Paperbark Tree Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers and Chanterelles

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The photos from my first ever wedding cake have arrived.

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You may remember my post back in September last year when I announced I would be making my first wedding cake. My friends Russel and Nicole were getting ready to celebrate their special day and they wanted an extra-special cake. The brief wasn’t the traditional white fondant and fruitcake. Instead, Russel and Nicole were going for the ultimate fairytale and wanted a cake that was rustic and elegant.This was quite different from my previous cake attempts which included a Naked Cake and a Nintendo 64 Cake. Or my cheeky Ryan Gosling Abs Cake which I made for a friend’s farewell. The cake needed to be fresh and serve 200 guests. I was in for a challenge. I devised a layered chocolate mud cake, sandwiched with ganache and covered in grey fondant to replicate the wafer-like paperbark tree. This suited the bouquet perfectly and allowed the flowers to speak for themselves. I had arranged the flowers as instructed and realised that the cake was missing something. There were too many empty spaces on each of the layers. The solution came in the form of a white chanterelle mushroom crafted from fondant. These delicate sugar creations were the perfect touch. The cake was a hit and was completely devoured by the end of the night.

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What cake should I try next? Let me know in the comments section below. I love receiving photos of your kitchen creations. Send me your recipes and dishes by tagging #brendonthesmilingchef and #whatsbrendoncooking on Instagram or Tweeting to @bthesmilingchef.

Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling,

Brendon 🙂

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