Sunday, August 17, 2008

the cake

Our venue originally offered the wedding cake as part of their wedding package. We had other bakeries already in mind for our wedding cake, and they were not contracted with our venue. So we were able to get credit for what we would have paid for the cake and use that towards something else.

Honestly, the cake issue is less important to FI. But I love cake! I can't help myself sometimes. So I really want a cake that's going to taste yummy!

I am not really a big fan of cake icing. It's just too sweet for me sometimes. So I would love to see if I could find a bakery that could achieve this no frosting cake:

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.

I think King's Hawaiian could definitely pull this off with their famous Paradise Cake, and if they can't...well, their frosting happens to be amazing! Not too sweet, and layered with guava jelly. Their wedding cake models do not show the guava jelly, but I'm sure they could add it if requested.

Photo courtesy of The Delicious Life.

King's Hawaiian's Paradise cake features flavors of lime (green layer), passion fruit (yellow layer), and guava (pink layer). And it is good!

Asian bakeries have the ability to make icing to our sweet standards, so we'll be considering some of those too. JJ Bakery comes to mind as well as the Chinese bakery Diamond Bakery. I also love Goldilocks and Red Ribbon Bakeshop (I'm a biased Filipina).

In our research, we've been finding that some venues charge cake cutting fees (wtf)...we have to pay for the cake, and in addition, pay extra to have it cut? Freakin' A...I'll cut the damn cake myself for which I consider cupcakes as a choice. And while I've not tried all the cupcake bakeries (but I definitely have tried a bunch), my taste buds find Sprinkles Cupcakes a first choice when it comes to cupcakes. My favorite flavors are pumpkin, vanilla, and red velvet.

Photo courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Some unfavorite bakeries...I've tried French's Cupcake Bakery in Costa Mesa which is comparable to Rossmoor's as my memory serves me. I tried red velvet at both bakeries, and IMO, neither compare to Sprinkles for sure. And I was definitely not a fan of Mrs. Beasley's cupcakes in South Coast Plaza...too Betty Crocker for me (as in, I could make better cupcakes) and not to mention the frosting will give you diabetes. Okay, enough hating...

Top choices: King's Hawaiian Paradise Cake and Sprinkles Cupcakes, in no particular order; I'm really having a hard time choosing between the two.

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markessaxo said...

I second Goldilocks, YUM!

I know you aren't really a frosting fan but have you tried Heidleberg yet? They are in Laguna Hills and I promise that some of the best cake frosting I have ever tasted came from that magical bakery! Their tasting is phenomenal!

Cake was included with my venue and I completely regret that I just let it be and didnt shop around elsewhere :( I am thinking this may be the only regret I have when it comes to our venue. Oh well!

Goo luck!!!

markessaxo said...

P.S. I would never hate on Sprinkles! You absolutely cannot go wrong there :)

A. Auer said...

I am OBSESSED with this cake by Martha Stewart. Thank you google for pointing me to your blog!! Good luck with your wedding. :)