Let me begin by saying I LOVE to bake. My peanut butter frosted brownies, peppermint buttercream and ganache chocolate cakes are the baked goods of legend. So naturally, I always fantasized about wedding cakes. What larger, more bad-ass cake is there than your wedding cake!? Not to mention I used to live down the street from Charm City Cakes, made famous by Ace of Cakes. Let me just tell you, there are few things worse than having a few beers at Dizzy Izzies across the street and coming out to see the masterful confections through the windows. If you check out CCC’s prices, you’ll quickly see there is no way we could ever afford one of those cakes. EVER. Plus it turns out we’re not wild about fondant.
Who wants a Hogwarts cake–I do!
We met with a couple of fantastic bakers in Baltimore and in Columbia. The cakes don’t seem that expensive, but it’s still money to be saved. In my mind though, anywhere we can save money is fantastic, so my mind began to wander.
(except 3 layers, with only the scroll from the invitations on the corners, and orchids on the top)
What about cupcakes? Are cupcakes less expensive than cake? Mr. D’orsay loves cupcakes, but I’ve never been a huge fan of baked edges, so cupcakes don’t usually wow me. I do adore these cupcakes, but ours would probably be the classic whipped buttercream frosting kind.
Or what if I bake several cakes a la Miss Cheese for a sweet cake buffet?
Also, the pro cake (and I imagine the cupcakes) will mimic the scroll theme featured on our invites. My cakes? Not so much. Maybe, emphasis on maybe, I could add a monogram or fresh fruit.
What about a profiterole cake? We LOVE cream puffs and maybe these will cut the costs down a bit?
But these can often look a bit… um… phallic to me…
After I saw Mrs. Bubblegum’s post I won’t be trying to do a tiered cake. I am listening to my mother’s cautioning though, and am probably heading towards the pro cake/cupcakes/cream puff cake.
So my desperate plea to those of you in MD/DC is to tell me your favorite place for cream puffs, as I’m too far away to try any!
What do you think? What kind of cake/dessert are you having and how did you reach your decision?