Mini Cheesecake Trial: Success!

Hey Ladies,

So on the weekend my mom, my sister and I did a trail run of my mini cheesecake idea. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that my wedding food is more of a comfort food style rather than traditional wedding food. So for our cake, i wanted something different. Everyone is really on board with the cupcake cake idea, and i was thinking about other things that i could make miniature versions of, and since i have an extreme fondness for cheesecake, it seemed so natural. Plus B has a really limited sweet tooth, and cheesecake is still something he enjoys, so perfect!

I did some googling and found this post by Bakerella: Super Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes. Umm? How awesome does that sound?! I especially like the Super Easy part.

So we made some modifications to make them super mini easy cheesecakes (see what i did there?!). I bought some really teeny candy foil cups from the Bulk Store, and i bought some of the bigger 2″ foil cups, I wanted to see which cups were better. We also made our own crust, rather than using the vanilla wafers. This is the recipe we used for the crust. The challenge really came when we were trying to get the crust into the teeny candy cups without loosing the shape. Our collective brain power lead us to the mortar and pestle that was just perfectly the size of the bottom of the cup.  So we smushed some crust in the bottoms of the cups, topped them off with the cheesecake mix, and popped them in the oven. We put them on a cookie sheet rather than a mini-muffin pan. I think the mini-muffin pan is key to them keeping their shape. Although i can’t be sure, because we did really fill the cookie sheet, so it’s possible they could have kept their shape, if we’d left enough room between each cake.

So after a taste test… obviously. We found some things around the house to top the cakes off with. I had some cocoa powder, and some skor toffee pieces, and my mom whipped up some lemon topping from fresh lemons and boom:

We have to work on the toppings for the real deal, but I was really impressed with how easy and inexpensive the whole process was. For our actual wedding cheesecakes, we’ll use a gluten-free graham cracker crust, as we have some people with Celiac attending the wedding and we want to be sure everyone can partake! And they’ll be displayed on a cupcake tower that i’m borrowing from a friend. The top tier will be a carrot cake, at B’s request. And Chowhound highly recommends the carrot cake from Carole’s Cheesecake Company, and there’s one in Yorkville. So hopefully next week i can pop in after work one day and bring a slice home for Brent to critique – he’s quite particular about his carrot cake. And if Carole’s isn’t THE one, we can try a few others on the list too!
So there we go, cake = sorted!

When it rains it pours..

So i have been one busy bee!

Here’s some things i’ve got done in the last week.

1. created on an online registry from the comfort of my couch using this fantastic, easy to use website: MyRegistry.com. It’s brilliant, you can put ANYTHING your heart desires on there, that is ANYWHERE on the internet. Boom. you can have it all! As a bride, it’s the simplest thing i’ve found as far as online registries go. I’m not sure how the user/guest will find it, but will post back, if i hear anything negative from the other side. I’ll go into more detail about this site later on.

2. Mini-cheesecake trial, completed. Success!
There will be cheesecakes at the wedding! Yay… again photos and instructions to follow…

3. Menu tasting with the Lakeview. One word. WOW… you guessed it more details later.

4. Dresses found and bought! My MOH and bridesmaid have both found their navy dresses, and will be both wearing really gorgeous sparkly gold shoes! Mission accomplished! There will be no more on this… that pretty much says it all! ha. My mom, my brother, and my Dad, all also got their outfits for the wedding! Yay! My dad and my bro are wearing full dress traditional kilts to the wedding, and i’m really stoked about that! And my mom bought a beautiful Jacques Vert outfit on sale for 50% off, and then further reduced by 30%! So if your mom is looking for something special for your wedding, i recommend popping into the Bay.

5. Wedding favours decided, and now i just need the packaging.

6. i also bought and ink pad and address labels for the invites… the address labels are by Martha Stewart, who, if you’ve been reading along expressly said you are not to type out the addresses on the envelopes, and yet, these labels come with an online template for PRINTING ADDRESSES!  they’re pretty and gold rimmed. How could i not buy them. Now i just need to source decent weight ivory envelopes and i’m prepared for envelope stuffing!

