Sunday, December 22, 2013

Spiced Pear Bundt Cake With A Brandy Vanilla Glaze + A Wedding


It certainly has taken me a long while to come around to writing this post, but its just been difficult to put into words the emotions and excitement that my wedding day brought. So I decided to make a list, because I love making lists and I don't think I'd be able to get nearly half of the things I make myself do done without them. So here it goes, all the things I loved most about my wedding.



 1) My close friends here in Los Angeles and my close friends back home in Oregon were all in the same place, which kind of blew my mind. And also made me wish I could throw a giant party every month just so they could all be together.
2) Having my family meet all of my friends, near and far. Now mom can finally put a face to a name during our daily morning phone calls. Hurray!
3) Getting married with Mount Hood as the backdrop. Also being surrounded by acres of organic apple and pear orchards and gorgeous flower arrangements everywhere. Both of these things made me go "eeeeeeeeEEEEEEEE!" with joy in that same escalating fashion whenever I looked around.
4) Walking down the aisle with my dad and mom and seeing how happy they were.
5) Being able to see family members I hadn't seen in many, many years.
6) Wearing a dress that made me feel like a queen. I felt like I should have been reigning over some antique New Orleans quarter in the 1920's, especially with the sweeping bouquet our florist Jo made. There were little berries on the vines. BERRIES.
7) After being pronounced husband and wife, we walked back down the aisle to a slowed-down classical version of "Friday I'm in Love" performed by our awesome live violinist and acoustic guitarist duo. I'd picked out the recessional song without telling Jeremy to surprise him (yes, we both love The Cure that much), and while walking he turned and simply said "This is the best music." And then the "eeeeEEEE!" of joy starting happening in my head again.
8) Getting to eat some of the most delicious and beautifully prepared food I'd ever seen. Our caterer locally sourced everything on the menu while keeping it all organic, and you could taste it in every bite. Plus the family-style service (a large platter of each course for each table) really made it feel warm and personal, like an enormous holiday meal.
9) Having my dear friend Amanda officiate the ceremony. Being a Greek lass herself, she was able to incorporate some Greek traditions into the ceremony while keeping it  to everyone and moving.
10) Marrying my best friend.


































































As those of you who were reading my posts leading up to the wedding know, the weeks beforehand were very frenzied and stressful, and it all culminated in a single, irrational, flood of tears. The day before the wedding, I made the mistake of deciding that was the day to make all of the baked goods for the big day's dessert table (aside from the cake, which we got from an awesome bakery in Hood River).  All my bridesmaids came over and lent a hand, but even with all the help we weren't able to get it done in the timeframe I had hoped. The macarons took longer to fill than I expected and I was just able to wrap them up in time for all our relatives to come over to my parents' house for dinner. It was very hectic and stressful and I was pretty much at the end of my rope once everyone starting coming into the house.



Jeremy's family arrived from Missoula and that was the first time I'd seen them in over a year, so I was already a bit emotional because I was so happy to see them. But Jeremy's dad had brought a little something along with him. Jeremy's dad is an amazing wood carver, and we had asked him to carve two little deer for our cake topper. We didn't give any specific instructions other than we wanted a boy deer and a girl deer, so I didn't really know what to expect. But when they came he handed Jeremy a box, and Jeremy opened it and called me over to come look at it. In my frenzied state of mind saying hi to everyone and mentally going over my checklist in my head, I didn't even think about the cake toppers and when I looked down into the box and saw what his dad had made for us, I burst into hot, ridiculous tears. It was the kind of crying where you just cannot stop crying. I couldn't even talk. I had to bury my face into Jeremy's chest to wait it out to see if I could compose myself, but after thoroughly soaking his shirt I gave up and went to the upstairs bathroom to calm myself down.






