Friday, April 17, 2009


Ah the sweet relief of being done. And what ever is, is.

Let me tell you about this cake. The cake of doom. Most troublesome cake ever. (Actaully Tawna's cake was nightmarish as well but only for a short period of time )

This cake takes the cake!

Did you hear the rumor that I bought a 10 pound bar of chocolate? That was actually real. See here's a picture.

I got this for the chocolate truffle filling I was making. Did I need 10 pounds?? Well, no. But if ever you have an excuse, any excuse will do... to buy 10 pounds of chocolate I say go for it. This was my logic...

I needed 12 oz. for the filling and probably about 12 more oz. for the chocolate covered strawberries I was making as a gift for the bride and groom.

10 pounds= $39.00
12 oz = $12.00
12 oz. x 2 = 24 oz. (1.5 pounds)
24 oz = $24.00

so 1.5 pounds for $24 of 10 pounds for $39.

10 pounds = smart choice!

Isn't it beautiful?

You know about Murphy's law right.. any thing that can go wrong will. Hahaha that was this cakes motto! It lived and died by it! See these lovely flowers Natalie picked and decorated our table with...

Lovely right? I agree. and a sweet gesture as well. But theres were all these little dots on the cake. I had to make these at least 24 hours in advance with royal icing so they could harden. Have you ever had candy dots? I used to like these as a kid...

These are similar to what I was making. Except mine were purdy because I hand painted them with "antique silk" luster dust. Oh how they shimmered and shone... till Chad accidentally knocked that lovely flower arrangement over spilling water all over them! They did not survive... nor would any royal icing decoration doused in water. It just disintegrates. Don't worry I had spares but the spares were my first attempt which for some reason they were all misshapen.

I didn't get mad. I just chalked it up to it figures

You want to see the cake don't you?

What's stopping you from scrolling down to see it??

Just wondering.


I know i know it's got problems...

How could it not? I did most of the decorating after I hadn't slept for 27 hours! That right there's more to this grueling story! Ok so per my last post I am sick. Nasty cold. Before I really got started Wednesday morning i got a call from a friend inviting me to a brithday dinner for another friend (happy birthday Katie!) She suggested I take some Emergen-C. I had a few things I needed to pick up at the grocery store before I got started so I picked some of this Emergen-C stuff up.

I chugged two of these... not at the same time.

In the wee hours of Thursday morn (12:30-ish) I freaked out. Like never before. I think it was triggered by the second tier down. First of all the fondant did NOT go on nicely, but then to make it worse I was embossing the diamond shape into the fondant and realized it was not lining up correctly. Which is bad because... A) you can't un-do embossing and B) it's very notcible when doing this particular pattern if your even slightly off, and C) I didn't have enough fondant to re-do it.

So i freaked out. not like regular freak out. Like I need to be put in a mental institution freak out. I kept having this feeling of impending doom. So this is how it went...

12:30- began to freak. (got the shakes real bad and it felt like the room temp was about 50 degrees!
1:00 AM - wrote chad a note.

1:05 AM-woke poor chad up told him about the note.
1:07 AM- Showed Chad the note.
1:08 AM- Showed Chad the cake.
1:10 AM- tried to go to bed.
1:11 AM-there's no way I can sleep. Lay there shaking wide awake. Zero tired. well I take that back, my body hurt... it was definitely tired... brain wide awake!
1:12-3:38 AM- lay there shivering and worried and strangely I had to get up to pee alot. I'm talking the liquids we're completely clear. Figured I was getting dehydrated because there couldn't possibly be any more liquid in my body.
3:39 AM- got up and got a powerade in hopes of not dehydrating myself. Continued to lie awake.
3:42 AM- contemplate scenarios in which I don't show up with a cake.
4:04 AM- Got on FB in hopes there was someone i could tell all my problems too. Score! Jed was on.
4:18 AM- emailed my mom for some pity.
4:19 AM -sobbed.
4:30 AM- glad to see rhonda logged outo FB. I petitioned for more pity.
4:44 AM- went to go work on the stupid cake.
4:45 AM- Chad got up for work. Came to the kitchen. Gave me a pep talk.
5:51 AM- emailed Lori for some more pity.
5:54 AM- watched the sunrise.

and somewhere in between all that I got the fondant on all the cakes... though it did not go well and all fondant was cracking at the top edge of the cakes. I don't know why.

As you can see from the note I couldn't find my fondant smoother... I had to use a case thing that held child's math things like rulers and protractors and what not's. So annoying.

Lori was nice enough to call me when she got my email... I asked her if she would come keep me company while I finished up the decorating...

kind sister obliged.

Talked lots of nonsense. She helped me realize that my diamonds were "handmade" and "whimsical" therefore crooked was okay. I half bought it. Well I had been up for 27 hours you know. It doesn't take much to confuse me at that point.

Kind hubby came home to help me out. He painted some dots for me.

10:30 AM-ish- cake done.

10:35 AM- look at box of emergen-C and notice that it says "energy booster" on it. Things start to dawn on me. can't sleep... got the shakes... lots and lots of pee...

10:38 AM- Say prayer that childern won't poke cake whilst sleeping.
10:39 AM- sleep.

I really loved how later that day when my parents came over to help me out with cake delivery and i explain about the shakes and panic attack, my dad questioning what could possibly be in the Emergen-C that could be a booster of energy decides to read the ingredients on the Emergen-C and find one that he says the effects are similar to crystal meth...


I've never done well with uppers. I avoid caffeine like crazy.

And also i forgot to mention that wednesday night we had dinner at 7ish... and I did not eat again till the next evening around 5:30ish. I was pretty hungry.

so it is what it is...

BTW- I don't do cakes anymore. Call someone else!