22 September, 2008

Let them eat...

CAKE. We have fiiiinally ordered ours.

It was beginning to drive me to distraction; all the other "big" things were organised so many moons ago: The venue was booked at the beginning of January, the dress was ordered at the beginning of March, the photographer locked in by mid-April, the DJ done in January as well, even the honeymoon was booked and paid for weeks ago. But the darn cake...it kept eluding me. Probably because 95% of the quotes I got were, um, INSANE.

I refuse to pay R2700.00 (the highest quote we got) for a cake. Heck, I refuse to pay half that! It's a CAKE, people. With two tiers. It doesn't have to cost over a thousand frikkin Rand.

Maybe it's just the cake we chose that's expensive. But we really like the look of it! Way back at the beginning of the year, when I spent all my time on wedding blogs looking for inspiration (hmmmm, wait, I still do that) I saved about fifty cake pics that I liked, showed them to Mr Ruby Slippers, and had him choose the one he liked best. Luckily, it turned out to be one of the ones I liked best, too!

Yummy Yummerson. Except, apparently, for the price. I think I've been to or emailed every cakeshop in the city. (Ok, well, nine or ten of them, all right? That was enough!) Apparently chocolate dripping is incredibly expensive, or something. Or it could just be that it's for a WEDDING, which automatically drives up the price by 400%.

Anyway, to cut a long story short (I feel a bit rambling and distracted tonight) my clever mother found a bakery that charged a smidgeon less than our other quotes, and she said the guy there seemed very helpful and efficient, so I told her to go ahead and order the damn thing. I don't care about it anymore, I just want a CAKE and I don't even care what it looks like. Unless, you know, it looks like this, or something:

Courtesy of Cakewrecks.

*Shudder* Funny, but not to the bride...

However, the best part of our cake is the cake topper! We bought this waaaay back in January. I thought I was being so clever and original, until I saw a few other cakes around with the same thing....still, I doubt our guests will have seen this before:

How Frikkin CUTE are they? I just can't get over it! They look so gosh darn perturbed! Awww.

They're our one nod to the fact that we're getting married on Halloween. We don't really celebrate Halloween here in SA, but Corpse Bride figurines are too adorable to pass up. And I know it's from The Nightmare before Christmas, but I keep walking around going "This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween..." every time I see this adorable pair.

Here are some other cakes that used Corpse Brides as toppers:

Question: Why is it that I don't like this cake, but it looks almost identical to the one I ordered? Spiderwebs aside, of course. Um. I really hope ours doesn't look like this, but I can't figure out what's wrong with it!

And the Groom with the Not-Corpse Bride:
We have decided to serve the cake in the garden directly after the ceremony. That way, the guests get a snack before they have to wait ages for dinner, they can mingle and chat while we go have photos taken, and they actually get to EAT the cake, which they most likely wouldn't if it was served as part of the dessert buffet.

Oh, and it makes for pretty photos. Did I mention I like photos? :-)


  1. I think it has to do with the chocolate drippings. The one you like has fewer and more delicate chocolate drippings, the one you don't like almost has too much chocolate. Besides, your pretty flowers are a much nicer addition than the spider webs! ; )

  2. Travel bug - I was going to post the same thing! That has to be it! :)

  3. I think it's the rose petals. The dripping chocolate looks decadent in the context of rose petals, but without them it's kind of reminiscent of blood!

  4. Thanks guys...I think you're right about the excess chocolate AND the lack of petals contributing to its suckiness. Hopefully my baker gets it right! I'm definitely having petals, though not on top, of course.


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