Monday, March 11, 2013

Cake Tasting: What Dream Are Made Of

From time to time, I like to remind y'all of CupcakesOMG!'s rise to international fame by taking you back to its roots: cake. 

A couple weeks ago, you practically rode side-saddle to the tasting for our wedding reception dinner, so it would have been sacrilege to not fill you in on all the details of our cake tasting.

As part of our package at our venue, we have the option of choosing one of their cake vendors. Because of my mom's gluten allergy, I am adamant that we work with a bakery offering gluten free options. Even though our cake won't be gluten free, I want to have a couple of gluten free cupcakes for her so she can have the same experience as everyone else. Especially since, like, she's paying for this shindig. So, as part of our tasting, one of the cake vendors came along with a few options, including white cake with vanilla buttercream:
...chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream:
...German chocolate cake:
...and two gluten free mousse "cakes":
I use air-quotes (which, in this case are real quotes) to describe these cakes because in reality, they aren't cake at all, they're mousse. And mousses are DELICIOUS, but they are not cake. That's why they are called mousse. And that concludes our English lesson for today.

I wasn't wowed by any of the cakes through our venue's vendor, particularly because we didn't get a lot of choice in filling, frosting, cake combinations and ultimately, the cakes were only okay, which is why  I couldn't book a tasting at Fluffy Thoughts fast enough.
Fun fact: Fluffy Thoughts is owned by the sister of the woman who owns the shop where I bought my wedding dress (Carine's Bridal Atelier, for those of you with inquiring minds). Now if that doesn't just scream meant-to-be, I don't know what does.
When we showed up for our tasting, I was taken with the bakery case's unusual selection of cupcake flavors. Samoa:
Candy bar Crunch:
...and Tres Leches, which happens to be me ALL TIME FAVORITE dessert. Mashed up with a cupcake, and fugghedaboutit!
I knew we were in for a treat. Literally. This tasting experience was entirely different than the one we had at our venue, and by that I mean it was incredible!
{The bubble chandelier reminded me of Lady Gaga's bubble dress}

The dozen frostings and fillings we wanted to try were arranged quite cleverly in this deveiled egg dish:
We then tried half a dozen cakes, all baked fresh just for us in mini loaf pans.
For the next 60 minutes, the pastry chef hand crafted individual bites of cake with various combinations of fillings and frostings for us to try, which I can only describe as my idea of heaven and I need to go back immediately!!! But ultimately, Kyle and I decided on two flavors--yes, you CAN do that!!!! We'll have a white cake with passionfruit curd and blackberry buttercream (this will be the bottom layer of our three-tier cake, which we'll cut and eat during the cake ceremony) and an Oreo-inspired cake of rich chocolate cake, white chocolate ganache, and Oreo buttercream. And it literally tastes like an Oreo. It's gonna be soooooooo good you guys!

And for my mom, chocolate cupcakes filled with French raspberry preserves, topped with chocolate buttercream. 
{And after an hour of cake tasting, I still ate a cake pop. Sorry 'bout it.}

Anyone who doesn't like cake is officially not invited to my wedding. The End.


Corey said...

I've never though of myself as the "plan a wedding type" (I think I'm more of an "elope and travel" kinda gal). But this post might have changed my mind. Cake testing looks like so. much. fun.

Anna said...

It's only 8 am but you've given me a huge cake craving. I like white cake at weddings but your oreo layer sounds AMAAAAZING!

Unknown said...

Nomnom! I really want cakes now :/ the gluten free mousse "cakes" look lovely, hope you had a lovely time!


Anonymous said...

oh my god. that oreo cake sounds AMAZING!

Unknown said...

oh, I can't wait to do the cake tasting!

thenerdykatie said...

Pretty sure this is why Elizabeth Taylor got married so many times, bitch was on to something.

Lauren said...

So H has exactly 3 months and 11 days to get over her dairy allergy cause this sounds friggin delicious!

Lauren said...

H has exactly 3 months and 11 days to get over her dairy allergy or else I'm going to cry.

Ashley said...

Well, all of this amazing cake is making me want to pull a Carrie Bradshaw and get married to myself or something at this point. YUM.

Jamie said...

Wow. Never read a blog about cake when you haven't eaten (or made) dinner and it's midnight.

Damn I want cake.

Your choices sound fabulous! We had layers of white, devil's food, and graham cracker cakes with white chocolate mousse buttercream and buttercream frosting from my uncle's bakery. We didn't need to do a tasting since, like, I grew up on their cake, but I did anyway because that's how I roll.

Megan | Freckled Italian said...

Yeah this all looks amazing. I've never had a macaron. Also I love chocolate mousse almost as much as I love creme brûlée, and you know how much that is.

Melanie said...

Okay I really need to get proposed to ASAP so I can go to a million places and do tastings!! Wow Yummy central!! =)

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Sandra Rodriguez said...

We went with Fluffy Thoughts for my wedding two weekends ago and we also picked passionfruit/blackberry combo as one of our flavors. It was amazing and everyone is still talking about it!! Enjoy!

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