Well, here it is... the biggest cake I've done to date. Quite possibly the biggest I'll ever do. This Petals Wedding cake had 6 tiers and over 300 servings. It was a challenge, to say the least.
To make it even more challenging... my husband, father, and both brothers were out of town and/or working the weekend I had to deliver it, so it was up to me, my sister, and my sister-in-law to lift and carry this thing to my truck, drive it 40+ miles to the site, then unload it and move it into the venue.
To say I was nervous would be a vast understatement. I was a basket-case that weekend!
And it weighed about 90 pounds. It was big. Very, very big.
Specifically, the cake was 6", 8", 10", 12", 14" and 16" round tiers. The flavors were alternating tiers of White Almond Sour Cream cake and Strawberry cake, all filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream.
Then there were the petals.... or would you call these ruffles? I go back and forth between ruffles and petals, petals or ruffles? In the end I settled on petals... what do you think?
Anyway... first I covered all of the tiers in homemade marshmallow fondant. Then I took small balls of fondant, rolled it into strips about 2-4" tall and no more than 10-12" long. I cut one flat edge, then I made the top edges random and curved... tapering down on each end.
When it was finished, I used nearly 15 pounds of fondant just for the petals - not counting the fondant I had already used to cover the tiers in the first place.
Then starting at the top, I used sugar glue to attach them to the cake... slightly overlapping and always starting in a different place on the cake. I worked my way down all the tiers, trying to avoid a seam that matched up to the seams of the cake.
I wanted it to have the illusion of petals all floating and blending together - unable to distinguish one tier from the next. It was so much work and it took hours longer than I anticipated, but it really was breathtaking in the end.
Here's one picture of it I took at the venue....
It was not brightly lit inside and I have a terrible time taking decent indoor photos, but this was the best one I have from that day. In the background you can see the camouflage groom's cake that went along with it (I've shared it before here) and some of the peacock decorations that were used. It was beautifully decorated!
When all was said and done, I delivered 9 tiers of cake that day to that wedding ... over 435 servings! And they told me later that almost every bit of it was eaten... that makes me a happy girl!
Do you have any questions about this petals wedding cake? Please leave me questions and comments below... I love to hear from readers!