I was given the job of baking this wedding cake in July last year after woo-ing the bride to-be with different cakes (listed under Wedding Cakes) and this was my first time doing a cake with more than one tier.
The idea was to have marzipan roses in different shades from white to red going up one side of the cake and have the middle tier decorated with some nice vine-like piping. Let's just say a lots of things did not work out the way I wanted them to...
The interior of the cake was also planned to detail. I wanted to make every tier different.
The top tier with 6'' inches was a chocolate sponge cake filled with pink coloured whipped cream. The following tier, 10'' inch, was top layer chocolate sponge and bottom layer vanilla sponge cake with a pattern alternating the pink whipped cream and some dark chocolate ganache filling and the bottom layer, 14'' inch, was vanilla sponge coloured a light pink, filled with dark chocolate ganache.
On the actual day of the wedding the temperature was around 40 degrees Celsius, which is not the ideal environment for a whipped cream based cake. It took ages to get the chocolate ganache cooled down enough to thicken, the cakes ,which had been baked the previous day, were starting to heat up again and the fondant cracked and melted once applied to the cake ,which resulted in the placement of the leaves and some scattered roses to hide the most obvious flaws. The cream I wanted to use for the piping on the middle tier would not come out of the piping bag, I admit it was bough icing, which apparently would have needed some work to turn smooth and pipeable. It was a very nerve racking day and while the cake was driven into the next city it did sack a bit. Also I was still covered in ganache and we had to deliver the cake to a boat which was docked another 10 meters or so away from the car.
Still, the bride and groom were happy, god knows what kind of horrible disaster cake they were expecting, and it certainly gave me confidence; if you can make a three tiered wedding cake, what can’t you do?