Skip to main content

Mmmmm... Cake Tasting

Mar 16, 2012 04:42PM, Published by Anonymous, Categories: Planning



You see this part of the wedding planning process in movies all the time and I have watched enough girlie wedding flicks to know that it is one of the top perks of wedding planning.

 

My fiancé and I are planning what I hope will be sort of a romantic, home-style wedding with seersucker and lace, flowers galore and everything sweet. (I have described this in a lot of ways over the past six months, and while I struggle with finding the words, the idea remains the same.) In that fashion, rather than a traditional wedding cake, I envisioned homemade ice cream and pie; reminiscent of 25 years of sweet summer nights and family affairs. Mmmmmmm. It makes me smile and sigh every time I think about it.

It came to my attention, however, that the logistics and financial efficiency of serving homemade ice cream and pie to one hundred people in the middle of summer are a little more complicated than I would have expected of my sweet little idea. You only get eight slices from one pie, and with one hundred people, that is a lot of pies. And ice cream? Outside? In August? Who will make it, and transport it, let alone scoop it? I was just about to give up on the idea when I met Rachel, and stumbled upon the website for her business, Cakes by Rachel.

I pitched my idea to her and she loved it. With energy and excitement that matched mine, she graciously welcomed my fiancé and myself, along with two of my sisters and my parents (did I forgot to mention this wedding planning includes an entourage?) to a pie tasting. And a tasting it was. We tried blueberry, cherry and key lime pies. Strawberry shortcakes and fruit tarts. The red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing she threw in for good measure was to die for. And there was more than enough for everyone in my party to try. We even took home doggie bags! It was literally the best hour of this entire process.

With budget-friendly prices, total support of the ideas for our big day, and genuine excitement that fed my excitement, I left totally thrilled and thankful I had a doggie bag—after all, I knew I wouldn’t need to schedule any more tastings.

My excitement for wedding planning has been restored, and I am looking forward to more planning over the next few weeks and months. And if I have to swing by and pick up a mini pie or a cupcake to refresh this feeling, well, I guess that’s just a sacrifice I’ll have to make.

I wonder what excuse I’ll use in September…

(Note: I am withholding both photos and specific flavor decisions to allow for some element of surprise. If you're at work or otherwise unable to dart out to the nearest bakery, you can thank me later. After the wedding, I'll post photos, but consider yourself warned. It won't be a bad idea to have a sweet snack on hand that day.)



  • Raspberry and Strawberry seasons have begun! Come pick your own at Linvilla Orchards!  General H...


  • Exploring Science Camp

    08/01/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Campers will explore several of the 4-H National Youth Science Day projects which will include wi...


  • David Rogers' Big Bugs at Tyler Arboretum

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit opening day: June 3, 9 am - 6 pm Exhibit continues until August 29 They’re BIG, they’...


  • The U.S. Naval Academy museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually from all over the work...


  • 2017 SUMMER KIDS HALF-DAY CAMP IN CHESTER SPRINGS, CHESTER COUNTY: Archaeology Dig for Kids: ...


  • Emily's Produce Farmer's Market

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 06:00PM

    Enjoy local farm fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, eggs & more! Enjoy a homemade lunch or b...


  • ‘En Blanc et Noir’

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    As beautiful as a color-laden photo can be, there is something to be said about removing the dist...


  • Log Canoe Racing: Photographs by Morris Ellison

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Opening in conjunction with the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Log Canoe Racing: Ph...


  • Toddler Time

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Children ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate ...


  • Toddler Time

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Children ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate ...


  • Toddler Time

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Children ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate ...


  • Mini-Makers: TOYS!

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Let your little one explore their creative side while making functional works of art. Students wi...


  • The Great Enviro-Wall

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 01:30PM

    This class is for beginning to intermediate level students. We start with an image of anything fr...


  • Principles of Design Workshop

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 12:30PM

    Develop an understanding of how the principles help you plan and organize the elements of design ...


  • Game on! Learn how to create a video game. This interactive exhibition allows visitors to immerse...


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Babies in Bloom

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Babies from birth to 18 month (with caring adult) enjoy songs, action rhymes and playtime while b...


  • Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic July 15 – September 8, 2017 This exhibition features work by...


  • Backyard Birds & Birdhouses

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM

    Opening reception May 20 in conjunction with the Delmarvalous Festival The beauty of nature is j...


  • Revival

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    In celebration of NMWA’s 30th anniversary in 2017, Revival presents contemporary sculptors and ph...


  • Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of th...


