So Much Cake Porn

As you can probably tell by now, Mr. Manatee is taking what you might call a “hands off” approach to wedding planning. This is pretty much okay with me, since it means he pretty much trusts my opinion but isn’t afraid to step in if one or two of my ideas go terribly wrong. I also attribute this to a sweet conversation I happened to walk in on between Daddy Manatee and the Mr. He explained it to Mr. Manatee like this— “Your job is to show up, look nice for pictures, and be absolutely amazed at everything she’s put together.” When he puts it like this, how could I possibly disagree?

But the cake? He was all over that. To be honest, he’s not actually much of a cake person normally, so this surprised me. Picking out table linens? Not so much. For me, it was not as much about taste as it was about design. Duh!

I was swooning over these beauties. Sensing a theme? Yeah, me too. Ombre, yet again, and no fondant!


Img via Wedding Chicks Photo by Austin Gros


Photo by Martha Locklear

Img via Ruffled Blog Cake by A Cake To Remember

My mom teased me that she would make sure a traditional fruitcake would be present, as is tradition in Canada. She was only joking, since she had adamantly protested that there would not be one at her wedding, but Grandma Manatee slipped one in at the last second!

Admirably sneaky, but gross.

Image by Aussie True Blue Recipes

We also knew we wanted to have a Grooms Cake! Despite the fact that the slices are usually inexplicably 50 cents cheaper, its the one of the few chances the couple has to really showcase the groom’s personality. And an excuse to have a cake dripping in chocolate, usually.

Because of Mr. Manatee’s Ohio roots, he’s a die-hard Buck-eye fan, and we’re hoping to somehow combine the sports element in these two chocolate-on-chocolate cakes. I’m dying just thinking about it.

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Stay tuned for our cake tasting adventures!


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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  1. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:01 am

    Why not have Buckeyes instead of a groom’s cake? They’re sooo yummy!

  2. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:11 am

    @Mrs. Treasure: Mmmm, I love that idea!

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    future mrs Q 303 posts, Helper bee @ 9:34 am

    Cake was probably the thing my DH was most into during planning as well- he basically picked the flavors and design himself. Ironically, our caterer dropped our cake, so we never got to see or taste it. Given that was the only thing that went wrong all day, though, we count ourselves lucky compared to some of the things you read on here.

  4. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 9:36 am

    Cake posts always make me hungry! Haha!

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:53 am

    Those ombre cakes are so pretty, I want some cake now :)

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    anon, Guest @ 9:56 am

    I don’t know where you keep getting all these “canadian” traditions, but you are very off. I have never ever heard of having that as a Canadian tradition. Maybe post less often and take a bit more time to edit before posting.

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 10:22 am

    @anon: I don’t appreciate your continued aggression. A quick google search produces SEVERAL recipes, blog posts or articles about traditional Canadian fruit cake. It was originally a British tradition. I referenced a fruit cake used in my mother’s wedding 25 years ago, and as I mentioned my grandmother wanted it and not my mother, it was probably popular 50 years ago. I am Canadian and so is my whole family.
    I’m sorry that you’ve never heard of it, but as you may be aware, Canada is an extremely large country. Just because people in Texas might not have a tradition Bostonians do, for example, doesnt mean they should snark about it being called an ‘American’ tradition.
    Thank you. And in case you were in fact curious and not snarky, here’s a recipe so you can get in touch with your roots.,1719,144173-228202,00.html

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:31 am

    I’m not a fan of fondant either!! That yellow and white ombré cake is to.die.for.

    Mr. W took a fairly hands-on approach to wedding planning -we made all major decisions together. The only things he didn’t take an interest in we’re the flowers and the color scheme. When it came to cake, I looked up a bunch of inspiration pics on wedding blogs, and he chose his top 3. We showed these to our baker and let them decide on one design of the 3. As for the flavor…luckily, Mr. W and I and both my parents loved the same 3 flavors at our tasting, so that made it am easy choice!

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 12:44 pm

    As an Ohioan- Loving the Buckeyes cake!! But Buckeyes would also be a delicious nod to the Ohio roots!

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 1:31 pm

    Our baker is making us little buckeyes to go around the bottom! They are so delicious.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 1:56 pm

    Love the ombre cake, especially the first one with the birdies! So pretty. :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 1:57 pm

    P.S. With this recent ombre trend. . .does anyone else think of Joey when he had the job as the cologne guy in the department store and it was called ‘Hombre. . .for Men’? He dressed up as a cowboy and actually had to battle another cowboy for sprays? Lol. I hear that line every time that I read ‘ombre’!

  13. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 5:43 pm

    I’m also not a fan of fondant. Sure, it looks beautiful but it doesn’t taste that great. Unfortunately I think it’s crucial to a lot of wedding cake designs. I love your inspiration cakes though! I hope you go with one of those ombre cakes! And is that fondant on a fruit cake? I can’t imagine those two things going well together!

  14. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:41 pm

    @StephK527: YES. i think of that exactly!

  15. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:59 pm

    For some reason I really want to try that fruit cake.

  16. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:44 pm

    BUCKEYE CAKE!! Zmog! So cool. :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:05 am

    @Miss Gray Wolf: I am SO glad that I’m not alone! :) I chuckle to myself every time.

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