So Simple Yet Sooo Disappointing !

Decorating By jules06 Updated 29 Sep 2008 , 4:56pm by cylstrial

jules06 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 4:48am
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I had a fish tank cake to do for a 21 st that I thought would be fairly simple,right ? Unfortunately the cake wasn't working with me !!
1. The mixture overflowed in the oven whilst cooking
2. The cake sank in the middle when cooling (talking crater here !)
3. The ganache was still too soft when I was covering it with fondant & cake was leaning( even with dowels )
4. The fondant was cracking where I tried to straighten the stupid cake !
5.The choc.transfers I made were now too big for cake icon_mad.gif
6.It looks like my 10 yr.old son made it ! icon_cry.gif

I charged $20 less than my quote because I was so unhappy with it ( even though the mum thought it looked great icon_confused.gif !!)

It was an 11" halved & stacked ( Martha Stewarts' lemon cream cheese pound cake,which I love ! )

No loud giggling please icon_biggrin.gif

16 replies
crislen Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 5:11am
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I think it looks great! You'd never guess how many problems you had - you should have kept the 20.

It is a very cute cake!

Sugar_Plum_Fairy Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 5:14am
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I totally agree with Crislen! There's nothing wrong with that cake (at least the final result). Your cake came out wonderfully! Sorry it gave you that laundry list of problems (I hate when that happens), but there's always one of "those" cakes every so often for everbody. The next one will be better.

SugarFrosted Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 6:33am
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It looks great! I agree, you shoulda kept that $20!

jules06 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 6:34am
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You're all very kind icon_biggrin.gif

twooten173 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 7:02am
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I still don't see the problem with the cake. Stop being so hard on yourself!

jules06 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 8:00am
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You don't ? Maybe the photo is a little deceiving ! It's lumpy & uneven on the top, the black edges aren't straight & the fondant has cracks in it ( you also can't see the lean !!! ) icon_biggrin.gif
At least my writing is pretty good - which is unusual icon_lol.gif

Meemawfish Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 7:20pm
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Oh come on now Jules I like the cake and you can make Meemaw a wreck any day. icon_lol.gif

susanscakecreations Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 7:45pm
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I agree with everyone else! It looks super! You should have kept the money!

Like Duff says "after all is said and done, it's just cake!"

Sammysue00 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 7:58pm
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I think it looks awesome! I think we always see the flaws WAY more than anyone else ever would. Good job! icon_biggrin.gif

KHalstead Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 8:06pm
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wow, I thought I posted this for a minute.....this sounds like the issues I had with MY aquarium cake, and I thought the thing was gonna be super simple as well. Cut two 1/4 sheets in half, stack em' up and add some chocolate details and voila, easy cake. I too gave them money off, only I gave her 25.00 off!! I thought mine wasn't crisp and clean like I had wanted, the lady didn't say anything (good or bad) when she took it, just threw it in her back seat (yikes) and left!! ugh! oh well, it wasn't a "great" cake to begin with. Who knew aquariums were so difficult??

woodthi32 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 8:22pm
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Wow. I wish I was as good as your ten year old son!

frstech Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 8:24pm
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Well I love both of ya'll's aquariums, they both look good to me!! Make have to make myself one now!!


kakeladi Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 8:32pm
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You both made great cakes! You are being way too hard on yourselvesicon_smile.gif

Sugar_Plum_Fairy Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:22pm
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I think you're both just "fishing" for compliments!!


Repeat after me....Aquarium cakes do not need to contain real water or fish. Aquarium cakes are for eating. I made a darn good looking cake that was imperfect only to me and a cake competition judge looking for faults.

Aquarium cakes do not need to contain real water or fish. Aquarium cakes are for eating. I made a darn good looking cake that was imperfect only to me and a cake competition judge looking for faults.

Aquarium cakes d...........

Keep repeating until it "sinks" in.

jules06 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 11:18pm
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icon_lol.gif Sugar_plum_fairy !! you're very funny !!
I promise I wasn't fishing icon_biggrin.gif
Khalstead - your cake is much better than mine !!! I should have thought of doing the lid thing ( to cover the lumps & bumps !! ) thumbs_up.gif

cylstrial Posted 29 Sep 2008 , 4:56pm
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I think they both look great!

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