Monday, August 11, 2008

The cake that almost wasn't

This one will NOT be posted on my Tiers of Joy blog, but it was too funny to not post here. I have taken August off from cakes, with the intention of painting and decorating Sawyer's new "big-girl" room as well as a whole schload of other house projects and a few vacations. But our friends Natalie & Sid needed a quick little 2nd birthday cake for their adorable little Heather, so I decided to let one little tiny cake slide into August. The cake we decided to do was one that came out of a cookbook I have, the one that I stole my favorite buttercream recipe from, but they have two buttercream recipes; the good one and then one that I've never tried. But it did say that If you want to tint it with bright, true colors, then you should use the one with part shortening (yuk) instead of all butter, so I thought, heck, whatever, I'll try the colorful one. BAD IDEA!!! As I was putting the finishing touches on the decorating, I noticed that things were starting to go schlump a bit, so I kept putting it back into the fridge for a while in between working on it. However, on the drive there, with my car's delightful air conditioner cranked all the way to like 60 degrees, it just kept schlumping more and more until it ended up like this.It was a complete joke. I couldn't believe someone who actually has a fantastic cookbook, would include this recipe. Craziness. Needless to say I just went to Smith's & bought a crappy grocery store cake because the party was supposedly in a hour. Got to the house & no one is home. Called their cells & no one answers. Left the cake at a neighbors with a very apologetic note and an offer for a free cake if they would give me another shot. On my way home, Natalie called & said that their niece had decided on Wednesday that she was getting married on Saturday, so they had to run up to Tremonton for the wedding and were postponing the party until Sunday! So, yeah! And after much scraping and making of new, good buttercream, this is what we ended up with. I'm just so glad I tried out that recipe with my friend's cake instead of a bride's. And that, my friends, is why I always leave like a half day of leeway before I have to deliver any wedding cake. (and yes, this cake is supposed to be tilted, it's one of those mad-hatter cakes. These pictures don't really look like it though, they just look kind of wierd.)

5 comments:

Melissa said...

Wow I think it's so awesome of you to blog and post a pic about it.
I'd still hire you in a heart beat to do my cake!
You're awesome.

Dugovic Domain said...

Man, stressful cake day! The final/second/try-again cake was awesome though... and I actually think the slumpy mess-up one is kind of fabulous in its own artsy sorta way... If I ask you to make Kort's berfday cake, would it get you to come alllll the way down to Springville to party with me? It IS on August 23rd...so, STILL August, probably a deal breaker huh?

Jenn said...

Wow Celeste! You are awesome at cake decorating! So Talented! Hope you don't mind, I just started a blog and put you in our "friends" category. jennandbryschiller@blogspot is our address. I figured I'd start a blog since I'm about the only one who doesn't have one! :)

The Neilson Family said...

You could have given that psychadelic (sp?) one to someone smoking pot...they would have LOVED it! Reminded me of one of those died t-shirts that hippies wear. What a fun story! Hopefully you can look back and laugh a bit.

Jessica Kettle said...

that is so funny! I love how #2 turned out though!! Natalie said Heather was OBSESSED with it! So I just saw this freaking amazing cake and thought of you (the rest of the blog is pretty fab too). Anyway, scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out this seriously amazing little number

http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/2008/08/real-wedding-saturday-lisa-nick.html