I'm In Trouble

Decorating By mindywith3boys Updated 23 Jun 2010 , 4:01am by mindywith3boys

mindywith3boys Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 2:38pm
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I made a cake for the Ceo at my husbands company. It was supposed to be for this morning. My husband just called me and told me the the Ceo isn't there today and that she now wants to do it on Wednesday. This is a free cake that I did because when the Ceo asks for something it scores brownie points for my husband. Needless to say, my husband is very upset. It was a huge cake. It has 4 DH 3D durable cake mixes, 2 batches of Indy Debi's icing, 2 batches of MMF and 4 batches of RKT. So, my question is, What the heck do I do with it? Will it last until Wednesday? Should I keep it in the refrigerator? Will the RKT or the MMF melt off the cake while it's coming back up to room temp? What about freezing it? And how long will it take to thaw? And can I even do that with MMF? UGH! HELP! The top 1 inch of the cake is the RKT. It's also painted with silver dust, but I don't think that will make a difference.

TIA! I'm going to try to attach a pic
LL

39 replies
Spuddysmom Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 2:58pm
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Wow, that CEO is REAL special isn't she?.... grrrr.....Is that entire top/flat part RKT - When did you bake this?

LisaMarie86 Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 2:59pm
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Wow that is insane. How can she just blow off something and excpect you to still do a cake on a different date. I would be livid. I dont know what refridgeration would do to all the different things. Im very new to this cake decorating stuff.

PiccoloChellie Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:05pm
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Box it up.
Wrap the entire box tightly with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate.
Tuesday afternoon take out out of the fridge and leave it wrapped up. Let it come to room temperature.
Tuesday night unwrap everything and make sure no touch-up work is needed.
Rebox and send it to work Wednesday for the thoughtless *mumble*mutter*

kimmisue2009 Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:14pm
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You are a REALLY REALLY good wife.

Spuddysmom Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:16pm
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Originally Posted by PiccoloChellie

Box it up.
Wrap the entire box tightly with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate.
Tuesday afternoon take out out of the fridge and leave it wrapped up. Let it come to room temperature.
Tuesday night unwrap everything and make sure no touch-up work is needed.
Rebox and send it to work Wednesday for the thoughtless *mumble*mutter*




Yup - that'll work, but there is one more step.....: Remember this little incident if the CEO ever requests another free cake and be gracious but "booked".

kermitncupcake Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:17pm
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Gee! Im not sure what id do either! Id drop it off at her house and let her look after it till Wednesday, I think. That way its up to her to keep it safe!

mindywith3boys Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:19pm
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Yes, the top is RKT. where am I going to find a box big enough? This sucker is huge! The board is 16 x 22.

Thanks for all your help guys. My husband is actually a lot angrier than I am. He's really mad. I mean, it cost like $60 in supplies to make it. I could do another on, but I don't want to shell out that money again.

Win Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:21pm
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Originally Posted by Spuddysmom

Quote:
Originally Posted by PiccoloChellie

Box it up.
Wrap the entire box tightly with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate.
Tuesday afternoon take out out of the fridge and leave it wrapped up. Let it come to room temperature.
Tuesday night unwrap everything and make sure no touch-up work is needed.
Rebox and send it to work Wednesday for the thoughtless *mumble*mutter*



Yup - that'll work, but there is one more step.....: Remember this little incident if the CEO ever requests another free cake and be gracious but "booked".


Exactly! icon_biggrin.gif

Ballymena Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:23pm
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I sometimes cut sides out of boxes and put them together for very large cakes.

Malakin Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:34pm
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How rude.....Knowing me, I'd just be smashing it somewhere to make myself feel better but I definitely wouldn't remake it and unfortunately for her I'd be double booked for the next 5 years and even unable to do a cookie if she asked for one.

miss_sweetstory Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:36pm
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If (big IF here) you are willing to make it again... it is absolutely acceptable to inform the CEO that you are not in the position to donate the ingredient cost, or the labor cost a second time. Your husband should be prepared with numbers: cost of ingredients and materials, number of man hours, and an hourly rate that you "normally" charge. Put the ball back in her court and let her decide if she really wants the cake.

A CEO knows the cost of doing business. Most wouldn't expect a one time only vendor to absorb the cost of their schedule change (only if they did high volume would they expect that type of consideration.)
If she is willing to pay, you can be a star and "fit her in."

DetailsByDawn Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:44pm
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If you don't have a box big enough, you can put it straight into the freezer for a couple of hours until frozen. Once frozen, take it out and wrap in plactic wrap and put it back in the freezer. Freezing it first will help prevent damage to the finish. Thaw in the wrappers, then carefully remove once all condensation is gone. HTH! Good luck!

artscallion Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:46pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PiccoloChellie

Box it up.
Wrap the entire box tightly with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate.
Tuesday afternoon take out out of the fridge and leave it wrapped up. Let it come to room temperature.
Tuesday night unwrap everything and make sure no touch-up work is needed.
Rebox and send it to work Wednesday for the thoughtless *mumble*mutter*




I agree with this. No way to know how close to its prime it will be, or how well the structure will withstand this. But I think it's your best bet...short of redoing it all next week.

But before you do that, who is in charge of the party...the one rescheduling until Wed? I'm not clear that it is the CEO as everyone is assuming. I would let that person know that the cake was a big expense and a lot of work and that you really can't remake it next week. Let her know that cake isn't really good a week later. She may not realize what this rescheduling is causing for you and may be able to at least move it up to Monday.

all4cake Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:47pm
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I'd take it to her(CEO) for HER to store it. I wouldn't put it in the fridge for 4 or 5 days.

free cake that she changed the date for...

mindywith3boys Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:55pm
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So, do you all think freezing or refrigerating would be best? Can you even freeze MMF and RKT? I'm so worried that when it thaws it will fall apart.

