Or, at least, part one of How To Make Your Own Wedding Cake
Back in April, it was my five year anniversary with my boyfriend Garry. We went for brunch in Caravan, then wandered around Granary Square for a while. We were standing on a viewing platform overlook St Pancras when Garry handed me a heavy package wrapped in brown paper. When I tore it open, it was a copy of the 7th Harry Potter book. When I opened it, the pages had been glued so it fell open on “The Wedding”. Garry had added a little question mark, hollowed out a box in the pages and inside was an engagement ring tied with a red ribbon.
I said yes. Then I swore. Then I swore a lot more – in fact I said little else for fifteen minutes. But the important thing is that first, I said yes. We went to Kings Cross to visit Platform 9 3/4, where I tried not to swear in front of children and excitable tourists, then I went home and swore a lot more.
We are getting married on April 18th 2015. Neither of us being religious we’re having a ceremony in our local registry office, then we’re having a party in a pub in Leadenhall Market. Search Leadenhall Market wedding and you’ll see why I’m so excited about this.
I initially wanted to make everything myself – my dress, the invitations, the bridesmaids’ dresses, the ties and hankies for the groomsmen, everything. I was dissuaded from sewing anything by my three very wise bridesmaids, but I definitely wanted to make the invites (which I did) and I am clinging on to the idea of making my cake.
I have a food blog. I make cakes. I enjoy making cakes. Why shouldn’t I make my own wedding cake? It’ll be something really nice on the day, that we’re eating a cake that I myself have made. It also means I can have exactly what I want. Besides, Mary Berry made her cake and I aspire to be like her in so many ways.
As far as I can see, my wedding cake to-do list goes:
- decide on design
- decide on flavour
- make any necessary adjustments/changes
- decide on final design
- no, seriously, practise
And even as I write this I’m panicking about it and Googling other places to make cakes and hearing Ashley’s voice in my ear telling me I’m crazy…!
I’ve started looking at designs and flavours, and I’ve even tried some of them out. This is going to be a series of posts about making my own wedding cake, which I hope will eventually make some kind of guide to making your own wedding cake. Alternately it will become one perfect example of why you should absolutely not try to make your own cake and will end up with me sitting on the kitchen floor crying the day before my wedding.
Anyway. Will be exciting to find out which!
The next installment of this will be posted next week – see you then! Until then, have a nose at my wedding cake Pinterest board.
Love, Amy xxx