When I had dreams of getting married as a little girl, as little girls do, I would always imagine two things: 1. The man of my dreams whom resembled the likes of Tom Lee Jones (I was a weird kid, OK?!) and 2. The cake, which was always as gorgeous as my dress. Clearly, I was destined to work in food, not fashion. When my boss stumbled upon this crazy cake on Instagram, we knew it would surpass all of our wildest childhood wedding dreams.
When I visited the mastermind behind this cake, Reshmi Bennett, in London a few weeks ago, I couldn't believe my eyes. There she was at 5 p.m. on a Friday, chocolate stains on her apron and cheek, finessing decorations on the most insanely intricate group of cakes, all set to be delivered to customers the following day. But none of them measured up to the cake we were there to film: a unicorn horn-shaped stunner (inspired by a traditional croquembouche cake) that she spends days baking, leveling, stacking, dowelling, and carving into its perfect cone structure - a precise process of which Bennett is highly protective.
Once the cake structure sets, she frosts it in gorgeous pastel buttercreams, giving the round base a watercolor look. We arrived for what happens next: the insane decorating. "Instead of limiting the toppings to profiteroles and macarons like a traditional croquembouche cake," Bennett says, "I thought having a whole smorgasbord of desserts would be much more of a feast for the eyes - and the belly." So in addition to baking and carving the cake, she makes every single item that goes on top: raspberry macarons! candied popcorn! cream-filled eclairs! Ferrero Rocher mini ice cream cones! meringue buttercream flowers! buttermilk donuts! chocolate glazed profiteroles! If that sounds intense, it's because it is - such a labor of love that Bennett limits herself to making only one of these cakes a month. "The whole process takes three days at full throttle," she says.
But the end result had made a lot of brides happy. The towering behemoth stands about 3 feet tall and is absolutely stunning. To ogle more at Bennett's creations, head to Anges de Sucre.
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