Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Taryn + Zachary

My sweet friends Taryn and Zach tied the knot over Thanksgiving weekend and were kind enough not only to ask me to be in their wedding but also to bake the cake and some other goodies for their big day.  Taryn is one of the sweetest people I know and one of the things I love most about her is that she is up for anything.  She wanted to do a big dessert table filled with goodies from friends and family all to surround her 2 tiered edible gold dusted* chocolate cake.
Taryn had mentioned this gold spray a few weeks before the big day and I have to be honest - I was mortified of the can she brought me to test out.  It literally sat on my kitchen counter for weeks just staring at me. I was so worried that it wouldn't look like we thought it would.  I had read online that it could splatter and then your cake is practically ruined from a aesthetic point of view, so the thought of me being at a ranch in the middle of no where with a splattered cake on the day of her wedding did not sit well with me.
The day of the wedding finally arrived and I was still debating on using the gold spray.  The white cake looked so clean and pure and I was so afraid!  Taryn was great and didn't pressure me either way but I knew she would love it if I tried it, so I went for it!  I made sure my cake was on my lazy susan so I could spin it as I sprayed to get and even coat and I tested the spray on a paper towel first to make sure the first spray wasn't all splatter.  In the end it turned out great - I did a little at a time until I reached a gold color I liked.  I recommend using the spray if you are up for it, but be warned I did get a few splatters.  Nothing too bad though.
I did a two tiered chocolate cake with italian meringue buttercream frosting.  The bottom tier was 4 layers as was the top.  I decorated the outside of the cake with succulents provided by the lovely ladies at Dr. Delphinium in Dallas and the spray I used was the Duff Goldman brand sold in Michaels. All the beautiful photography was by the talented Christy Cross!
Another fun feature Taryn and Zach wanted to have at their wedding was a s'mores bar... amazing idea, right? Luckily I make the best homemade marshmallows in Dallas :-)  The venue already had a built in fire pit which worked out great.  I made chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint marshmallows and Taryn's family made their secret hot chocolate mix for everyone to enjoy while roasting their mallows.  One trip to Costco and you have enough chocolate and graham crackers to feed a few hundred people.  These were a big hit and looked adorable!
We also had my oatmeal cream whoopie pies and some chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies for guests to enjoy on the dessert table.  Taryn's family were great and brought tons of pies and cookies... everyone was full of sweets and very happy at the end of this wedding.
Thank you again to Taryn and Zach for inviting me to be apart of their wedding!  I wish you both all the happiness in the world. xoxo - K

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