Cakes · Desserts

A Wedding ‘Cake’ for Kenzie

One of my best friends, Mackenzie, got married to the love of her life, Aaron, this past Saturday. As it is well known by this point, I love to bake cakes for people and special occasions. I offered my services to bake their wedding cake as my gift to them. Wedding cakes can end up costing hundreds of dollars, and I knew that Kenzie didn’t want to spend that kind of money on something like a cake.  I wanted to do something special and unique for Kenzie and Aaron, to build them a one of a kind cake that they’ll remember forever.

 
But when I asked Kenzie what kind of cake she wanted, she responded with, “I don’t want a wedding cake…” My heart fell from my chest, but I didn’t let her see my disappointment. I would have loved to bake them a cake, but I wanted Kenzie to have whatever she wanted, or didn’t want, for her wedding. “…I want a tower of Rice Krispies as tall as me!” Kenzie exclaimed. 

I grinned and accepted the challenge! This would be a whole new ballpark for me. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of rice krispie treats, but Kenzie is a fool for them. The last time that I had made rice krispie treats was in high school, but I was ready to roll up my sleeves and get sticky with it! Kenzie decided that she wanted three kinds of rice krispies – traditional, peanut butter, and cocoa, made with Cocoa Puffs. So, this past Friday, the night before the wedding, she and I spent six hours in her kitchen, scooping cup after cup of krispies into gloriously gooey and sticky melted marshmallows while drinking Prosecco. 
 

We ended up with this monster:

A tower of Rice Krispies, four feet tall and twenty pounds heavy! Though it wasn’t quite as tall as her, Kenzie was thrilled with our creation. We were quite proud of ourselves, and couldn’t wait to show it to all of the guests at the wedding. When Kenzie’s groom, Aaron, saw it, his jaw dropped and he had no idea what to say. Most of the guests at the wedding didn’t know what to say about our krispie tower either, all they could manage was, ‘Wow’. It was the exact reaction that Kenzie was going for. 

Kenzie is my first close friend to get married, and I was an emotional wreck during the vows. I could hardly see the ceremony from behind my glassy eyes, but I couldn’t help myself. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony at a local brewery where Kenzie and Aaron had their first date. 

After the ceremony and dinner, Kenzie and Aaron took a giant serrated knife and sawed at the tower to get their pieces. Since our krispie tower wasn’t as messy as a traditional wedding cake, when it came time for them to feed it to each other, instead of smushing it onto each other’s faces, they stuck it to each other’s faces. It was a wonderful night, and I felt honored to have been there. 

I can’t wait to see what kind of creation I’ll be making for my next wedding cake challenge! 

Recipe for Rice Krispie treats:

Note: This recipe makes one 9×12 pan of rice krispies. Kenzie and I had to make at least twenty batches of these to get enough for our magnificent tower.

6-7 cups of Rice Krispies
4 cups of Mini Marshmallows
3 tablespoons Butter 

Melt the butter in a large pot over the stove. Add the marshmallows and allow them to melt completely, it will look like marshmallow fluff. Add the rice krispies one cup at a time, mixing the marshmallow fluff into the krispies completely. Pour the krispie-marshmallow mixture into a greased 9×12 pan and stick it in the refrigerator for twenty minutes, or until the center of the pan is cool. When the krispies are cool, cut them out of the pan and assemble them into whatever shape you like!

Variations:
Peanut Butter Rice Krispies: Use the recipe above and add 1/2 cup peanut butter to the melted marshmallows. 
Cocoa Krispies: Use the recipe above, but instead of regular rice krispies, use either Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Puffs. (We used Cocoa Puffs and it was amazing, but everyone has their own cereal preferene). 

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