Sydney’s Post-Grad Petals

Lorrae (no idea if I spelled her name right) called us to make a cake. Which is a compliment in itself, because she makes delicious, beautiful cakes. She just didn’t have the time to make one for this particular occasion. A very close friend of hers, Sydney, had graduated high school early and was having a grad party, and Lorrae (again, I’m sorry about the spelling) was very involved in the decorating/organizing process.

Sydney had a rustic chic theme going on, with burlap, mason jars, twinkle lights, all that good stuff. Lorrae had perused Our Cake Gallery and liked Michelle’s Burlap & Buttercream, as it followed that same theme. She didn’t need a cake quite so big and I had mentioned that I had seen burlap flowers at Michael’s in a couple different shades, so we went from there. She trusted us to do the rest.

Unfortunately, Mom had a previous engagement, so was leaving me alone again! So I called in reinforcements, in the form of Toby & Hunter (I love my boys!), to help me bake this one. Mom very kindly made the Salted Caramel for the filling before she left, so I didn’t have to worry about learning how to make that. 🙂 We baked Vanilla Bean Pound Cake and filled it with Vanilla Bean Buttercream and Salted Caramel. We’ve been told that this combination is heavenly, cake you would eat in paradise, and downright delicious! We agree. This flavour combination is killer!

When it came to decorating, it was going to be very simple, but I wanted to try out a new petal piping technique(inspired by the burlap flowers), and I didn’t think Lorrae would mind. It turned out pretty cute, and while we were heading to the party to deliver it, it was all I could do to keep from dipping my finger in the buttercream. It smelled and looked so good!

Now, I did fail in one respect with this cake. I didn’t get proper pictures of it. I apologize, but you can still see the details. (Just pretend you were at the party 😉 ) Our cake joined a spread of delicious food, in a beautiful atmosphere, with great music and friends.

Congratulations, Sydney! 🙂

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Michelle’s Burlap and Buttercream

Michelle had a very good idea of what she wanted, providing a picture of a rustic buttercream frosted cake with burlap flowers. Besides her Decadent Chocolate cake tiers with Peanut Butter buttercream, Almond Marble with Almond buttercream, and Decadent Chocolate with Vanilla Bean buttercream and Salted Caramel, she chose to have the entire cake frosted with Vanilla Bean buttercream. The specks of vanilla bean lent themselves well to the burlap, creating a simply beautiful cake. We topped it off with burlap roses that Michelle herself had made. They are stunning!

Michelle also had a surprise for her fiance up her sleeve. (Hint: he’s a big Patriots fan!)

We received this email from Michelle shortly after the wedding:

Hi Anna!

Anna, the cakes were amazing!! Everyone LOVED the cake, people were eating three and four slices each!! We were so happy, and my groom was so surprised with the Patriots cake. He was so excited when he saw it.

 Thank you again for making our day even more special. When we get our pictures back we will send some along.

With thanks,