27 Aug 2012 No Comments
It’s been a really long time since I’ve updated, and my excuse is that we bought a house, got married and I just haven’t had the time or motivation…until now! My triumphant return and it’s to talk about something I had the pleasure of eating over a month ago that has stuck with me and that I’ve been craving ever since.
That’s right people, I’m talking about cupcakes! Not just any cupcakes either, we’re talking about cupcakes made by Crystal Ross of Gateaux Rose. Astoundingly, Crystal is a one-woman show. She is the sole baker extraordinaire behind the decadent treats featured at our wedding. We wanted to go with cupcakes because it was impossible to decide on only one cake flavour. We weren’t keen on the whole ‘cutting the cake’ ceremonial aspect, so this way everyone had a pre-cut piece and could pick whichever flavour (or flavours) that struck their fancy. Also, most of the weddings that the Mr. and I had been to together in the past had sub-par tasting wedding cake, and I wanted ours to look and taste delightful. We added on doughnuts to our order (both maple glazed and old-fashioned sugar) for a more playful aspect. Nothing beats a homemade doughnut, seriously.
Don’t get me wrong, we had a little sumthin’ sumthin’ for ourselves in the way of wedding cake. For our cake we went with a vanilla buttermilk cake with raspberry sweetened mascarpone and lemon old-fashioned buttercream. We forgot to eat it at the reception (crazy busy socializing) so we devoured it the morning after the wedding at our kitchen table. We then promptly had to freeze the rest so we can enjoy it down the road because the entire cake was in danger of being eaten in one sitting. Seriously, I could not stop! It eats me up inside knowing it’s down there in the freezer just waiting to be had (but not yet!) and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about paying Crystal to make me more for some imaginary holiday or special occasion just so I could taste that moist, cake-y gold again…
For the cupcakes we had one that was similar to our wedding cake, vanilla buttermilk cake with strawberry mascarpone and strawberry icing. For the Mr., we had the sweet and moist banana cake with white chocolate ganache and vanilla bean frosting. For the chocolate lovers we went with ultimate dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and vanilla bean frosting. Finally, we picked a sour cream coffee cake with salted caramel brown sugar and maple frosting to play off the maple glazed doughnuts and the maple salmon that was one of the meal selections.
Crystal’s delicacies are hand-crafted with love in Dartmouth out of her own kitchen. Every single morsel is a piece of art and every bite is more delicious than the first. Quality is obviously of the utmost concern for Crystal, and the service we received from her was impeccable. She was at the boat club setting up our sweet spread when we arrived and I could not have been more thrilled with everything. She lent us her cake and cupcake stands, set up the table beautifully, and was sweet and accommodating the whole way. All of the beautiful photos of her delicious treats are courtesy of Applehead Studio Photography.Visit Crystal and peruse her handiwork at Gateaux Rose