Hawaii Wedding

Since he was a little boy, my eldest child has been thinking about the wedding cake I would someday make for him. As his mother's son, his interest in both weddings and baked goods was pretty much guaranteed. Sure, his ideal wedding cake design changed a lot over the years, and he was kind enough to let his bride have a say in the cake, too! But this was a cake we had both been anticipating for almost his whole life, and planning and making it with him was pretty momentous for this mother of the groom!

The wedding was a summer getaway in beautiful Hawaii, a destination accessible for both our family in the U.S. and my daughter-in-law's family in Japan. The bride and groom asked for a simple look that incorporated the Hawaii location as a theme. They specifically requested real flowers be used, and we all thought that turned out really well!

The cake topper was inspired by Japanese kokeshi dolls, which was just one of the ways Japanese cultural elements were incorporated into the wedding. I painted them to look like the actual bride and groom, dressed in their wedding clothes!

I also made hibiscus-decorated cookies, which fit the setting so well, and were used as combination place cards and wedding favors.

We all had a beautiful time at a beautiful wedding, and everyone enjoyed the cake and the cookies!

Aspen Leaves

My nephew had a lovely Aspen wedding, just as summer began to turn to fall. He and his bride requested a cake and cupcakes decorated with the shapes of autumn Aspen leaves.

Baking at altitude is always a challenge, but in this case everything came out beautifully!

Liberty Wedding Cake

My son and his bride had a December wedding in Old City, Philadelphia. Based on the location and the things they enjoy about the city, they had an "American Independence" theme, complete with a monumental wedding cake!

Making a wedding cake is always special, but it's even more so when the cake is for your child, and the first of your children to be married! My son and I planned the cake together, and he said it came out just as he wanted. Made to look like a marble monument, the cake was stamped with phrases from the Declaration of Independence (which also served as the inspiration for their wedding invitation!), and the date of the wedding in Roman numerals.

The three tiers had three flavors: lemon cake with blueberry filling, vanilla cake with strawberry, and chocolate with Boston creme.

Of course, the cake would not be complete without its Liberty Bell cake topper!

My son and daughter-in-law loved the cake, as did their guest, Benjamin Franklin.