Tasty Tangents

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The Cake

So I somehow talked myself into thinking that I could make a 3-tiered cake for my sister Natalie’s wedding shower. And while I think we completed it successfully, it was definitely a team effort. It’s also not one I expect to repeat anytime soon, and certainly not on my own.

We baked the chocolate cakes a week in advance and froze them tightly packaged in plastic wrap. They were defrosted in the fridge the day before they were frosted, and frosted the night before they were to be served.

The making of Natalie's shower cake

The making of Natalie's shower cake

So here’s the play by play. Each tier consisted of two chocolate cakes covered in a whipped sugar vanilla frosting and then coated in coconut. We started by doing a “crumb coat” or a thin coat of frosting, then putting the assembled cakes back into the fridge for a few minutes, which helps prevent getting crumbs in the outer layer of frosting.

Each layer, which was placed on a cardboard base with a small hole in the middle, was then given a second coat of frosting and a layer of coconut. Wooden dowels were also inserted into the cake to allow them to be stacked, four in the bottom tier, three in the middle tier and one that ran through the full height of the cake to stop them from sliding.

The real trick was properly centering each layer, then wrapping them in a double layer of ribbon to add some colour.

I’m really happy with how everything turned out, and I think the bride was too. Many thanks go out to my youngest sister Joanna for the teamwork, mom for the moral support and photography, and everyone else who contributed.

Natalie's Shower Cake

Natalie's Shower Cake

Who knows, for the right person, I might even do it again.


  1. Wow! It looks amazing! I love the little bird house on the top too!

  2. I was one of the lucky women at the shower. The cake looked professionally prepared, and matched Natalie’s colours. Most importantly, the cake was very fresh, moist, and delicious. Congratulations on the work you all did to make this very special cake!

  3. It looks FABULOUS! Very professional! Where did you get the birdcage? I love it!

    • Thanks! The birdhouse was a dollar store find that I hand-painted with food colouring and trimmed with pearl stick-ons and ribbon. I’m not an artist, but I like to think I’m crafty! :)

  4. The cake looked amazing and tasted very delicious! We can see from the pictures that a lot of TLC went into the making of this cake! Congratulations to all, you should all be very happy and proud with the results!! Well done!!

  5. I’m a right person :)
    Eh? Eh?
    Too soon?

  6. I was so honoured:) You and Joanna your sous-chef did an awesome job and it was totally worth breaking my diet for. LOVE IT.

  7. Tears came to my eyes as I remembered the play by play and savoured the flavor in my memory. It was totally worth breaking the diet. And I am glad that we have a little bit of it left because by Thanksgiving I am going to break my diet again and have ANOTHER piece of cake :) Da cekk is fabolos. I loved the colours the most. Congratulations to Amanda, Joanna, Natalie, and Jason. Love, Claire.

  8. Best cake I ever ate/saw…I will be visiting at Thanksgiving for another piece;)

  9. Awesome, this cake looks VERY professional. You should be very proud of yourself. A lot of work but worth every bite.

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