A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of baking for another wedding. The bride’s family and mine have been friends for about 20 years now. There’s a long history of swim meets, 4th of July fireworks and homemade ice cream, and both of our families even moved around the same time to the same area when we were in junior high. And then we started over on a new swim team in the new neighborhood (see the central piece here?). After high school we continued to A&M, and then both became teachers- although in different cities.
The couple wanted cupcakes and settled on four different flavors: strawberry, snickerdoodle, red velvet, and chocolate with peanut butter frosting. I don’t always get to watch people eat the cake after I set it up, so it was fun to watch the cupcakes disappear at the wedding. I wish I could take credit for the signs on the cake table, but that was all the bride’s doing. The entire wedding was absolute gorgeous and I loved being a part of it!
Last week was a whirl wind and I’m still not quite sure how I did it. It was the first week of school and I was baking for a wedding the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. It’s okay, I know I have a few bolts loose. This was my seventh wedding to bake for in some capacity- seventh! At first I was only helping out good friends that were getting married and at some point it snowballed. Part of this is due to the amazing replica my friends made of Kyle Field (the football stadium at Texas A&M for all of you non-Aggies). This post is mainly going to be pictures, but as I was preparing for this wedding I did realize I had several check points/strategies that helped me get everything done without having a breakdown.
Get ALL supplies ahead of time. This includes wrappers, containers to transport, cake toppers, decorations, and ingredients. The more you can have ready pre-baking, the better. The last thing you want to do is be in the middle of baking and have to run to the store. Walk through each recipe to make sure you have everything- sometimes things like vanilla will slip our minds.
Figure out a baking schedule and STICK. TO. IT. I divided everything thing over 5 days (since I was doing cake balls I could start that early). I knew if I stayed on schedule everything would get done.
Be efficient. If you’re waiting for cupcakes to bake or cool, start the next batch or start on frosting. Start on washing dishes. Frost one batch while another is baking. Just don’t waste 20 minutes because cupcakes are in the oven.
Know what you are doing for transport. This is easy to forget since it doesn’t involve baking, but transport and set up are so much more stressful than the actual baking (to me anyways).
All of that being said, everything went smoothly! Here are some pictures from the baking prep and the actual set up at the wedding. Enjoy!
I am REALLY slacking on posts here. Actually I just missed last week, for which I have a semi-decent excuse. This past week I was baking for a wedding. This totaled out to 300+ cupcakes, a cake for the couple to cut into, and a groom’s cake. Needless to say…I spent a good 72 hours baking. Normally I would have at least one good freak out pop up in there, but I somehow managed to get it all done without a covered-in-frosting-meltdown. Even when this happened.
I think I might have been in denial that there was a chance I’d have to bake another cake. Flipping large cakes out of the pan gives me a heart attack. Every time. Mainly because this can happen. However, I fixed it and no one ever knew the difference (Until now.) This was the final product- a duck hunting themed cake. They had fun with the duck call after cutting it at the reception. For those of you who don’t watch Duck Dynasty, “Happy, happy, happy” is a quote from that show that the bride thought of to write on the cake.
For the bride’s “cake”, we did four flavors of cupcakes. The bride happened to be one of my friends and also one of my main taste testers. The original list of flavors she gave me was about eight flavors long and I had to tell her to cut it back. We settled on strawberry, brown sugar pound cake, red velvet, and chocolate- covering her favorites, crowd favorites, and chocolate since the groom’s cake was funfetti (his favorite.) I also made a smaller cake for them to cut into- can’t skip that tradition! Cutting into a cupcake just isn’t very exciting.
I loved getting to be a part of this couple’s wedding. Seeing happy customers makes me happy, and this picture pretty much says it all!
Holy cow I almost forgot to write a post today. I wish I could say I was busy doing other things…but honestly I woke up, ran 8 miles, then sat around watching the Texans and the Game of Thrones all day. Even with heads being cut off, Game of Thrones was easier to watch than the Texans.
Word Press kindly notified me that it was my blog-iversary. Good thing I’m not in a real relationship, I can’t even remember when I started my own blog. It’s hard to think it’s been a whole year. I started the year as a fitness specialist and ended it as a high school science teacher. I catered 4 (FOUR!) weddings, along with bridesmaiding in 5 weddings and attending a few others. I ran a half marathon in Disney World with awesome friends, and ran my second full marathon. I competed in my first CrossFit competition…and then another. I got my sixth teaching certification (really- whatever you want, I can teach it to you). I’ve been trying to work on my goals for 2013 and have been having some major difficulty. By the way, if you haven’t set your own goals- you should. Resolutions…whatever. We all know those don’t stick. But you really should sit down and figure out what you want from life. I’m not quite sure what all I want to accomplish in the next year, but I know 2013 will hold big things!
With that said, I ended 2012 catering a wedding. The bride wanted cupcakes for her cake (luckily for me). As for the groom’s “cake”, the bride had seen what I had done with Kyle Field stadium and wanted that but with a twist. The bride is an Aggie, the groom from LSU. We’re talkin’ about a split stadium/house divided here. So that’s exactly what I did. Divided the stadium in half and decorated the cake balls accordingly. It took me 4 days total to do all the baking, but it honestly wasn’t too bad. Pays to plan people.
Happy New Years!!! Don’t forget to figure out some goals!