Sunday, August 31, 2008

Second wedding cake of the summer

This one included three different flavors, from bottom to top:

1) Bellini cake: White chocolate cake with peach champagne filling and peach schnapps buttercream frosting

2) Carrot pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting

3) Mocha cake: chocolate espresso cake with mocha buttercream filling and espresso buttercream frosting

The Mocha cake was my own invention -- I'm particularly pleased with how the espresso buttercream came out. I made a classic Italian meringue buttercream; but instead of whipping plain sugar syrup into the beaten egg whites, I made the syrup with espresso instead of water. I saved a spoonful of the espresso syrup, and when it cooled, it was a delicious hard candy. Since the top layer goes home with the bride and groom, I made a separate sheet of Mocha cake for the guests (not pictured).

All four girls were in the wedding party, and I couldn't resist a picture of the four of them, all dolled up:


Emily said...

Simone's dress is exactly the style of dress I want as an "Aaaah! I need to get dressed up today -- help!" dress. (Though not in salmon satin -- black sateen or something drapey would be best.)

Suzanne said...

Try David's Bridal in Robinson.

Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."