How Sweet It Is

When we first considered desserts, we envisioned a rustic assortment of cakes and pies. And then I tasted a cupcake from Providence Divine Cakes and Pastries in York, PA. “Divine” is the perfect adjective to describe the moist, flavorful cake and the swirl of sweet buttercream on top. Naturally, our plans changed.

There’s a reason why cupcake towers are a wedding trend. They enable the bride and groom to select a variety of flavor combinations, there’s no additional cost to “cut the cake,” and the display is just so darn cute.

We served the following:

  • Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting
  • Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting
  • Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting
  • Vanilla cake with coconut frosting
  • Red velvet with buttercream frosting

(Yes, I’m craving one right now.)

The cupcakes tumbled down the three-tier display (provided by the bakery) and onto the round table alongside our Gocco’d napkins.

gocco wedding dessert napkinsred and orange cupcake display

For our 6-inch round cake topper, we chose a white cake brushed with Chambord and layered with raspberry Champbord preserves and mousse. Yum!

To the tune of “How Sweet It Is,” by James Taylor (predictable I know, but he is truly one of my favorite artists), we sliced into our wedding cake with an engraved Lenox knife given to us by my parents.

red and orange wedding cupcake tower

The red and orange ribbons looked oh so pretty, but proved to be a hazard.

wedding cutting the cake

As evidence from this perfectly timed shot, we both thought the cake was going to topple off the pedestal and onto the ground.

wedding cutting the cake

But it remained in place, and we happily shared bites with kisses in between. (Note: We did not submit to the “smash it” chants, but later in the evening, one bridesmaid and one groomsman ended up with frosting all over their faces. I took it as a sign of a good time.)

wedding cutting the cake

About that shared slice of cake, it was the only piece we saw and tasted. Somehow, our ravenous guests got into the rest of it. We didn’t notice this until the following morning when I asked my parents if they put the remainder in the freezer. “No,” my mom said, “there was none left! But it sure tasted good.” Fortunately for us, Providence provides a complimentary cake for our first anniversary!

Did you taste a dessert that you simply had to serve at your wedding?

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{photos credit to Robert Winton}