Wedding Cake of the Day: Tim Burton Cakes
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Take a look at these beautifully sculpted odes to classic Tim Burton characters
These two cakes totally belong at your Halloween wedding!
Wedding cakes are an art form — an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.
Filmmaker Tim Burton’s characters have always been an amazing influence on pop culture. So much so they are making an appearance on people’s wedding days! We found these two cakes, which depict The Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie, by Black Cherry Cake Company are the perfect combination of romantic and slightly creepy.
Perfect for Halloween, these three-tiered cakes have an exquisite amount of detail that really capture the artistry of the original characters.
For this and other amazing wedding cake ideas, check out the accompanying slideshow. From fairy-tale castle cakes to themed movie cakes, there's a cake for everyone.
Nightmares, corpse brides, and shrunken heads: Let's pay homage to Tim Burton weddings
Now that we definitely know whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie (I still claim is a 365-day movie), we can finally settle in and really appreciate it and all the Tim Burton movies we heart. And when Tim Burton meets wedding themes, we get a little bit of movie magic turned wedding magic.
It's almost Halloween, so let's sink our teeth into a big ol' roundup of Tim Burton weddings with themes including Beetlejuice, Corpse Bride, and of course, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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There's actually TOO MUCH amazing Beetlejuice fashion and handcrafted decor to feature here from Sarah and Troy's Beetlejuice-themed, epic FX movie wedding. You simply have to click over to absorb it all. Think wedding doorway arches, sand worm ceremony, and Beetlejuice officiant.
Okay, just a few more shots to whet your appetite:
Ready for the rest? Head here. Okay, on to more Tim Burton weddings!
Cristin and Frank's wedding featured this AMAZING Nightmare Before Christmas cake. #weddingcakegoals
Their Jack and Sally illustration decor also slays us. Goals on top of goals, I swear.
Oh, here's Jack Skellington now. He's officiating Hannah and Torren's glittery green wedding!
Another sandworm ceremony to make us swoon, this time at Beth and Brian's wedding. It's such a perfectly eerie sand ceremony twist.
Murphy and Deagle had hints of Beetlejuice in their black and white striped decor and ceremony backdrop.
Mara and Josh had the same idea with their subtle black and white Tim Burton-esque carnival theme.
Jack Skellington would feel right at home on top of this cake from this spooky costume-required masquerade wedding in Connecticut.
This kick-ass Corpse Bride cake from Aimee and T's gothy geeky Victorian apocalypse wedding looks delish and theme-worthy.
Karen and Chris' spooktacular Halloween wedding featured loads of Nightmare Before Christmas touches like these badges and decorated pumpkins featuring Jack and Zero.
I will never tire of seeing Nightmare Before Christmas cakes in all their forms. Keep them coming, people. Look at the adorable Oogie Boogie on this one. So evil, so cute.
A little Corpse Bride loveliness from Tribesmaid AnotherFreek's purple Hallowedding.
Tim and Tracy's Chocolate Cake (Boiled)
Easy moist chocolate cake that never fails, scales easily and comes with a story! Tim and Tracy met at work, fell in love, and decided to get married. One day Tracy was talking about the cost of getting married and mentioned that she had difficulty finding the right cake so I offered to make their wedding cake as my present to them. Tim said it had to be chocolate cake and it had to be this recipe, which came with the cake tin he had bought. I trialled it, we ate a lot of chocolate cake at work and eventually I made 4 cakes, 2 large and 2 medium (all made the night before so that it was fresh for the wedding!) The cake has a nice moist texture without being too heavy but was still solid enough to cover with rolling fondant icing to make it look like a real wedding cake. (sorry, the photo has long gone!) We had a ladies night where Tracy, her mum, granny, me, my daughters and another friend all made moulded icing roses in a lovely shade of burgundy. The cakes were stacked, icing rolled over the large cake and smaller cake and then the smaller cake placed directly on top of the larger cake. The edges were covered with a narrow ribbon. That's how I transported the cake to the wedding reception. Then in situ, I added the icing roses, some sprigs of baby's breath and a cascade of a wider burgundy ribbon. When it came to speech time, Tim's father revealed that Tim's love of chocolate cake almost prevented him from considering marriage. Apparently, when he was little, he had attended a wedding and was very disappointed with the wedding cake. He only liked chocolate cake. He was told that traditionally a wedding cake is fruit cake. His response to this news was that was it, he was never going to get married! So, Tim father continued, it was just as well that I made this chocolate cake for their wedding otherwise it may never have happened. I was so embarrassed. I thought I was helping out my friends and getting away with a no-brainer wedding present. All of a sudden, I was in the limelight. Everyone was coming up to me afterwards and congratulating the &quotchocolate cake lady&quot! I had no idea that my cake was going to be such a big feature at this wedding. It certainly wasn't what I intended but I'll never forget this recipe. It has become our family favourite too. Prep time includes time for the chocolate mixture to cool.
