Choosing the dessert for your wedding isn’t always a piece of cake. Planning a wedding in Portland the options for food were seeming endless. I knew I wanted something people would actually eat. Every wedding I have ever been to nobody ever eats the cake. And since this is the same city internationally known for Voodoo Donuts I wanted to incorporate that into the decision.
Like every other vendor I had selected for the wedding I had a specific process. I would go to Google and type in “Best (insert vendor here)”. So when I typed in “Best Wedding Cake in Portland” I was thrilled to find La Jaconde Cakes.
Her cakes were sky-high layers of ruffled buttercream creations. I was only intended to do a quick consultation and tasting but I totally fell in love with everything we created.
When I sat down I explained that I wanted something unique and I had been thinking about working donuts into dessert somehow. Jutta aka “Cake Lady” pretty much responded like “Say no more.”
She broke out her colored pencil and sketch paper, the same tools she used to create buildings in her former profession as an architect, and drew a replica of what my cake would potentially look like.
She sketched out a drawing of a multi-tiered cake. There were alternating layers of textured buttercream to give the creation a classy aesthetic, then she left room for the donuts to make a layer, and then another layer of buttercream in a different flavor, and more donuts. The first layer was a “Honey Whiskey” flavor of yellow cake. The second layer consisted of a “Chocolate Pinot Noir” with the top tier being made of “Red Velvet Cream Cheese”
We tweaked the idea a bit by replacing Voodoo Donuts with Coco Donuts to make the design a bit sleeker. This was a better choice especially since Coco Donuts had a Lavender flavored icing that matched the blush and nude color vibe of our wedding.
Since I still wanted my out of town guests to experience Voodoo Donuts without having to wait in their ridiculous line during our wedding weekend, we decided to have them on display as another dessert.
The incredible people of Pearl Catering at Urban Studio arranged everything on top of the matte sequin linen from La Tavola Fine Linen. The design was an fresher version of the sequins trend with a matte sequin in a nude color.
In the end the “Donut Cake” ended up being an iconic dessert for an iconic wedding.