Monday, September 3, 2018

Wedding Vows Pie and a Polkadot Drip Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette CakeSaturday was my 4th wedding anniversary - four years married to my amazing husband and best friend, who has become such a wonderful father to our two little boys.  Our life together is everything I ever wanted for a family of my own, and as our relationship has evolved from boyfriend and girlfriend, to newlyweds, to parents, I'm more sure than ever that this is exactly where I want to be.  That he is my person forever.

To celebrate, I made a pie on Friday which we finished over the weekend, and a cake for today, but I'll start with the cake...

I made a cherry chocolate chip cake flavored with maraschino cherries and juice, and studded with semi-sweet chocolate chips.  To be honest, the cake itself didn't turn out quite like I planned, which is why I'm not sharing the recipe.  The batter went into the oven a pretty pink, but baked up brown, the chocolate chips all sank to the bottom of the pans, and the flavor of the cherries was lost on me.  It was still moist, and incredibly tasty, just not my idea of what a cherry cake should be.

The design, though, is exactly what I had envisioned, and I think it's perfectly lovely with the chocolate chip polka dots contrasting with the pale pink buttercream, drippy ganache, and swirly buttercream rosettes.



Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake, Drip Cake, Polkadot Cake, Cake Decorating, Rosette Cake





Now, for the pie.  I've recently been experimenting with stamping words into pie dough to see how well it holds the impressions after baking, and I've been very pleased with the results.  The pie crust cutters for the leaves and flowers are from William Sonoma, although you can find similar ones at Michaels, depending on the season.  And on Etsy, of course, you can find pretty much anything.

For the lettering, though, I used my Craftsy snap-together letter embossers (which also work beautifully for embossing fondant).  Of course, a little of the definition is lost during baking since this is a flaky pastry, but I think it still looks remarkably pretty post-bake.  I've yet to try these stamps on shortbread cookies, but that might be my next project.






Wedding Vows, Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Wedding Pie, Alphabet Embossers

Wedding Vows, Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Wedding Pie, Alphabet Embossers

Wedding Vows, Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Wedding Pie, Alphabet Embossers




I've made a few other embossed pies that turned out beautifully, and I love the idea of stamping quotes or personal messages on the top crust.  To make an embossed crust, use your favorite homemade or store-bought crust, and after rolling it out on a floured surface, and before transferring it to the top of the pie, stamp your message.  Carefully lift it onto the pie and trim the edges, then chill for about 30 minutes before baking.  I invite you to get your own set of embossers and share your photos of your embossed pies by tagging me on Instagram.  I'd love to see your creations!




Wedding Vows, Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Wedding Pie, Alphabet Embossers

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