Wedding theme: If Tim Burton & The Simpsons had a baby
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding can best be described as if Tim Burton & The Simpsons had a baby. My husband and I are both extremely silly people, very much into pop culture and comedy, however we both are obsessed with the darker things in life true crime, dark art, ghost stories and more.
We both knew out the gate that we wanted an October wedding. In fact, we decided to have our wedding cake entirely black and our toppers be Funko Pops, Beetlejuice & Lydia. We're both Funko collectors so it was a nice, meaningful touch to us both. Being an artist myself, details were really important to me — to both of us, really.
All of our decor, centerpieces, signage and more were all handmade and designed by us, with skull accents on almost everything. As something unique for our guests we designed "limited edition" soft enamel coffin pins as their takeaway souvenir. In lieu of table numbers, we themed each table with unique names referencing some of our favorite actors, bands, fictional locations and more.
Each table was accompanied with a corresponding QR code handout we created to give more insight into each theme (see this Offbeat Bride article: Make these QR table cards)
Make these themed table cards with wedding QR codes for your geeky wedding
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My husband wore a snake pin, paying homage to his late Uncle "Snake" Johnny. All of our groomsmen wore Jack Skellington embellished ties my husband a Skellington bow tie.
I purchased my dress on Etsy from a Lithuanian designer. Hilariously, I missed the initial delivery and ended up having to pick my dress up from our local liquor store.
Tell us about the ceremony:
Our ceremony was pretty non-traditional, and it really set the tone for the rest of the wedding. My husband made clear from the beginning that he wanted to walk down the aisle first by himself, a la Bride style.
So, he came out, shook everyone's hands, high-fived like a celebrity, and then danced his way down the rest of the aisle to Green Day's cover of the Simpsons. I didn't know any of this until the next day!
Our wedding party came out to Florence and the Machine's cover of "Stand By Me", and then I came down the aisle to "Dreams" from the Cranberries. Our officiant is a mutual best friend of us both, and our favorite local bartender. I actually surprised my husband mid-vows with a champagne toast at the "altar". He surprised me by incorporating some of my favorite song lyrics into his.
CARRIE'S: Will, my fox, my rock, light of my life. Where do I begin? I love you. I love you, Not just because you make PowerPoint presentations when you have something important you want to share with me or because you make me laugh until my whole body hurts. Not just because you take care of me when I’m sick, putting up with hours of trash TV, or because you make up songs to sing to our cat. Though I do love all those things, I love you because you’re my best friend and you make me happy all the time. I promise to be there to pick you up when you’re feeling down, and to make you laugh more. I promise to appreciate you, to challenge you, to love you unconditionally, and to support you as your best friend and now, your wife. Who knows, I might even let you win an argument once in a while. So, In our true fashion, I say we cheers. (Bring out champagne glasses) Cheers To more traveling, comedy festivals, haunted cemeteries, late-night burritos, all-day Video games and Netflix binges. Cheers To growing together and growing old together, creating together, and loving each other more each day. I can’t believe how lucky I am and I can’t wait to share my life with you forever. Sayers and doers. And we’re doing it. To us. (*clink*)
WILL'S: Wow. That was beautiful, just like my lovely bride to be. I knew I should have went first so now I'm going to have to call an audible. What do I say to the women who already knows everything about me. My numerous talents and single flaw? Helped me out of many a …(Paul Scheer impersonation) sticky situation? I first admired you for your artistic talents. Your passion towards your craft was like none I had ever experienced. Now that I have had the honor to fall in love with artist herself, I don't care if you never sell another painting again – (turns to audience jokingly) Even though www.carrieannehudson.com is launching an amazing sale where anyone can get 20% off using the promo code wedding through this weekend. Artistically, you've turned me into Willverine, numerous cocktail napkins doodles and The Orange Powerpuff girl – spiritually you've turned me into the luckiest man alive. Do you 'memba' when I invited myself to see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with you? I had no idea who they were but it was a reasonably priced show and a chance to go out with you again. Now, you laugh at my dumb jokes when no one does. You bring me Mexican food from Saguaros just because. Not sure what I did right to get to this day. But I'll keep trying to stay this way, I know it's love that's got me feeling okay. In return, I promise that If you call then, I'm coming to get you – I would wash away your pain with all my tears – and drown your fears cause you're a dream to me. Every morning is a blessing that I get to wake up alongside you and spend another day growing old together. Days that regardless of whether they are spent in richness or in poorness – poorness is underlined, we can cherish the simple things in life like eating ice cream on a bench or laughing at people who look like their pets. Days where we will experience it all, the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, and the creamy middles. I love you Carrie Anne, you are everything to me. My Narrator, my khaleesi, my best friend, my Pleasantville and now my wife (Borat!) and one day mother to my many, many children. Sayers and doers my love and we did it babes.
