Life's better with cake and a sprinkle of fairy dust
Someone in my circle of bakers related an SOS call she received from a hysterical bride-to-be who was let down by her baker on the night before her engagement party. As much as she was sympathetic, home bakers are humans, not fairy godmothers that conjure up a spectacular 3-tier wedding cake with a gazillion handmade flowers and 100 matching cupcakes in the 8 or 9 ungodly hours between midnight and the morning of your big day.
So what do you do if you need an occasion cake urgently? Urgently, like, in a matter of hours. Or like, NOW.
The first thing, obviously, is to calm down. Once you get over the initial shock that your dream cake is not going to happen (or, gasp, is already gone), we can set about making things better (or less bad).
Next, manage your expectations. No one, not even professionals, can make a occasion cake that takes months of planning and work appear out of thin air.
Most importantly, think out of the box. An unusual, unexpected or humorous cake idea executed perfectly will wow your guests as much as an extravagant and painstakingly-made one.
Here are nine occasion cakes that in my opinion 1) could be made or assembled in a jiffy by an adventurous and efficient baker, 2) take the word “store-bought” to the next level, and/or, 3) get a laugh out of people so they forget to ask what happened. But don’t take my word for it.
1) Let’s start with the conventional. With the right tools and confident piping skills, an efficient baker can probably put together this Buttercream Rosette Cake like this one from Made From Scratch quite quickly, even faster if the sponge cake rounds are store-bought.
2) A Chocolate Lace Collar is a quick and beautiful way to decorate an occasion cake. I’m partial to “crazy” white chocolate lace like this one I found on Pinterest. Remember to use tempered chocolate or compound.
3) No gumpaste peonies or edible birds-of-paradise? No problem. Fresh flowers come to the rescue, especially for a garden soiree. Pop fresh posies and petals on a simply iced cake for understated elegance.
Image source: http://weddingflowersimagen.blogspot.sg/2013/01/fresh-flowers-for-wedding.html
4) A cake covered entirely in Hundreds and Thousands is too cute, like this one from Pinterest. You should pray they stock the stuff at the supermarket, though. You will need a lot more than 100s and 1000s.
5) No-bake Strawberry Cheesecake Wedding Cake – All you need are springform pans in various sizes, packages of no-bake cheesecake mix, fresh strawberries. mirror glaze and a powerful chiller. Old-fashioned cake stand not included.
Image source: http://www.wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com/
6) A Store-bought Cupcake/ Macaron tower. Store-bought goodies + Display tower (rent or buy one). ‘Nuff said… move on.
Image source: http://www.cathscookerycreations.com/2013/09/macaron-tower/
7) Personally I prefer my cake without all the thick layers of icing and fondant. A Naked Wedding Cake executed perfectly really takes my breath away. Check this link out for more beautiful naked wedding cakes.
8) Oreo Cookie cake. Because we can! It’s essential to serve guests lots of cold milk for dunking.
Image source: http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2388731/tag/oreo/sort/display_order/
9) Cheese Wedding Cake. Well, who likes cake anyway?