Being asked to design and deliver a wedding cake for my dear friends Matt and Gladys Luebke was nifty for a couple of reasons. First, Matt and I have been close friends for nearly 20 years, and his fiancee Gladys has quickly turned into one of my favorite people! Second, Matt was the best man at my wedding and this means that I’ve now had the opportunity to create the wedding cakes for both my best man and my maid of honor (Alyssa Rose) within the same year!
I was given free reign with the cake – when questioned, the only requirement from Gladys was that the wedding was flower themed and that the colors were blue and purple. Oh, and her favorite flowers are carnations! I immediately started gathering feedback and doing some Google searches on “natural” blue flowers. Purple is easy, blue not so much! After much research and experimenting, the primary focal flowers were selected: Hydrangeas, Tulips and Roses. Carnations and small blossoms would be used throughout the design as filler flowers.
Oh, and the wedding venue is in Virginia! Since I’m in Florida, planning was key – I spent a couple of weeks before travel making all of the gum paste flowers. In order to make sure that I could take all of my tools to the mountain lodge venue, I decided to drive up rather than fly. This would also allow me to keep a very close eye on those flowers and mitigate any breakage!
The cake itself was a three tier white cake with fresh strawberry filling and almond swiss meringue buttercream. I was able to spend the Thursday before the wedding dusting and putting together all the flowers, Friday was baking and icing day, and then early Saturday morning the whole thing came together.