Wedding – Cake
I may be intimidated by the likes of linens and flowers. But there is one thing I can get very enthusiastic about wedding planning– the cake. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE wedding cake. At the same time, I despise fondue. What’s the point of ruining the cake just to make it look pretty? When perusing cake vendors, this paragraph on Merrill’s Desserts caught my eye:
Unlike many wedding cakes – made for looks rather than taste – ours are truly delicious. We bake all cakes fresh right here and frost them with a special buttercream icing. They cut and serve easily, and their moistness will delight you.
That put them in the running immediately. One day in September 2009, Mom, Carolyn, Ryan and I drove to Suffolk Virginia to meet Sandra Merrill. We tasted numerous flavors and unanimously confirmed– they were indeed “truly delicious”.
We flipped through design pictures to get an idea of what we wanted. Mom and Ryan were sharing a book and at once they stumbled upon a promising design. It was a light blue cake with brown branches over it. The cake also sported leaves and butterflies.
“I think it’s a home run with our venue,” Ryan noted.
SOLD! We changed the light blue icing to light green and that was that. We could scratch one wedding task off the list!
We did three tiers and picked a different flavor for each tier. For the largest bottom tier, the “grown up” tier, we picked a yellow almond cake. Sandra mentioned the raspberry filling makes the almond flavor really pop out, and we took her council.
The next largest tier was geared towards the kids. Before we had met with Sandra Merrill, I solicited some flavor ideas from them.
One teenage boy didn’t have to think about the matter one bit. “PEACH!” he declared.
“Uh….” I said, “I don’t think they have peach cake.”
“Yes they do!” the boy insisted.
Lo and behold, I didn’t see Peach on the flavor list. But I did remember grocery shopping with one of the other boys when I let him pick out a cupcake mix for dessert. He chose strawberry cake, which Sandra did have. The second tier was strawberry with Bavarian creme.
The top tier was plain vanilla.
At the wedding, the cake itself seemed to go over well. BUT Ryan and I got booed!!! Apparently some spectators were less than pleased with our gentle manner of feeding each other. 🙂
An Unpopular Wedding Moment (Photo by Liza Franco)
I heard a surprisingly large number of people lament after the wedding that they “forgot” to get cake. My sister, little Malena, my new sister-in-law to name a few. That concept is so foreign to me. As soon as I enter a wedding reception hall, I am monitoring the cake status. When it is cut– I’m all over it, man! You’ve got to have your priorities!
The loss of those guests was Hunter Street’s gain. Ryan and I had a lot of leftover cake. When we got back to our hotel room and decompressed after the day’s events, our appetites returned with a vengeance and we sat together, reveled in the quiet and feasted on wedding cake… with our bare hands! In our neighborhood, one kid was on punishment and had to miss the wedding. Meanwhile a whole other family was thwarted by a flat tire. Thanks to the leftover cake, they all still got to experience a little part of the wedding.
Ryan and I got to have some sizable extra helpings too! Each helping was as moist and as delicious as the first. In fact, one could accurately say, “truly delicious.”
|Wedding Vendor – Cake
Merrill’s Desserts, LLC
211 E. Washington Street
Suffolk, VA 23434