Tell us about the reception:
My husband and I met and live in San Diego, so it was important for us to incorporate as many local elements as we could, especially with his New York family flying out. Our chosen wedding venue actually ended up only being a 10-minute drive from our apartment.
The Britt Scripps Manor is a Victorian manor in San Diego, built in 1887 – a gothic dream come true. With this venue, we were able to host our rehearsal dinner, our wedding, and even sleepover in it. I asked if it was haunted and received mixed feedback – so I'm just going to pretend it is.
For cocktail hour, we hired a local pianist to entertain our guests with instrumental covers of some of our favorite songs. Guests enjoyed themed cocktails, made with a locally produced vodka – 619 Vodka (Hi Nick!).
We even rented a vintage photobooth from a local photobooth company for our guests to sit in, pull the curtain shut, and take some fun shots.
Finally, as a gift to my husband, I managed to trick my him into being blindfolded to play a "wedding game", so that his favorite local band, Little Hurricane, could secretly set up and surprise him (and our guests) with an intimate acoustic set. Now this was no easy task. I had to coordinate with our groomsmen and bridesmaids months in advance on how to keep Will away from the venue the morning of the wedding so the band and DJ could do a sound check, not to mention figure out how to have them set up during the wedding without him knowing. Was it worth it? A thousand percent.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?
Our biggest challenge with our wedding was continuing with our plans of action, even if others disagreed with us. But in doing that, the biggest lessons we learned were don't be afraid to do what your heart wants and don't be afraid to venture from the norm. We put our feet down, and did our wedding our way. In the end, we had the best wedding we could have possibly imagined, and our guests really felt the same.
Photographer (Main): Kevin Baldes Photography @kevinbaldesphotography
Photographer (Asst.): Red Def Photography @reddefphotography
Venue: The Britt Scripps Manor @brittscrippsmanor
Decor: DIY Bride Carrie Anne Hudson @carriehudson
Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes @jennywennycakes
DJ: DJ Man Cat @djmancat
Band: Little Hurricane @littlehurricane
Photobooth: Union Booth @unionbooth
Dress: Jurgita Bridal @jurgitabridal
Bride's Hair: Joanna Glam Dolls @joannalovescolor
Bride's Makeup: Kyla Stuart @kylastuart_makeup
Groom's Snake Pin: MoonRaven @moonravendesigns
Ties: Shop Disney @shopdisney
Such beautiful architectural detail in that mansion! Loving
the fluffy prettiness of the bride's skirt, and the dark colored groom's suit.
The most unique wedding ever! Loved every detail that was put in to this wedding, too many to mention, it was that FABULOUS. Two thumbs up!
Every single detail, even the smallest one, are perfect. So beautiful, and I loved the dress. Just PERFECT!!
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Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots is a leg-en-dary cat, winning the hearts of fairytale fans for centuries. From his start in French literature to his appearance in a Grimm brother’s tale, ballets, the Little Golden Book classic and more. And of course, no one can forget this most recent role in the Shrek movies, followed by his very own feature film. And now, Puss in Boots lives happily ever after… as a cake! Trina of Sweet Ruby Cakes has taken this loveable feline and turned him into the most purr-fect cake! A clever and oh-so-charming Puss in Boots Cake!
