Monday, March 15, 2010
I have been fantasizing about my Aunt's Brandy-Almond Wedding Cake with cream cheese icing for the last 17 years!
After consulting with 14 - yes, fourteen local bakeries and driving my family insane, we decided that there would be no wedding cake - we'd have pies instead!
It seems that even though there are bakeries that can make a cake in the shape of The Eiffel Tower, not one was willing to make a cake that wasn't just white, yellow, or chocolate cake with some kind of filling in the middle!
So pies it would be!
We just wanted a couple of the amazing pies from the local pub...But my sister just wouldn't hear it!
"You can't have a wedding PIE! I'll make you a brandy-almond cake with cream cheese icing!"
We wanted PIES!
Did I mention that my wedding was the day after CHRISTMAS!?
Who on Earth would want to be baking a cake during the holidays!?
That Christmas Eve, my little sister came over with a sampling tray of variations of brandy-almond cake with cream cheese icing... JUST like the professional cake shows!
There were brandy-soaked cakes, brandy baked in cakes, some with chocolate fudge fillings, some with vanilla pudding fillings, some with vanilla pudding and fudge filling... You name it, my little sister prepared it!
We sampled, okay we devoured the entire tray of delicious mini cakes!
We chose the Lindt chocolate and vanilla pudding filling and ironically, the almond cake without the brandy!
It's funny how once you get what you think you want, it turns out that it's not what you want at all!
On the morning of our wedding as my sister, mother and I enjoyed our pampering pedicures, she sat back to tell us the tale of how she and her fiance stayed up all night baking our cake...
"We ran out of cake batter and it was too late to start making another batch, so I sent Rumon out to get a box of yellow cake mix...
But it's almost ten o'clock at night on Christmas Day and everything was closed...""He walked up to a Hispanic man closing a Bodega (Spanish convenience store that has everything,) in Paterson (not exactly Disney) and says desperately,
"Sir WAIT! I just need a box of cake mix!"
"We're closed - it's Christmas!"
"Sir, PLEASE, it's my sister-in-law's wedding tomorrow and we're baking her wedding cake and
I JUST NEED A BOX OF CAKE MIX PLEASE!
Don't make me go home without cake mix!"
Exactly why we wanted: PIES.
From the PUB.
Down the Street.
We laughed hysterically as she painted the picture of her fiance practically mugging a poor convenience store worker on Christmas desperate for a box of cake mix!
Our Almond and Lindt Chocolate with Vanilla Pudding Cake with cream cheese icing was absolutely delicious and beautiful!
THANK YOU PIANCA AND RUMON for making us the most incredible wedding cake - the thing that I'll be fantasizing of for the next 17 years!