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Gaining popularity is the cupcake wedding cake made up of separate tiers of different kinds of cupcakes. Often a small cake is placed on top for the bride and groom to cut.
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The Martha’s Vineyard Times | Bride Guide — SPRING, 2008
Page 1
@BRIDE GUIDE
W E D D I N G S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T ^
PHOTOGRAPHERS • CATERERS • MUSIC • CAKES • VENUES • ENTERTAINMENT • WEDDING GIFTS • INVITATIONS • FLOWERS
r
Not your mother’s wedding cake
By Pat Waring
“We’ve created them with as
few as 30 cupcakes, and as
Wedding cake. The very
many as 230,” she says.
phrase suggests tiers of white
The cupcakes are frosted in
frosting with sugary festoons,
white butter cream, (still the
roses, and tiny figures of the
most popular frosting, ac-
bride and groom positioned
cording to Ms. Casey), and
on top. Some brides use the
they can include carrot cake,
figures from their parents’
chocolate cake, lemon and
wedding cake, although
yellow cake. Ms. Casey notes,
many make other choices.
“Sometimes couples request
A few decades ago, it was
a small wedding cake on the
the custom to package and
top tier, so they can observe
distribute the cake to guests
the traditional cake cutting
“Tradition was
once it was cut by the newly-
ceremony.”
weds. Tradition was that
After 13 years doing busi-
that tucking [a
tucking one of them under
ness as Cakes by Liz, and
piece of wedding
one’s pillow would bring good
three before that baking at
luck in love.
the Harbor View Hotel in
cake] under one’s
Just as well. That was
Edgartown, Liz Kane knows
when wedding cakes usually
what pleases brides — often
pillow would bring looked a lot better than they something unusual. Her
tasted. Back then there were
cakes are legendary confec-
good luck in love.” no sinful smoky chocolate
tions of moist layers with rich
depths to plumb, no exotic
fillings draped with creamy
spices or fillings.
frostings.
But wedding cakes are dif-
“Individual cakes, one for
ferent today. From new fla-
each table, are also very pop-
vors and creative decorations,
ular,” says Ms Kane. “People
to cupcake towers, fruit tarts,
love it, and everyone gets to
candy buffets, and miniature
cut their own cake.”
cakes, wedding desserts have
One of Ms. Kane’s most
risen to new heights.
decadent cakes is a two-tiered
Wedding cake specialist
flowerless chocolate cake cov-
Janice Casey, a partner in
ered with chocolate ganache
MV Gourmet Café and Bak-
and garnished with fresh
ery in Oak Bluffs, notes the
raspberries. Among her fre-
popularity of cupcake wed-
quently requested cakes is a
ding cakes; cupcakes
marble cake with a chocolate
PHOTO COURTESY OF MV GOURMET CAFÉ AND BAKERY
arranged on tiers like a con-
Gaining popularity is the cupcake wedding cake made up of separate tiers of different kinds of
ventional wedding cake.
Continued on Page 2
cupcakes. Often a small cake is placed on top for the bride and groom to cut.
e l e g a n t c o u n t r y w e d d i n g s
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The Martha’s Vineyard Times | Bride Guide — SPRING, 2008
ward colors, and has become used to being
L O U I S E S W E E T
Cakes
Louise, with over 30 years of expertise, knows
asked to coordinate the cake frosting with
the bridesmaid dresses. She remembers what
better than anyone the power and poetry of fresh
Continued from Page 1
she calls “the Lily Pulitzer cake,” in which
flowers. Designing individualized arrangements,
mousse filling (“It pleases chocoholics but it’s
each tier duplicated the pattern of a brides-
bouquets and floral accents, Louise creates with
not overwhelming”), and a delicate yellow cake
maid’s dress: a lime green polka dot tier, a
O N T H E V I N E YA R D
flowers a special ambience for any occasion.
layered with lemon curd and whipped cream.
pink tier, a light blue tier with palm tree dec-
From her studio on Makonikey, she will fashion
For Island-themed cakes, she boils real beach
orations, and finally a bright yellow tier deco-
shells then uses them to create a mold for
rated with seashells.
a style to meet the desires of any Vineyard bride,
white chocolate decorations.