Trina of Sweet Ruby Cakes shares the inspiration behind her design:
“The design was based on a illustration from one of my daughters picture books. I had always wanted to make a Puss n Boots cake, but didn’t want it to look exactly like the character from Shrek. The story itself is so much older than Disney! I loved the idea of him having this rotund body and tiny feet and arms, shaped like a bowling pin.”
More from Trina ofSweet Ruby Cakes:
“Because his upper body and head is all cake, he needed a strong support, so his legs and tail were modeled with rice krispies. I used an antiquing type painting effect to give him an illustrative look and finished him off with kinky curled whiskers, inspired by Tim Burton drawings.
His cute little belt buckle was made with modeling chocolate, the design carved in with a small modeling tool and then dry brushed with gold dust.”
Could he be any more adorable. From his round little belly to his whimsical whiskers and infectious grin, he does the boots proud! And dare I say it…? He would go nicely with a glass of milk. Meow. )
A very special thank you to Trina of Sweet Ruby Cakes for sharing her incredible Puss in Boots Cake with us today! We are smitten by his charm and by your talent!
Meet the Magical Mega Cakes from Choccywoccydoodah
Cake + chocolate + crazy talent = the coolest confectionery in Brighton, England.
Ministry of (Chocolate) Magic
Wander into the fantastical world of Choccywoccydoodah, a strange and wondrous shop based in Brighton, England. Here, a mischievous band of confectioners known as the Doodahs stretch the boundaries of chocolate &mdash and their imaginations &mdash to make magical cakes that are bewitching to behold.
Fun Without Fondant
Choccywoccydoodah&rsquos cakes are unique not only for what they have, but also for what they don&rsquot have. Don&rsquot be fooled into thinking these ornate creations are topped with fondant, which is typically used for cake decorating. Instead, the confectioners meticulously sculpt every flourish entirely from chocolate, using a secret process that was developed by the shop&rsquos co-founders.
Choccywoccydoodah is known for its cheekily designed cakes topped with bold chocolate sculptures. Many of the shop&rsquos creations are inspired by kitschy themes, with chocolatier and chief designer Dave Ratcliffe (aka Captain Creative) describing his personal style as &ldquofairground circus.&rdquo
Coming Up Roses
In a country known for its rain, you&rsquore bound to see plenty of gardens&hellip but none so sweet as this quirky creation dreamed up by Choccywoccydoodah&rsquos confectioners. Blooms are a big part of their world, so much so that both the Brighton and London locales have special cake garden rooms that can be reserved for private events.
Life may be fleeting, but the Doodahs&rsquo love of chocolate is eternal. Elaborately adorned chocolate skulls are a specialty of the shop.
The Doodahs are so devoted to dogs that they&rsquove gone beyond a basic design to sculpt specific breeds out of chocolate, even using their own mutts as muses from time to time. This cake topped with two Westie pups (made out of white chocolate, of course) has set tongues wagging &mdash in a good way.
Queen of the (Chocolate) Castle
Moved to Tiers
Magical Mystery Tour… de Force
All you need is love &mdash and chocolate. The same could be said of the cake-decorating process at Choccywoccydoodah. The shop&rsquos creations are entirely edible, with no wooden dowels or wires used to secure the spectacular toppers. Such a marvelous feat takes major skill&hellip and perhaps a bit of magic.
Throughout the years, the Choccywoccydoodah team has made sure Cupid&rsquos arrow stayed the course. In addition to dreaming up dozens of wedding cakes that celebrate love with lavishly carved chocolate flourishes, the Doodahs have even helped arrange surprise proposals right on the shop&rsquos premises.
Heart of the Cake Art
The artsy beachside town of Brighton, England, is the perfect backdrop for the whimsical creations churned out by the Choccywoccydoodah team.
Brighton's Got Talent
Starting Choccywoccydoodah was a gamble that has paid off in spades. The shop continues to draw a steady stream of customers seeking out bold, brilliantly executed creations like this Viva Las Vegas cake. Such is the star power of these chocolate-topped confections that they&rsquove attracted celebrity fans, with clients who have included Madonna, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.
Chocolatier Dave Ratcliffe, the shop&rsquos Caravaggio of Cake, crafted this colorful stunner for the 50th birthday of &lsquo80s pop icon Boy George. With a playful clash of vibrant hues covering all five tiers and a cartoony chameleon lounging on top, Ratcliffe declared it the &ldquobrightest cake we&rsquove ever made.&rdquo
This frog may not turn into a prince, but it has enchanted many a chocolate lover. The critter-loving crew at Choccywoccydoodah has mastered an entire menagerie of chocolate creatures, which include birds, bees, snails and mice.
