Despite the fact that I don't partake very often, cake (or anything sweet) is one of my most favorite things. I love cupcakes, cookies, cake, tofu. Well. Tofu doesn't really factor into this post, but I love it almost as much as cupcakes. I anticipated that wedding cake shopping would be much more fun than wedding dress shopping, and I was correct.
Today, I went to JP's Kake Korner, which is a cute little bakery near my house.
I mean really. How can you not love this place? It has pink shutters.
In case you have missed my previous wedding posts, the theme of our wedding is "Old Hollywood", and my intention is to channel all things Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Jean Harlow. With a little Betty Page thrown in for good measure.
My initial cake inspiration was based on our dessert table (insert red in for the yellow aspects, and remove the funky grapefruit-esque cake):
I plan to bless this table with an abundance of cookies, candy, and other diabetic-coma-inducing elements. I have visions of buying every single red candy available from CandyFavorites.com, and stuffing all of the little plates and dishes that I found on eBay full of the good stuff. I'm exaggerating. I won't fill every dish with red candy.
There's a fine line between cute and tacky.
The point is that I have put a lot of thought into this table, and since I'm trying to keep my flower budget to a minimum, this table needs to do double duty: dessert and decor.
My plan is to have 3 different cakes. One cake (to replace the wonky grapefruit-ish cake) will be 2-tiered. The top tier will be a 6" square cake (saved for our 1 year anniversary), and the bottom tier will be a 10" round cake. In addition, there will be a 6" round cake to the right (replace the yellow "lemon" slices), and to the left there will be an 8" round cake (replace the yellow-topped cupcakes).
The design of the cakes themselves are inspired by these:
We will have a Swarovski crystal "S" as a cake topper, along the line of the one on this cake. I like the scroll work on this cake as well.
Our cake will have red roses on top, around the Swarovski "S". So, it'll be more like this:
...and with a square top.
...with scroll work on the top layer as well.
But you get the idea.
I popped into JP's Kake Korner today on a whim, and expected to receive an astronomical price for my cake demands. The average cost of a wedding in the VA/MD/DC area is upwards of $25,000, and cakes are expensive business, people. I was intending on having a friend make the cake, but figured I'd at least get a price and see if I'm able to fit a stress-free cake into the budget.
I was delighted when Diane, the owner of JP's gave me a quote of $175.00. That price is to feed 50-60 guests, and we will have to pick up the cake on the day of the wedding and set it up on our own. But, that's no big deal in my book. It would be an additional $35 to have the cake delivered and set up.
And, as if the reasonable price tag wasn't enough, Diane bribed me with these...
I mean seriously. If someone offers your girl free cupcakes, she's going to proudly announce her favorite flavors, impatiently wait for them to be placed in their neat little cupcake tray, and gleefully skip out the door. Amen.
And then, she's going to go home and eat them.
Of course, My Gazelle is inconveniently unable to eat anything with the word "sugar" in it at this time (I'll do a post soon about his ABSTINENCE-RIDDEN black belt training cycle. Yes. That kind of abstinence), so I had to try these cupcakes all by myself.
He said that he trusts my judgment.
And, my judgment is as follows:
So, hopefully my cake-tasting skills are better than my Photoshop skills, eh?
What cake flavor would you choose?
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