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Wednesday, January 27

Want to Make the 2009 Emma Wedding Cake?

At Miss Taylor's wedding, Mr. Woodhouse had earnestly tried to dissuade the guests from having any wedding cake at all, and when that proved vain as earnestly tried to prevent any body's eating it ...
To create this cake, take a Nordic Ware Cathedral Bundt Pan, conveniently available at Amazon.com. And find another round pan for the bottom layer.


For the top layer, use a recipe popular during Jane Austen's day, such as Mrs. Perrot's Heart or Pound Cake, which is a pound cake recipe that includes nutmeg, cinnamon, and currants. And for the bottom layer use a plainer version of the recipe, to give it a lighter color. Embellish with flowers and leaves, and frosted grapes. And voila! Any other suggestions for making this cake? Is that frosting between the two layers? And what do you think the little white rolled up bundles are made of?


Posted by Vic, Jane Austen's World

11 comments:

Nonna Beach said...

A simple and pretty cake and something Miss Taylor...errr...Mrs. Weston would choose as her wedding cake.

Who would pay any attention to Mr. Woodhouse's chiding about how bad cake is for you, when such a delightful confection is in view ???

Hungarican Chick said...

It was pretty cute how Mr. Woodhouse stood there and drove cake-lovers away.

Arabella said...

What a gorgeous cake! I'm almost positive I would flub it up--not to mention that I couldn't actually eat it (wheat and egg allergy). I like to drool, though.

JaneGS said...

My teenagers love to make cakes and this would be so much fun...maybe I'll get the pan for Valentine's Day and they can make a really pretty dessert!

Is the cake pan based on a vintage model or did the props people cheat and hope no one would notice the pan came from Amazon?

ChaChaneen said...

I lurve the dishes! Very pretty with all their scallops around the edges!

LMacareno said...

lovely :), thank you for the recipe info! I think I'll make it for my bday in March :).

Katherine said...

It looks so lovely! Perhaps the white rolls are marzipan?

Kimba said...

This cracks me up because I rewound & paused the movie just so I could look closer at this cake. I already own the cake pan, which I recognized immediately! I will be attending a regency ball in March, with my friends all staying at a b&b for the weekend. I fully intend to bring this cake!

Madonna said...

so pretty. I love the mold.

Anonymous said...

Click the link and you'll see a screen cap from The Regency House Party. The jelly served at the gothic dinner was molded from the same Nordic Ware cathedral bundt pan!

http://i31.tinypic.com/1o1v7m.jpg

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

The cake pan is very pretty, but I don't believe that design was around in the early 19th century. There were other fancy cake and dessert molds in the period, though, so the idea is historically accurate, even if the cake pan they used may not be.

The white rolls around the base of the cake are probably wafer cookies, like pirouelles without the chocolate filling, or pizzelles that have been rolled up while still fresh and hot. They are often mentioned in the cook books of the period, although they seem to have been served more often with custards rather than cake.

But yes, a very pretty and tantalizing cake, and of course everyone wanted to eat it! The sugared grapes and fresh flowers are very nice.