Monday, April 20, 2009

My First Wedding

Over the weekend I had my first wedding. I had always refused to do wedding cakes because 1) I'm not a cake decorator, and 2) they're about memories and I don't want to screw that up. But the universe aligned for this one.

I was approached just two weeks ago about the event. The conversation went something like this:

Bride: I was referred to you by my caterer because she said you do wedding cakes.
Me: Sorry, but I don't do wedding cakes.
Bride: Oh (disappointment in voice)
Me: Your caterer must have thought of me because I do pastries.
Bride: What's the difference?
Me: I don't do traditional cakes with piped frosting. I do mostly unique and unusually flavored mousses, creams, and cakes that aren't what you would consider cake.
Bride: (Beaming) That's exactly what we want! We don't want a foo foo cake.

How could I pass on that then!? What the couple eventually wanted was 80 individual pastries for their guests and one ceremonial cake for the cutting. After much discussion (since the bride wanted a bit of foo, and groom wanted none) we settled on a raspberry mousse with a vanilla bavarois center and fresh berry, set on an almond cake brushed with raspberry syrup and campari. I took artistic license from there to spray tinted cocoa butter on them for a velvet effect, a fresh raspberry and a bit of edible silver.

The ceremonial cake was a simple cylinder covered in fresh berries with thicker layers of the almond cake.

The 80 pastries:

A close up:

And the final presentation:

The recipe for the almond cake can be found two posts lower in the comment section. Here's the mousse:

160 g seedless raspberry puree
40 g raspberry compound
40 g sugar
4 or 5 sheets of gelatin

In a double boiler warm the puree, compound and sugar; meanwhile soak the gelatin sheets, wring and add to the puree mixture; whisk until dissolved; remove from heat stirring occasionally.

120 g sugar
65 g water
10 g glucose
2 egg whites

Make an Italian meringue by heating the sugar, water and glucose to soft ball stage; Whip whites until just past soft peaks; Pour hot sugar into whites and continue whipping until glossy and stiffer.

255 g Cream

Whip the cream until soft peaks form; Fold puree mixture into meringue and combine thoroughly; Gently fold puree and meringue into cream; Pipe into form or cups.


Manggy said...

Aw, no close-up of the ceremonial cake? Well, all is forgiven because the individual pastries look beautiful (and of course I love the flavor). Puree *and* compound?! I wish they'd sell the compound in reasonable sizes :(
I see you also got custom transfer sheets!

racheld said...

Oh. Dear. Lord.

Kiddo, you just do beat all. Those are simply stunning!! What's the serving number for that recipe? Or I might just put it into a big ole Tupperware and get a spoon and go hide.

Gfron1 said...

Thanks Rachel :) My recipe made 15-20 180 ml cavities. You can see the form I used here:

chennes said...

I wonder if I can talk my wife into marrying me again, this time in Silver City. Very nice work, Rob.

Gfron1 said...

Thanks Chris. I hope she'd say yes.

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