Sweethearts cake

Arguably the sweetest of all my bros-in-law, PDP got engaged to PAJ last weekend in an elegant ceremony with family and friends. When I first thought of baking them a cake, I wasn’t sure how many people there would be or if the ceremony was to be too traditional to fit a cake in. I was about to drop the idea when I was told there’d be about 70 people. But then ambition took over practicality, and I got out copious quantities of flour, eggs, icing sugar, and cocoa and set to work two days ahead. This is the build-up of the event.

The plan
Cooling in the fridge on the eve of the engagement
At the venue with a part of the icing fallen off (shh)

On the first night, I baked 2 heart-shaped pound cakes for the white cake and 2 heart-shaped devil’s food cakes for the chocolate one. The fridge was cleared to accommodate these guys. The next day, I sandwiched the cakes with the help of chocolate butter cream. I actually wanted a slightly overlapped look as you can see in my (ahem) sketch, but I figured there would be too much wastage and there were 70 mouths out there. So I just cut a small bit from one cake, offered it to MK to remove all evidence, and stuck one cake firmly to the other.

For the base, I played with colors and used a chocolate butter cream on the white cake and a vanilla royal icing on the chocolate cake. Desperate attempts to invoke surprise. I used the same material to pipe the frills along the edges. Laziness came in handy when I used the royal icing bag for the chocolate frills as well. The shaded effect is only incidental. This was followed by a delicate sprinkling of silver balls and chocolate sprinkles.

Cake iced and ready, we now encountered a new problem. How were we going to take it to IIT Powai without exposing it to the rain-filled sky? Engineering attempts of fashioning boxes out of mount board and thermocol failed miserably. Then MK, as usual, used his smooth marketing talk to coax the florist to part with one of his boxes. And THAT’s how the cake got to IIT Powai. Albeit without an inch-long portion of chocolate icing. Grin!

Comments (12)

  1. Anjali July 2, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hey Saee! Am missing all the action on your blog so now am a follower here :).

  2. SJ July 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Oh Me Good Lord In Sweet Heaven!! You. Made. A. Cake. For. 70. People.? AMAZING!

    I couldn't even spot the place where the icing was off. Wow..you took so much effort for this cake- like you cleaned the fridge and all wow really lucky couple! I would have just ordered a big cake and made them pay! 😛

  3. Saee Koranne-Khandekar July 3, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Hmmm…I shall take your suggestion the next time. 🙂

  4. Moturam's Ahalya July 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

    SAEEEEE! where have you been??? Did I scare you off??? 🙁 Won't get you home to meet Motu! Ever!
    Loved the cakes and new avataar of blog looking very very nice and yummmmy.
    Call! No option. Call!

  5. Kevin July 5, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Great looking cakes!

  6. Saee Koranne-Khandekar July 5, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Ahalya, I'm right here. Not scared of Motu at all re. Or anything. Will call. Loads to update.

    Kevin, thank you!

  7. anakin July 8, 2009 at 8:15 am

    An awesome cake from my awesome sis in law! Thanks a ton!

  8. Srivalli July 16, 2009 at 3:31 am

    wow those are really some cakes!..

    btw just wanted to update that I have added your blog to my Food Blog List.
    Do have a look to check if its all fine.

    http://cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com/2008/07/food-blog-list-by-cuisine-or.html

    Please do link my food blog list to your blogroll.

    Regards
    Srivalli

  9. Sunshinemom July 21, 2009 at 9:33 am

    OMG! Looks lovely! Do you stay in Thane too?

  10. Saee Koranne-Khandekar July 21, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Hey, Sunshinemom! Yes, I'm in Thane, too! 🙂

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