These aren't the sharpest photos on the planet because I had to take a picture of a picture, but this definitely gives you a rare view at an Amish wedding cake. This cake was made by Miriam Miller, an Amish school-teacher in Fredonia, Pennsylvania. Fredonia was one of the many Amish settlements we visited in writing Amish Cooks Across America and Miriam and her mother were so hospitable, warm, and friendly. They were just a delight.
I write more about Miriam in our book, but she's an accomplished painter, school-teacher, gardener, baker, and one of her other sought-after skills: wedding cakes. She gave me this photo to possibly publish in ACAA but it couldn't be reproduced properly, but I still wanted to share it. Lots of labor goes into such a cake. The photos below show the main wedding cake , but there would also be "side cakes" served around the main cake so all guests and helpers could have a piece.
Note the intricate frosting designs? I couldn't make a cake like this, but I could sure eat one:) Below are two more photos, one shows a different angle on the above cake which shows the square base of the cake better. The last photo shows a plainer Amish wedding cake, probably more traditional, but with a sweet heart-shaped touch.By the way, I have only seen a few Amish wedding cakes through the years.
Ones I have seen pretty much mirror this one, although without the flowers. Wedding season is in full swing right now in some southern Amish settlements like Ethridge, TN and Pontotoc, Mississippi since the weather is cooler and the harvests are complete. In more traditional Amish areas the main Amish wedding season is still several months away, but young couples already have their cake orders into Miriam by now, I am sure. Update: Miriam married and moved to the Amish settlement in Delaware. I'm sure she took her talents with her. Would love to catch up with her again one day!