5.20.11 Friday Night Cake Club

Decorating By leah_s Updated 22 May 2011 , 3:21am by JackieDryden

leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 2:38am
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::runs into thread::

is called to order.

Who's up?
Whatcha workin' on?

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leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 2:44am
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delivered one four tier today.
One four tier waiting for delivery tomorrow.
Working on a LARGE five tier that serves 385. Will need to start the groom's cake soon. Unfortunately I don't know what I'm going to do . . .

jules5000 Posted 21 May 2011 , 2:53am
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Just enjoying watching videos and learning stuff on the forum. Sounds like you are one busy woman with 3 cakes going on and a 4th to start soon. I am laying low on cake orders because I have loaned out some of my equipment to a friend and will be getting it back probably at the beginning of next month sometime. No biggy. I am trying to lose weight and I find it a challenge when I am doing cakes. It is mainly just one of my many hobbies.

cheatize Posted 21 May 2011 , 2:54am
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Is the time messed up? Your posts started at 9:38, not 10:30.

Anyway, I have a problem. I'm doing a double stacked cake- 4 layers in each tier. I've got bubble tea straws inserted and a board between layers 2 and 3 (the halfway point). After crumbcoating and icing, I can still see the board between the layers. It almost looks like it's bulging, but I let them settle for 4 hours with a board on top of them.

Before I go any further with this cake, how do I fix it? Pretty please?

KJ62798 Posted 21 May 2011 , 2:56am
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Evening y'all.

It's been super quiet in my cake world for about a month but this weekend I got slammed.

This morning I dropped off 6 4-packs of cupcakes for the cake walk at my kids' school carnival tomorrow morning. Thankfully, I had a bunch of leftover batter from the birthday cake & cuppies I was making for one of my youngest son's playmates.

This afternoon I finished the SpongeBob cake & cupcakes for my friend's little boy. Ocean/beachy sort of thing w/big cartoon flower outlines and a SB 3D candle for the character. Simple cupcakes w/SB printed papers & plastic toy toppers.

Tonight, I'm working on a 2-tier for a party on Sunday. One of my best friends just finished her Masters in Ed and her family decided to do a last minute party. I told her I would bring something "simple" so of course it has morphed into a chance to practice my fondant skills in preparation for my cousin's wedding next month.

The cakes are baked for the graduation cake. I have white choco ganache prepared so I can make white chocolate ganache buttercream to go under the fondant. Waiting for the kitchen to cool off a bit before I make the frosting. Not sure I have the energy to tort/fill tonight. By the time the cakes cool, they may just get wrapped for tomorrow.


leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 2:57am
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It's really nearly 11 pm in the Eastern time zone.

It sounds like you're gong to have to scrape down and take the board out and trim it so that it's just ever so slightly smaller than the cake.

Or put a deco around the middle.

KJ62798 Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:01am
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Cheatize--I've only done the double-stack thing once. I crumbcoated both cakes and put the "final" layer only on the top of the bottom cake, then stacked. I did the final coat on the whole thing after it was stacked. I put it on pretty thick so I could camouflage the seam. Can you spackle it up some more to hide the seam?


cheatize Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:02am
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Ugh. I was afraid I'd have to take it apart. The design for the tier is horizontal stripes so I doubt I can cover all those spots with decor. I still have to cover the tiers with fondant but I'm guessing it will show through that, too.

Geez, just when I start thinking I'm getting faster. icon_smile.gif


Yeah, your last post says 9:57 and it's 11:02 here. Weird. Guess I should check my preferences.

yummy_in_my_tummy Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:03am
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I'm all caked out!! I have been pretty busy the last month or so, and this weekend, all I hear is crickets! No cakes! It's kind of nice though. I can catch up on housecleaning and laundry!! icon_smile.gif

leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:17am
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I thought I was running ahead of schedule earlier this evening. Now, not so much.

sccandwbfan Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:21am
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Gasps: I finally made it to cake club. icon_smile.gif

On my docket, I have 2 cakes to do this weekend.
1. Almost identical replica of a cake I did last weekend for a graduation from a differenct school, so the colors are different and it's for a girl this time so I may add some fru fru to it.
2. 9x13" Nashville Predators cake for a friend at church's son.

