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I am about to head out for a mid-day trip to Broadway Panhandler N.Y. Cake for the last of the wedding cake supplies. I will have the following nearly nonsensical shopping list on my person:

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In the spirit of honesty and the boozy congeniality which I always like to promote, booze or no, I’ll admit that my sister’s engagement was liberating. I finally had an excuse to buy all previously verboten bridal magazines and do all the research and contemplation of a topic that I could only consider with feigned aloofness before. I had a license to swoon, and to swoon over pastry specifically. No problem.

Sigh...

Sigh...

I was shocked (in a sedate way) to learn that the first recipe ever written expressly for wedding pastry was not for a cake, but for a pie. An extraordinary British Pye, to be exact.

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Teach us, Steve.

Teach us, Steve.

Oh, if only it were so simple.

My darling younger sister announced her engagement to me at the end of March. Or rather, she and her fiancé stood at the foot of my bed in our shared apartment as she asked with puffy eyes if I had a moment to “talk”. I said yes and braced myself against the duvet.

“We’re moving in together.”

“Oh.” I was surprised. I was expecting a break-up or a pregnancy or a religious conversion, “Okay.”

“And we’re engaged!!!!” Well, that was more like it.

They were concerned I’d be distraught by the prospect of losing my roommate of 4 years to marriage. After effusive hugs and tears and sputtered congratulations, I was more concerned with the cake. Where did they plan on getting it?

They hadn’t really thought further than “marriage” at that point, so I took the opportunity to pounce on pastry detail. Knowing that I had never made a multi-tiered, fondanted and sugar flowered confection before, they generously agreed that I could be trusted to make The Most Important Cake of Their Lives.  And then they decided they would be married at the end of August (THIS August) and I had my first cake-related anxiety pang ever.

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