Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Follow the Bride: Sweet Maria, The Real Cake Boss

Wedding cake: You either love it or you hate it. Keith and I fall into the latter category. Don’t get me wrong, we love sweets, but we’d rather stay on the dance floor than pick at another slice of white or yellow cake with fruit filling and too much buttercream.

That’s why when it came time to pick our own wedding cake we gave in and just picked out 10. That’s right, we’re creating a cake buffet featuring 10 amazing flavors. Our favorite Waterbury, CT, baker Maria Bruscino Sanchez, owner of Sweet Maria's is the lady for the job. Here’s an excerpt from her menu: Carmel Apple Cake, Butterfinger Cake, Cookies and Cream Cake and Peanut Butter Cup Cake...I could go on...

Maria is also a master cake artist and could probably carve the Statue of Liberty out of cake if I asked her to. But instead I wanted understated and elegant. Before we got to taste the cakes, we flipped through a few photo albums of her work and I showed her the design from my invitation. We decided on details like scroll work, pearl trims and candy bows. Here's a sneak peek:

Then Maria brought out a 12-inch tray of samples: three slices of cake and four whopping piles of mouse filling (Strawberry, raspberry, white chocolate and chocolate). The strawberry was our favorite—it tasted so fresh. And, believe it or not, we liked her white cake the best.

I have high hopes for Sweet Maria’s special flavors and I’m so excited to see how she decorates each cake and then arranges them on the buffet. She invited us back for a second tasting to try a few other cakes and view her sketches. While I know that whatever Maria cooks up will be special, I don’t think I can resist the temptation of more dessert! (Neither can Keith!)

Readers, tell me about your cake tasting. What flavor cake did you decide on? And what unique ideas for design and presentation did you have?


Elizabeth said...

As much as I hate decisions, when it comes to food, options are best!!! Awesome decision!

Susan said...

I love the idea of a cake buffet. Will they be displayed on antique cake stands?

Lacey said...

Fabulous idea!! I HATE cake. I wanted a pudding fountain, a pudding bowl, a pudding ANYTHING (love pudding), but couldn't convince the fiancee. We finally settled on a white cake with rasberry filling (though I did want pudding filling). It turned out fabulous. So much so that the we ate the top tier the week after. So much for saving it for our one year anniversary. Love your idea and think it will be a huge hit.

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