When planning our wedding, we wanted our theme to reflect the Alaskan summer we love, and I wanted to include that into our cake as well. Since I love baking, I planned on baking our wedding cake, but was convinced to have one made instead as it’s a pretty big project to take on as a bride.
Traditionally on your first anniversary, you save and freeze the top layer of your wedding cake to enjoy after one year.
This year for our second anniversary , I thought it would be fun to re-create our wedding cake, and begin a tradition to follow through the years- and for me to finally “make my wedding cake” as I wanted to.
(Thank you Grandma for paying for our cake, it was wonderful!)
Our top layer of cake was white with bavarian cream filling, and buttercream icing, decorated with fresh flowers.
I decided to go straight to the source for the cream filling; Safeway, who made our wedding cake. Fingers crossed, I inquired at the bakery if they sold filling, explaining I was on a mission to re-create my wedding cake. They do!
And it’s a serious bargain at $1 per pound. Dangerous information to have on hand.
For decorations, I picked some Alaskan wildflowers to match our wedding cake. The light pink flowers are Alaskan Roses, which we had on our wedding invitations. I also snipped some dogwood and bluebells to match our pink and blue wedding color scheme.
I baked two 9″ rounds of vanilla cake, sliced them in half, and cooled the layers before assembeling and decorating the cake.
The layers: cake, raspberry jam, fresh blackberries and raspberries, bavarian cream, cake and so on.
The cake was covered with a vanilla buttercream, and the top was colored with a spoonful of raspberry jam, swirling it in to create a ombre look down the side of the cake.
The final result was a yummy and pretty cake to share and celebrate another year of marriage, and a chance to fondly recall our wedding day. Do you have any traditions for your anniversary? I’d love to hear how you celebrate!