tastes like christmas

tastes like christmas

Sunday 22 February 2015 • 1 comment

2014 was a great year for me. I went through a few changes, biggest one - I got married!!! Planning my wedding took over my entire life and unfortunately my blog suffered. I'm now settled and ready to get back into blogging a lot more. This post was actually meant to go up last year but I didn't get round to posting it for some reason so this is kind of a flash back post.

One of my favourite cakes is a traditional fruit cake. It's rich and full of fruit, nuts and alcohol, what's not to love? Another thing i love about this cake is that it does not go bad(when stored properly) but gets better with time like a good bottle of wine. With the alcohol and sugar content, it can actually last for up to 25 years. Sounds like life to me. Christmas is a popular time for fruit cake but another special time when fruit cake is traditional made is for weddings. I debated it for the longest time and wasn't sure if I could handle making my own cake. Most people told me not to stress myself but i decided to just go for it. I couldn't imagine my wedding cake being made by someone else. It was far from perfect but I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was a three tiered cake and all the layers were fruit cake. The main reason why I made it all fruit cake is because i could make it several weeks in advance and only worry about covering and decorating in the mayhem that is one week to a wedding. I came across a sequins technique that i liked and decided to try it out. I practiced a little before i worked on the actual cake. In the process of making the sequins i accidentally stumbled upon another technique. The holes formed from the sequins cut outs made a pattern i found interesting so i used it for the bottom tier.

The process got really tedious and tiring a few days to my wedding as expected but I was so lucky to get some help from my amazing friend and her even more amazing mum who has been doing this for years and was so selflessly helpful. At 4AM on my wedding day, with my sister and my friend to keep me company and offer moral and physical support i put the finishing touches on my wedding cake and went to bed. I honestly have no idea how i managed to get through the day dancing till 12AM because i was up at 6AM.

I imagined clean straight lines but it was so crooked that finding a decent angle to call the front of the cake was hard, i ran out of lustre dust so i had to improvise and change the design slightly to make up for this. It really wasn't perfect and looked nothing like i had imagined but i didn't worry for one moment(well maybe a moment but only a little one). 

Too much emphasis is put on the need for perfection of weddings today but at the end of the day the size or design of your cake or dress or  hall really doesn't matter. What matters is the person you are spending the rest of your life with. I loved my wedding cake and the whole process of making it taught me so much, wouldn't have had it any other way. 

1 comment

  1. You did a great job Temi !

    I love the self-pride that DIY skills give you, even better is the sense of self-sufficiency.