Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Every baker has her day...

Yes, I create cakes as a job. Yes, I always deliver my cakes on time. Yes, I'm proud of my work....but it doesn't always go as smoothly as it seems. If you've ever watched "Ace of Cakes" or "DC Cupcakes" then you've probably witnessed their stress or one cake collapse. It's just part of the business. When you work with sugar it doesn't want to stay- it wants to pull away, separate, melt, etc. So here I am admitting I've had my fair share of mishaps, forgotten steps and fondant failure. When that happens it ends up like this: 

But as I've told myself hundreds of times, "it's just cake. It's not the end of the world". Go ahead and get any tears out you need to. Give yourself a little break. Then come back and start over. I know it's not what you want to happen, but it just does. And it's ok. This is why I watch cake shows - as horrible as it sounds it's nice to see them stress out and see their $1,000 creations collapse. It makes me feel better :) 

But it's usually fixable. In this case my fondant didn't go on right....grrr...yes, still a lil bitter about it. But I went back and removed all fondant and cut the cake underneath (a crucial step). This is what it looked like- a bit bare:

But it turned out like this:

Hopefully this will inspire someone not to give up. Everyone has challenges, but you can work through them....even if it keeps you up till 2 am multiple nights in a row. In the end, it'll all work out and maybe it'll turn out beautiful. 


  1. Hi Becca.. your cake looks amazing.. you are a cake decorator.. i am so thrilled.. and amazing story.. i knw exactly what you mean by sweating over a cake.. i am not a professional or sth but i baked a 3D soccer ball cake for my daughter.. and did the fondant and everythig.. stressed over every detail.. here is the pic..if u are interested.. any expert opinion.. i was so glad whn the fondant cme out right nad i was making perfect hexagonas.. :) my jy was boundless.. any professional advice.. thanku for dropping by. and yes i can do with walpaper swatches

  2. Thank you! I'll check out the soccer cake!

  3. Thanks for actually doing that.. n the pretty comments.. i hope u mean them n not saying for thge sake of saying. coming from a pro it feels awesome.. :) thanks again.. Some day il give a hand on one of these inspirations from ur designs.. keep e motivated


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