The Doodahs are spilling the tea&hellip so tune in to Choccywoccydoodah on Fridays at 11 pm ET to get all the gossip (and see the stunning cakes in all their splendor).
Wedding Cake of the Day: Tim Burton Cakes - Recipes
From the simple Carrot or German Chocolate cake to the nationally acclaimed Matterhorn, the cakes at Sweet Surrender are second to none. The simple truth is that once you try Sweet Surrender cakes, and know how great a cake can taste, you will long for the one-of-a-kind taste found only at Sweet Surrender. That is because Sweet Surrender has proprietary recipes that have been proven to be exceptional, prepared with the most expensive, highest quality ingredients available. We never cut corners, never compromise.
Our cakes are hand-crafted and made from scratch. To ensure that you have the cake you want for your special occasion, call us at least 48 hours in advance to ensure that we can have the exact cake you want for your event.
Have you ever dreamed of chocolate? If so, then this may be favorite cake. The rich chocolate cake is filled with mascarpone cream filling. Topped with rich whipped cream and chocolate cake crumbles. (2 layers 9 inches)
Fresh carrots and the highest quality ingredients come together in the classic Sweet Surrender Carrot cake. The cake is loaded with toasted pecans and local raisins. Our famous cream cheese frosting tops this hometown favorite and the base is circled by more pecans.
Here is a cake that is as much fun to look at as it is to eat. We take our white cake batter and include colored sprinkles then it bakes to perfection. We top this with our decadent buttercream frosting made with fresh butter and add more festive colored sprinkles to the bottom of the cake.
German Chocolate Cake lovers may be surprised to know that it doesn&rsquot get its name from Germany. It actually originated from the inventor&rsquos name Samuel Germany. At Sweet Surrender, we make a German Chocolate cake that you will love. We use the best ingredients available and the result is a dense, rich cake with strong flavors of coconut and pecans.
This delectable cake is named after the country of amore but it actually is a Southern American recipe. It is a white crème cake with coconut and toasted pecan folded and baked in with more coconut and pecans in the thick and creamy cream cheese frosting.
Sweet Surrender's Lemon White Chocolate Cake is a citrus lover's dream. Our exquisitely moist lemon cake is covered with our buttercream frosting blended with fresh lemon zest and white chocolate and topped with yellow chocolate shavings. It's as gorgeous to the eye as it is delicious to the palate.
Blue Girl with Wine
10/4/11 – Tim Burton, Blue Girl with Wine, 1997
While flipping through a catalogue that I had bought at the Tim Burton exhibition in 2010, I recognised the image on the back, which features a tall blue woman who is juxtaposed next to a bottle of wine. The wine bottle also features the image of the Jolly Roger, which contrasts with the shape and the colour of the bottle.
It is hard to identify whether the Woman is alive or dead, although the Jolly Roger, the colour of her skin, the stitches and her rigid figure may suggest that she is a corpse. Ron Magliozzi examines Burton’s technique and his stylised effects provide Burton’s image with a sense of individuality and character, which is also exemplified in this particular image.
Sally from the Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton, 1994.
One could argue that the woman is also wearing a very striking dress, which effectively distort her figure and the viewer’s gaze is directed towards the woman’s waist / chest. The black and white stripes almost resembles a faces, which corresponds with the white Jolly Roger on the side of the image.
From a personal perspective the woman within the image does feature a similar appearance to Sally in the Nightmare before Christmas. Sally also features light blue skin, stitches, long hair and body parts, which fall apart during the film. Perhaps Burton used this particular character as inspiration for the Blue girl with Wine.
Polizotti, Mark. Alexander Mcqueen: Savage Beauty. New York: The Metropolitan Musuem of Art, 2011
Burton, Tim. “The Nightmare before Christmas “, 73 Minutes. United Kingdom Touchstone Home Video, 1993
“It’s as real as my Skull and it does exist” (Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas)
The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) was my very first encounter with the skull and as a child I couldn’t stop watching the film for many years. I can remember that I was fascinated with the appearance of the skull and it’s elongated shape, which inspired me to create a series a drawings in relation to the film every year on Halloween.
