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7.22.2012

Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream and Six Years Ago Today




"On this day I marry my best friend, the one I live laugh and love with."
 Quoted from our wedding invites. 


Today marks 6 years of married life with my best friend. As most of you know Steve  and I have known each other our whole lives. As a little girl I used to write things in my diary (you know the little one covered with hearts and stars with a lock that anyone can pick?) I <3 Stevie. I wish Stevie was my boyfriend. Today I saw Stevie at the dance. Stevie this... Stevie that.  I knew then he was the one for me. I'm not joking... I knew it! I always envisioned my life with him. Any boy I thought I might like enough I'd compare to him. I crushed on him hard for YEARS.

He's all mine!
November 17th 2000 my sister's Birthday. Stevie and I went on our first date that consisted of some nervous hand holding and a big hug at the end....we have been attached at the hip ever since.

We lived in different towns during our high school years so I would take a bus down to his house and visit on the weekends. During the week we sat on AOL IM (back in the dial up days) and would IM all night long. Talking on the phone was   tough because it was long distance and I was wracking up mom and dads phone bill.... boy I got in so much trouble over those bills through the years! 

We both graduated early and moved in with each other in 2003.

November 17th 2005, Stevie proposes.

July 22nd 2006 we were wed.



Our wedding was at the gorgeous Webster Barn in Hyde Park, Vermont. About 4 hours north of where we live in New Hampshire.

I know what you are thinking... " You were married in a BARN?" Yes I was.



It was the prettiest barn I have ever seen and only available for weddings. It was converted into a wedding venue in 2004 since then Webster Barn has become a hot spot for New England Weddings.



It was simple country Vermont wedding, we served BBQ, and home cooked foods galore. Our drinks were served in galvanized metal tubs filled with ice. Our table cloths were hand made quilted fabric.



The center pieces were wild flowers in canning jars, each table had an antique kerosene lamp.



For wedding favors we had mini picnic baskets filled with fudge from my favorite fudge company in Peirmont, NH. There were bales of hay in the entry way of the barn, huge stained glass windows, straw chandeliers, an antique John Deer sitting in front of the barn, and a small country house open to the wedding party for the weekend.



It was perfect for us. Rustic and 100% New England.

As gorgeous as the setting was nestled in the center of the Green Mountains. It was cloudy with a chance of rain ALL day.



Around 11 pm I had to make the judgement call to stick with our plans and set up the ceremony outside or move it into the barn.


I was NOT going to have an indoor wedding. I wanted to look at the mountains while I said my vows. 
 


I swear someone up there held that rain off just for us!

The ceremony was performed by my husbands step sister Shannon. She had only married one other couple besides us.... her mom and Stevie's dad. So having her do our wedding was very special. We also had my brother in law and cousin play music as I walked down the isle. He was on guitar and my cousin on the fiddle. It was gorgeous.

 

As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, the winds picked up and we all rushed to get inside when the rain started!

 

I thanked my lucky stars that the storm held off until we finished the ceremony.

Now for the reception... this is where it gets kinda comical.

Our DJ.... was THE worst DJ ever. Seriously horrible. It was one of the things we booked at the last minute and only had one option. She was the only DJ around. There was a point where she played the Hokie Pokie.


                                              
That was my face when I saw what the DJ was doing....

No joke. She did! Worst part was my Nana, Great Aunt Bett were the biggest participants.
THEN she did musical chairs. I kid you not! My Nana and my Mother Inlaw Dixie actually fought over the last chair. My Nana giving Dixie a butt check sending her falling on the floor and my Nana won.

Yeah... 

Then there was cake.

We were referred to a local cake baker from Hyde Park. We didn't do any taste testing, I just emailed her some photos and said. Make this.

It was simple nothing great. then we cut it.... I had a piece shoved in my face courtesy of my new husband. Apparently he didn't want to be married long since I specifically told him before the wedding started... NO CAKE SMOOSHING! But yeah anyways I got a taste of the frosting when he smashed it into my face. It was fake maple flavor. FAKE... in VERMONT... FAKE!!

                                                  

I was so so so disappointed. If anyone can spot fake maple flavor it was this bunch of guests... considering my inlaws own a huge ass Maple Sugar Business. Yeah....

Whateves...

Over all despite the rain, corny DJ, and fake maple cake. It was everything we wanted and more!




A huge thanks to my mom, dad, and my father inlaw for helping us put on a great wedding that we will never forget!

Six years later... and this guy is still all mine!




Because today is our anniversary I wanted to bake something special for Stevie. Since our wedding cake was a bust I thought what better thing to make then a scrumptious cake? If we were to get married again. THIS is the cake we would serve. It's seasonal, country, and fanfreakingtastic!



The zucchini cake is filled with brown sugar, nutmeg, lemon and then topped with a light and fluffy lemon buttercream.



Though it tasted amazing, had great texture and was super moist. My decorating job needs some work. I'm getting there. Each cake I make seems to get better and fancier!



Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter; browned
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350.
Grease and flour (2) 8 in cake pans.

