Cabbage Rose Embroidery Wedding Cake

I was a little MIA on the blog last week.  Much has transpired!

I made a wedding cake! A brush embroidery wedding cake. It was the first time I’d picked up a paintbrush in a very long while. I decided to forgo any kind of template (maybe I’m getting cocky in my old age?) and see if the nearly dormant instinct for brush strokes could be rekindled. It didn’t take long for me to get back in the routine.

Making this cake reminded me of all the things I love and hate about painting.

Love: hours spent alone, the rest of the world disappears.

Hate: hours spent alone.

Love: creating something beautiful for someone you love.

Hate: that crick in your lower back that comes with spending hours hunched over your work.

Love: the lasting memory you’re creating.

Hate: stained hands, strained eyes.

In the end it made me miss creating art on canvas. Maybe I’ll have to dust off the ol’ easel after all.

I made a groom’s cake too!

The groom proposed underwater, so this cake is a nod to that occasion. I really enjoyed sculpting the scuba divers, even if they are a little Chagall-esque.

I managed to take a few pics when I was off-duty from being Matron of Honor and wedding cake baker. The ceremony was held at the beautiful and historic Museum of Appalachia.

The bride found out a week before the wedding that she is gluten intolerant, so I made her a little gluten-free chocolate layer (right).

My favorite part of the evening was when everyone came together to light sparklers for the bride and groom’s exit. It gave me the warm and fuzzies just like the candlelight service at Christmastime.

A hasty exit!

And the fate of the cake?

Demolished.

Devoured.

Enjoyed.

You can’t tell because of the poor lighting, but that’s a white cake with lemon curd filling and vanilla bean buttercream. Everyone loved it and there was only a few crumbs left of the chocolate-raspberry groom’s cake.

Success! I was one happy baker!

My apologies for no recipe today.  I’ll be back to regular posting very soon!

xo

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Christine
Christine
9 years ago

stunning!!!! you did an amazing job

Jenn @ Icing on the Cake
Jenn @ Icing on the Cake
9 years ago

Wow. Simply amazing. Once again, I don't know what to say after looking at one of your masterpieces!

Heather (Heather's Dish)
Heather (Heather's Dish)
9 years ago

i saw the photo on instagram and was in LOVE immediately – absolutely gorgeous!

Sara
Sara
9 years ago

Wow, that's amazing! You should definitely go back to painting!

Johnny
Johnny
9 years ago

Oh great job Heather, both cakes look wonderful and I bet they tasted AMAZING too!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
Averie @ Averie Cooks
9 years ago

I wish I could have you make a wedding cake for me! Maybe for our 15 year anniversary – 3 yrs from now. Seriously…SO gorgeous!!!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
9 years ago

What a pretty cake! The decorations are magnificent.

Cheers,

Rosa

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
9 years ago

Absolutely stunning! That scuba proposal reenactment cake is too precious!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Beautiful cake! Stunning!

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

The flowers are beautiful, absolutely stunning!

Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles
Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles
9 years ago

oh my word, that cake is amazing! the flowers are just gorgeous… i love that you incorporated texture into them!

Rosie
Rosie
9 years ago

That looks GORGEOUS!

Therese Marie
Therese Marie
9 years ago

I have been waiting for these pictures. Beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

ThisGirlBlogs
ThisGirlBlogs
9 years ago

They both look stunning!

Misbah
Misbah
9 years ago

gorgeous cake 🙂 love all the pictures too.

The BearFoot Baker
The BearFoot Baker
9 years ago

WOW! The cake is stunning! You did an excellent job on both. I grew up in Norris and never would have thought of having a wedding at the museum! It looked perfect!

Susie @ Fold in the Flour
Susie @ Fold in the Flour
9 years ago

Beautiful cake! And sounds delicious. Bet they were very pleased with it 🙂

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

Stunning – I know what goes into making a wedding cake – mine have all been "all nighters" and I arrive at the venue looking like death warmed over. I can't imagine having enough energy to fix myself up to be one of the guests, forget about being the Matron of Honor!! Excellent job!!

Holly
Holly
9 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
9 years ago

I don't know how you do it. You amaze me with every post whether it's a wedding cake or not. I need to move wherever you are so you can teach me your ways…and so I can meet your adorable pup 🙂 haha

Nicki
Nicki
9 years ago

How g o r g e o u s is that wedding cake!?!! Gorgeous looking AND tasty is a rare combination in wedding cakes, but from the looks of your cake in the "after" picture, you nailed it! Congratulations, and I hope everyone had a gread time at the wedding!

