Organic Wedding Cake

by Michele Owen
(Beachwood Ohio)

The Finished Organic Wedding Cake

The Finished Organic Wedding Cake

The Finished Organic Wedding Cake
Before The Fresh Flower Decoration

The bride and groom requested a small organic wedding cake for their June wedding.


Cake Flavors

After the tasting they decided on my vanilla spice cake for the bottom ten inch tier and the marble for the top six six inch tier.

The vanilla spice cake recipe begins with a standard vanilla butter cake. I add a nice amount of cinnamon, a few scrapings of nutmeg, and a teaspoon of my secret ingredient - cocoa powder.
The combination creates just the right amount of warm undertones while maintaining the wonderful vanilla flavor.

The marble cake also begins with a vanilla butter cake. I remove about a third of the batter, add cocoa powder, (Hershey's Special Dark) and swirl it into the rest of the batter.

Cooked Buttercream Icing


The butter cream is an old fashioned style that is cooked. Apparently this particular icing came about during the second world war when rations were low.

It is silky, not too sweet, easy to make and lends itself to a variety of flavors. Adding cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate makes for a luxurious chocolate frosting. I have included the recipe at the end of this post for you.

I tiered the cake and attached the ribbons. The florist added the flowers giving it a truly organic look.

I have included an "unadorned cake" and an "adorned cake" photo.

Delivering The Wedding Cake


Transporting the cake was quite an adventure. My niece has a van and helps me deliver when she is available.

This Saturday in June was HOT. The venue was at Holden Arboretum and very difficult to find. It seems there are two of everything (roads and landmarks) in Kirtland Ohio!

We kept driving up and down the wrong road and there was a field where the GPS said the building was located.I was holding the cake, we had the air blasting, and both of us were freezing for the sake of this wedding cake.

An hour later the organic wedding cake was safely delivered and set up at the venue. My niece and I were happy yet shaken. I have never been so relieved to reach a destination.

Credits-Photographer is Heather Martello martellophotography.com/

Florist is Carol of Avalon Gardens
avalongardensinn.com

The Cooked Vanilla Buttercream Icing



Ingredients:

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk*
1 cup butter , softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Makes:
2 cups

Instructions:

Place sugar, flour and salt in saucepan and mix thoroughly, stir in milk.
Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until very thick.
Remove from the heat and pour into a medium mixing bowl.
Cool to room temperature.
Add 1/2 cup butter at a time (cut into several pieces) and beat at medium-high speed until smooth.

Add vanilla and beat well.

Chill icing for a few minutes before decorating.

Tip*I like to replace milk for either unsweetened coconut milk, cream, heavy whipping cream, or a combination of both. It tastes much better!

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Oct 17, 2013
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Naturally Beautiful
by: Lorelie

Hi Michele Thank you for entering the contest with your naturally beautiful organic wedding cake. And thanks for the buttercream frosting recipe and story. Good luck!

Oct 18, 2013
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Pleasure to see
by: Jane Van Bergen

What a beauty and a gift to the bride! Congrats Michele on your artistry and expertise.

Oct 18, 2013
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Outstanding and creative cakes
by: Kitty

I thought the cakes were quite original and thoughtfully presented. I like Michele's ability to create such beautiful cakes with the customers' unusual culinary needs. The cakes also reflect a careful and clearly unusual amount of time to make. Bravo, Michele

Oct 18, 2013
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WOW!
by: ALS

Gorgeous and I'm sure delicious. Ditto from the other comments. You are so talented and always up for the challenges! Bravo.

Oct 18, 2013
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BEAUTIFUL!!!
by: Lisa Damour

This is a gorgeous cake and I know from experience that it certainly tastes amazing too!!!

Oct 18, 2013
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FABULOUS
by: Eileen Fallon

The cake is soooo beautiful and elegant. Job well done!

Oct 19, 2013
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Simply Elegant!
by: Nancy Furey

What a lovely and elegant cake. It's really more than a cake--it's work of art.

Oct 19, 2013
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Understated Elagance
by: Darlene Frantz

Any bride would be overjoyed to have this elagantly understated beautiful cake as the focal point at her reception.

Oct 19, 2013
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Organic Cake
by: Patti Siegel

Organic and gorgeous! Outstanding, Michele. Wish I could get married again so you could make one of these for me:)

Oct 19, 2013
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Awesome
by: Danny Ross

Very beautiful!

Oct 19, 2013
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Just beautiful!
by: Patricia Dober

The beauty is in the details! Not only is the cake beautifully decorated, the attention to the cake itself is amazing! Michele's cakes are not only delicious but are top shelf! She takes great care in using organic ingredients and quality ingredients! Great artist, accomplished baker, the all-around complete package!

Oct 20, 2013
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You did it again!
by: Mary Ann

You are an amazing creative artist. The cake is gorgeous and I know delicious too. Lucky bride and groom.

Oct 20, 2013
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BEAUTIFUL!
by: Emma Vyssotsky

This cake is absolutely phenomenal! Not only is it beautiful but it looks delicious!

Oct 20, 2013
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Yummy Organic
by: Megan S

This cake lends itself to what it truly is: organic. The lines in the cake are absolutely beautiful. Everything is very cleanly done and the ribbons look fantastic to what is assumingly the bridal scheme. Unadorned or adorned, this cake is a thing of beauty. It's just an added plus that it can be eaten and surely tastes as good as it looks!

Oct 20, 2013
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AMAZING!!!!!
by: Tanya Vyssotsky

Michele's cakes are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 21, 2013
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Charming
by: Heidi Makela

What a charming bridal cake! And I know it was delicious, too.

Oct 24, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Peggy

Not only a lovely cake but a wonderful story, too. Thanks for sharing it. I know from personal experience that Michele goes the extra mile to create cakes that will be perfect for the recipient regardless of dietary restrictions. They are full of flavor and beautifully presented. Kudos!

Oct 26, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: EKY

And knowing you, I'm sure delicious! Congrats!

Oct 26, 2013
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Lovely!
by: Dianne

Not only gorgeous but the recipe sounds fabulous.

Oct 29, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Karen

Thanks for the recipe. I plan to try it out soon.

Oct 31, 2013
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lovely
by: gia

Most beautiful cake ever I would so have this for my wedding!!!!!(: amazing 10 stars!!

Oct 31, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Micki

What a lovely cake. Love the colors.

Oct 31, 2013
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The best
by: Carmen

Michele makes great tasting cakes.

Oct 31, 2013
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WOW !!!
by: Sally

Perfect.....like everything you do.

Nov 06, 2013
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wow
by: Sally

Michele,

what a beautiful cake. I loved the decorations and the frosting recipe sounded really delicious.

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