Vanilla and Apricot Wedding Cake
Apricot-jam filling and apricot buttercream complement vanilla cake.
- Servings: 155
Photography: Sang An
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2011
- 1 each 6-, 8-, and 12-inch-diameter layers Moist Yellow Cake
- 2 each 10- and 14-inch-diameter layers Moist Yellow Cake
- 1 each matching-diameter round foam boards
- Brandy Simple Syrup
- 3 1/2 cups Apricot Puree
- 2 recipes apricot buttercream and 4 recipes vanilla buttercream: Apricot or Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe
- 48 wooden (1/4-inch) dowels, about 5 inches long
- 30 sheets wafer paper for ruffles
Assemble each tier: Trim cake level; cut horizontally into 2 layers (10- and 14-inch tiers will have 4 layers). Set 1 layer on same-size foam board. Brush with syrup; spread on puree (see filling amounts below). Then add apricot buttercream (for 10- and 14-inch tiers, repeat with second and third layers). Add top layer. Spread a thin coating of vanilla buttercream over top and sides to seal in crumbs (see coating amounts below); chill until firm, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then coat each tier with vanilla buttercream; refrigerate.
Stack tiers: insert support dowels in all but the top tier (14": 17 dowels; 12": 13; 10": 13; 8": 5), cutting them to the same height as the finished tier. Stack tiers on cake board. Pipe a pearl border at the base of each tier using vanilla buttercream in a pastry bag with a small round tip, such as Ateco No. 2.
Decorate cake with double ruffles: Let warm to room temperature so buttercream is soft. Cut wafer papers in half lengthwise to make 4-by-11-inch strips. Lightly dampen a paper towel; squeeze to remove any excess moisture. Dampen a wafer-paper strip on both sides with paper towel, and moisten fingertips. Beginning at one end, gather the paper along the center, laying your index finger along the center and folding the ruffles up around it on each side (do not let them touch). Pinch the folds in the paper from the underside, moistening it if necessary so it sticks to itself. Join on new pieces with moistened fingers. While the finished double ruffle is still malleable, press the fold deeply into the soft buttercream of each tier (ruffles that stiffen up can be steamed to soften them). Ruffles may be inserted the night before serving and refrigerated overnight.