Sunday, April 13, 2008

Cake Tasting at Jacques

Wow! Cake tasting was a BLAST! We spent almost 2 hours tasting various cakes, flavors, frostings, and fillings... there were so many options!


Our cake tasting afternoon began with picking up my sister and Mal's step-mom in our hometown then driving about an hour to Suncook, New Hampshire to Jacques Pastries, where everyone was super friendly and helpful. The woman with whom we had our tasting appointment took excellent care of us throughout the entire process... and her ideas were great! 

Here are just a few of the beautiful and amazing wedding cakes at Jacques...


A very unique design, right? If you want to see more wedding cakes, I encourage you to check out Jacques Wedding Cake Galleries. There are tons of absolutely breathtaking cakes! 


The tasting started off with 2 "basic" pieces of cake: chocolate cake with vanilla butter cream and white cake with vanilla butter cream. Each piece was from a 4-layer cake and had a ton of smooth, sweet buttercream frosting. Yum! I ate the whole white piece and a few bites of the chocolate. 


The pieces of cake arrived with various buttercream flavors and sweet preserves-- each in a tiny plastic cup. Here's a complete list of flavors: Cake Flavors. We just about tried every flavor of buttercream... obviously, all low-calorie! :)


Mal had tasted a Lemon-Strawberry cake from Jacques at our reception site food tasting about a month ago. He loved it, and really wanted to make it a layer of our wedding cake. In this photo, he is digging into the lemon cake. The combination of flavors is unreal! It is so refreshing! We ended up choosing this Lemon-Strawberry cake as the bottom (and biggest) layer of our cake. This one layer will have 3 different fillings: lemon buttercream, lemon preserves, and fresh strawberries mixed with strawberry preserves. 


And of course, we weren't leaving Jacques without trying their Carrot Cake! It was oh.my.god amazing! Very moist, flavorful, nutty, and the cream cheese frosting was to die for! We ended up selecting carrot cake for the top layer of our wedding cake, which we'll get to enjoy on of first anniversary! 


After all of this tasting (and a sugar coma coming on), we chose a 4 layer cake for our wedding. The layers we picked were...
  • Top layer: oh.my.god Carrot Cake
  • 2nd layer: White cake with vanilla and mocha buttercream filling
  • 3rd layer: Chocolate cake with hazelnut buttercream and chocolate truffle filling
  • Bottom layer: Lemon-Strawberry cake combo
Picking what was on the inside of the cake was much more difficult than picking what was on the outside. Before this process, I would have thought the opposite! Deciding what the cake would look like took us only about 10 minutes. Here's a link to a Jacques cake that is similar to the one we picked: Our Wedding Cake. Our cake has white frosting with a small blue satin ribbon over a larger brown satin ribbon and blue flowers on top. It goes great with our wedding colors! So happy about our choice! :) 

9 Comments:

veganforone said...

Your cake is absolutely beautiful! Great choices!! You must have had a sugar high for the rest of the day, but it must have been well worth it. =)

Kath said...

Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh I can't even look I am SOO JEALOUS!!! Cake tasting was by far my favorite part of wedding planning. It all looked AMAZING!!! Wish I could be there for a taste. We get an anniversary cake on June 2nd so I guess I'll get my share then. I might eat the whole thing myself!

VeggieGirl said...

THOSE CAKES!!! Oh my goodness, gorgeous; and you made a LOVELY choice for your own wedding cake!!

brockey said...

Beautiful cakes and lovely choice. What a fun time for you and husband to be .

hk said...

blue hydrangias are my absolute favorite flower! soo cute ;)

Erin said...

They are so beautiful! That is what we did for our wedding, carrot cake for the top! It is OUR favourite, but lots of people don't LOVE it, so it is great to have for the anniversary.

Jill said...

OMG, those are amazing. I now want a gingerbread cake... cinnamon frosting ... chocolate truffle.

I think I would died of decadence there! Great choice! You are buying all of us tickets out there, right?!

Robin said...

Holy yum.

Mel said...

OH my Gosh! Those cakes are so beautiful! I love the one you picked- it looks like old fashioned hat boxes! Very elegant :)