William and Kate appear to be nice people. They make a cute couple and seem almost modest, at least when you compare them with other royals.
But I’m really not so interested in the wedding, other than to wish them happy lives.
(Didn’t we spend 8 years, thousands of lives and millions of dollars trying to get out from under this particular monarchy?)
But I do confess I was really interested in the wedding cake. Two cakes actually. One is the traditional English fruit-filled cake with lots of raisins and dried fruits, citrus peel, nuts and a ton of brandy. The second cake, made at William’s request, will be based on chocolate ganache and tea biscuits. Traditional for the Windsor family.
When I got married, back in the Mesozoic Era, EVERYONE’s wedding cake had white-cake layers and white buttercream frosting. The cake had to be white or there might be a scandal. Ed and I were considered daring because we ordered a chocolate cake.
Today, in this country, anything goes as far as wedding cake is concerned. Take a look at this site, for example: http://www.joyandcakenj.com/
Joy & Cake makes a plain old vanilla layer cake for your wedding (or any other occasion), but if you want you can have a red velvet wedding cake or chocolate of course or pecan spice, pumpkin and even a flavor called French Toast!
Want marshmallow filling? You can have that. Or peanut butter or chocolate ganache or chocolate hazelnut crunch (and more).
Icings? Anything that goes with the cake and filling, with gorgeous flowers or about anything decorative you can think of. Elyse Hudacsko Rosati, proprietor and baker-in-chief recently made a Yoda cake.
If you want she’ll bake you a vegan cake or one that’s peanut-free or gluten-free.
The designs are incredible. Elyse came to baking by a rather uncommon route, but one that makes good sense when you think about it: she is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Engineering (later she graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and Ritz Escoffier in Paris). She’s a marvel at crafts, exceptionally talented — check out her blog, where you can actually see a photo and how-to-make gumpaste flipflops!! here: http://www.bylittlehands.com/
and check out her pre-schooler’s craft book: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Hands-Elyse-Rosati/dp/1425186025/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303870192&sr=1-1
But it’s the cakes that she bakes that awe. If you need one for a wedding in the New York Metropolitan area, you should check out Joy & Cake before you spend fortunes at one of the more well-known veterans of the wedding cake trade. You’ll get a taste too. Yum.