7. shower date picked!

I’d say that was a pretty productive week! i deserve a beer, I’ll jog it off later! For those that don’t know I’ve signed up to run a 5K in October just a month before the wedding, as a motivator to get in shape, since my gym membership is not being used, out of spite. Don’t get me started on the Fitness One in the Dufferin mall! So anyway, on top of all this wedding planning and summer funness, i’ve been getting up 3 days a week at 7:30 to go for a jog before work. I’m pretty impressed with myself!

Stay tuned for more details on all of the above!

 

Challenges of the week

Hi Friends.

So I’ve encountered a few challenges this week…. the first is with the DJ company. Something to know is that we are having a friend DJ our wedding, but we have to use the sound system at the venue (duh) and it’s owned by an outside DJ company who are charging us a technician fee to just have someone on site, making sure our DJ doesn’t blow a speaker. Fine. The fee is not cheap, it’s $50/hr, essentially for an extra dude in the room for the entire night. The owner of the DJ Company is the person i’ve been dealing with and he’d asked me to be in touch with our DJ to find out what he needs. I was at a gig on Friday night and our DJ friend was in attendance, and we were talking about song choices etc (Bon Jovi is a must, and so is Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams). I asked what he needs he said turn tables and a mixer. Sounds standard to me…. I pass along this message to the DJ Company and check this, turns out, they don’t supply turn tables…. a DJ company that does not have turn tables… WTF?! So guess what. It will cost me more money to rent them. Why should it cost me more money to rent the equipment, when i’m already forced to use your services. You should provide what i need considering the hourly fee i’m paying for your guy to stand around and do nothing for 8 hours!

A DJ company without turntables…

Second challenge of the week, and it’s only Wednesday, scheduling a tasting at one of the potential caterers. One of them, was easy peasy, it’s set up for next Tuesday evening. The other company only does tastings Monday – Friday, during business hours…. I’m pretty sure i’m not the only client in the world with a job, so why would they only do tastings during office hours, when people who can afford their services – work?! So despite their delicious sounding menu, i may not be able to choose them because i can’t get time off to taste their food! Seems silly. Another strange thing about this particular caterer is they don’t have automatic gratuity. It’s up to the discretion of the client … which makes me feel horrible for the staff on site at events because what happens when you work 5 hours at party for a difficult client and they just leave without paying a tip! Most caterers include the tip in their quote. So you can’t forget. But if i hadn’t have shown the quote to my sister – who works in the industry, i probably would not have noticed that the tip was not included, and i could have accidentally been that jerk that stiffs the staff on a tip!

And the third challenge of the week… though it’s a different kind of challenge, will be to test bake the mini cheesecakes for the wedding! I’m hosting a mini-cheesecake baking party this saturday! Results to be posted next week. I’m hungry just thinking about them!!

Happy planning!

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Hi Friends,

I don’t mean to offend any brides with this blog, i love cupcakes. But despite their current trend in being the popular cake-du-jours for weddings, I wanted to think outside the box a bit for my own wedding.

Here’s the thing. I LOVE sweet stuff, and i LOVE baking. But the fiance, he’s lukewarm on sweet things, unless it’s carrot cake or plain chocolate. But he does on occasion eat a piece of cheesecake. So here’s what we’ve decided for our wedding cake… a top tier of carrot cake for the ceremonial “hey look, we’re cutting a cake’ pictures, and for somewhere for those adorable penguin cake toppers to rest. And the bottom tiers we want cheese cake. At first i was thinking cheesecake pops, like this:

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But as i was flipping through Bakerella, i found these really cute little mini, single serving cheesecakes, i also appreciate that they’re called Super Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes. How hard can they be with that as their name? The reason i say that is because i’m really hoping someone i know can step up and make these cause no doubt they will cost a fortune to buy from a bakery!

Photo Credit: Bakerella

Adorable, right?!

I think i’m on to something here!!!