Gina and Joe have returned!!! Hey everyone, Husband Mic here with this week's secret files from Amazing Weddding Cakes. Our bride and groom should look familiar to loyal viewers as the couple behind ordering a cheesecake cheese cake a few weeks back. Now the circle is complete as we get to see the wedding cake these wacky kids got for their big Halloween wedding, and boy was it a beautiful one.
The masquerade theme came from Gina and Joe and their history of attending Mardi Gras parties in Louisiana and Mississippi. I think they've even put on some "carnivale" events and trust me, if you saw the reception hall you'd see why. More on that later. Here's the mask, which our couple entrusted to us after the consultation so we could be inspired.
Ooohh... pretty pretty. The colors were bold and strong, sort of like last week's Taylor Stripe cake, but in a more traditional color scheme. Dominated by black and red, Reva started by covering the tiers in white and red fondant.
Nice time lapse this episode showing the covering and stacking of the cake. If only things moved that fast in real life!! Next up was the diamond pattern that Joe and apparently Cake Alchemy really enjoy;) Seriously, how funny was it that both of us did cakes this week with black diamond patterns? It was good for you the viewer because you got to see two different approaches to the same pattern; paint and fondant application. Really depends on the feel you're going for, but the main concern is to give yourself some measurements and some lines to follow so you can get them as uniform as possible. You saw the girls at Alchemy indent lines to create their pattern where as with our process the diamonds start with a cutter and then fill in a blank tier to give the same look. Both look great! I love the harlequin pattern on a cake.
Above: Reva addressing the camera after the discovery of the broken pastillage. Those dreaded, troublesome, busted pastillage collars. First of all, the idea was spot on and I think we will be doing them again soon, but no lie, it was super dry and windy all week in L.A. and that stuff was just insanely brittle. We all have our theories on how and who broke them, but in the end it didn't matter, we had to come up with a solution and time was definitely and issue. Since we already were using fondant for the diamonds, the quickest and smartest leap was to apply that idea to the collars, sacrificing the full "stand-off" effect for a more subtle thick fondant collar. In the end, we all really liked it and as the delivery driver, I'm glad I had one less thing to worry about breaking making my way through Los Angeles traffic!
With the new, improved collars in place, we moved on to the details. Masks, feathers for the masks (all in pastillage), the fondant stripes for the bottom tier, the gold painting details, and of course, some red roses. What's a wedding cake without some beautiful flowers on it?
What you won't see on Amazing Wedding Cakes: both of Gina and Joe's cakes together, on the same work table! I mean, obviously they were made at the same time and all.
The delivery was at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank which is a really hot wedding spot here in Los Angeles. They have a little chapel and some outdoor areas for the ceremony and then some great reception facilities. Plus, super easy to get to and plenty of parking. All that equals gold in Southern California! We've delivered a lot there and it is always a pleasure.
I wish you could've seen the reception, it was stunning! The centerpieces on the table were incredible and they carried the masquerade theme throughout the room. Each table was unique, but here's one of them for your perusal.
We were actually invited to stay, but you cakers know how it is after a long week of baking and filming a TV show right? We were near collapse and had to pass, but it was a tough, tough decision. The reports of the festivities sounded like a good time was had by all. What a way to spend Halloween! Here's the Masquerade Cake grandstanding at the reception and a couple photos from the beauty shots.
There were more roses on the bottom as well as the top, and gold and red ribbon to finish off the board so ably painted black much earlier by yours truly;) Well, that is about it for this week's Amazing Wedding Cake. Elegant, bright, and whimsical, just like our couple. Such an honor to be a part of their nuptials, thanks again guys, and hey, almost Happy Anniversary!!
The world of costumes and masks continues next week as we present our pastry version of the Day of the Dead. You gotta see it to be frightened by it! Have a great week everyone and thanks for watching!!