My Daughter's wedding

by Colleen Charles
(Clark Lake, MI)





Wedding Cake for my daughter Andrea

SweetCakes and CheeseCakes

We began to plan this cake at about 4 months before her wedding August 25th She wanted a Calla Lily theme (her wedding flowers) and the colors were royal blue and white. We went back and forth with several themes and she finally found one she liked and that I liked since I was making it!

It was a very simple cake, 12, 9, 6 with cakes surrounding the bottom. It was covered in white fondant and had Calla Lily bouquets on top and on the surrounding cakes.

Cake Flavors


Her flavors were not hard to decide-Strawberry Berry on the bottom(my recipe), Buttermilk Chocolate (your recipe of course), Vanilla Bean (Buddy Cake Boss recipe).

The seven, 8 inch surrounding cakes, were all different flavors to please everyone in the family. Lemon with Raspberry filling, Vanilla Bean, White Almond Sour Cream, Buttermilk chocolate with Peanut Butter Mousse and another with Cream filling, Red Velvet with Cream Cheese filling and a Strawberry layer Buttermilk Chocolate layer mixed with Cream filling. I had enough batter from the larger cakes for a smaller layer each so I thought what the heck, Strawberry and Chocolate go great together and they did!!

The Groom's Tuxedo Cake was your Chocolate Stout Cake made with Double Chocolate Stout and Mackinaw Island Fudge Stout with whipped Ganache filling and Chocolate Ganache poured over it all. The lapels, shirt and buttons were made out of candy clay.

The Adornments


I started the Calla Lily bouquets on each of the cakes about 4 weeks ahead. I made 65 Calla Lilies out of gumpaste and 65 stamens. The stamens were out of yellow fondant and I rolled them in yellow colored sugar crystals on them. It was a tedious job and I learned as I went.

I bought Wilton formers, another brand and also used pointed drinking cups. Out of the 3, the Wilton ones were nice, but small, the cup ones were larger and a different shape. I don't like things to look all the same so I went with the flow.

Both of them needed to dry well before putting them together and I used tylose glue and a paintbrush. I hung some upside down but I found the best way was to cut a hole in the top of the cup (they are a triangle shape and got them at the water store, 5oz) and sit the whole lily in upright. I found some of the ones I hung upside down had a little yellow drip from the stamens from the glue.

Putting the Bouquets together


I laid the lilies out on the table and wanted 5 to a group so I mixed and matched sizes and then used florists tape to wire them together. I added blue and white ribbons, small bows and later decided to add some blue flowers. The topper for the cake I made larger and added some glitz and a feather. She was wearing a feather with her veil and it made the topper! I made 13 small bouquets and 1 large topper.

TIP: I put a triangle shaped piece of parchment paper under each bouquet when I placed them on the cake so they wouldn’t get soggy; worked like a charm.

Icing on the cakes


I used Italian Meringue Buttercream for all of the cakes except the Grooms cake; used a Dark Chocolate Ganache. I added edible pearls to her cakes and edible glitter at the end.

Wedding Cake fest!


The caterers had a large cart waiting for me when we brought the cakes and they were standing around watching me put it together on the table.

They were hoping for a cake tower they said lol Told them sorry, just a bunch of cakes...They all asked for a piece of cake and I received many compliments from all of the staff. The events planner asked for my business information.

There were about 115 people at the wedding and I had a line at the cake table when I started taking the cake apart. I used the Cake Stackers system, so taking it apart was a breeze.

I brought a few to-go containers (which I’ve learned is great advertisement when people ask to take home more cake). Matter of fact the Minister came up to me when he and his wife were leaving and told me ‘I go to a lot of weddings and never eat cake because it is so blahhh. I had 2 pieces of yours and can I take one home!!” There wasn’t a crumb left and I had one piece to bring home for me…….