The party can't be moved. It's the next time all the workers will be there. I'm so stressed about this. The Ceo did offer to pay for the cake. When she ordered it (from my husband), she said that she would pay me for it. It's my husband that won't take money for it. Brownie are far more important to him than money.

Thanks again! ~Mindy

KASCARLETT Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:56pm
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That's a toughie! Unless it is a dire family emergency that just happened this morning, I'm sure the CEO knew that she wouldn't be there today and she definately should have called ahead of time. I would go ahead and take to your hubby's work to let them enjoy it and just tell the CEO nicely (you don't want to jeopardize your hubby's job) that you had already made the cake and you may can do a sheet cake for her if she wants, but that cake took a lot of time and you don't have the time to make it next week.

Sassy74 Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:57pm
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Love Piccolo's idea. I hope you're able to work it out...you did a great job on that cake!

It may be that I haven't had enough coffee this am, but what is it supposed to be? It looks like an ultra-contemporary desk? Half a cinder block? A piece of bridge or roadway? An apparatus at a skate park? Whatever it is, it looks great lol !

Yeah, I hope these ideas work and that you're able to serve it to your hunny's boss. And that the boss chokes on a piece of it...just a little. Not a bad go-to-the-hospital choke. Just a pound-on-the-back-slobbering-embarrassing choke. All in good fun, of course!

artscallion Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:59pm
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Or you could just email that picture of the cake to the CEO with a simple message, "what should I do with this?"

PiccoloChellie Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 4:04pm
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Originally Posted by mindywith3boys

The Ceo did offer to pay for the cake. When she ordered it (from my husband), she said that she would pay me for it. It's my husband that won't take money for it. Brownie are far more important to him than money.

Thanks again! ~Mindy




Oh!!!
Well, in THAT case....

Make a list of everything you'll need to remake the cake.
Hand list to your brownie-lovin' husband and include driving directions to the grocery store. He gets to pay for it.
Teach hubby how to make fondant, roll out fondant, and mix buttercream.
Rebake cake.
Sit back and have a beer (preferably with several loud belches, please) while hubby gets buttercream in his hair and cramps in his shoulders from the MMF.
When the cake is remade, drive hubby to your favorite restaurant and instruct him that it's his treat.
Order the lobster.


Can you tell where I stand on spouses giving away your work?

mindywith3boys Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 4:20pm
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You guys are so funny! Thanks for the laughs! I needed them. It is an ingot. Which is a metal bar. This one is a magnesium ingot. But ingots come in all different metals. It's how they come out of the mold. Like I said, it's not a sexy cake, but it was a challenge. One piece of fondant that big is a pain in the @ss!

I guess I'll put it in a box and seal it up and hope for the best. My hubby did help a lot. He made one of the batches of icing and he made the RKT and he measured out some things for me. Now, if I can just get him to clean the kitchen!

Win Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 5:31pm
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Originally Posted by mindywith3boys

So, do you all think freezing or refrigerating would be best? Can you even freeze MMF and RKT? I'm so worried that when it thaws it will fall apart.


Thanks again! ~Mindy




In dire emergencies one can freeze a fondant cake, but it is more stressful when bringing up to room temp... it takes a long time and it is hard not to peek to make sure the process is going correctly. In the process of peeking, one tends to freak out as it looks wet and goopy until it fully runs its course of sweating and then evaporating its moisture. That is why any of the processes of having a cake return to room temp is best done inside a box... the box helps to absorb the excess moisture. I think you will be fine; but you might want to provide a disclaimer because of the delay --or you could simply tell the CEO that it jeopardizes the overall quality of the cake and offer to make a new one at her cost this time even though it might be protested by your husband.

GGFan Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 6:18pm
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Sorry that you have to go through this. I'm not sure if refridgeration or freezing is better. But freezing will keep the cake fresher. I would tried to freeze it and thaw it like the suggestion above and if the fondant fall of the cake all you have to do is to recover it (The RKT should be fine freezing) so your extra cost will only be just the MMF and the silver outside. Oh, make your husband knead the fondant icon_smile.gif

all4cake Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 7:57pm
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If it was either fridge or freezer, I'd opt for the freezer.

I've never had rkt last more than a day...don't they go stale after a couple of days anyway? I've successfully frozen mmf covered cakes. but like Win stated...it's the thawing that is most important and refraining from peeking an dfreaking out takes a lot of umph.

sberryp Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 8:18pm
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Your MMF fondant looks amazing. What recipe do you use? I would wrap it up. I know most cakes from scratch last a week in the fridge. Great cake.

CutiePiesCakes Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 8:18pm
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...what is RKT?? can u tell im new :-p

all4cake Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 8:22pm
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rkt=rice krispie treats (if you hover over the underlined abbreviations, the term is clarified) like....mmf, mff, lol, dh, mil, pp, op...gsa, ps, cs,

all4cake Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 8:23pm
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hey what's up with that????it didn't do it to mine!

not all of 'em anyway...

MomMiller Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 8:24pm
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I just had the same thing for my husbands boss. Was gifting an airplane cake for his birthday, then at the last moment decided that he wanted to fly out of town for the weekend. Asked for the cake a day earlier and then there was only a couple people in the office. So much for "advertising". icon_cry.gif

cupcake_cutie Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 8:26pm
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PiccoloChellie your response is cracking me up! I definitely agree with you about spouses giving away work for free. It really burns my bridges! icon_smile.gif

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