You might also recall that once Daniel and I decided to get married in NorCal, the question of where we would get our cake was answered for us. There was no way we were going to give up getting our cake at Katrina Rozelle.
So when we were last in the Bay Area, we stopped by Katrina Rozelle for our cake tasting. I dearly wish I had not felt like I was going to die while we were there. I might actually have gotten some pictures if I hadn't been so delirious. But even though my ability to smell was essentially nonexistent at the time, it was still some of the best cake I have ever tasted.
It was both very easy and very difficult for us to choose a flavor. All of the cakes were so freaking amazing that it was hard to turn them down. It felt...wrong to deny any of them. Nonetheless, there were two that immediately stood out to both of us, and one that dominated even those two. Imagine luscious devil's food cake (chocolate for those of you who are not as obsessed as I am) with a filling that perfectly blends chocolate and caramel, topped with rich chocolate ganache-like frosting. Good as god, sweet as sin. The perfect balance. Especially for us, since Daniel is as great a lover of caramel as I am of chocolate. From the first taste, we knew this was the cake for us. The perfect blend of the things we love. And so our cake will be the Erica Torte.
Choosing the inside was easy, but the outside required more time. We've been looking at cake styles for a while, and we had an idea of what we wanted. Though our tastes do not entirely coincide, we both like fresh flowers, particularly orchids. Daniel doesn't like roses for the cake, and I didn't really mind our cake's flowers differing from the other arrangements, so we decided to go with these flowers:
Martha Stewart may be a bit crazy, but she sure does have taste.
They work with our colors while still standing out, and these flowers are just different. We like them.
As for the arrangement, I originally was really set on something like this:
Ignore the different sized layers. I like flowers on top and then small groups of flowers on alternating sides of the lower layers. However, that just didn't feel right with orchids. As we looked through pictures, we were both pretty taken with cascades of orchids, especially on smaller cakes (and with our $3.50/slice cake-cutting fee, we're going to have to have a small cake) like this:
We both want a round cake and hate those little beady things around the edges, but other than that, we liked this one a lot. In the end, we decided to format our cake like this:
Imagine this as a two-tiered, much smaller cake with our orchids and a thin blue ribbon of marzipan instead of the dreaded beads, and that's our cake. I rather like it. It would have been nice to have a bigger cake, at least a three-tiered one, but I guess with all of the other food we're going to have, it's not really necessary anyway. It'll be cute, and it will taste amazing, so we're happy.
But I must leave you with the image that we couldn't afford and that looks totally different from all of the other cakes I like, but that I completely and utterly fell in love with anyway:
Imagine it all round, three-tiered with the vines covering the whole thing. Le sigh. It is so beautiful.
Anyway, do you love cake as much as I do, or did you decide to go a different route with dessert? I'd love to see pictures of your cake or ones that you found particularly appealing.