I love participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers and writing a story, reflection, or musing at least once a week.
We couldn't help but giggle a little. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and it was time to shop for a wedding cake. We pulled up in two cars since Libby, Jamie, Libby's best friend and Maid of Honor, Hannah, Katie, and her boyfriend, John, and I were all there to taste cake. Sandy, the owner of the bakery, hadn't exactly expected that many people. I think I had told her 3 of 4 of us were coming. When we pulled up, we were a little shocked by the small storefront. How were we all going to fit in there?!
It was tiny! The warm little waiting room was crammed full of beautiful cakes and smelled of delicious sugar and pastries. A little wrought iron table and 3 chairs were set up in the middle of the room. We were looking around, craning our necks to look at all the masterpiece cakes. Out came Sandy, who also giggled when she saw us, saying, "Well, there isn't enough cake for all of you!" She was wearing an apron, had a high and cheerful voice, and was sprinkled with flour. Even though she might have been a little annoyed that we all came, she hid it well with her sense of humor. She got us settled, propping Katie and John up on stools by the window, and situating Jamie, Libby, Hannah, and I around the tiny table with big, fat scrapbooks full of pictures of cakes to browse, and bustled to the back of the bakery to set us up with cake samples.
Well, I don't know what she meant by not having enough for all of us because we got a huge plate for the four of us sitting at the little table, and she gave Katie and John their own plate of cakes! We were feeling a little woozy from the sweet-smelling sugar that wafted under our noses.
The happy couple and Maid of Honor, Hannah
Cakes, cakes, and more cakes Katie and John
YUM!! We loved tasting each one, experimenting with combinations of cakes, icing, and fillings. Sandy gave us great advice and was SO helpful. We had another cake-tasting appointment booked in December, but there was no doubt at the end of this consultation that Sandy and DessertWorks Cakery were the ones we'd choose. We decided right then and there. Libby and Jamie chose a beautiful design, and we decided on three flavors for the layers: the white, fluffy icing, vanilla cake with strawberry mousse filling, chocolate chip cake with caramel filling, and Libby's favorite cake flavor, red velvet, with Bailey's Irish Cream filling. Oh my!
We had to look back at Ed's and my wedding cake when we got home. I have to say, I wouldn't choose it today. It seems a little tacky now that I see it again, but we loved it at the time!
What a great time we had that day! Sandy's cheerfulness, infectious laugh, and delicious cakes made a wedding consultation fun and memorable. I can't wait to see (and eat) the actual cake in June!