To brown your butter add your sticks to a sauce pan over medium heat, melt until it gets a golden brown color and becomes nutty smelling. Kind of like toffee. Careful not to burn.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar and brown sugar, and continue beating until well blended.

Stir in browned butter, vanilla, zucchini, and lemon zest. Stir in sifted ingredients.

Pour into cake pans and bake for 25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center and comes out clean.

Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTING:

3 sticks of room temperature butter (1 1/2 cups)
6-7 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs of lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
*yellow food coloring optional

Directions:

Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add in sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Mix in cream, salt, lemon and vanilla. Add extra sugar if needed to get desired consistency.

Pipe or frost onto cooled cake.



*** Happy anniversary to my handsome husband Stevie. Cheers to 6 years with more to come! 
May we always be this awesome ***








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32 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your Anniversary. I love the idea of a barn wedding, especially in New England.

    I hope you have many, many more happy years ahead!!

    Oh, and the cake looks delicious, too. :)

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  2. Happy Anniversary to you and Stevie, when I think about all the food we had that day, buckets of salads (pretty buckets) pies and more pies. The garlic bread and dipping oil in canning jars and everything was homemade. I forgot 25 lbs of chicken at home but we had so much food we never even noticed until I got home and found it in the frig.

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  3. Happy Anniversary to you both. Thank you for sharing your pictures and story of your special day.

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  4. Gorgeous cake! Your decorating skills are quite stellar, actually. Congrats on your day, you guys are adorable :)

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  5. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. I don't know what you are talking about your decorating skills - that cake is beautiful!! One question, though. You mention 1 cup of browned butter and since I've never actually measured melted butter to see if It equals the same as its solid form, you are talking about 2 sticks of butter, correct?! AND...should the melted butter be cooled down a little after browning, before it is added to the cake? Keep up thd good work - I just love your recipes and your blog!

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    1. You keep me on my toes! Thank you for asking for clarification! I made some changes to the recipe to explain the butter. It should have been written. 1 cup of butter; browned. So you start with 1 cup of butter. It does reduce down a bit during the browning process. That is ok.

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  6. Your wedding photos are so pretty! That is one gorgeous barn and one gorgeous setting. Absolutely lovely.

    I don't know how you can say our decorating needs work. You are very skilled at frosting a cake girl! That is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Valerie! I am mess decorating. I need a lot more practice.

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  7. Beautiful cake, it sounds marvelous!! Your wedding photos are gorgeous, and I LOVE that you got married in a barn! I wanted to as well, but the one by our house (for weddings) was booked two years in advance! So we did a park instead, and it was still lovely.

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  8. It's beyond gorgeous! And your wedding, how beautiful a setting. Love those flower arrangements too. Happy Anniversary Carrie!

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  9. I found your blog thanks to Pinterest (I am still drooling over that cake!). Thank you for sharing that recipe and you photos of your wedding--It looked magical.

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  10. Beautiful wedding! Lovely cake - beautiful couple and gorgeous bride! It's official...I hate you (in that crazy love you stalker blog kind of way) ;) Love the barn - picture perfect!!!

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  11. Hi - your description calls for oil but your ingredients doesnt list oil? Do you mean the butter?

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    1. Thank you so much for catching the error! Yes it should read "browned butter" I fixed it in the post!

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  12. You are the cutest.
    Zucchini and lemon? Genius!

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  13. I am from Vermont. And I Love This Post! :))

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    1. I <3 Vermont! We live in NH but a ton of our family is in the Norwich area.

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  14. Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs keep it up.

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  15. What a cute wedding! That cake looks delicious. Didn't you hear, barns are all the rage for weddings these days - haha. :)

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  16. Your wedding sounds like it was absolutely perfect! Hokey pokey & all! What a beautiful and intimate setting--LOVE it! Happy Anniversary, Carrie & Stevie! Y'all are adorable.

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  17. Hey!! I halved the recipe and made a loaf which is in the oven now and I licked the spatula and oh my God. You can traste the lemon, the nutmeg and the Brown butter so well, it's gonna be so delicious!! Thank you!!!

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  18. beautiful! both the cake and those wedding photos.

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  19. I'm crying...and wishing I had some of that cake! Honestly, that is the best wedding story. And to be married in that gorgeous barn? In Vermont? To your best friend? I get goosebumps just reading about it. Congratulations on your anniversary. May you have a lifetime of happiness together. PS Still wishing for cake.

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    1. Thanks! That barn in VT is probably my favorite spot in all of New England... gorgeous spot!

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  20. Oh, a Rose Cake! You did great with it! In the hundreds that I have made, I have yet to make a yellow one, can you believe that? :)

    Congrats on your 6th. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  21. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful cake and appropriate for today! I would love to have you link up the recipe on my linky party! I have joined Christine from Esskunst as a co-host to her new #cakefriday linky party! Come on by... http://thebakerbecky.blogspot.com/2013/08/cakefriday-coffee-klatch-linky-party-7.html

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