Last week was one of the most stressful weeks of my life. It was the week one of my best friend's, Karen, got married in my apartment. I'd even say it was more stressful than the week of my wedding.
Two Thursdays ago, what started as a leak in my upstairs neighbors' bathroom ended with a huge hole cut out of our ceiling (I posted a pic of it on The Vegan Chickpea's Facebook Page). The handymen kept promising, It'll be fixed on Saturday.. then Monday..then Tuesday..then Thursday. I was beside myself with the horrible notion of Karen's wedding taking place in a room that looked more like a warehouse than a nicely decorated living space. Luckily, the promise of Thursday actually came through and the ceiling was entirely redone with a drop ceiling(to essentially hide the freakin' huge hole).
I was not only the hostess of Karen's wedding, but also the Matron of Honor(which makes me sound so old!), cake maker and decorator, and candy maker for the wedding favors. On Thursday, the day I had taken off from work to bake and decorate(and clean!), I was faced with the fact that I was not able to accomplish these tasks in my apartment, while men were in the living room fixing the ceiling, being loud, and making a huge mess. I packed about 5 bags/boxes full of ingredients, cake pans, and utensils, and headed to my parents' house with Mina to bake all day. I forgot a handful of things, which I realized the moment I pulled out of the driveway, but I literally thought to myself, I've gone too far. I can't turn back now. Luckily, my mom had all the forgotten items on hand.
About a month ago, I made Karen and Chris a sampling of different wedding cake flavor options so that they could choose their favorite. The options were Strawberry Cream, Lemon Blueberry, and Lemon Raspberry(Chris doesn't like chocolate). I left them alone to try and decide which was they liked best. Unanimously, they agreed on the Strawberry Cream.
The cake was adapted from this recipe. I made two 6" cakes to make a layer cake and one recipe of thick vanilla icing(this recipe but with 1tsp of vanilla extract).
I made both cakes and prepared the icing at my parents' house. I am so glad that I did, otherwise, the cakes would have probably been naked on Friday evening for the cake cutting. I literally did not frost and decorate the cake until less than two hours before the wedding. There were a bunch of people in our apartment at that time, coming into the kitchen to ask me questions about everything under the sun. Thankfully, I was able to complete the task, so I could get dressed and ready for the wedding. The decorating was a bit minimal, which at the time I was a little disappointed in. I just didn't have time. But now, I find the cake quite darling and am happy with it.
Karen and Chris loved the cake and so did all of the guests. My brother, who was the officiant at the wedding, quite selfishly sliced himself 1/4th of the cake and quickly consumed it.
Luckily, there were also cupcakes...
I also made a batch of cupcakes, since Karen and Chris were so smitten with the Lemon Blueberry tester cupcakes. I got the idea for these gems out of the cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Once again, the cupcakes were adapted from this recipe, and I added lemon extract and lemon rind. The blueberry filling is based off of this recipe. I essentially stuck to the lemon icing in Vegan Cupcakes, but found I needed a lot more powdered sugar. It contained Earth Balance, powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon rind, almond milk, lemon extract, and vanilla extract.
I was equally as glad that I had prepared the cupcakes, blueberry filling, and lemon icing at my parents' house on Thursday. Luckily, they were very easy to put together and I was able to complete them on Friday morning.
The cupcakes were a total hit. Even though the cake I made could have easily served the 10 guests(that is, if my brother didn't eat one-fourth of it), it was nice that everyone had options. It appeared that most people shared a cupcake and piece of cake with their "date", which was really sweet. And, most importantly, Karen and Chris were able to take 4 cupcakes home with them to eat on the plane to their honeymoon destination the next day.
After all is said and done, the remembrance of stress from last week has quickly faded away. I feel so honored that I played such an intregral role in one of the most important days of my dear friend's life. All of the stress, tears, running around, and hard work was totally worth it. I can safely say that I would do it again in a heart beat.