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie
Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie
9 years ago

An incredible cake for a beautiful couple!

Emma
Emma
9 years ago

Is that cherry moonshine? Ooof, looks good:)

Plateful
Plateful
9 years ago

OMG. O.M.G. !!!

Rituparna
Rituparna
9 years ago

Those pictures say a million words. What a lucky couple to have you baking for there wedding. Love those cakes.

meggola
meggola
9 years ago

Those cakes look incredible! I love the embroidery on the wedding cake, and everything about the groom's cake, especially the bubbles – nice touch. Your divers look great! Congratulations to you and the lucky couple!

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

The most beautiful cake i have seen so far…

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
9 years ago

What a stunning cake! It looks amazing, and even better… it looks like it was delicious too!

Annapolitan
Annapolitan
9 years ago

What a gorgeous cake! I've seen some pretty ones in my day, but this really tops them all! It looks like it was a lovely wedding, and I know it meant a lot to the happy couple that you were a part of it.

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

All three cakes (the original, the groom's, and the mini gluten-free cake)are absolutely stunning. I would be so worried that I would screw something up.

Heather
Heather
9 years ago

Not only a beautiful cake, but a beautiful gift to your family – the gift of your talent, time, and love that you put into every creation. Looks like a wonderful wedding! Kudos to the Cake Matron! 🙂

AmyRuth
AmyRuth
9 years ago

Just completely beautiful in every sense! Thank you for sharing

SamCyn
SamCyn
9 years ago

Your cake is a true work of art!

Christina Marie
Christina Marie
9 years ago

Love how much this looks like real embroidery. Beautiful!

Christina
http://www.becauseofmadalene.com

OSU Tuba
OSU Tuba
9 years ago

Wow!! How long did the painting take? It looks AMAZING!

elizabeyta
elizabeyta
9 years ago

The wedding cake is beautiful! The groom's cake made me smile. And the little gluten-free cake just touched my heart. A week out and finding out you are gluten intolerant could mean you would have nothing to eat at the meal you planned! Well done!!!!!

Monica
Monica
9 years ago

What an amazing accomplishment! Great job!! Both wedding and groom's cake are terrific.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
9 years ago

Absolutely stunning!

Lora
Lora
9 years ago

The embroidery cake is absolutely stunning but you have captured my scuba diving heart with the groom's cake and I think the Chagall-esque divers make it even more special.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Amazing, incredible, beautiful… Words don't do justice to this!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Wow thanks for sharing ! really great job !

Erica
Erica
9 years ago

Gorgeous!

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
9 years ago

BEAUTIFUL! You are so talented!

The Partiologist
The Partiologist
9 years ago

I can't imagine seeing anyone cut into this masterpiece, but after seeing the photo, I want a piece too! Such beautiful work and looks like a lovely wedding too!

bridget {bake at 350}
bridget {bake at 350}
9 years ago

There are no limits to your talent….just amazing. Both of them….or should I say, all THREE?!? So sweet of you to make a GF version, too!

Gloria
Gloria
9 years ago

You did a fabulous job on the wedding cake, and on the groom's cake as well. I don't know which I like more! I also loved this post… No, you didn't give a recipe, but you gave a glimpse into your "baker's life" and your wonderful private life. What a wonderful wedding — LOVED the sparklers idea! And the wedding cake looked so delicious inside, and the groom's cake being chocolate raspberry? Oh man, come on now. I want a piece of either RIGHT NOW! It was also SO thoughtful of you to make a mini gluten-free cake for your… Read more »

Gloria
Gloria
9 years ago

P.S. Hey! I want a jar of those Smoky Moonshine Cherries, thank you very much!
gv

Bria
Bria
9 years ago

When I watched the reception staff stab my first wedding cake and dismantle and serve it in about 10 seconds flat, I admit I wanted to cry a little. Luckily that feeling goes away when you see everyone enjoying the cake and eating every last little crumbful. This is a beautiful cake, I haven't ever tried the brush embroidery but this is inspiring!

Kathy T.
Kathy T.
9 years ago

Very, very beautiful and elegant cake!

Carol
Carol
9 years ago

That was such a beautiful cake. You did a great job! I haven't tried that technique, but my interest is sparked. Thanks for posting the photos, and congrats on a successful wedding and groom's cake!