Valerie Stoyer, pastry chef for Lattanzi’s
host or hostess. A romantic casual country look
“Brides seem to know more of what they
Restaurant in Edgartown, also operates her
with an overflowing abundance of semi wild flow-
want. There’s so much information out there
own business, Val Cakes. She says her lemon-
ers, or a sophisticated, more cultivated and man-
in magazines and on the internet,” Ms. Kane
scented cake filled with white chocolate, lemon
icured tone, Louise can help define the personal-
says. “Others come in without a specific
mousse, and raspberry preserves is a time-
idea, look through my books, and pick some-
tested favorite. Most popular is the Opera
ity of any event with her fabulous flowers set in
thing from there, and they wind up quite
Cake - dark chocolate layers with a hint of
her eclectic collections.
happy.” A favorite choice has become her
Kahlua, and mocha mousse, espresso butter
508.693.6370
strawberry shortcake cake, a light yellow
cream, and dark chocolate truffle fillings.
w w w . f l o w e r s o n t h e v i n e y a r d . c o m
cake with fresh whipped cream and straw-
The cupcake and dessert buffet trend is be-
berries on the inside.
ing observed at Val Cakes
MV Gourmet’s Café and
also. Ms. Stoyer says hers
The Perfect Setting, Indoors or Out
Bakery’s most popular
are “like a fancy Hostess
cake is their beach-theme
cupcake, with a little sur-
cake, which Ms. Casey de-
prise in the middle,” maybe
scribes as including a
chocolate mousse or lemon
miniature Adirondacks
curd. They are certainly not
chair, tiny storm fencing
ordinary.
and, to depict sand, cinna-
Many Vineyard brides
mon.
choose a beach theme, and
One tradition that has
incorporate it into their
become popular again is
cakes, using sweet shells,
that of having a groom’s
starfish decorations, even
cake as well as a bride’s
sand and real shells on the
cake. Ms. Casey says this
serving table.
often means an interesting
All the pastry experts
PHOTO COURTESY OF
cake that expresses the
MV GOURMET CAFÉ AND BAKERY
note the influence of the
particular interest of the
Vineyard on the choice of
Romantic and secluded on seven acres for large or small weddings.
A small anchor-shaped cake
groom. She recalls making
cakes, mentioning the use
We offer all the resources needed for your special day.
served to each table signified the
a cake in the shape of a
of seashell molds, beach
basketball, and another
couples’ sailing romance.
chairs and beach grass or-
shaped like a sailboat. One
naments. Ms. Kane sug-
bride who said she and her husband fell in
gests fresh sugared or champagne grapes to
love while sailing together, had individual
add an Island touch.
grooms’ cakes made in the shape of an an-
When the guest list is long, bakers often
chor for each table. Grooms’ cakes have
recommend two cakes, one tiered and ornate,
been made to display Boston Red Sox logo or
the other a sheet cake in a different flavor.
college logos.
This is less expensive than one large fancy
Jaime Hamlin of V. Jaime Hamlin Catering
cake, and gives revelers a choice.
says, “As a caterer, you want to have a really
One of Ms. Stoyer’s most sought-after
    
 
great cake, because if you served a good din-
cakes is a very traditional and streamlined
ner, you don’t want to end with a let-down.”
tiered cake with a matte porcelain-like finish,
Her suggestion is to keep dessert choices
achieved by using fondant frosting rather
light following a heavy, multi-course dinner.
than butter cream. To this gleaming cake,
She has observed the success of a buffet that
she adds the subtlest detail - a thin ribbon of
includes fruits and tarts and specialty pas-
color, fresh or sugar flowers.
teries — an alternative to wedding cakes that
Ms. Stoyer also offers an enticing alterna-
is steadily gaining popularity.
tive: small two-tier miniature wedding cakes,
Laura Beckman, head pastry chef at Black
elaborately decorated. Each guest receives an
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The Martha’s Vineyard Times | Bride Guide — SPRING, 2008
Page 3
Wedding & Do them a favor
Gifting the bridal party is
frames, upscale pens, and
a generous tradition that
stationary are always appre-
has become part of wedding
ciated.
Entertainment etiquette. The bride, gifting
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her bridesmaids, the groom
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doing likewise for his
dles. The elaborate three-lay-
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now considered obligatory
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Some couples even bestow
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native and imported
think of as a special memento for their
and colors makes them ideal for containing a
flowers will make your
guests.
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PHOTOGRAPHERS
Traditionally, specially wrapped treats and
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