I can’t remember if I fully understood the concept of death but I wasn’t afraid of the film and the style has always been visually captivating. This particular experience has invited me to speculate how children respond to images of death or frightening images that appear on films or television.
From a personal perspective, young children may lack the ability to separate reality from fantasy, which is what makes the create or monster such a terrifying image. James B. Weaver and Ronald C. Tamborini explain that different age groups are frightened by different concepts or representations. Young Children are immediately frightening by images on television, such as monster or ghosts.
In comparison teenagers and adults find the concept or the narrative more frightening than the actual image. Weaver and Tamborini also emphasise how adults and teens empathize or respond emotionally to the character’s pain or suffering within the horror film, while young children primarily focus upon the image on the screen.
It could be argued that Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas features a range of styles and colours, which detract fear from the image. The singing and the dancing may detract any fear or anxiety surrounding the characters but the film may deliver a different response from each viewer.
Tim Burton. “The Nightmare before Christmas “, 73 Minutes. United Kingdom Touchstone Home Video, 1993
Magliozzi, Ron He, Jenny & Warren, Kate. “Tim Burton: The Exhibiton “. Melbourne: Australian Centre for Moving Image, 2010 p.9-15
Weaver, James B, Tamborini, Ronald C. Horror Films: Current Research on Audience and Reactions. New Jersey: Lawerence Erlbaurn Associates Inc, 1996 p.71-77
Amazing Cakes Offered at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
We get questions all the time about what sort of wedding cake options we offer at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. Disney-themed wedding cakes can come in a variety of styles, from classic to whimsical. These cakes fit many tastes, but one thing is guaranteed, they taste as good as they look!
The Mad Hatter Cake comes in a variety of color combinations, to add a touch of whimsical to a wedding, or as part of a Mad Hatter Tea Party Brunch! With Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” coming out next March, we can’t wait to see how brides decide to customize this cake!
More traditional brides can take their fairy tale to new heights with the Castle Cake, a 6 tier cake complete with an edible replica of Cinderella Castle on top. This is a cake fit for a princess, and large enough to feed her prince and entire royal court!
What about you, what type of wedding cake did you have at your wedding? Or for brides to be, what sort of cake are you planning on having?
I had my cake made by Satin Slices. It was amazing as well. But I did not even think of getting married at Disney!! My sister gets married in a year, could you look at the website and tell us if you do that style of cake as well? Thank you so much.
Wow, some great ideas here! I have definitely been considering a Disney Wedding, and I absolutely love the idea from the commentor Danieal above about getting the robes and then getting them monogrammed. That’s an awesome idea. I totally love that Mad Hatter cake, too. I’m vegan, but I imagine they would work with you on that.
I would love to, but how? Moderator(s), am I allowed to post a link to photobucket or some other free picture hosting site?
Chris, we would love to see a picture or your cake! Feel free to share it with us on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/DisneyWeddings
Please, Chris… show us your cake.
The Font is called Waltograph UI. Thats a lot of Disney fonts out there but this one is the best.
ºoº [Steffanie] My Best Wishes for you next may ºoº
I’m extra proud of our Cinderella-themed wedding cake because I actually designed it! Even made a model of it out of styrofoam to give the cake shop a visual idea of what I wanted. So while my bride was handling a lot of the other details, my job was the cake. = ) It had 3 tiers: the bottom tier had little Disney-esque magic sparkles (in icing) and I was able to find a Disneyland font online (I think it’s called Walt-ography or something) that I used to print the line “And They Lived Happily Ever After” which the cake shop was able to scan onto that edible rice paper. Then for the middle tier, we bought little bird decorations from Michaels that the cake shop sprayed blue and then they were placed on the top of the tier “hanging” a pink ribbon made of icing. And for the top, we did little–I believe they’re called Swiss Dots–in clusters of 3 that kinda looked like Hidden Mickeys and used the Lenox Cinderella cake topper that we got at Disneyana. It turned out great! Too bad I can’t post pictures on here (can I?) Oh, and then for favors, we bought a set of mini clear plastic high-heeled shoes (“glass slippers”), filled them with pink and blue M&M’s wrapped in tulle and tied off with ribbon we found online that had “Happily Ever After” written on it.
Hello! While my other half and myself only wished to have a Fairy Tale Wedding, sadly, our financial structure proved otherwise.
