“Simple, traditional, stylish …. and purple” – that was the brief for this Wedding Cake which has made its way across the Irish Sea to it’s destination on the south-western coast of Ireland. With a journey of 7 hours & 47 minutes, including a 3 hour ferry crossing, this will be the furthest one of my cakes has travelled. Killarney (Cill Airne) is the wedding venue, a pretty town in County Kerry, and the home of Jon and Cora. What a amazing place to make your home – it sits on Lough Leane, part of the Killarney National Park on the beautiful Ring of Kerry. A place that’s definitely on my bucket list!
I baked a deep 10″ round sponge for Jon & Cora, filled with rose flavoured buttercream and a layer fruit jam – a nice size for a small family celebration, with some left over to enjoy after the wedding.
I covered the cake with pale ivory Renshaw fondant and then mixed a slightly darker shade of caramel to give contrast and blend with the purple, which was a combination of ‘grape violet’ and ‘deep purple’ – a detail that I know will only have meaning for fellow decorators!
I really enjoy making hand moulded roses – its a kind of therapy. As long as I am in the zone, with a suitably inspiring soundtrack, I could make roses all day. BBC Radio 4 is often my soundtrack of choice, but I will often get caught up with Bach on the flute, or Bruch on the violin, and on a lighter note – you can’t beat a bit of Bublé.
So my cake has purple ribbon for the bride, her favourite colour; a ring of roses for the Ring Of Kerry, their beautiful home, and tiny cascading blossoms for their little bundle of joy on the way.
It was a delight to make this special cake for a couple who I feel I know, but have not yet met; and for Jon’s lovely Mum – Kathryn, and her lovely Brian – who had the unenviable responsibility of getting it to the wedding venue in one piece.
So Kathryn pay heed to this traditional Irish wedding custom …….
any new mother-in-law should note that to ensure good relations with her new daughter-in-law all she has to do is break a piece of the wedding cake over the bride’s head as she arrives at the wedding breakfast.
Gently does it though – what a bizarre custom!
Ooh I can feel a song coming on …..
By Killarney’s lakes and fells,
Em’rald isles and winding bays;
Mountain paths and woodland dells,
Mem’ry ever fondly strays.
Bounteous nature loves all lands
Beauty wonders ev’rywhere;
Footprints leaves on many strand,
But her home is surely there!
Angels fold their wings and rest,
In that Eden of the west
Beauty’s home Killarney,
Heaven’s reflex Killarney.
If this folk song written almost 100 years ago is anything to go by, I can’t wait to visit.
Photographs belong to ‘Judith Bond Cakes’
Photographed with Nikon D50, Nikon DX AF-5 Nikkor 18-55mm Lens
I’m Judith. I’ve been caking since 2012. I also love to write, photograph, travel, drink coffee and read books. This is my cake blog where you’ll find recipes, and baking tips and all my latest cake projects.
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