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Sep 24, 2012
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AMAZING AND DELICIOUS!!!!
by: Andrea

My mom did the best job ever on our wedding cake! The calla lilies were stunning and the cake was to die for. The grooms cake went so fast and I could not believe the line of people waiting to taste the cake because of the reputation she has now. I never see a line like that at weddings. Usually the person cuts it and people gradually go up and grab a piece. There is always a ton left over. There was nothing left of this cake except crumbs! I had to rush up to get some for Chad and myself! I love you mom, you have outdone yourself again!

Sep 24, 2012
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Looked and tasted fabulous!!!
by: Anonymous

By Heather- I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to try because they all looked delicious!!! I ended up with the vanilla bean and it was fantastic!!! I heard the guys loved the groom's cake! If I could have I would have tried a piece of each flavor and that's no joke (I love cake). Definitely one of the best wedding cakes I've tasted and decorated beautifully!

Sep 24, 2012
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Amazing
by: Anonymous

By Hillary-I was not able to make it to the wedding, but the cakes look so amazing from all of the pictures I have seen. I guarantee they tasted amazing.

Sep 24, 2012
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Yummy
by: Sonja

They were all amazing and moist!

Sep 28, 2012
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Amazing
by: Chris

Absolutely gorgeous and delish!

Sep 28, 2012
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amazing
by: Scott Wyer

This cake tasted amazing and was extremely well made with great detail

Sep 28, 2012
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Delicious
by: Chad

Another delicious cake made by Colleen. The detail on the flowers were absolutely amazing and the pictures do not do this cake justice! The Chocolate Stout cake was my favorite!

Sep 28, 2012
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Delish!!
by: Jaime

Each of these cakes were delicious, just as we expected! Those of us who know Colleen didn't waste time choosing, but filled our plates with two or three pieces each!

Sep 28, 2012
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Delicious
by: Sherri Larson

I had the lemon/raspberry and it was sooo good!! I wish I had gotten a second piece!!

Sep 29, 2012
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Fantabulous!
by: Kelly

This wedding cake was not only stunning but it was so delicious! The buttermilk chocolate cake is beyond words and just the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten. I will tell you it was hard to get a piece of cake because each and every cake was demolished very quickly with people going for second and thirds!

Sep 29, 2012
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Yummy!
by: Maddy

Delicious cake, as usual! :)

Sep 29, 2012
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Looks great!
by: Paul

My mom has always made the best desserts and I'm sad I missed the wedding and the cake because I moved to Alaska. Love you mom! Hope you win!

Sep 29, 2012
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Best ever Cake!
by: Jamie Gawne

I loved the peanut butter chocolate cake!! I liked it so much I requested one be made for my birthday!! This was definitely an award winning cake!!

Sep 30, 2012
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simply the best
by: mark

hand made from scratch cakes and decorations. these cakes are simply the best we have been all over the country. there is no rival

Sep 30, 2012
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Wedding/and All Choices
by: Carol Taggart

I have ordered cakes from Colleen for several years, and her expertise never ceases to amaze. Her cakes not only look fantastic, they taste simply delicious. If anyone ever needs a special cake, Sweet Cakes and Cheese Cakes is the one to call...

Sep 30, 2012
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Absolutely fabulous!!!
by: Heather

Not only were the cake(s) detailed, but the unbelievable variety of choices made it difficult to have just one piece!!! This was the first wedding reception that I have been to that there was not even 1 piece of cake left. Remarkable job, Colleen :)

Sep 30, 2012
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TEACHER
by: PHILIP

COLLEEN IS AN EXCELLENT TEACHER WHEN THE STUDENT KNOWS VERY LITTLE ABOUT BAKING. SHE HAS A LOT OF PATIENCE WHICH SHOWS IN HER CREATIONS. I HAVE TASTED QUITE A FEW WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT THE CURIOSITY TO LEARN HOW TO CREATE MY OWN CAKES. THANKS COLLEEN!