We very, very happily celebrated our first year wedding anniversary at the Disneyland Resort!
If you haven’t already done so, you MUST experience the in-room celebrations, and the complimentary turn bed turn down! Order robes in the gift basket, and get them embroidered on Main Street! It will certainly be an experience you will cherish forever!
Also, we had a sweet heart dinner for two at the Blue Bayou. The service was impeccable, and the food amazing.
And yes, while we could only stay one night, I chose the unsurpassed quality of Disney’s Grand Californian hotel to stay for the night.
There is a wide array of things to do at the Disneyland Resort, for every budget.
Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, the annual passes have monthly payment programs for as little as in and around $7.00 a month! So, anyone can enjoy the magic!
I was married at WDW in June and we had individual little cakes placed on a cake stand with a 6 inch cake on the top with the “Hidden Mickey” dots for the cake decorations and let me tell you -they were the best little cakes I have ever seen and tasted! It truly was wonderful!
We are getting married in Disney World next May and we’re planning on a simple cake with Classic Mickey heads all over it.
I have just write about Disney Weddings and Proposals (www.marciodisney.blogspot.com) and post a video about it.
Those 2 cakes are amazing.
Both are so beautiful. My best friend and I are single and we’ve decided that if we both still are at 50, we’re hoping to have a big party at Disney World and call it an un-wedding. That Mad Hatter cake would be too perfect! Maybe decorated in colors from our favorite themes: villains for her, pirates for me.
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by Korri McFann, Brand Steward for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons/Custom Celebrations
How to make the Minnehaha Cake, a 150-year old recipe that swept the nation
When I plucked the cookbook from a Little Free Library, I didn’t know that I would find a cake with a story as good as any in the discarded novels stacked there.
Flipping through the “Southern Heritage Cakes Cookbook” (Oxmoor House, 1983), I spotted a recipe for Minnehaha Cake.
Suspecting that there had to be a Minnesota angle baked into this cake, I followed my curiosity. My research led me to a recipe that went viral almost 150 years before such a term existed, a stunner of a scratch layer cake named for a literary character and favored by an early Minnesota-based female food entrepreneur.
Various versions of the wildly popular Minnehaha Cake recipe made the rounds in Minnesota publications perused by our great-great-grandparents. It shows up in numerous church cookbooks of the era held in the vast culinary collection at the Minnesota Historical Society. It was printed in the Aitkin Age newspaper in 1895 and in an 1898 promotional pamphlet given to the customers of a Minneapolis druggist.
The earliest Minnehaha Cake recipe sleuthed out by Minnesota food historian Rae Katherine Eighmey appeared in the Buckeye Centennial Cookbook, authored by Estelle Woods Wilcox and published in 1876.
An Ohio native, Wilcox had taken the lead in editing the charity cookbook in her home state. But when she married Alfred Gould Wilcox, a manager at the Minneapolis Daily Tribune, she moved to Minneapolis, bringing her culinary ambitions with her.
“Estelle was a very clever woman who bought the copyright back and had the second printing done by Tribune Printers in Minneapolis,” Eighmey said. “She went on to create a cookbook empire that operated nationally.”
From her new home in the Twin Cities, Wilcox and her husband formed Buckeye Publishing Co. She went on to edit and publish a successful women’s magazine that collected recipes from readers. She mixed and matched them with others lifted from the Buckeye Cookbook and compiled them into dozens of reworked cookbooks published under various names.
The stunning Minnehaha Cake almost always made the cut, whether in “The Dixie Cookbook,” pitched to Southern readers, or an edition printed in German for the sizable dessert-loving immigrant population settled in communities across the country.
In the late 19th century, when Wilcox was inspiring housewives and farmwives, cookbooks didn’t spell out directions in the way readers expect today. Various recipes for the Minnehaha Cake icing involved boiling sugar until it was “waxy” or until “it hairs,” but included nothing about the size and shape of the cake pans or even the temperature setting on the stove.
“There weren’t standardized measuring cups and spoons, but cooks of the day understood ratios. Some recipes from this era call for a coffee cup, which is like a 1 cup measure, or a teacup, which is ¾ cup,” explained Eighmey. “They baked by feel and sense, with casual expertise. They could tell how hot the oven was by how long they could hold their hand inside 10 seconds meant a hot oven, 30 seconds was moderate.”
