Being engaged is a very special time in one’s life. You are showered with presents, you spend time with family members you never get to see, you are thrown parties just because you found the one you love! However, the event I have been looking forward to, since I said the big “Yes”,  is finally here. Choosing the wedding cake.  Yes, the ceremony, dinner, dancing, and celebrating truly are great, but I will not lie, I live for the moment the cake gets cut. Please give me the end piece and the one with extra icing. I have been to several weddings where the cake is served late so people are up dancing and socializing, and they tend to forget about the it.  Not me, there I am, at a table for 10, all alone with my wedding cake, savoring every morsel. Unfortunately, PJ and didn’t get to do much tasting around. Our reception site does the cake as well as the food, so we didn’t need to. I did hint that I thought it would be fun to still try out other bakeries, especially those like Cravings or the Cakery, which I hear produce delicious cakes, but needless to say we haven’t done it YET. We still have 5 weeks till the wedding. PJ, his mom, and my best friend are going tomorrow for our food and cake tasting. We get to pick options of salads, the main course, and yes, the cake. I might just fast this evening, so I have ample space. Last week, we received a menu of the cake options. They included cakes included such as the “Lemon Chibouste” a vanilla chiffon cake soaked in limoncello and a “Gingerbread” cake with bourbon syrup. What? What is all this nonsense? What the heck happened to the traditonal white cake with buttercream frosting? Don’t get me wrong, I like so called “fancy food”, but when it comes to the cake, I just want the basics. I ‘ll let you know what happens, maybe we can turn one of those foofoo cakes into the groomscake.

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.