Guest contributor for this post: my husband :) [he did the cartoons]
The wedding cake was one of the most fun tasks leading up to the big day. My mother has used the same baker for all the wedding and celebration cakes in our family, but obviously this baker couldn't make a cake in Tassie and then ship it to London (well, not easily!), so she gave Mum her secret recipe for luscious chocolate mud cake to bring over so that we could make it ourselves in my tiny broom closet of a kitchen!
Mum and I bought shares in the Jane Asher cake decorating shop, getting the right tins, ribbon, bags of belgian chocolate and white icing. My bridesmaid Kristy arrived from Australia on "cake day", so she fought off the jet lag by melting chocolate and weighing out flour! It was a lot of fun and made me very proud to think we had made it ourselves. And it tasted Out. Of. This. World.
The figures we had on the top of the cake have a cute story behind them. Tom has always loved the Indiana Jones films, ever since he was a kid.
When the last Indy film came out in 2008, Tom was, of course, very excited! We were living together in North London back then, and were doing our weekly shop at our local ASDA, when we saw these sweet little Indiana Jones and Willie Scott figurines near the checkout. We had a giggle over Indy's giant hands and I said to Tom, jokingly, "if we ever got married, we should have those on top of our wedding cake!"
He rather liked the idea!!
Fast forward to two years later, we had set a date and we were talking about the wedding cake. I remembered the little figurines in ASDA and we both thought how cute it would be if we could manage to find them again......Tom managed to track them down (thank you Amazon)!!
They even look a bit like us....kind of!! ;)
Icing the cake proved to be a bit of a nightmare - Mum had to phone the baker to get help, as our first effort looked like a 3 year old had done it! - but it eventually all worked out and looked absolutely amazing!
And it was so, so delicious.....imagine something between a cake and a fudge, and this was it!
We've frozen the top layer for our first wedding anniversary, or for when our first child is born....my money is on the first wedding anniversary ;)
Next wedding story: the dress!
Photos of me and Tom by Sheena, other cake photos by me.