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This weekend, my friends Gerald and Melissa got hitched . . . and I made their wedding cake . . . my first wedding cake! It was five tiers . . . go big or go home, right?

It’s almost been a year since my first cake order(!), and I feel like every cake has been preparing me for this one. I have learned SO much over the past year . . . just to think, I originally didn’t think I would decorate much, or even use fondant!

This has been a sweet journey (pun intended) and I am so thankful for all of the opportunities God has given me in this little business of mine.

Back to the cake . . . Melissa had picked the flavors and design back in the winter, so I had plenty of time to plan and prepare. The flavors were: pumpkin (Gerald’s favorite), red velvet, chocolate with biscoff, and white almond.

One of the biggest concerns was support. I knew that this cake was going to need lots of internal support due to the sheer weight of the tiers. I added more straws than I thought were necessary, just to be on the safe side.

filled cakes . . .
filled cakes . . .

I spaced the work out over a week, which was the perfect pace.

cakes filled and crumb coated!
cakes filled and crumb coated!
support, support, support!
support, support, support!

I didn’t feel nervous or stressed until the day of the wedding. I had an event planner friend, Char, help with the transport since my little Honda can’t hold very much cake! I don’t know what I would’ve done without her assistance and moral support during the transport and assembly.

I had already attached ribbon to the cakes, as well as traced outlines of where each tier needed to be placed – which made assembly a breeze. I brought an “emergency” kit of extra supplies and tools, which I didn’t need, thankfully!

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Once I assembled the cake (and saw that it was level and not leaning/crumbling/bulging/etc), I thought, “I can’t believe I made that!” It was such a great feeling – like a weight had been lifted! Then it was time to rush home, get ready, and come back for the ceremony!

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After the ceremony, the room was flipped for the reception . . . which meant the cake had to travel to the front of the room. One of our friends recruited four guys to carry the cake and cake table (I’m telling you, this cake was heavy!), and it could not have gone smoother.

Melissa had picked out the perfect cake topper . . . a silhouette of the bride and groom – and of their dog, Ginny (who also was the ring bearer and star of the dance floor). You can’t see her silhouette in the picture, unfortunately – but it was a surprise for Gerald and he loved it.

I love this couple and I am so glad that I got to be a part of their special day! Congratulations Melissa and Gerald 🙂

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