My Best Friend Wedding - I made the Cake!
When your best friend tells you she is engaged, you just stop everything and celebrate like no other. You see, I have two older brothers, but no sisters. So Rita (Maria Sardinha - Paper Goods) is the sister I never had. I’m lucky to have a lot of people who I call friends, but some of them are just special. Rita is one of them.
how our story started
We met one summer 14 years ago while we were working in a cute little shop in our hometown (Sesimbra) and it was a “connection at first sight”. We became inseparable, we talk almost every single day, we’ve been through the best and worst times of our lives. Are those friendships who really become like family, you know?
So, of course when she told me the news I was ecstatic and we immediately start dreaming and making plans about it. We are so close that the way she invited me to be her maid of honour, she simply told me. Yes, she didn’t invite me like every normal person… No, she told me. “You are our made of honour ok?” and kept going on with her talk.
all the planning
They planned their wedding to be simple and very intimate and of course, the cake was one of the things needed to be planned. Dário, her now husband, was very specific. Had to have chocolate in it. And of course, they didn’t want anyone else to do their cake beside me.
it’s all about the cake
As you well know, I don’t do cakes for a living, I mean, I don’t sell cakes to costumers. I do love baking, and I’m kinda good at it, but I don’t do them professionally, not to be sold. So, since I wasn’t comfortable doing a chocolate cake (my chocolate cakes always get really dry and in the Portuguese summer is a huge risk to do them - note to work on this asap!), I explained that to them. And I came out with an idea that I knew they would love. They always loved my yoghurt cake, so I said: “What about an orange yoghurt cake with chocolate ganache filling and a simple light flavoured orange buttercream?”. They immediately agreed and I could rest my mind.
To decorate it, they definitely didn’t want sugar paste to cover the cake, only buttercream, and sugar flowers. That’s it. So I did a simple two-tier rustic cake, covered in buttercream and sugar flowers in the middle.
the adventure of a cake in another country
Now, about doing it was quite a journey. As you know, I live in Scotland… The wedding was in Portugal! I assured you the control at the airport made really funny faces while looking at my bags! I did all the flowers in Scotland, some of them finish in Portugal, so I had to take all the tools with me in case some of them broke. Yep, you read it right. All-the-tools! It was a funny moment.
So that was my adventure, on one of the happiest days of my life. It’s such a pleasure when the people you love are happy and fulfilled, and also when your work is rewarded with the most amazing smile and approval. The cake was moist and super fresh taste. And I find it really simple and pretty. Mission accomplished!
the making of the little cake
For the cake, I used my yoghurt cake recipe with orange flavour (soon to be on the website, I promise!), filled with whipped chocolate ganache and covered with Easy Buttercream, also orange flavoured. Both recipes are from Sugar Geek Show and I truly recommend you those if you don’t want surprises with your ganache and buttercream on hot weather.
For the rustic effect on the buttercream, I crumb coated the cake, as usual, and on the finishing layer of buttercream, instead of scrapping it to make it smooth and even, I tapped the buttercream with my spatula, to make the little "spikes" you see. Just keep tapping away!
Here are the recipes:
Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about myself and my life, and thank you for letting me share with you my experiences and my most amazing days.
And if you want to see more photos of this cake you can see them here: SIMPLE RUSTIC WEDDING CAKE
❤ This work was sponsored by Rainbow Dust and Renshaw. Thank you so much for your support.
Ana discovered in 2012 the world of cake design, fell in love and since then took the PME Master course and attended master classes with renowned artists like Karen Portaleo. Of Portuguese nationality, currently resides in Stirling, Scotland. Awarded nationally and internationally.
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