Wedding Cake and Cupcakes for Karen

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


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.  

39 comments:

  1. i loved the pictures from the wedding! and that ceiling, i can imagine the stress. if u r a control freak like me, you probably sprouted a few white hair!

    And that is why hungry brothers should be kept away from pretty cakes;)
    You definitely need a vacation now( to the northwest to eat indian meals, snacks and ice creams!)
    So many things to do and from the looks of the Cupcakes and cakes and the wedding, you did fabulous! Have a wonderful stressless week Caitlin!

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    1. girl, i am a huge control freak and now i'm freaked that i might have a white hair!!

      thank you for all of your kind words <3

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  2. I am so impressed! How cool that you not only hosted, but baked for, their wedding. Bet you're relieved the big day is over with, though!

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    1. thanks, amber! i guess you could say i'm relieved. i actually had a nightmare about the wedding a couple of days ago!

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  3. wow, what a stunning cake! and those cupcakes are beautiful!! what a special gift you gave your friend in the form of tasty treats:)

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  4. Such a pretty cake sweetie!!!! Strawberry cream....mmmm! I want a slice! Any left? *hehe*

    Wow! I cannot believe that you not only hosted a wedding and make the cake, but you also had to deal with that whole ceiling fiasco! SO very glad everything worked out in the end. Looks like you had a great time.

    xoxo

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    1. thanks, courtney! none left, but just say the word and i will make my way up to you on your special day and make your wedding cake ;)

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  5. Wow! That wedding cake is really mouth watering. I like it! I am really starving now!! Thanks for sharing this to us.

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  6. The cake is so pretty, it's really incredible that you were the host and the baker !! You really made an incredible job with the cake..and the cupcakes also !

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  7. You did an awesome job with the cake and cupcakes - they turned out so pretty! And I love the whole idea of your friends getting married at your place. :) I can't even imagine the stress of that leak from your neighbor's bathroom just days before. A similar thing happened to me a couple of months ago (for the 2nd time, actually!), but thankfully I wasn't hosting any events at my place. Still really frustrating though.

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    1. totally frustrating! two times, ugh. i totally feel for you!

      and thank you ;)

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  8. A strawberry cream wedding cake sounds perfect! And both the cake and cupcakes are totally gorgeous. I can definitely tell a lot of love when into them.

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    1. thanks, jes! i tried my very hardest ;)

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  9. I don't know what you do for a living, but I think you need to stop right now and open up your own bakery! You are so friggin' talented! I don't know how people shared those cupcakes because I would have inhaled two at one time. And that cake is so gorgeous!

    I truly admire what a great friend you are. Karen and Chris are so lucky to know you! :-)

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    1. thank you, kristy! i would LOVE to do this for a living ;)

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  10. I agree with Kristy - you need to share these sweet, sweet cakes with the world! I'd love to try them!

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    1. thanks, joey! i'd love to make them for you ;)

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  11. The cake and cupcakes sound wonderful! They must've been so pleased. And how crazy that the roof was *still* being repaired just the day before! You really rocked it!

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  12. You are such a cool friend-and a great multi-tasker! I'm glad the ceiling situation worked out in the end. I just could just imagine the anxiety. And those cakes and cupcakes look lovely! Congratulations to a job well done!

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  13. You are awesome! There is no way I could have done all that! Cakes look yum :)

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    1. nah..you could have ;) but thank you!

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  14. That cake is so gorgeous! And the cupcakes look amazing too! Ughhh I should have eaten before I visited your blog today... ;)

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    1. ahh..that is quite the compliment! thanks, lady ;)

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  15. You are such a beautiful friend. I mean that. Any girl who has you in her life as a friend is THE luckiest. You are amazing. xo I cannot wait to be in consisent contact once this move is over because I miss you dearly. xo

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    1. aww cara <3 you are the sweetest <3

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  16. You leapt over every hurdle you encountered beautifully - I so admire you! I am not sure I could have pulled this off like you did, still looking so beautiful at end like nothing ever happened!

    Your brother is a smart man, he knows good cake when he sees it!

    The cupcakes look incredible, the perfect back up plan :)

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    1. thank you, heather <3 you could have rocked it ;)

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  17. Congrats on pulling everything off so successfully! I can understand how stressed and extra critical you could have been on your yourself, but even if your cake or cupcakes hadn't turned out the way you wanted, I'm sure your friends still would have loved them (and you) just the same for being so kind to make them!

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    1. thank you, genevieve! actually, while i was in the kitchen freaking out, karen came in and told me no matter what the cake looked like she would love it. it's true, i am VERY critical of myself.

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  18. Caitlin, you are so amazing to go through all of that for your friend! I think with all of that stress I would have had a panic attack.
    I am so glad that it all came together in the end. The cake and cupcakes look absolutely delicious!

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  19. Wow, you're such a great friend! Those cake/ cupcakes look incredible!

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  20. I feared that since the place we chose for wedding reception was at a Country Club my guests would see people leaving as they were coming in. But we had no issues.

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