Sister Act

by Mary-Beth Rubin
(Joshua Tree, CA)


A Joyous Occassion



My sister, Suzanne, and I live 1,200 miles apart. It had been almost 3 years since our last reunion at our mother's funeral services. However, our next reunion, this last week, was for a joyous occasion: our niece’s wedding.

The Twist


We were not just attending as favorite Aunts, we were making our niece, Jordans wedding cake. The interesting twist to this request was the fact that Suzanne and I had never baked, frosted, stacked, or decorated a wedding cake before. Neither one of us is really a baker.

Homemade Wedding Cake In A Rented Cabin


Suzanne, however, is an artist, and she made and painted the sugar flowers that turned my basic cake into a work of art. Suzanne had been working on her flowers throughout the summer, but I had one ½ days to bake and frost Jordan’s cake in a rented cabin—and after a 2 day drive with totes of baking equipment in the van, including hauling my kitchen aid mixer through three states.

Wedding Cake Recipes


I chose to be confident and not have anything less than a good time with Suzanne while baking my first wedding cake. I downloaded the white wedding cake recipe and buttercream icing recipes from this website. Each day was a full day in the kitchen.

I did whip the butter before adding it to the glossy and cooled egg whites. I used an ice gel pack to cool the mixing bowl while the eggs and sugar syrup were whipping. I didn’t have 2 seven inch pans, so I did have to trim down a 9’ pan for the top cake.

Freezing the cake the night before really helped there, because I wasn’t afraid to handle the cake frozen. I did put dowels in the 12 and 9 inch cakes, and one larger dowel straight through all three cakes. Since I am not a cake decorator, I kept the piping as simple as possible, using a leaf tip.

Delivering The Cake


I held the cake on my lap in the car, and it was fine, and then Suzanne placed the flowers on the cake once we were at the venue.

Tears Of Joy


When Jordan saw her cake she cried big tears, which in turn made Suzanne and I cry. The cake exceeded Jordan’s expectations, and there were a lot of compliments. The cake tied together the colors of the wedding so nicely. A wonderful, happy day with a cake made with a leap of faith on my part and a lot of love.

Sister Act

"Thank you for being instrumental in the success of the wedding cake I made for my niece. This is a great site with many resources to explore and from which I learned a lot.

Again, thank you for being here for folks such as myself who need the support. It was so much fun making the wedding cake, I can't wait to make more."

Sincerely,

~Mary-Beth Rubin~


Mary Beth and Suzanne, A stunning cake and a wonderful story. Your tips are helpful and your story is very inspirational. Just shows how much we can accomplish if we set our minds to it. Thank you so much for entering the wedding cake contest. Good luck to you both. Don't forget to ask everyone to come and take a look.

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Oct 09, 2011
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Gorgeous
by: ~ Lori

Beautiful and romantic wedding cake! I'm sure it tasted as good as it looked!
~ Lori

Oct 09, 2011
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blessing in disguise
by: barbara

The cake is beautiful, the occasion was no doubt a joyous one, but the icing on the cake is the awesome relationship between sisters. What a blessing to be able to share the art of baking and decorating with your sister. Great job ladies.!

Oct 09, 2011
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Comments from the baker.
by: Mary-Beth

First, thank you Barbara and Lori for your kind comments. Yes, Barbara, I realized the entire time with my sister, Suzanne, that it was a blessed time.

The caption under the picture should read:
The Aunts' Gift of Love--possesive & plural

And

I should have written that I had to cut down a 9" cake --not pan--to make a second 7' layer for the top of the cake. I didn't think to really study the amounts of cake batter in the second 9" pan that I was going to have to cut into a 7' round, and the consequence of that was I had bigger layer--big enough to make the top cake slightly taller than the 9' and 12' cakes. Not that anyone noticed, but I did tell myself to remember to look at the amount of cake batter in each pan so not to have layers larger than another. Perhaps, most bakers do this automatically, but like I said, I am not really a baker. I do bake, but really only on an occasion.

Although the first batch of buttercream came out smooth and buttery, I realized that I did not add the correct amount of sugar. It was lightly sweet--too lightly sweet. The second batch of buttercream I actually added more simple syrup and the frosting still came together. I added some of the lightly sweetened buttercream from the first batch to the second batch, and it incorporated beautifully. I used the remaining under sweetened frosting for my crumb coating. It all came together nicely. The buttercream was perfect.

