Chocolate Splendor and Fallen Angels

The title may suggest the beginnings of a smutty romance novel (…not that I read those…), but I assure you that this post is indeed about our wedding confections. You see, up until about a week ago, Mr. Tartlet and I were set on serving a variety of cupcakes at our reception. However, when we met with Debbie Meyers of Sweet and Savory Bakeshop to finalize the flavors and details, we were presented with the opportunity to sample two cakes whose flavor simply blew all of our cupcake plans out the window.

For your virtual tasting pleasure, I give you the first of three kinds of cake we’ll have at our wedding: Chocolate Splendor, an 8-layer cake including 2 layers of yellow chiffon with Grand Marnier, 2 layers of chocolate souffle pastry, 2 layers of chocolate mousse, and 2 layers of espresso buttercream. Feast your eyes on the miniature, 4-layer version in the foreground below:

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The second cake we’ll have is the Fallen Angel, a truly decadent dessert composed of alternating layers of a flourless chocolate cake and a mixture of dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse. It’s rich and sinfully delicious.

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We were concerned that some of our guests may not take to the more adventurous flavors we’re privy to as a couple, so the third and final cake we’ll serve is a classic yellow cake with French-style buttercream and raspberry marmalade filling. This cake is the slice on the right:

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Two other delicious combinations on this plate are lemon cake with buttercream filling and chocolate cake with Bailey’s mousse filling (which is still one of Mr. Tartlet’s favorites)

We’re deviating away from the traditional presentation of a single, tiered wedding cake, and instead will have three individual cakes set up like so:

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Each cake will be uniquely decorated based off these inspiration photos we shared with Debbie at our meeting. Our two-tiered cake for cutting will look something like this:

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Sarah Rhoads via Style Me Pretty

One of the side cakes will be frosted with little petals like this:

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Annie Gerber Photography via Hi-Fi Weddings

While the remaining cake will take after this sweet little number in the middle:

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Jennifer Young via Green Wedding Shoes

Debbie is going to tint the buttercream frosting to reflect our wedding colors while simultaneously adding some cohesion to the three cakes, all of which will be displayed upon vintage milk glass cake stands we’ve collected over the past few months:

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Sweet, sweet victory! It felt so good to check this item off our “to do” list with confidence.

Has anyone else meandered away from the tradition of only having one cake? What flavor makes your mouth water?

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Mrs. Tartlet

Location:
Rochester, MI
Wedding Date:
May 2011

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    waffle 1161 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:43 am

    Yummmmmmmm!

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 8:43 am

    um. Yum. I want to reach into the computer screen and eat those smutty romance novel cakes.
    We went with a similar technique with our cake. A Chocolate Cake with Cappuccino mouse for my FIL who LOVES chocolate and because chocolate is a crowd pleaser. A Hazelnut Sponge Cake with Chocolate Mousse because I love hazelnut cake. A Carrot Cake with Vanilla Pastry Mousse for my husband who is NOT a sweets person and carrot cake is usually the only one light enough for him.

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 8:43 am

    ZOMG. I want all of those. In my mouth. Now. Before 9 AM.
    One of my friends did a bunch of different individual cakes for her wedding and they looked (and tasted) great!
    I really like your title! My dirty mind takes it all sorts a places haha.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:45 am

    That Fallen Angel sounds amazing!! And I love the idea of three different cakes, it’s going to look so adorable!

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    missrobots, Guest @ 8:55 am

    I need that. All of that.

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 8:57 am

    Those all sounds amazing. I’d go for the yellow cake and raspberry (LOVE raspberry!) but they all sound delicious. Can’t wait to see it come together.

    How are you planning to serve them? Will guests be delivered a random flavor, or come up buffet-line style? That would be my concern about multiple flavors, not knowing how to serve them.

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:01 am

    Tartlet you are soooo evil. I want to crash your wedding for that cake now. Yum!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:13 am

    @Gerbera: Holy smokes, that hazelnut sponge cake sounds divine. Yum!
    @Miss Biscuit: Our minds really do think alike, lol. If we ever meet up IRL it’s going to be a scary (read: fantastic) thing. ;)
    @miss.qwerty: Great question! Our guests will come up to the table buffet-line style. We were really surprised by the number of servings we’ll get out of these three cakes (close to 100 according to the Wilton guidelines), so hopefully this will allow some of our guests to get seconds!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:27 am

    Those flavors sound delicious!!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:30 am

    Major cake envy. ;)
    *tummy grumbling*

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:41 am

    Oh. My. God. That 8 layer cake sounds soooo delicious!

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    mightywombat 5297 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:02 am

    That fallen angel cake needs to GET IN MY BELLY.

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:36 am

    OMG. Your cakes are going to look and taste amazing! I love the vertical stripes of buttercream that you’re using for the cutting cake — that’s one of my favorite frosting styles. :)

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:41 am

    *whimper* Need. Cake. Now.

    Ok for realz, those look fantastic. I am going to have to contact them now for the at home reception. :-P

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    Ice Cream Sundae 92 posts, Worker bee @ 12:03 pm

    Those flavors look SO freakin delicious. And with the different textures, it’s going to be an absolutely beautiful display!!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, those flavors! That icing style! Those STANDS! Holy cow, your cake buffet is going to be greatness. I’m super jealous now, it all looks so amazing!

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 1:40 pm

    i’m not sure how we’re going to be doing our cakes quite yet but all these cake photos are making me drooly.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:22 pm

    Perfection!! I cannot wait to see how these turn out! They look like they’ll be soooooo amazing!

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    Mr. Tartlet 9 posts, Newbee @ 4:25 pm

    A certain Miss Fruity Pastry thought it was the most horrific thing ever when I didn’t completely finish all of our tasting samples… but it was almost noon right before our lunch.

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 5:02 pm

    Oh my yum! Love what’s going on with your cake situation! The little petals are super cute!

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    allee2388 199 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:24 pm

    @Miss Tartlet: @Miss Tartlet:

    I know Debbie (her daughter and I are besties), and of course, her AMAZING cakes. So glad you went with Sweet and Savory. They really are the absolute best. :)

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 10:42 pm

    omg your cake stands are to dies for! so jealous!

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:51 am

    Gad! So beautiful and so delicious looking! I want to eat that Fallen Angel cake RIGHT NOW!!

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    missrav 72 posts, Worker bee @ 11:10 am

    At the risk of this sounding bizarre, the first cake was actually in my dream last night. Chocolate splendor, I believe? :) The mini bites. lol. They must be good.

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:41 pm

    Yum!

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    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 9:21 pm

    I want to eat them ALLLLLLLLL! I love that you’re doing three different cakes instead of just one. So unique!

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