Many of you don’t know this, but in a previous life I had a business making wedding cakes. On really busy weeks, there would be up to 8 wedding cakes created and delivered along with numerous birthday and other cakes. So it’s only seems natural that I will be creating the sweets table at my daughter’s upcoming wedding (NEXT WEEKEND!!!). Here’s the inspiration for the table as it’s being held in a barn with a rustic country fair theme – banners and burlap, fresh flowers in vintage bottles and a hot dog stand later in the evening.
As it’s a barn wedding, the rustic feel of this table is perfect. I’ve been busy gathering interesting cake stands at barn and yard sales all summer long and have a great collection. I don’t want to share them with you right now as there are too many family and friends reading this blog and I don’t want to give everything away.
This week, I’m baking and freezing most of the treats and thought I would share with you some of the things I’ll be doing:
Always a family favourite, I’ll be making my famous carrot cake. But I’ll be doing it in the form of cupcakes for easier serving. The recipe is adapted from an old Canadian Living recipe and you can find it here: Carrot Cake: The Best Cake You’ll Ever Make
My daughter was not too specific about what she wanted on the sweets table, except for these coconut cream cupcakes. Coconut cake filled with coconut cream pie filling and topped with coconut buttercream frosting, these are delicious!! And relatively easy because I used a Duncan Hines Signature Yellow Cake Mix and added ingredients to make it special. Check out the recipe here: Coconut Cream Cupcakes
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
The final cupcake will be a chocolate raspberry flavoured cake. Again, I’m using a mix – Duncan Hines Signature Devil’s Food Cake Mix and adding crushed and strained raspberries to the mix for added flavour. The frosting will be a buttercream tinted pink and flavoured with raspberry juice. I can’t wait!
Apple Crumble in Mason Jars
To keep with the rustic theme of the wedding, we’ll be making apple crumble in mason jars served in a fruit crate. I’ll be sharing the recipe later in the week….
When you find a recipe that works and quickly becomes a family favourite, why would you want to change it. I’ve made thousands of these Canadian Living Lemon Squares over the years and the tradition has been passed on to my daughter and my daughter-in-law who will be making them for the wedding. Here’s this tried and try recipe found on the Canadian Living website: Lovely Lemon Squares recipe
There will also be a tower of three different types of cookies lovingly baked by my BFFs, The Blue Hats and an assortment of Filipino desserts courtesy of the in-laws.
So even though it’s record heat here today, I’ll be spending the day in the kitchen whipping up 15 dozen cupcakes. The wedding cake was baked yesterday, wrapped in two layers of plastic wrap and tucked into the freezer ready for filling and icing Wednesday next week.