Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Chinese Takeout Boxes Wedding Cake
For our Fourth of July holiday weekend we saw dragons, lions and chinese takeout boxes, elegant retro styling with unusual shapes, and lots of pretty flowers. In other words, we spent the entire weekend working, but made some cakes we are very proud of. This weekend we didn't make a single birthday cake, we were booked far in advance by people wanting to celebrate the most special day of their lives over a holiday, like Ellen and Vernon, who were married on Saturday night. Ellen and Vernon booked us for their wedding cake sometime ago. They requested stacked up Chinese takeout boxes in red and gold, to match their wedding colors. Vernon, who is part of a Chinese lion dancing group made a special request, to have a figure of a Chinese lion similar to his lion costume, which is split down the middle in red and gold colors.
Rick spent a full day working on their wedding cake. Imagine the amount of work that goes into sculpting one chinese takeout box, much less 3 of them and then having to stack them up and add an elaborate dragon on two of them. The graphic on the middle tier was taken from the couple's invitation, of a stylized bride and groom figure. On the top tier, Rick filled the box with noodles and added chopsticks sticking out. He playfully arranged fortune cookies on and around the cake. These photos do not do this cake justice, it was far more dramatic and textural in person. The cake was large and the couple's guest count was several hundred people. In their reception ballroom, there was red and gold everywhere, and on the side of the room was the set up for the lion dance that would be performing later. I'm sure that was quite a treat for their guests, as was the cake in their three chosen flavors Strawberries Chantilly, Kona Toffee Crunch and Chocolate Dream. Congratulations to Ellen and Vernon!
Labels: cakelava, Chinese takeout box wedding cake, Hawaii sculpted cakes, Hawaii wedding cakes