Wedding Cake Calories Don’t Count

…and other lies I tell myself.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a wedding cake diet? Sadly, sugar, butter, and flour are things to avoid if you’re on a big “d.” Cake is not calorie-light but you know what, it’s darn delicious! And YOLO (don’t judge me). I just like saying that when I know I’m making gluttonous eating decisions. Like should I finish this pint of Ben and Jerry’s? YOLO = yes! Works every time.

I’ve had a great time preparing for my friends’ wedding cake tastings these past two weeks. I started baking a few days after I got back from Paris. I have been planning these for some time now. 
I am by no means a cake expert! So you may see some flaws here and there (or everywhere) but at the end of the day, everyone was happy so that makes me happy. I came up with the flavors by meeting with my friends about two months ago to get to know what their likes and dislikes are. You might be able to tell that the two tastings were completely different.

Tasting #1
1-Cherry cake with chocolate ganache and cherry filling and cherry buttercream
2-White cake with lemon curd and blueberries with lemon buttercream 
3-Champagne cake with champagne custard and strawberry jam filling with strawberry buttercream
4-Golden yellow cake with chocolate buttercream filling and chocolate cream cheese frosting

It was really fun brainstorming ideas. The first tasting were for my friends, Lorie and Chris. They are partial to fruit flavors and dislike dark chocolate and anything coconut. One of my favorite cakes was the champagne cake which was inspired by the one found in Julie Richardson’s Vintage Cakes book along with the cherry cake. The white cake is from Martha Stewart and it so happens to be the same cake I made for Michelle and Adam’s wedding.

The golden yellow cake is from Smitten Kitchen and I am in love with this cake. It is so crumbly and buttery, Chris and I almost ate a whole cake the first time I made it. I used this cake recipe three times and it is by far, the best yellow cake I’ve ever eaten (yes, that is a bold statement). For the second tasting, my friends Courtney and Steve are chocolate lovers so I had to make a chocolate cake for them. 

Tasting #2
1-Golden yellow cake with Nutella filling and Nutella buttercream
2-Marble cake with chocolate ganache and hazelnut praline and vanilla buttercream
3-Dark chocolate espresso cake with espresso buttercream
4-Golden yellow cake with orange zest and orange/Grand Marnier buttercream

The last cake is a marble cake based on Martha Stewart‘s yellow butter cake. The hazelnut praline I made for this was divine. I always thought if there was a Heaven, it would smell like buttered toast. But after smelling roasted hazelnuts, I think I might be wrong. The smell of roasted hazelnuts makes me swoon. I boiled equal parts water and sugar to make a caramel and then poured that over a sheet pan with a cup of roasted hazelnuts. After it cooled, I broke up the pieces into a food processor and pulsed until they became the size of crumbs. It is so delicious! I’ve been using leftover praline in my ice cream and pudding.

Marble cake with chocolate ganache and hazelnut praline and vanilla buttercream.

I’m happy to report there is not much cake left. Chris and I just have some marble cake and chocolate espresso cake but that should be taken care of soon (YOLO). And both couples decided on their cake flavors! But I won’t spoil the surprise just yet 🙂 

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