I was sitting in the car when my husband brought the cake to me, and then I needed help from my sister to get back out of the car with the cake. We only had to drive maybe a mile and a 1/2.

It was a great time. I am so glad that I did agree to make the cake, although, the ideas of 'what if' did make it hard to fall asleep a couple of nights. I really did tell myself to 'get over it' and 'go for it.' Nothing can take away from the memories measuring sugar and flour with my sisters in the cabin.

Thanks you again, folks, for the kind feedback.

Mary-Beth Rubin

Oct 10, 2011
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From the Mother of the Bride
by: JoAnn

The picture doesn't do the cake justice!! It was absolutely beautiful and made with love. Who could ask for more????

Oct 10, 2011
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Wedding Cake Joy
by: Jackie

Your picture says it all. The joy you two show can only mean the cake was baked and decorated with love. You two are as beautiful as the cake is.

Oct 10, 2011
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Amateurs? Doesn't look like it!
by: Claire

What a beautiful wedding cake in general but, for your first time making one, it looks absolutely incredible!! Hopefully you'll be designing and building my wedding cake someday!

Oct 10, 2011
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Love
by: Biz

The amount of love that went into the cake was wonderful... Jordan and Jack were married after Jack's return serving his country. I believe a more beautiful cake for Jordan would not of been possible.

Oct 11, 2011
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Made with love
by: Becky

The cake was absolutely beautiful and tasted great. When Jordan told me her aunts made it I thought that so nice of them to do that for her. Very talented ladies.

Oct 11, 2011
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More St. John talent!!
by: Robyn

Beautiful cake, beautiful sisters, beautiful wedding. I am so happy for Jordan and Jack. Aunt Mary Lou and Uncle Chuck would have been so proud!!! MaryBeth, how about making one for Bill and Tonya in June of 2012 and bringing it to Illinois?

Oct 11, 2011
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Beautiful
by: Jordan Evers

This cake was more than I could have expected, My aunts did such an amazing job. I love you both for making my day AMAZING!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Oct 11, 2011
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Hey cousin Robyn!
by: Mary-Beeth

Robyn, Bill is getting married in June! How nice. I will tell you, if anyone in the family is going to make the cake, I did download the recipes from the Wedding Cakes for You webpage, and I can whole-heartly recommend them. One can find some great ideas here, too.

MB

Oct 11, 2011
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The Groom
by: Jack

I was the groom at that wedding and that cake was amazing, I just want to say thank you so much Mary Beth and Suzanne you guys were awesome.....

Oct 11, 2011
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Absolutly Love It!!!
by: Hailey

How come the St. Johns' are so dang talented? I must have missed out on those genes. But those two are two very creative and very lovely ladies! For not ever making a wedding cake before you gals sure created magic. The cake looked absolutely beautiful! I am glad that Jordan and Jack where able to enjoy it on their special occasion.

Oct 11, 2011
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exceptionalism
by: Sam

The fact that the cake was made the day before in a cabin says it all about its creators. It looked wonderful and its appearence matched its taste. Truly exceptional.

Oct 11, 2011
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WOW!
by: Amy

Seriously beautiful! Wish i wasn't already married, or i would copy it :)

Oct 12, 2011
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Beautiful Cake
by: Michelle

This is a gorgeous cake, I would have liked one this nice at my wedding!

Oct 26, 2011
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Amazing!
by: Jean

Beautiful. Maybe you can make my 50th Anniversary cake in 14 years. The St.John's were the talent in the family. My mom would have loved the pictures. Tell Jordan and Jack congrats.

Nov 05, 2011
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Let's celebrate
by: Suzanne

Never be afraid to take on the challenge. Mary Beth was asked to make the cake and I couldn't help but squeeze myself into the equation. She was uncertain of the outcome but I couldn't see anything but "beautiful". Every moment spent working on the flowers was treasured, and each one made connected me to Jordan, Mary Beth, JoAnn, Laurie (a wonderful, creative friend),and the celebration of family and friends. Yes, I would do it again!

Nov 05, 2011
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We're in!
by: Mary-Beth

Suzanne and I said, "We're in!" to our cousin's request that we make her 50th wedding anniversary cake in 14 years. I will be 71 and Suzanne will be 69. Won't that be a hoot!

Gives me a lot of time to practice LOL

Thanks, again folks, for all the kind comments.

Love,
Mary-Beth

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