While I was crying into Jeremy's shirt his dad asked ".....did I ruin it?" and Jeremy said "No, this is a good cry." (You know you chose the right one when he can tell the difference between your good cries and your bad ones.) So once I collected myself and looked relatively normal aside from my excess face-puffiness, I came back down and gave his dad a big hug. There was just something about knowing that he spent so much time whittling and carving them, and seeing how incredible they looked, even more beautiful than I could have imagined, that made me reach my emotional apex. All the emotions I'd been feeling the past few days just spilled out in that one moment. And even though it was slightly embarrassing, I am glad I got it all out. On the day of the wedding itself, however, I was weirdly calm. Just filled with an intense, calming joy. I think I had spent sooooo much time planning everything that I knew that everything would work out okay at its worst, and amazing at its best, and I had an awesome wedding coordinator that I trusted to take care of all the details. I didn't cry once the whole day, although I did get a little watery when my parents walked me down the aisle, but aside from that there were no tears shed, just pure, abounding smiles of happiness. It was hands down the best day of my life.




And I have a lot of people to thank for that. Thank you so, so much to everyone below who helped bring my woodsy dream wedding vision into reality. You are all awesome and I couldn't have asked for better people to work with and friends to make.

Coordinator: Cassandra Cass
Invitation Design: Jade Sheldon (Illustration site here)
Invitation Printing: Anders Printing Company
Music: Wendy Golden (live violin and acoustic guitar duo, no website but email me if you want her email)

But the biggest thanks goes to my Mom and brother, who helped put together an absurd amount of favors and crafts. You guys are the best!!!


Ingredients:

Spiced Pear Bundt Cake

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 pears peeled, cored, and diced

Candied Pear

1 cup simple syrup, cooled to room temperature
1 pear
1/2 cup superfine baker's sugar

Brandy Vanilla Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon milk

In a large bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and baking soda. Mix until blended, then set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar at medium speed until smooth.


Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the diced pears and pour into a well-greased and lightly floured bundt pan. Place in oven and bake to 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool until warm before flipping the pan onto a wire rack to remove the cake and cool completely.


To make the candied pear, brush the pear with the simple syrup and sprinkle with the superfine sugar. Once coated, place on a wire rack to dry.

Now you can make the glaze. Whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled bundt cake, top with the candied pear, and serve.







46 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Congrats to you both!

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  2. this was the most wonderful way to start my day, pure joy and love. such a stunning bride, gorgeous venue and fabulous photography. thank you so much for sharing your most intimate moments, it put a huge smile on my face to see all this beauty and love~

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    1. Thank you so much for your warm words, they have made me so very happy. I'm so glad you enjoyed hearing about it! :)

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  3. Absolutely perfect!! Beautiful wedding. Congratulations. Wishing you all the happiness in the world.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Zainab! That is so sweet of you :)

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  4. Oh my word, your wedding was STUNNING. I love everything about it! And this cake... mega yum.

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie! I'm so happy you enjoyed the post, and the cake was suuuuper tasty :)

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  5. what a beautiful wedding. Congrats once again to you guys :) the cake looks perfect too.

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  6. Gah!! I am seriously IN LOVE with your wedding. That cake. Those flowers. That dress!!!! Girl, you did it up so right, and I'm so glad you shared! xx

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    1. Awwww thanks m'lady!! It was a day I will never forget, that is for certain :)

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  7. Congratulations! You have a very sweet and lovely wedding. Beautiful scenery and everything looks so gorgeous. And the cake is nice. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful things and moments with us. :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! We had such a wonderful time and could not have asked for a more beautiful day :)

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  8. Wow!!! I started crying when I read about your cake toppers. Such an incredible day!!! The photography and details are all so gorgeous. And you look amazing!! You and your groom look like you stepped out of the 1920's. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Awwww thank you Adriana! It was such a crazy intense moment, but just seeing them for the first time moved me so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the moment, too :)

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  9. Many many congrats Eva, to both of you and you both look so so so SO gorgeous! I kept scrolling up and down admiring your dress, the sunny light and the beautiful love you both shared. Keep that smile on and enjoy the holidays! xo

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    1. Awwww thank you Kankana!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!!

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  10. I was scrolling down like, "SHE BETTER MENTION THOSE BAD-ASS CAKE TOPPERS." Also, shout-out to the delicious cocktail hour apps. I shot way too many strawberry gazpachos.

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    1. YESSSSS. The strawberry gazpacho was amaze. I wonder if the caterer would give me her recipe.....

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  11. It truly was such a special day and I feel so blessed that I was able to be a part of it. I think back on the first time I met Jeremy which was also the first time I traveled all by myself which was also the first time I had been to California, and I knew there was something special between the two of you. It was such an honor to meet all of your friends from California. They were so awesome it almost made me wish I lived in California too so I could spend time with all of you! I can't wait to see where life takes the two of you. Love you guys so, SO much...

