Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Michigan Wedding

My sister's good friend from high school gave me the honor of baking for her wedding, which was in beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan. Erin and James are a beautiful couple, and I was so happy to have the chance to be a part of their special day.

This was one of those perfect weddings. Erin and James put so much thought and love into every detail that it felt perfectly authentic. The wedding and reception were held at Cobblestone Farm, which was beautiful, from the small outdoor ceremony, to the bumping reception inside the barn, with, I must say, the best wedding reception playlist to end all wedding reception playlists (compiled by the groom himself!).
Erin and James knew they wanted a variety of flavors for their guests, so we decided on 3 flavors of cupcakes with a small cutting cake. James had designed the wedding invitation himself, which served as the inspiration for the cake design. The invitation and colors for the wedding were dark chocolate brown and apple green, and the invitation featured graphic line and dot patterning, with a leaf featuring their initials on the front. I wanted to be sure to incorporate these elements in the final cake design.

With the wedding taking place in November, Erin wanted to be sure to include some seasonal flavors in addition to your 'safer' or more traditional flavors. We decided on a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream and chocolate drizzle, an apple cupcake with vanilla buttercream and caramel drizzle, and a honey cupcake with vanilla buttercream and honey drizzle. The cutting cake was a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, topped with fondant. The honey cupcake was hands-down my favorite.
I also wanted to be sure to incorporate the leaf design with Erin's and James's initials into the cake, so I made a candy topper with melted chocolate and melted confectionery coating.
The final set-up at the reception was a tiered display, complete with cupcake labels designed by James.
Congratulations to Erin and James!!!