College Fiasco

Decorating By luceymoose Updated 29 May 2005 , 12:33am by luvmygirls

luceymoose Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 3:33pm
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Well, here it is. I thought that it would be nice to make a cake for a class at school. I made the cake in advance and leveled it, (a 12" square) and was going to ice it the night before class. I put too much batter in the pan so it overflowed all over the oven. I ended up having to do something that night so needless to say, I didn' t get it done. I put the cake in the freezer till I could get to it. I finally found time yesterday afternoon so I took the cake out of the freezer to thaw, made my filling and prepared my BCT. When the cake thawed, I torted it but the cake was sitting at a weird angle so when I cut it, one side ended up being paper thin. icon_cry.gif
I had to start all over again. I got cake #2 baked and out to cool. Thought I'd check on the filling so I took it out of the fridge and beat it with the mixer. The filling got all chunky icon_mad.gif I think the cream in it became butter!! So, while I'm waiting for the cake to cool, I make a new batch of filling and make some flowers. My kitchen was hot, so the flowers kept falling over. My DH felt bad for me and found me a fan. I got the cake halfway iced and ran out of icing!! icon_evil.gif Right about now, I'm ready to cry so I go to make more icing and realize that I don't have any butter softened! I used crisco instead so the color of the sides didn't match the top. I put my BCT on the cake and it cracked. I got the cake decorated and got to bed around 12. It ended up being a hit in class though. Thought you guys might get a laugh and I'll post a pic later.

17 replies
melissablack Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 3:42pm
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Wow, that sounds REALLY frustrating! I'm glad it turned out alright in the end though. You must have a lot of patience to keep on trying through all that. I can't wait to see a picture!

Melissa icon_razz.gif

cakemommy Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 4:07pm
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Good for you for not giving up. I would have been a puddle in the corner crying!!!! Can't wait to see it!!!


CarolAnn Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 4:17pm
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So glad to hear it all came out okay eventually. That's Murphy's law in action. What can go wrong will go wrong. I think I'd just want to run away from home. Anxious to see you pic.

awela Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 4:28pm
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Welcome to the club!!! This is the way most of us learn, believe me I went through alot of these troubles. I would suggest that next time you mark the cake with toothpicks where you'll be dividing the cake to prevent dividing it unevenly. Also, you can "glue" it with thinned icing. I've done it and to this day haven't heard of a complaint. I make at least eight batches of icing before decorating my cakes so I don't run short ot it. Please post "College Fiasco" here for us to see. Good luck next time and don't you ever give up!!!!

Lisa Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 4:42pm
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Whew...just reading what you went through made me want to cry. I would have for sure! What a relief the cake was a hit! Just a tip on bringing butter to room temp, if you cut the block into about 10 pieces and put it in a bowl, it'll come to temp in about 10 minutes. I've also been know to put mine in my mixer bowl and set it on the warm stove (it worked but you don't want melted butter...just soft).

tanyascakes Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 5:33pm
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Wow! That sounded horrific!! But I can feel your pain. I am glad that it all came together in the end. Beside, who doesn't like cake?? I would love to see the pics you took. Just know that we have all had our worst days when it comes to baking. I am amazed that you kept at it. But when you think about it, it really is just cake. That way it won't drive you mad when everything goes the way it shouldn't!!
~Tanya icon_biggrin.gif

luceymoose Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 6:12pm
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Thanks for all of the suport. Here's a pic.

zoozieqv Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 6:15pm
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Wow! Turned out great!!!! Sorry to hear about the hard time.......

Lisa Posted 18 Apr 2005 , 6:35pm
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Ooo...that's a wonderful cake!

CarolAnn Posted 19 Apr 2005 , 3:14pm
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It looks great! And you torted this? I've never heard of torting a sheet cake. Stick with it, you're doing good!

AngelWendy Posted 21 Apr 2005 , 1:13pm
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Wow, that was a very trying experience, it sounds like!! So glad you stuck with it and got it done! I love the BCT on that! Is that bird a character from a show or where did you find him?

I torte pretty much every cake I make, even Character cakes. Am I alone in that?


KATE39 Posted 22 Apr 2005 , 2:56pm
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zoozieqv Posted 22 Apr 2005 , 3:04pm
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I only tort character cakes if the customer wants to pay extra for filling!! So, I have done it before and it makes the cakes much higher and more substanstial looking!

thecakemaker Posted 22 Apr 2005 , 3:06pm
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At least it turned out great for you! I'm sure it tasted great too!

CakesbyKimmie Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 3:05am
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The cake turned out awesome. Great Job!!!
I am sure everyone appreciated all the hard work!!!!

I am always told that even if I think I make a mistake with my cakes, to the "untrained and hungry eye" all cakes are beautiful.

What kind of filling did you use?

luceymoose Posted 26 Apr 2005 , 9:00pm
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I used whipped ganache. It tasted great icon_biggrin.gif

luvmygirls Posted 29 May 2005 , 12:33am
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What a nightmare...I've had cakes like that myself. Some to just toss in the garbage and start all over again. I even had one completely finished one day - it was sitting in the middle of the kitchen table waiting for the customer to come and get it...I got busy in another room only to come back and find my two year old daughter on the table with all the icing off the top of the cake - most of it on her face and some in her tummy. Good thing the customer was a friend of mine - she drank coffee while I baked another cake!!

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