My wife is very sweet. That is to say, my pastry-chef wife is a master of sweets. Chef Christine Dahl prepares special occasion cakes like this classic wedding cake. The four tiered beauty is covered with fondant icing and has buttercream piped on for the decorative element. All the piping is done freehand, without any guides or stencils.
There is a bit of engineering that must be considered as a cake of this size weighs in at over 40 pounds and has to be transported to the wedding location. The finishing touches are gold dragees applied one a a time by hand.