Let Us Eat Cake!

Valentine’s Day may be over, but you know what that means: Someone you know is now engaged to be married. Is it you?

Whether you’re the bride-to-be or an invitee with a sweet tooth, read on, because where there’s a wedding, there’s bound to be cake.

To find out what we have to look forward to, we chatted up Prestonwood Country Club’s Executive Pastry Chef, Todd Richter.

He should know; he and his team bake for 70 weddings per year, plus numerous club events and special orders.

Richter’s got more than 20 years of industry experience and reigns as Pastry Chef of the Year in North Carolina, a title granted by the statewide chapter of the American Culinary Federation. 

Here’s his food for thought:

Design extras: Swiss dots, smooth tiers, minimal piping and color, clean lines

Color splash: Fresh flowers as cake décor  

Flavor zing: A different taste for each cake tier, with added fillings in delicious options like hazelnut buttercream, strawberry and chocolate mousse

There’s much more … but we’ll let these Prestonwood wedding-cake pictures whisper their own sweet nothings. Be sure to share!   

1. Hand-Crafted Artistry
Each tier features a unique frosting application which adds depth and intricacy to the overall wedding cake. A diamond cross-hatch pattern on the top tier is followed by horizontal combing on the second tier. All eyes are on the third tier, made up of layered gum paste leaves with individually painted edible gold borders. The fourth tier of piped draping and chocolate buttons anchors the confection. Photo by Azul Photography

2. Timeless Elegance
Impressive in size, but simple in adornments, this show-stopping five-tiered buttercream frosted cake is trimmed with rhinestone ribbon and dressed with fresh flowers. The result is a centerpiece that is luxe and elegant, yet balanced with smooth, modern lines. Photo By Dara Blakeley Photography

3. Winter Wonderland
A two-tiered smooth buttercream cake adorned with fondant bows and silver brooches sits atop multi-flavored cupcakes for guests, each decorated with chocolate snowflakes and silver dragées. The first of its kind unveiled at Prestonwood, this approach has the potential to develop into a popular offering following the rise of specialty cupcakes nationwide. Photo by Sweet Life Studios.

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