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Strawberry Heart Wedding

This cake was incredible!

I would love to make it again and you can too. The First step to recreate this is to come up with a plan. I had just come on board at the Grandview Bakery so the plan and price were already worked out for this cake. I had a parchment paper drawing of a Heart with servings calculated to work with (and whomever did it did a great job- probably the wedding cake decorator that worked there before me- she’s mega talented too)

Ready to cut! Tape that sucker down. Give the board anywhere from a 2- 3 inch clearance around the diagram and draw a Heart on the wood. The cutting part is pretty easy. I balanced it on the table, put on safety goggles and went slowly.

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Funny story! I went to Home Depot to buy the Masonite wood. Sometimes I have them cut it to size. This time I knew I’d have to cut it anyways so I bought a jigsaw and a piece big enough for the widest part and figured I’d save the rest for smaller boards. (I still haven’t cut down the extra Masonite into more boards- slacker) When I hauled it out awkwardly to the car I realized It doesn’t fit in my car!! OMG I wish I had a camera crew filming me while I tried to figure out how to make this thing fit! Sideways, the other way, standing, at an angle, seats down and over, seats up, car seats out, etc etc. Literally took me a half hour- which is a super long time for this pale girl in the summer sun and heat. I eventually got it in vertically and angled between the front and back seats. Once i got it in there it stayed there for another couple days until we needed our SUV back and then moved it to the garage.

A big part of the planning process should be MEASURING! Making sure it’s going to fit!! It did NOT fit through the front door of the Bakery flat, Once it has cake on it you have to keep it relatively flat. It had to go out the back door. I had to call the reception planner to make sure it was going to fit through their door. It barely fit in the SUV. Measuring during the planning process would eliminate that stress.

This was FOUR FULL Vanilla Sheet Cakes.

I cut an identical heart out of heavy weight foam core and hot glued that onto the Masonite. I hot glued a white satin ribbon around the edge, and a small pearl ribbon on the top edge to finish it off.

Sheet cakes glued back together with Swiss meringue buttercream.

Filled with Strawberry preserves filling and buttercream

2nd cake layer

Covered in buttercream

And add a simple tip 12 bead border on top and bottom.

Cut your strawberries before you deliver, but don’t add them to the cake until you’re there. Add a little bit of granulated sugar to the strawberries to help preserve their freshness, but not too much because you don’t want the sugar to pull the juices out of them. I also added a little of the strawberry fillings to coat them too, but not too much, you don’t want them to turn into a filling. Arrange strawberries ๐Ÿ“ in a single layer, cut side down , covering entire top. Enlist help of hunky hubs if you got one. He had more patience than me so his strawberries were more meticulously placed than mine.

Don’t stop until you completely cover the entire top- give yourself enough time to do this- probably added an extra half hour to delivery.

Take pics with your cake! It’s hard to appreciate the massiveness without a person to reference perspective. Take pics of you helper with the cake! It’s a proud moment for them too! It took hard work and big muscles to carry this!

Congratulations to the bride and groom!

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to create this for you!

XOXO ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ“

Strawberry kisses!

Brandi

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I started making cakes right after my son was born in 2010. I’ve always loved crafting and making edible art so for my birthday that year, my sister signed us up for the Wilton cake decorating classes at JoAnn Fabrics. I took all 4 classes and loved it so much that I started teaching them. I wanted to be able to make my kids the coolest cakes, just like my mom had made for us. I got pretty good pretty fast, making more cakes than i could possibly count, and way too many cakes to eat. I started giving Cakes away and getting cake orders from friends and family, then from friends of friends.

In Pennsylvania it’s illegal to accept payment for Baked goods unless you have a legal business. I went through the entire process and opened a legit cake business, Event Cakes Pgh, LLC.

I rented kitchen space at the Pittsburgh Public Market, and then went through the process to have my home kitchen licensed.

I’ve since closed that business and went to the Grandview bakery on Mount Washington to decorate cakes, and now mostly specialty cakes and wedding cakes.

It’s been a great journey and I’m excited to bring you along with me on it!

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Sweet Kisses!

XOXO

Brandi