Snapshots: Cake Tasting

Cake Tasting

We are finally in less than one year stretch and still doing things ridiculously ahead of time.  We headed down to Orange County this past weekend to visit a friend who just moved back from Hawaii, and conveniently, she lives 15 minutes from our wedding venue.  We decided to take the opportunity to schedule not one but two cake tastings while we were in the area.

Note to brides to be, don’t schedule two tastings back to back. I’m pretty sure I had a sugar hangover when I woke up Sunday morning.  Although the sugar overload wasn’t my favorite, it was nice to try both places in a short period of time because we could remember the things we liked about each place and make a more informed decision.

Cake Tasting

Our first tasting was at Sweet & Saucey Shop in Newport.  Before we arrived for our tasting, we were giving a huge sheet of flavor options and made selections based on what we wanted to try.  For the frosting we chose: cream cheese based: regular, espresso, coconut, peanut butter, and Oreo, buttercream: vanilla, salted caramel, and Nutella, chocolate ganache, strawberries, raspberries, hazelnut crunch, Valrhona chocolate pearls, toffee bits and salted caramel drizzle.

Cake Tasting

We opted for the chocolate, vanilla almond and strawberry cake flavors.  And if you thought the frostings and toppings above were enough, think again – we also tried a few creamy fillings – whipped cream, vanilla Bavarian cream, lemon cheesecake mousse and chocolate mousse.

Cake Tasting

And those were just the cake options… We also tried a few mini desserts- traditional cheesecake with fresh fruit, cappuccino cheesecake, chocolate salted caramel tarts.  Last but not least, we sampled some mini cupcakes: candy bar, chocolate espresso, chocolate peanut butter, carrot cake, coconut, strawberry cream and nutella hazelnut.

After reading all of that, you probably are asking yourself how we didn’t get sick or need to roll each other to the car afterward… Patience my friends, it’s all about small bites.  Just enough to get the flavor combination and not enough to get yourself sick.  It also helped that we preferred the cream cheese frostings, which are less kick you in the stomach sweet compared to their buttercream cousins.  When it came to testing the mini desserts, we only ate a quarter of the tarts and one small fork full of each mini cupcake.  It was the perfect amount to taste the cake, frosting and any fillings, but no need to overload the tummy.

The entire experience at Sweet and Saucey Shop was super enjoyable.  Their décor is very cute and the fact that they have Styrofoam sample cakes all over the shop, helps you get an in person idea of the size of your cake.  We wanted a very simple textured design, so the pricing was extremely reasonable when it came time to talk numbers.  In our discussions with our consultant, we opted for a smaller cake, a simple two tiered style with two different flavors, which we will probably top with fresh flowers and a simple topper.  If cake is not our guests’ thing, we will have 4 different mini dessert options to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.   Our consultant was very knowledgeable and didn’t feel pushy.  She gave her opinion and was very helpful when it came to pointing out different sized cakes featured in the store to help us picture the cake in person.

I won’t spoil the surprise of what we ended up choosing for our wedding, but just know this – my sweet tooth will be more than satisfied 😉

#TBT Snapshots

Today’s post is a little more personal than my typical recipe posts.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been a little slow to post over the past month and it’s for a good reason I promise!  So let’s get right to it, shall we?

Long story short, Bill and I are engaged!

Now onto the deets – Bill has always been very interested in nature and landscape photography, so when he proposed a trip to Yosemite to take some photographs of the park with the snow covered trees, I didn’t think anything of it.  I’ve only been to Yosemite one other time in January two years ago but there was no snow, so I was excited to see what exactly the park looks like with a dusting of white fluffy snow.

Well we definitely got a little less than we bargained for when it came to the snow.  We ended up driving up Saturday afternoon and got to the park by 5pm, with only a tiny base layer of ice on the ground.  Needless to say we were mildly disappointed with the existing snowfall, but it was supposed to snow overnight, so we kept our hopes high.  We ended up going to a delicious dinner at the Ahwahnee Lodge – if you ever find yourself in Yosemite, do yourself a favor and get the onion soup – seriously it’s the and then some!  The short rib wasn’t too bad either.

We returned back to our lodge after our dinner and overnight the weather did a serious 180.  We woke up to a gorgeous scene of picturesque landscape covered in snow.  And it was still coming down!  We hiked around a bit after grabbing a quick bite to eat and got a couple of beautiful pictures of Yosemite Falls and the valley covered in white.  The whole time we were hiking through the valley, the snow was falling and it was definitely under 30 degrees !  It was truly an amazing view but as a southern California girl, it was a wee bit cold.  So when Bill suggested we drive around a bit, I jumped at the thought of sitting in a warm car.

We drove around the park for another 45 minutes looking for a scenic spot to take a few more pictures, but the snowfall was definitely making things more difficult.  We ended up back at our first picture taking site, Yosemite Falls and Bill set up his tripod with the perfect angle to capture the entire falls.  The lighting had improved and the snowfall had lessened, so we decided to get a picture of the two of us.  BUT of course, the remote was out of range, so Bill wasn’t able to get our picture the first time around.

Luckily, there was one man hanging out near the falls, Bill approached him and ask if he could take our picture.  Bill made sure I was perfectly positioned on an invisible mark and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  And of course I said yes!  Luckily, our new found friend was able to capture the most beautiful image of Bill’s proposal.

Some people say they blackout during proposals, luckily I didn’t blackout, but I felt like time was passing soo slowly, like I was outside of my body watching everything happen in front of me.  Whether it actually lasted 10 minutes or just 60 seconds, it was a beautiful moment between Bill and I, and I am so glad that we have an image to remember it by.

The best part of where the proposal happened was that we couldn’t call anyone for at least an hour after it happened, since cell service is almost nonexistent in Yosemite National Park.  We were able to enjoy the moment together, knowing that we were the only two people in the world {plus our photog} who knew what happened just minutes before.

Proposal at Yosemite Falls