This is the photo of my maternal grandparents on their wedding day in the early 1920s. The little flower girl on the far right is my great aunt Minnie. Aunt Minnie (real name Carmella, called Minnie always) passed away on Thursday at the age of 95. She was living on her own and cooking for herself and her family (including making her own sauce every Sunday) up until a week before she died. Her sister, my grandmother, died 11 years ago just a few weeks shy of her 95th birthday. The photo on the left is Aunt Min in September at our wedding– looking good for 95, eh? I only hope these women passed those genes along to the rest of us!
We’re heading out of town this afternoon for the wake and funeral and general family togetherness, back here tomorrow.
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As you’ve probably heard, our wedding cake was, well, a disaster. I wrote about the whole thing here.
I’ve been trying to decide whether our cake was worthy of submission to Cake Wrecks, one of my favorite things on the world wide web these days. Obviously the structural issues alone do not warrant Cake Wreck fame, but compare the decoration on our cake to the cake photos we gave the baker for inspiration– it just might be wreck-worthy.
Please consider these photos, sent to the baker and the idea behind the cake we wanted:
The idea behind the design was the alternating swirl-dot-swirl motif on the left, with the little frosting dots (seen in the cake on the right) along each tier. Simple.
Here’s what we got:
Now beyond the obvious and heinous lopsidedness (due to the bottom layer collapsing entirely), please note the terribly blobby “dots” of frosting between the tiers. Here’s one more, this time a nice close up (click on the photo to see it larger than life):
Those “dots” look an awful lot like mini marshmallows to me– and they don’t even continue around the entire cake! She just gave up. And yes, that’s cardboard showing. A nice touch.
Wedding Wrecks were featured on Cake Wrecks today. Honestly, those cakes made me feel better about our charming little disaster. What do you think, was our wedding cake a certifiable cake wreck? I just might have to submit it to find out…
p.s. yes, after much back and forth, we got our money back.
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