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Wedding Cake Tasting at The Solvang Bakery

I haven’t posted much about wedding planning on the blog, but with less than 2 months to go until the wedding, most of my days/nights/weekends have been devoted to getting ready for the big day.  This past weekend I did a quick whirlwind trip up north to finalize some of the details, which included wedding cake tasting at The Solvang Bakery.

Wedding Cake Tasting Solvang Bakery SliceNot going to lie, the cake tasting was one of the things I was looking forward to most when I began planning our wedding.  I love cake (who doesn’t?) and I feel your wedding cake choice is a fun way for people to see who you are as a couple based on your taste preferences.

The one thing I was a bit nervous about when it came to the wedding cake tasting at The Solvang Bakery was my food allergies.  I emailed the owner Melissa and explained that I couldn’t have anything with corn, soy or walnuts.  She was incredibly nice, and when they brought out the cake for us to taste, she labeled everything and listed out all the ingredients which was fabulous.

Wedding Cake Tasting IngredientsNot only were all the cakes at Solvang Bakery delicious, they brought us very generous slices as well.  I’ve never seen so much cake and frosting in my life.  Fortunately I had the Englishman and my parents to help me wade through all the cake, and we even managed to give a few pieces to people who were visiting the bakery as well.

Wedding Cake Tasting SliceThe overall process was a blast.  We got to taste a variety of different cakes and were given little cups of frosting in case we wanted to mix and match some flavors.  One of my favorite frosting flavors was a coconut one made with sunflower seed butter.  I’ll definitely try to recreate that one at home.

Wedding Cake Tasting FrostingThe flavors we tasted included chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, carrot (made with pecans!), vanilla, lemon and almond.  While I don’t want to reveal what we decided on quite yet, I will say I’m quite pleased with our final cake and the fact that we have a couple of different flavors on different tiers so I think everyone will end up with something they like.

Wedding Cake Tasting FlavorsIf you are ever in the Santa Ynez Valley be sure to visit The Solvang Bakery.  They make a variety of Danish pastries in addition to cakes and other confections.  Plus, everyone who works there is incredibly nice and their desserts are GOOD.

Now that the wedding cake is ordered, I just need to decide overall presentation of the cake.  Any recommendations?

Engagement Party.

This past weekend, the Englishman and I finally celebrated our engagement party with our family and some of our closest friends.  My parents were kind enough to host the party at their house, and we were treated to delicious food from Plums Catering and cupcakes thanks to Sprinkles (my all-time favorite).  It was the perfect party to kick off the official wedding planning season.

Purple tablecloth + autumn flowers = wedding colors

Delicious food from Plums

Tower of Sprinkles cupcakes (the pumpkin is the best!)

A couple of my favorites (instagrammed of course)


Looking Forward to Fall

It’s hard to believe that the end of August is here and September is just around the corner.  This year, summer literally just flew by.  While I love summer, I’m also looking forward to fall this year for a variety of reasons:

1. Football Season – I do love me some football season, and with my uncle coaching with the Chargers this year, you can bet I’ll be making my way to San Diego for a few games.

2. Pumpkin – It’s true, I love all things pumpkin including pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin candles, pumpkin bread, pumpkin oatmeal, and these decadent looking vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls I found on pinterest.

3. Fall Clothes – Boots, jackets, sweaters, colored jeans, etc.  I am determined to get a new pair of black boots this year and could use a few more pairs of colored denim, even though I have been wearing my red denim jeans to death this summer.

4. Wedding Planning – After becoming engaged in July, the rest of the summer was a bit of a whirlwind with a very busy schedule at work and fun travel to Colorado.  Things will hopefully slow down a bit in the fall which will give me a chance to finally focus on some wedding things, like finding a wedding photo booth because that was way too much fun at the wedding last week.

5. Trip to the bay area/Napa Valley – This may or may not have to do with wedding planning…

6. Other fall travel – I’m hoping to take a few road trips this fall and possibly a trip out to Vegas if the mood so strikes.  Last time I went was when I won money on the slots, so clearly this must be repeated.

7.  Comfort Food – I do love the food that comes with fall – warm soups, casseroles and other hearty fare.  Perhaps I can convince the Englishman to make his chicken, eggplant and pork paella again.

8.  Moving – Can’t say too much on this one yet, but if all goes to plan, the Englishman and I will be moving this fall (fingers crossed).

What are you looking forward to this fall?