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear dear friend! It meant the world having you and Cory there to share our special day with us :)

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  12. Amazingly beautiful photographs. Beyond. And I love, love, love the recipe "guest book" idea. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you so much Mindy!!! I definitely recommend the recipe guest book, it came out great and now I have soooo many delicious time-tested recipes to try :)

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  13. Eeeeeeee! Let's pretend it's possible for me to reach through a computer and hug you, 'cause that's what I'd like to do, k? :)

    Holy freakin' cow, your wedding was beyond beautiful. (So, what I'm about to do is bring up every little amazing thing I see in the photos, and all the things you talked about too. I'm also going to use the words "beautiful," "gorgeous," and "amazing" a whole lot. And there may be rampant use of all caps and exclamation points. Just a warning.) First: YOU LOOK GORGEOUS. That dress is stunning. The bouquet is perfect. (Trailing vines with berries!!!) And there are succulents IN YOUR HAIR. The recipe cards in lieu of a guestbook is the best idea. The dining tables are so so pretty. (Honeycomb on the table!) That menu made me crave late summer food like crazy. (LOVE the family-style dining.) Those adorable pie pops. (Please tell me you got to keep that pepsi-cola crate [if it wasn't yours already :)].) And oh my goodness, the cake. The flowers + those perfect toppers.....<3. And what an unbelievable setting for a wedding. I'm so happy your day came together so perfectly! I am still super bummed that I couldn't make it out there, but I will someday soon. :)

    And this bundt cake looks scrumptious! Love love LOVE the video.

    Merry Christmas to you and Jeremy, and Gabel and Sequoia!

    P.S. That photo of Jeremy with all the groomsmen looks like it could be the poster for some sort of badass movie. So legit. :)

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    1. You are just the greatest. I know you were there in spirit, and with this post at least you can see what was going on during the big day :) We had an amazing time and I was beyond happy with how everything came together. After all that planning it was SO nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the months of hard work with my favorite man in the world :)

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  14. Your recipe calls for 1/3 cup milk in the "cake" section, yet there is no instruction as to when to add.

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    1. My apologies!!! It has been corrected, and should be added along with the eggs and vanilla extract :)

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  15. Wow, your wedding was absolutely gorgeous! I love looking at all the beautiful details :)

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  16. Every single thing about this post from the cake to the wedding is utterly beautiful!

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  17. beautiful, eva! just beautiful. you, your dress, your decor, everything. congrats and happy new year! :)

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    1. Awwww thank you Grace!! You are so kind :) I hope you have a happy new year as well!!!

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  18. Congratulations on your wedding! Your photos are so unbelievably lovely and you made an enchanting bride!

    Foodgawker brought me here because I couldn't get over how gorgeous that sparkling pear looks on that bundt!

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  19. Thank you so much Rachael! I am so glad you found my blog and enjoyed the post :D

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  20. A beautiful couple, a beautiful venue, beautiful food, beautiful wedding. Those cake toppers are incredible, instant family heirlom, truly exceptional work. Wow!

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    1. I just loved them, we'll definitely treasure them throughout our life together :)

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  21. Doing a little backtracking... This was really some kind of post. I imagine while writing it and putting the photos together it might have been a chance to relive how wonderful it was without the stress/excitement/pressure and so on. Really a beautiful wedding and I love the theme and touches.
    I had everybody over the day before my wedding (not the first) prepping for our dinner - minus the protein and cake- I hired that out. About at the end of the reception, I was like wait where are the green beans?... the 25# box was sitting on the porch:)
    Congratulations and warm wishes... wendy

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    1. Thank you Wendy! It really was, putting it together brought the whole, wonderful day back to me. That sounds like a very fun and busy day! We hired out for our food and cake, I don't think I could have done much more than the pie pops and macarons I'd set out to make haha :)

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  22. Eva, just catching up and came upon your gorgeous wedding photos and of course, your spiced pear bundt. What a stunning wedding and bride! Congrats to you both for a beautiful life together! xox Carol

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol!!! We are so very happy :)

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