So how many of you have gone shopping for cakes, whether it be a wedding, birthday, special occasion, doesn’t matter… Most everyone thinks the same thing… Geez, they are expensive. Some of the wedding cake mark up is just because it contains the word: Wedding. Other costs that go into that price though are of course your ingredients but a large majority of it is time. Doing a wedding cake takes time and effort! The lady I have doing mine goes home from work, takes a nap, and then gets up about 11 pm or so and starts baking the cake and lets it cool and then decorates all through the night so that the bride and groom have the freshest cake possible. Not always is this the case though… some bakeries have frozen cakes for just in case emergencies… ie slam on the breaks going to deliver and the cake gets creamed!
I’ll warn you right now this is a picture loaded blog! If you don’t like pictures, don’t read/look!
The joke at work is I always need a new hobby. In 2008 that hobby was cake decorating so I took classes and practiced, practiced, practiced.
Here are a couple of cakes I did BEFORE I took the cake decorating classes.
This was Halloween 2006. It looked cute the night I did it, by the time it got to work the next day it looked like a tornado hit it. I think I still have icing on my radio. It was originally for my dad but when my Coconut Cream Pie didn’t turn out he let me take this to work.
Now we are into cakes made for my class or practice or just random people:
On the first night of class, we had this option to do. I didn’t do it. One February night when I was snowed in at home on a Saturday night I practiced 🙂
People I work with teased me about just bringing them icing so one night I sat out to practice making roses. Then the joke was I made Kalem a dozen roses that he had to share with Autumn, Jamie & Jonathan. I even supplied them with graham crackers.
For Autumn’s son’s birthday that year, she asked if I’d be interested in making a cake for his birthday and I jumped on it. This was one of my faves.
Now if you don’t know the rival between John Deere & International (or now Case IH) you might not get this but it was funny 🙂
These people are made out of fondant which is a type of icing. It has the consistency of pie dough. A lot of wedding cake people (such as Ace of Cakes on Food Network) use Fondant. It gives a prettier look to the cakes but it’s not nearly as good as your regular Butter Cream.
This was a birthday cake. The blue icing is down on aluminum foil. The “sand” is brown sugar. And those bears so remind me of Teddy Grahams 🙂 but they weren’t.
This was a birthday cake for a gal I worked with’s son. The “tires” are glazed donuts covered in black icing. This was a nightmare but once I figured it all out it worked great!
My mom had a friend who her daughter had a baby and her son smarted off that he wanted a cake so to be a smart alec I went home and made him one and took it to him. The “mud” is chocolate syrup.
A bridal shower cake for my old Assistant Manager.
They are fun when you aren’t having to meet expectations but can be extremely stressful in my opinion if you are trying to make them for someone who is paying you!
So anyway now that I’ve babbled, I think I’ll babble some more 🙂 Here is the idea we are using for my wedding cake.
Peace, Love & Cakes