We decided to go for a second cake tasting at the lovely Wedding Wonderland. This time, we took my mom and sister (our lovely junior bridesmaid) along with us. Incidentally, we managed to go at their open house, so there were many cake samples just laid out for us to try. We tried several flavors this time, and we've now officially tried every flavor that will be in our cake. The flavors tried this time were: Red Velvet with cream cheese, yellow cake with strawberry filling, spice cake with bavarian creme filling, lemon cake with fudge, carrot cake with cream cheese, and chocolate cake with bavarian creme (don't worry, we didn't choose all of them!).
Despite the fact that WWCakes was packed (seriously, there were 9 other couples there besides us), we were able to design and price our cake, as well as meet with the baker/designer. The cake feeds 264, which is well more than what we need for our estimated guest list of 230. To be fair, however, we do intend to save the top tier (which is 12 servings), and the kids in our family (and adults too!) are more than likely to take multiple slices. Plus, we like cake - it'll get eaten. Besides, if we were to down-size the cake, we'd lose some of the visual elements that we really wanted.
We ended up scrapping the first inspiration photo, and stuck with these two for our primary design inspirations.
And what are we getting for our final cake? Dum Dum Duuuuum....
(the drawing from our "cake artist")The bottom tier is a 18" square cake, with the ribbon/swirl design. The ribbon will be black, and the swirls be green. It will be yellow cake with strawberry filling (Shanon's choice). The next tier is a 12" round, with vertical stripes of black, green, and white. This tier has spice cake with Bavarian cream filling, which is my personal favorite. The next tier is a 9" hexagon (how cool is that?!), and matches the design of the bottom tier. This tier has lemon cake with fudge filling, which was mom's choice. Finally, the top tier is a 6" round cake, and it has little tiny swirls around the bottom of the tier (we wanted it to be low-key because our topper will be on there as well). This layer will have Red Velvet with cream cheese filling - Sean's favorite (aren't you jealous?). As disgusting as it sounds, we will be saving and freezing our top layer. We think it's a fun tradition, and since it's only a 6" cake, it won't take up too much room in the freezer. Who knows, maybe we'll give up and just eat it after one month?
The cake comes on a silver board, but a cake stand would be awesome. Luckily, that's something that I won't miss if it's not there. Maybe if I run into one that's really inexpensive, I'll pick it up, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I can't wait to see how it turns out in real life!