Post # 1
My Mother-In-Law will be making the wedding cake and she has made all three wedding cakes for her other children, and it will be 2 round fruitcakes. The lady who iced the other three cakes has since died and we will have to find someone to do the icing. Both Fiance and i loathe marzipan and super-sweet thick or gluggy icing. in fact, we would secretly prefer a yummy chocolate cake but MIL+tradition trumps our personal preferences and i do like the thought that she has made cakes for all of her children. I am happy to have plainly iced cakes and simply decorate them both with fresh flowers (non-allergy, pesticide free ones of course!)
My question: if we want to steer clear of the usual heavy icing, what can it be replaced with? Fiance just loves white chocolate and i would like to please him. we will be married/reception outdoors at the height of the Australian summer (think 110plus temps, US brides.) the cake would be placed in the shade, but considering who has made the cake, i feel that it will need to be on display during the reception. but that will mean some sort of non-melting icing. i’m out of my depth on this one and would appreciate some suggestions!
Post # 3
Have you asked her if she can do a chocolate cake? I have a great recipe that I can share if you’d like, and it pairs excellently with powdered sugar instead of frosting, in fact it’s too rich a cake for every frosting I’ve tried to pair it with in the past, except an orange glaze.
Post # 4
@ddw: oh, if only we could ask her to change, but fruitcakes are her ‘thing’ (she makes a traditional fruit Christmas cake for each family at Christmas too, but with a light drizzle of icing (to get that drippy Christmasy effect) so we have many years of looking forward to a barely nibbled at fruitcake in the pantry, and evasive answers about how lovely it was until February when it might be ok to finally chuck it out)
thank you so, so much for your offer of a choccy cake recipe (quit tormenting me woman!) – i wish it were that easy, but it will have to be her famous fruitcake. the one small blessing is i won’t have to plow through an inch of icing, as long as i can find an alternative so that clear directions can be given to the cake lady, who no doubt will still try and talk us into an inch of sweetened concrete!
Post # 5
Oh boy…fruit cake… yum? Here’s what I would do…
Ask her to make ONE fruit cake. Tell her that you want it to be a top layer to your cake that you and your hubby cut at the reception. Then do the other layer(s) in flavors you actually like! If you’re not doing layers, then just have the fruit cake highlighted on its seperate stand so she feels special. You could also let her have her cake … and then do cupcakes of any flavor and variety you want!
As for icing – I HIGHLY recommend doing a white chocolate ganache since your man loves it so much. It’s just like making regular chocolate ganache, but using white chocolate chips —- just pure cream/heavy cream (I add a pad of butter) slowly heated to boiling then poured over your white chocolate chips and cooled. Then it’s just poured and spread onto your completely cooled cake. Easy peasy! And tasty! You can also make white chocolate frosting –> http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/dianas/recipeID/3533/Recipe.cfm
There are TONS of options out there! We’re doing gelato, cheesecake and a tiered cake that’s made out of stacked donuts! We hate cake!
Post # 6
I’m going to PM you my cake recipe anyway, because it will make your life better. 🙂