I had a very productive and non-productive weekend. How is that possible? Well it was productive on several wedding issues but non-productive in every other sense of my life. We had 3 cake tastings. The first one on Friday was extremely disappointing. This well established, and expensive, bakery called Thursday to confirm the appointment then Friday 3 pm rolls around and they are not ready. We waited for nearly 30 minutes. Ridiculous. Plus the cake and butter cream frosting were both extremely disappointing. But we still had 2 more to go on Saturday. We ended up staying out a little to late on Friday night and Saturday morning rolled in way too soon. I think I may have been slightly drunk or at the very of beginning of a hangover when we met with the 2nd bakery at noon. Not so good eating very rich cake and sweet frosting and fillings first thing. The owner knew her stuff and was nice but also slightly pushy. The cake was much improved from the day before so it made up for her wanting to make a deal attitude. She really does some amazing things with cakes too! Great thing in talking with pushy lady was she had a zillion florists to refer to me. She went super high at first and I laughed but then she told me to walk two storefronts up the street and visit the family owned floral shop in her neighborhood. Let me tell you this is such a cute place. The "mom" was super sweet and quoted me on the bridal party flowers nearly half the price of quote I have received elsewhere. I may have found a winner! We asked her how she can do that and she told us she loves what she does, charges enough to pay the bills rather than over charge to make a huge profit. You have to love that. But back to cake tasting we decided to take #2's quote and see how it compared to the last place. The last place is an old European bakery that has been around for over 40 years and is still absolutely heavenly. However after cake stop #2 , #3 fillings didn't even compare! #3 came in slightly under cost wise but I'll pay the difference for the fresher fillings.
So the cake winner is tier 1 - carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, tier 2 - chocolate cake with raspberry preserves and chocolate mousse, and tier 3 - yellow cake with strawberry preserves. That's the cake above except it will be with light blue swirls and smaller pink flowers. I hope everyone else enjoys my cake b/c I think I am caked out.
Oh and the weekend was non-productive b/c I barely got a workout in and I slept the remainder of my Saturday away once I got home around 4 pm.