At the end of June (yes I’m aware that it is now August hehe) I was asked to make pies and cake for a backyard wedding reception. I knew going in that it would be a very large order but I faced it head on!
The total count ended up being:
1 2-tiered wedding cake
40 mini fruit pies
10 mini fruit tarts
14 large pies.
Yea. It was crazy, but it was SUPER AWESOME! I’ve never baked like that in my life and although I lost a lot of sleep and was a crazy person, I loved every minute of it. Not to mention I made 72 wedding cake pops during this time for my cousin’s wedding (check them out in my next post!).
Instead of going bit by bit, I figured this experience would best be shared in a photographic slideshow of sorts. I’ll try to explain what’s happening in each picture 🙂
Let’s start with the cake. They asked for a checkerboard square cake. Great! Except that I had a limited number of pans and had to sorta “wing it” : )
The cake was strawberry/vanilla. So I made 2 batters and piped each of them into the pans. I did this layer by layer! The cake was 4-5 layers!
Here are some layers baked. It looked like a Dr. Seuss cake!
Here it is! I apologize for the lame-not particularly fancy photography—it was about 2 am at this point : ) More pictures to come!
Fridge shot! (yes this really happened)
some of the minis. I made strawberry, apple, blueberry, and peach.
creepy doll shot! haha. long story short: we inherited TOO many dolls and we don’t know what to do with them. Hence, they are everywhere.
I also made pecan, key lime, lemon meringue, banana cream, chocolate peanut butter, and coconut custard.
lemon meringue! what a beauty if i do say so myself.
that’s banana cream, choco PB, key lime
in the fridge
nighttime shot. again i apologize. that’s coconut custard on the left corner!
I can’t believe we fit them all in the fridge. Well just the custard pies, really. But still!
Hmm now that I go through all of these pictures they do look a little iffy. I’m sorry! There will be more professional looking ones coming soon!
HOW did I do all of this you may ask? There are a number of things that helped me: I was off of work that week. I currently live where there is a big kitchen and a large dining room. I stayed SUPER organized and made as much ahead of time as I could. But the BIGGEST help I got was from my husband, Adam. He was a trooper. He made dough, fillings, went out in the middle of the night to get more ingredients for me. He never complained–just pumped me up when I was getting overwhelmed! Plus he’s super fun to be around and his sense of humor kept me laughing when I wanted to cry. I don’t know what I would’ve done without him! Love you babe!!
OH! If you would like any of these recipes you can email me and I will certainly send them to you!!
UP NEXT: wedding cake pops.. then wine weekend cookie shenanigans!