First Wedding Cake

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Mary's First Wedding Cake

Mary's first wedding cake

I had an exciting week last week. It’s about WEDDING! Not sure about you but I am always very excited about wedding, especially when a friend or a family member gets married. Oooooh….what joy! A newly married life ought to be celebrated.

We have 2 lovely friends, Kelsey and Cole, who got married to each other last month… wonderful!! We knew them when they were just starting out as friends. We saw them grew in their relationship and into marriage. That’s the most beautiful thing of all. When I see all their gorgeous, happy wedding photos, my heart just feel so warm and so full of joy.

Red roses for the wedding cake

Red roses for the wedding cake

Kelsey & Cole went back to their country to get married as all their families and relatives are there. On coming back we decided to welcome them back with a celebration as a newly married couple. We had a pot luck in church for them. I cooked 2 dishes and made a wedding cake for them. It was the FIRST WEDDING CAKE that I made!!!….*BIG SMILES* The roses were the first time I put my hands to try. Really happy for my first attempt! Couldn’t even believe myself that I made those….hehe.

Never in a million years would I ever dream of making a wedding cake! One BIG ingredient is lacking in me…PATIENCE!….*wink*. But for 2 dear friends, I would happily give a try, putting my patience to a BIG test. I hardly ice my cake if ever I make it. The most is very simple butter icing. But this is going to be a wedding cake. It has to represent love. After much thought and courage, I decided to make a simple butter cake, cover it with icing and then add roses to it.

Apology for not showing the steps how to make the roses. It was late at night and my hands were too sticky and powdery to handle the camera. It was way past midnight and I was still trying to make the leaves. I managed to make 2 leaves but had to give up because my eyes refused to cooperate any longer. One more minute and I will be sleeping in my kitchen…haha.

When my 1st rose was made, I was so excited about it even though it looked quite bad. I ran and showed it to my girls. They said, ‘Wow!’ My girl said I will have to make her wedding cake next time! I bet she just trusted that with more practice, I will make better roses…*grin*. Immediately I went ‘WOW!’…haha. That’s so flattering……*big smiles*. I said ‘Of course! I will make 100 roses for your wedding cake!’ (without hesitation)…..*grin*. The hours passed and my girls had gone to bed but I was still in the kitchen. Making these roses is just no joke. I need LOTS of practice to make that 100 roses. I quite regret making that promise. Blame it on my BIG mouth!!!…*wink* But for my wonderful daughter, of course I will make for her if I can, even if I have to sleep in the kitchen a few days to make those roses…..*big smiles*.

Roses for wedding cake

Roses for wedding cake

The first thing I got up the next morning was to see how my roses survived through the night. Wow…they looked beautiful!! They didn’t collapse. The weather is dry here so they harden quite fast though still a little soft. By afternoon it was quite hard and I was able to put the whole cake with the icing and roses together. Very impressive….yippee…so happy!

The lovely bride and groom cutting the cake

The lovely bride and groom cutting the cake (Mary's friends)

We had the wedding cake that evening…..*BIG smiles*…a big surprise to many friends there! A joy to see the newly married couple cutting the cake. Really happy for them. I should have added some nice icing patterns at the base of the cake but I didn’t had time. I’m sure the next wedding cake will be better.

Pork with potato and beans in sambal sauce

Pork with potato and beans in sambal sauce

We had a lot of food as each one brought a dish or two. I brought a big dish of pork cooked with green beans, potatoes in sambal sauce. I also brought a big dish of homemade salted vegetables cooked with chillies and pork. And a big pot of rice too. Oooops…forgot to take a picture….*sigh*. I came back with empty dishes and pot. Very glad all went down well. So were other dishes made by my friends.

Scottish Dancing

Scottish Dancing (Ceilidh)

On top of food, we had Scottish dancing, commonly called Ceilidh. That must be the most fun dance that I had experienced since I came to Scotland. My friend, a wonderful Scottish friend taught us how to dance. This is the 2nd time she helped to coordinate and teach us the dance. She said that watching the CHINESE doing the Scottish dance is the MOST fun thing! Know why? Because it’s complete mayhem…just short of all falling into a big heap……haha. We all had a hard time keeping up to the lively music! Some were just standing and wondering, some were dashing in the wrong direction, some were out of beat, and some lost their partner and ended up with the wrong one…haha. But everyone was laughing and enjoying it. It was just such an awesome evening….good food, good fun and good exercise.

Scottish dancing is quite a high energy group dance. If you don’t have stamina, you will be flat out after a dance or 2. I play a lot of badminton so that really helped. I didn’t feel tired at all. But when I came back, I was just dead hungry. I had to cook instant noodles. I was still very hungry after a bowl of instant noodles. Had to make a big glass of chocolate drink to top up, together with some cookies. That was already close to midnight. Bad time to eat huh. But at least I could sleep well and dream sweet….*grin*.

The lovely bride and groom

Mary's nephew and his lovely bride

Well, last weekend there was another wedding. My nephew got married. What a lovely couple! So happy to see all the pictures. But so sad I couldn’t attend. I had booked the tickets much earlier to go back at a later date. Hope to meet up with them when I go back for holidays. I wish I could make a wedding cake for them too!

I am happy to say that I learned quite a few things in cooking and baking this year. I think there’s nothing more satisfying than to learn something new every now and then, especially things that you never thought you could do. The secret is to be daring to give a try and not be afraid to fail.  Of course it requires some patience. I do need lots of it….*wink*

2 challenging desserts that I learned this year were the macarons and the many layers Indonesian cake. It was pure satisfaction at my own little achievement. You can read more about my macaroon adventure at My Big Fat Valentine’s Day and the cake at Classy Indonesian Layer Cake (Kek Lapis)

Hope you have fun cooking and baking! And don’t forget to eat healthy and have regular exercise. And of course include lots of smiles….*big smiles here*. They are all important for health.

