. I just love this cake! Amazing Aunt Jeanne!

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    1. Thank you, Tina! I see you creating fantastic cakes in the future - you are so talented! Appreciate your comment, little one! xoxox

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  11. In addition to its beauty .. It was absolutely delicious! While I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic, I actually liked the pumpkin layer even more! I didn't think that was possible :) It was wonderful Aunt Jeannie!

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    1. Sarah, I am SO glad you enjoyed the wedding cake (and the wedding!). I had such a great time, and it was so nice to see you and Bob. Such a great couple!

      xox

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  12. Jeannie! I would love to know the story behind the Birch Tree?! Perhaps it's widely known, &/or I'm just slow on the uptake, but I would so appreciate it if you could oblige me by repeating the tale!I have always loved birch trees, and ever since I was a little girl I was fascinated by the bark and how different it was from all the other trees...sort of in the same way I loved red hair and always wished I were a red head because it was different and unique to me. I'm imagining a special moment shared under a special birch, but maybe my boredom is allowing my imagination to run wild! Either way, it's an amazing piece of art and will forever be a cherished memory of this beautiful Wedding! xoxo

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    1. Weez - no special story. Tricia and Jeff wanted a cake that reflected the woodsy, Adirondack surroundings, so I suggested a few things and they really liked the idea of the birch bark design. It's just woodsy and a great fit for the setting of their wedding, deep in the Adirondacks on Brant Lake.

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment!

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    2. & btw, the Birch Table was such an ideal addition to your glorious creation, and set it off just perfectly!

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  13. I never had a doubt that it would be perfect.
    You look wonderful as the MOB, and I wish the happy couple a lifetime of love, joy and just plain fun!

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  14. WOW,Wow,WOW !!!
    CKJ

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