Sep 30, 2012
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Beautiful & delicious
by: Jill

The cakes were wonderful. There were several to choose from. Her lemon was to die for as was the chocolate!

Sep 30, 2012
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Simply the best!
by: Jason

Colleen makes the bests cakes I've ever had!

Sep 30, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

A stunning wedding cake!

Sep 30, 2012
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Stunning
by: Beth DeRossett

Love, love, love!

Sep 30, 2012
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Outstanding Cakes, Outstanding Baker!
by: Heather and Mike Osborn

Colleen did a spectacular job on the cakes she made for our wedding. Not only were the cakes absolutely superb but she was a pleasure to work with. We felt like she truly cared about what we wanted for our special day. We would highly recommend Sweetcakes and Cheesecakes by Colleen to anyone looking for impeccable quality and second-to-none service. Thank you, Colleen!

Sep 30, 2012
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Simply Divine
by: Sue Bennett

Was unable to attend the wedding, however the pictures were amazing. I have no doubt the cake was delicious 'cause I've had the pleasure of enjoying other items Colleen has made including her jams/jellies.

Sep 30, 2012
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Simply Divine
by: Sue Bennett

Was unable to attend the wedding, however the pictures were amazing. I have no doubt the cake was delicious 'cause I've had the pleasure of enjoying other items Colleen has made including her jams/jellies.

Sep 30, 2012
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Collen's cakes
by: Wendy

Colleen makes delicious cakes that look fabulous too! The cake she did for her daughter and my brothers wedding was amazing! Love the chocolate stout!

Sep 30, 2012
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OUTSTANDING!!!
by: Glynn

Colleen makes the best cakes I have ever tasted. She also makes some of the most beautiful and original designs that you will ever see on a cake. Give her your event and watch her work her magic! They may not remember everything...but they're sure to remember the cake!

Sep 30, 2012
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Lori Schafer
by: Anonymous

Her cakes are AMAZING and each one is more creative and beautiful. The workmanship and craftsmanship she puts into making all the flowers by hand is incredible! I had one of her custom cakes for my 50th birthday and it was so unique and so so delicious!! The cake was 3 tiers and hot pink and had zebra stripes and was so memorable!

Sep 30, 2012
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Perfectionist
by: Bradley Holzapfel

My Grandmother constructed this simply magnificent cake for my aunt Andrea's wedding. The amount of time and effort she put into this cake and any other dessert one can think of is phenomenal! Not only do her cakes and desserts look picturesque, like they should be on a cover of magazine, but I have never consumed a cake that has tasted as good. The flavor and texture of everything she bakes is put off the charts. Nothing I have ever tasted can come close in comparison! She takes baking seriously and passionately. She won't stop until her work is at perfection. I have seen her at work and let me say that she is one of the most dedicated people you could ever dream of to design, construct, and make any dessert your heart could desire. As a grandma, worker, and passionate perfectionist, this is the lady everyone needs and could use to help get what they want. She stops at nothing to design a cake to the way YOU want it. Thank you
Bradley Holzapfel (grandson)

Sep 30, 2012
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Laura Cameron
by: Anonymous

I have never seen cakes with handmade flowers made out of sugar. The cala lilies she made looked so real! Colleen made me a birthday cake that was full of little flowers and butterflies all done by hand. It was so pretty it was hard to cut but knowing how good her cakes are we cut away!!

Sep 30, 2012
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Stunning!
by: Anonymous

Phenomenal is by far an understatement of the masterpiece's made by Colleen. Every flawless dessert never fails to impress your eyes and stomach. With magnificent decor and flavor, this wedding cake was nothing less of perfection.

Oct 01, 2012
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Colleens cakes
by: Brian

Not only are they pretty but they taste great too.

Oct 02, 2012
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Colleen's cake
by: Rachel

Best looking and tasting cakes ever. My husband and I don't usually like wedding cakes, however we never tasted anything so delicious. We went up for seconds.

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