The cake became popular as home cooks grew more eager to show off new sophistication with fancier recipes. The recipe emerged in the era when the Transcontinental Railroad brought mail order catalogs that sold baking tins and gadgets the newly patented rotary eggbeater efficiently whipped egg whites into peaks for airier cakes. Exotic ingredients, such as the nuts and raisins used as filling in the Minnehaha Cake, also became more widely available.
“The original recipe calls for ‘stoned’ raisins because at the time, raisins had seeds, or stones. Digging them out would break the skin and expose the pulp of the dried fruit and create a richness of flavor,” Eighmey said. “Your recipe that pulses raisins in a food processor achieves the same texture and taste.”
I couldn’t find documentation for who originally tagged the cake with the name Minnehaha. The recipe showed up within a decade of the 1855 publication of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha,” which introduced readers to the fictional Minnehaha, the bride of the epic’s titular protagonist.
Even today, these lines sound familiar: “On the shores of Gitche Gumee,/ Of the shining Big-Sea-Water,/ Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,/ daughter of the moon, Nokomis …”
That distinctive beat goes on for 22 chapters and 5,314 lines, with a poetic meter that Longfellow reportedly employed for the way it mimicked Native chants.
A chapter of “The Song of Hiawatha” chronicles the feast that Longfellow imagined was served at their wedding. It includes sturgeon and pike, pemmican and buffalo marrow, “wild rice of the river,” and, yes, “Yellow cakes of the Mondamin.”
It’s not too much of a stretch to surmise that particular stanza inspired an anonymous 19th-century baker to name her yellow cake after Minnehaha. In fact, Mondamin is the Native corn spirit and corn is not an ingredient in any version of the recipe. The Minnehaha cake is tinted yellow from the butter and egg yolks.
Although there’s a Minneapolis neighborhood named for him, Longfellow himself never visited Minnehaha Falls or even set foot in Minnesota.
As for Estelle Woods Wilcox, she died in 1943 at age 94 after selling an estimated 1 million cookbooks. She is buried next to her husband in Minneapolis’ Lakewood Cemetery.
Baking tips for the Minnehaha Cake
As an experienced but strictly amateur baker, I had no trouble following the straightforward directions to make the Minnehaha Cake (see recipe).
But by the time I was done, I had a sink full of dirty dishes after using my stand mixer, my hand mixer (for beating egg whites), my food processor, a saucepan, several bowls and my candy thermometer. I also pulled out the cake pedestal I inherited from my grandmother to show off my handiwork.
I don’t believe that I have ever baked a three-layer cake before, so I did not have the requisite round pans in my kitchen cupboard. I purchased a trio of disposable aluminum pans at a grocery store that worked perfectly.
Frankly, I’ve always been a bit indifferent to raisins, but I found this recipe’s technique that folds them into the filling created a taste sensation that I enjoyed far more than I had expected.
Makes a three-layer (8-inch round) cake, or 16 to 18 slices.
Note: This recipe includes many of the historic elements of the Minnehaha Cake, topped off with a rich burnt-sugar frosting. From the “Southern Heritage Cakes Cookbook” (Oxmoor House, 1983).
• 4 eggs, separated, room temperature
• Minnehaha Cake Frosting (see recipe)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, then gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after each addition. Stir in almond extract.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form fold into the batter.
Spoon batter into three greased and floured 8-inch round pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes remove layers from pans and let cool completely. Frost before serving.
Makes enough for one 3-layer cake.
Note: Monitoring the temperature of the frosting is a key to its success, so using a candy thermometer is highly recommended. From Cook’s Country magazine.
• 2 1/2 c. packed dark brown sugar
• 2 sticks (16 tbsp.) unsalted butter, softened, divided
• 1 c. sliced almonds, divided
Combine brown sugar, 10 tablespoons butter and cream in saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and continue until mixture is slightly thickened and registers 240 degrees on candy thermometer.
Carefully transfer the liquid to the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until cooled to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Beat in remaining 6 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until well incorporated.
For the filling: Pulse 3/4 cup almonds, raisins and 1 cup frosting in food processor until coarsely ground.
To assemble: Spread half of filling on first cake layer. Top with second cake layer and remaining filling. Top with final cake layer and frost top and sides with remaining plain frosting. Decorate with remaining almonds.
Kevyn Burger is a Minneapolis-based freelance broadcaster and writer.