Joy the Baker

Double Chocolate Wedding Cake

May 29, 2008

This cake has Joy the Baker written all over it.  Why?  It’s simple.  It’s chocolate all over.  It has natural elements that lend a hint of color, and quirky chocolate flowers that add a touch of light-hearted fun.  And the cake isn’t perfect- it has stroke marks and rough sides.  Wedding cakes these days are flawless.  Obviously that’s not my style.  I think this cake, even with all of it’s imperfections, is absolutely perfect.  I spent about two days putting this cake together, and by the time I was done, I was absolutely smitten with it.  Big time cake crush.

This cake (on day two I named him Sir Chocolate Monster) was requested for a ten year wedding anniversary and vow renewal.  Ten years!  Something about that struck me…

I think it all started with the engagement cake I made a few weeks ago, coupled with the fact that it’s wedding season, and I feel surrounded by old high school friends either planning their weddings or planning their baby showers.  But ten years!!!  I had to take a moment and let that sit with me.  Ten years!

I realize that some of you who have been married twenty and thirty years are laughing at me.  I know… I’m to young too understand, or something.

What I’m trying to tell you, in all of this, is that I really enjoyed making this cake.  It feels special.  Special that two people stay together and love each other for ten years.  Special that after ten years they want to stop and tell each other again how they promise to love and cherish and take out the trash, blahblahblah.  It’s just special, and I’m so glad I could be a part of it in this small way.

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  • Oh my Joy, its gorgeous. I wish I could fly you in to do our 10 year cake. Maybe I will, its 3 years away.. ;)

  • I love your simple an rustic style…beautiful!

  • Hi Joy,

    I just found your blog yesterday and I have to say….WOW! It’s just fantastic. I am drooling over your photos (and recipes!). If you don’t mind me asking….what kind of camera do you use? I look at your photos and want to make, and eat everything I see. I’m so glad I found you!

  • Beautiful! The icing looks so good, I’ve got a crush on this cake too:)

  • Great post! I think I have a crush on Sir Chocolate Monster too! This July marks 10 years with my husband too. It is so funny to me that you wrote this because I was trying to convince him that we should have a party and he thought I was making it up and that people don’t have parties for 10th anniversaries! Proof – ha! Thanks Joy!

  • As always – its just gorgeous! I’m going to call you in 8 1/2 years and you can do MY ten year anniversary cake, ok?! :-)

  • The cake looks delicious, I am dying now to hve chocolate cake…

  • Wow! That chocolate cake looks amazing. I am constantly impressed with your skills!!

  • Absolutely stunning! I wish I could take a pastry/baking class with you because your simple decorations are what I strive to learn. Plus, the execution of your cakes is flawless.

  • Absolutely gorgeous cake. Love the strawberry/chocolate combo. You know…? My 1 year anniversary is coming up… HAHA!

  • Wow – this looks gorgeous! Those strawbs are fab! Hx

  • that’s a gorgeous cake! i love the flowers – and the white chocolate strawberries.

  • Cakes, thoughts, wedding … i wish this one was filed under recipes, too! :) I _love_ baking cakes and i do strive for perfection (though i’m struggling because the only thing that seems to promise perfection is fondant and i think that thing shouldn’t even exist! ;)), but some cakes need those “imperfections” to be perfect and this one defenitely is one of them, it says love rather than impersonal polished look. Well done! Now, about that recipe … ;)

  • Oh Joy, it is gorgeous. The icing (frosting) just calls for me to swipe my finger through it and promptly stick it in my mouth. Please save me a piece it looks devine. Will you be able to get a photo of it cut, I would love to see the moist chocolatey inside?

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