Hey everyone, husband Mic here! Wow. It is hard to imagine I am finally writing about season 3 of Amazing Wedding Cakes! We started filming for this season in October of 2009, 11 months ago. To be honest, I'm gonna be almost as surprised about what pops up on the television as you are!
I usually keep these blogs to behind the scenes fun facts and photos, but I am going to address something about the technical aspect of the show first. You are not imagining things, the feel and editing of the show is definitely different. I'm not gonna sit here with a stop watch, but it feels like they are spending a little more time on one cake than the other two, a featured cake as it were. This makes sense, as I've always kind of thought with all they cut out of the show, having only two shops per episode would give the viewer better insight into the process, therefore featuring one also makes perfect sense. Also, limited beauty shots. That seems weird. Interview segments seem to be down and there are more graphics like the "time to delivery" ones. They're not major changes, but you can definitely tell the show has been retooled in a few categories.
Tonight the season kicked off for us with the Koi Cake. This cake actually went through a number of designs that Marc used as inspiration before settling in and just going for it with his buttercream skillz. (That's "skillz" with a "Z" cause they are so dope!) We tossed around everything from a stained glass look to a glass bowl tier separator with a real fish in it! One trip to the floral mart and looking at various glass bowls cured that crazy idea though! Can you imagine?
Overall, even with the vivid coloring and the school of koi swimming around, Jessica and Tim's wedding cake was built upon some pretty basic architecture. It was tall, round, and covered in fondant and before the decorating began, looked like your every day wedding cake. Until the airbrushing went on. You know, they compact that stuff for TV, but Marc spent a lot of time on that, mixing colors and pulling patterns out with the airbrush. The end result was shown for a moment before the fish went on and you saw how blue and brilliant it came out. We could've sold it like that it looked so beautiful.
The steps went pretty smooth on this one, no major problems or do overs. The gold was all edible gold dust painted on the tier separators, and you saw everything else being done. The modified style of the show I was mentioning seems to lend itself more to the process of making these cakes, which is a good thing. Here's a close up of one of the koi:
Pretty neat huh? I like the little bubbles floating up from their mouths. The delivery was smooth, although you wouldn't know since there is a decided lack of moi in the final cut of the show! Where's my agent? The garden was really nice with the fountain and lots of trees and flowers. The neat thing about Los Angeles is there are literally thousands of little oasis gardens and hidden retreats like this throughout the area and we are always delighted to find another one.
Jessica and Tim were happy and had a great wedding day! Thanks to both of them for being a part of the show and letting us bring cameras along with their cake. Here's a couple more pics from the process:
You can see all the lights and everything up there. We had much nicer lighting this season, not so hot and oppressive to us and more importantly, the cakes!! The Koi peeking out of the delivery van, which I drove I swear! I was involved I tell you, involved!!
All in all, a pretty successful day of putting fish on a cake!! On a personal note, I am a big fan of the Steampunk genre and have been involved in that community for a few years now. I have wanted to do an awesome Steampunk cake for a while and have even designed some! Mine would be totally awesome, so when I heard Christopher Garren found clients who wanted a Steampunk cake I was a little jealous and slightly annoyed. That was supposed to be me!! I kid of course and obviously, they did a fantastic job. You saw it, they nailed it. It looked great and there was a lot of really neat detail that got lost in the TV, so I hope you saw it all and appreciate the work they pulled off. Nice job O.C.!
What did you think of the episode? What do you think of AWC 3.0? Let us know in the comments and we will be back for another round of Amazing Wedding Cakes in a couple weeks! Thanks for watching everyone!! Till next time, Marc needs a nap....