So, somewhat naively, I thought ordering a cake would be well...a piece of cake.
One thing that Paul and I agree on is that it's more important that the cake tastes perfect than looks perfect. (READ: NO FONDANT.) We both love carrot cake and decided we would go with a few minimally decorated tiers with cream cheese frosting. I wanted something that looked like this or this.
And then, in July, we went to the bakeries and our dreams melted.
Did you know that cream cheese frosting is too soft to stack into tiers? It is.
"No worries," we said, "we'll just get a few round cakes and place them at different heights next to each other." It will look cool, we figured. We even drew a sketch of our plan.
Did you know that the cream cheese frosting will melt if not refrigerated? It will.
"Hmmmmm." we said.
It took awhile to get all the information, but every bakery vetoed our cream cheese frosting plan. They were all willing to make carrot cake with butter cream frosting but that sort of defeats the purpose. Cream cheese frosting sort of makes the carrot cake.
Since then, I have just sort of ignored the cake issue. If possible, I would continue to ignore it until April 25th, but something tells me that is a lame idea.
What we know is that taste matters above all. So part of me thinks we just get a few fabulous tasting carrot sheet cakes and keep them refrigerated until it's time to serve. For the all important cake cutting ceremony (which really no one but the photographer seems to notice) Paul and I could use a small round carrot cake that gets brought out just in time to be cut and ate by us.
Thoughts on cake, internet? Did you have carrot cake at your wedding? DID IT MELT? Do you hate cake and think we should serve pie? Are you a local Sacramento baker who makes fabulous carrot cake? I'd love to hear.