  • Reinvention: The Work of Chris Bathgate

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Featuring 28 works of art, Reinvention: The Work of Chris Bathgate explores how modern and tradit...


  • River Arts Photo Club Show

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Recent works of the local photographers.


  • The Banneker-Douglass Museum’s new temporary exhibition, will feature the works of art created by...


  • When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brough...


  • In the Tower: Theaster Gates

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Over the past decade, American artist Theaster Gates (b. 1973) has explored the built environment...


  • June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    June Schwarcz (1918–2015) is considered one of the most innovative enamelists working in the late...


  • Plein Air Judges, Unite Exhibit

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Troika Gallery will exhibit the paintings of two Plein Air Judges, West Fraser and Kenn Backhaus,...


  • President John F. Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in Amer...


  • Under One Sky

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    In this joint exhibit, Carol Donahue and Gail Higginbotham, reveal their artistic similarities an...


  • Matthais Mansen: Configurations

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Matthias Mansen is a contemporary Berlin-based artist (b. 1958) whose work advances the long trad...


  • Nicolas Party: Sunrise, Sunset

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Sunrises and sunsets are among the only moments in the day when we are reminded, as the sun appea...


  • Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    In the 1980s, Donald Sultan (born 1951) began his industrial landscape series the Disaster Painti...


  • Story Time and Craft Time

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join us every Tuesday at 10am as Miss Marcia reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farmi...


  • The Academy Art Museum is pleased to present its Annual Members’ Exhibition. This exceptional tra...


  • Representational Ambiguity

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Ken Karlic's watercolors can best be described as sophisticated chaos, as an accurate drawing giv...


  • Equilibrium: Fanny Sanin

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    This exhibition explores her methodical process through a selection of some the artist’s earliest...


  • Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    One of China’s most provocative living artists, Ai Weiwei has spent nearly four decades exploring...


  • Parallax Gap

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Parallax Gap transforms the Renwick Gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a visual puzzle....


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 05:30PM

    Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter ...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 12:45PM

    A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and ...


  • Half Pint Kids Club: Fox Pancakes

    08/01/2017
    11:00AM — 11:45AM

    Half Pint Kids Club: Fox Pancakes Tuesday August 1st, 11:00AM-11:45AM Ages 3-5 We welcome you...


  • Harbor Queen Cruises

    08/01/2017
    11:00AM — 04:00PM

    Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake Bay region and Harbor...


  • Marvin Ross: Monuments Man

    08/01/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    This special exhibition explores the life of Marvin Ross, a member of the ''Monuments Men''-- the...


  • Riverboat Cruise - Choptank River Queen

    08/01/2017
    12:00PM — 02:00PM

    Enjoy a cruise on an authentic riverboat through the Choptank Riverboat Company based at Suicide ...


  • Quilt Quest

    08/01/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    Join us as we journey on a Quilt Quest. Participants will learn basic machine patchwork quilting ...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    08/01/2017
    01:30PM — 03:45PM

    A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and ...


  • Landscape Painting in Chester Springs, Chester County Level: All levels Limit 10 students In...


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    08/01/2017
    03:30PM — 08:30PM

    This 40 minute Annapolis boat tour is for those who want to get close to the water on a smaller, ...


  • Food Truck Tuesdays

    08/01/2017
    04:00PM — 08:00PM

    A weekly food truck event with 15+ food trucks on Tuesdays 4–8PM at Kinder Farm Park from May 2nd...


  • Phillips Early Bird Special

    08/01/2017
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Catch the early bird each day at Phillips for special savings on our buffet and menu dining at Ph...


  • The Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, under the direction of renowned artist Hai-Ou Hou, is offering on...


  • Knitting for Good

    08/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Learn to knit infant caps for a local hospital. Experienced knitters willing to help beginners ar...


  • Family Storytime

    08/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Families with young children enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities wh...


  • Come out to Camden Yards to cheer on your favorite Baltimore Orioles as they play the Kansas City...


  • Trivia Tuesday

    08/01/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Trivia Tuesday with Charm City Trivia starting at 8pm! No pre-registration required! Grab your te...


  • Federal House Bar & Grille Acoustic Shows!

    08/01/2017
    08:00PM — 12:00AM

    Tuesday, August 1st - Jordan Sokel - Acoustic Solo Wednesday, August 2nd - Kajun Kelley - Acoust...


  • Riverboat Cruise - Dorothy Megan

    08/01/2017
    11:30PM — 02:30PM

    Enjoy a cruise on an authentic riverboat through the Choptank Riverboat Company based at Suicide ...