The truth is, they dont always work out for me. Some cakes, like the hotdog cake take me only an hour and a half, and they go together so easily that even I cant believe how simple it is. Others, like the princess castle take longer, but again – no real problems putting it all together. Then there was Moms birthday cake.
It wasnt supposed to be that hard; she asked for a cake shaped like the cartoon character TAZ. I planned it out, had a design in mind and bright and early the day before her party I started to put it all together. Everything that could go wrong went wrong after that. The cakes baked too high in the center, and then when I took them out of the pan I noticed I made a mistake in choosing the type of cake. I used just regular vanilla cake batter and it was way too soft and fluffy – absolutely no structural integrity at all! I kept going though, thinking I’d work around the issue but after 4 hours of decorating, the entire cake broke, crumbled and ended up in a huge gooey mess on my counter. I was m-a-d!
With my kitchen a huge mess and no cake to show for it I had to come up with a back up plan. Then I started thinking about how this will effect my cake shop if it happens there. Here at home, with the cake being for my mothers birthday I had options, but when the client is paying and the delivery is set for the actual party, I’m going to need some serious backup procedures in place.
Here at home, I ended up cleaning the kitchen, baking an 8" (3" high) cake and covering it in the pink fondant that had originally been designated for the tounge of the cake sculpture. I freehand drew a pic of taz on the surface and the next morning I painted it. The ending result was still a very nice cake, but not at all what I had intended. Mom enjoyed it though and I have to admit; I got a bit of a kick making her cake, when my whole life she has always made mine :).