If you love baking, there are lots of simple baking recipes in my Recipes section under Cakes.

And if you like to see how Scottish dancing, Ceilidh, is like, you can watch them on youtube. This is a dance that people of all ages can get involved. My favourite are The Gay Gordon (relaxing), Strip The Willow (high energy) and Dashing White Sergeant (average energy level)

Quote of the day……

“Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can’t buy.”

- Izaak Walton

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Belinda @zomppa  on October 5th, 2011

Congratulations to the lovely couple! What a beautiful cake - those roses are gorgeous.

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on October 5th, 2011

You’re amazing Mary! The wedding looks stunning with those pretty roses on top. Well Done !!

I BEAT SUPERMAN  on October 5th, 2011

Will be back…lol

Christine's Recipes  on October 5th, 2011

Aw, can’t believe that’s the first wedding cake that you ever made before. Thought that was store-bought one. Haha…
The newly-wed couple are so blessed. Congrats!

somewhere in singapore  on October 5th, 2011

Congratulations to the couples…

The cake is soooooooooooooooooooo nice…

Jeannie  on October 5th, 2011

Wow! Very impressive wedding cake and I love those roses! So pretty! Congrats to the beautiful couples too!

Dulee An  on October 5th, 2011

Not fair! You posted during my lala land time. Jeng jeng jeng anyways. Be back too. Haha.

Elin  on October 5th, 2011

Congrats to the beauitful couples!!! those roses are so beautiful and you have done a great job making them :) Well done , Mary :)

Dulee An  on October 5th, 2011

I’m baaaaaack :D. Mary, you did such a wonderful job on the cake and roses. They are beautiful! But how come you’re always baking so late at night? Lol. I’m not surprised that your daughter asked you to make her wedding cake. Everything you do for your daughter (and everyone else) is done with the fullest of hearts. She knows her wedding cake will be simply magical - smart girl!
The Scottish dancing sounds like so much fun! Next time we Scottish dance when we get a victory in badminton. Lol. But you’ll have to teach me first. Teehee. Congratulations to your nephew and his new bride. What a cute couple. They look so happy cutting your beautiful cake. Keep creating those precious smiles and laughter, my dear. Biggest hugSSSSSS!

And I see somebody is back in the bloggie game. TOINK! *Runs away to hide. Teehee.

Cheah  on October 5th, 2011

Mary, that’s a lovely wedding cake. The roses were so neatly done and first attempt too! Thumbs up!

peteformation  on October 5th, 2011

wow, really nice and sweet looking wedding cake

Priya  on October 5th, 2011

Wonderful job Mary, wedding cake looks stunning..

rebecca  on October 5th, 2011

wow Mary first class cake so proud of you :-) and beautiful couple

Blackswan  on October 5th, 2011

Gosh, I’m impressed! Those roses must’ve taken u lots of time & effort. Glad it turned out beautifully. I’m sure u must be busy as I haven’t heard from u for quite a while. Take care & hope to see u around, sweetie!

claire  on October 5th, 2011

The cake is so sweet looking.. just perfect for the sweet couple! 100 roses? wow.. either you need an enormous cake or a few tiers one! I look forward to seeing that in your post… when ah?
Another thing I would love is the scottish dance.. i wouldnt mind learning it up and shedding off my calories doing that! hahaha…

redkathy  on October 5th, 2011

Beautiful wedding cake Mary. I love those roses, great job! Congrats to the couple, may the be blessed with a lifetime of joy and peace!

TasteHongKong  on October 5th, 2011

Mary, You are so talented. Hard to believe it is your first wedding cake. The roses look alive : ).

nisha  on October 6th, 2011

Thats a beautiful cake Mary

Sook  on October 6th, 2011

What a special experience to make a wedding cake! The cake is gorgeous! Great job!

Yummy bakes  on October 6th, 2011

Great job - your cake is very beautiful.

kitchen flavours  on October 6th, 2011

Congratulations to both the lovely couples! And you did a great job with the wedding cake! It is absolutely beautiful! I’m impressed!
Have a lovely day, Mary!

Catherine  on October 6th, 2011

Awwww this post made me feel all happy inside :D two very beautiful brides there, Mary! Your cake looked terrific; I would be delighted with a cake like that for my wedding!

I can see you becoming Aberdeen’s top wedding cake baker! :D

P.S That pork and potato dish looks divine… drooool!

Barbara  on October 6th, 2011

Mary, I am so impressed! That cake is beautiful. You are such a pro!
Congratulations to both the happy couples!

penny aka jeroxie  on October 6th, 2011

Nice first cake! The flowers turn out so pretty

peachkins  on October 6th, 2011

looks really gorgeous!

Angie's Recipes  on October 6th, 2011

Congratulations to the sweet couple!
The cake looks so elegant with those elegant roses.

pigpigscorner  on October 6th, 2011

Very pretty! Well done Mary!

joy  on October 7th, 2011

That looks wonderful.

tigerfish  on October 7th, 2011

The flowers are intricate to the details. Beautiful.

And the food + dance sure make this wedding an event to look forward to.

But frankly, I hated wedding events in Asia due to the excessive customary to be followed.

skip to malou  on October 8th, 2011

I get giddy too on weddings Mary. They are just magical!
You are amazing crafting and baking this wedding cake. The roses add romance into your cake. love it!
happy weekend,

lena  on October 11th, 2011

wow mary, that’s a lovely wedding cake! that’s buttercream , right? it looks so smooth!! Beautiful job done on the roses too!!

chelvis  on October 25th, 2011

Gorgeous Cake and lovely roses. You inspired me to make my own. I am going to make some thing like that soon — hopefully :)

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