No more cakes on order until mid june at the moment but that may change.

jenmat Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:31am
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Hey all~
I rarely get to join in the fun- my DH always makes me shut off the cake porn and pay attention to him after a full day's work. The nerve icon_smile.gif
Tonight he took my daughter to see family, so I worked all day. Now, most people would say what a bummer, but not me, I was like woo-hoo! Full work day, no distractions! So I worked from 8am- 10:30pm with a break for supper. Got sooo much done!
Pickups are done for a 2D firetruck, a 2D Justin Bieber Guitar (groan) and a really cute purse bridal shower cake. I have 160 cupcakes for tomorrow, a small 2 tier and big kitchen cakes to go with. The 2 tier was actually really cute, which was great because I hate 2 tiered cakes for weddings.
Then, I got a huge jumpstart on next week's weddings- there are 5. So 3 of the 5 are torted, filled and base-iced with IMBC and stuck back in the deep freeze. One of them had that "spatula look," which I thought would be a cinch. Not so much, but I figured it out. It takes a lot of work to make it look "natural!"
Can you tell I drank a lot of caffeinated tea today? icon_smile.gif

jenmat Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:34am
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Leahs- what on earth are the measurements for a 5 tier that feeds 385?!!! That is the average size wedding I work with, so it would great to know what can actually feed that many.

leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:50am
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6/9/12/15 round on top of a 20 square

leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:51am
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WHOever thought a braided fondant ribbon around the base of the tiers would be a good idea?

Oh yeah . . .

Jamielc Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:55am
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First time I've popped in for quite some time ... but hello everyone! Wish you all stress free caking this weekend! For me, I've got a small 2-tier (6" & 9" square) college graduation cake for Sunday afternoon. Top tier is frosted and I'm now off to frost the bottom tier; had to take a break to check in here! Wash dishes and then it's off to bed for me. icon_smile.gif

Happy Caking!
~ Jamie

cheatize Posted 21 May 2011 , 3:57am
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It seems to have worked. However, this cake has shown it can be ornery so I'm reserving judgement until I let it sit for awhile.

Leah, what do you mean you don't know what you're going to do? They didn't give you any guidance?

KJ62798- I wondered if I should final coat and then stack but I figured I would have to smooth the whole thing again if I did it that way, so I crumbcoated separately, stacked, and then final coated. Except it turns out it wasn't so final after all. I'm running low on buttercream so I lectured it about consequences if it made me make more tonight while I was taking it apart.

I fixed the time in my profile. I wonder if it's a bug, a virus, or just a fluke?

jenmat Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:00am
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Wow, Leahs, that is a massive cake. Have fun carrying that sucker.

Are you freezing the braiding before putting it on, or using an extruder? I hate putting fondant around big tiers. Drives me batty.

Good luck on the double barrel Cheatize. I've only done a few and while they were successful, they're definitely a trial and error thing. Hopefully it listens to your ..er.. lecture?!

leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:10am
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freezing the fondant braid?
Will that help?

Because I'm close to giving up.

Groom's cake = baseball.

All nighter tonight. crap.

jenmat Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:14am
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Yeah, make the braids, pop em in the freezer until they firm up just a bit, and then you can handle them without them going to mush right away.

jenmat Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:16am
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I don't know why, but I hate groom's cakes.
I think maybe because I wear myself out on the wedding cake and then I just don't give a dang anymore.

leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:20am
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I was trying to make a braid 45" long. I have officially abandoned that plan. Now they will be pieced. Oh well.

jenmat Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:24am
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*insert maniacal laughter here* you have a death wish? Wow, I would be poking my eyes out with skewers right about now.
But really I'm sure, having seen your work, it will be gorgeous in the end.

Stephy42088 Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:32am
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Hey friends! I'm just crawling into bed, finally! I had 10 dz cupcakes, 14 dz mini cupcakes, 100 cake pops, 115 cupcakes for farmer's market, 30 chocolate chip cookies, 1/2 sheet cake, full sheet cake, 8in round grad cake, 2 tier grad/birthday cake. And all by myself! my intern/assistant had to get her tonsils out so i had to do it all myself! Everything is baked but still have to decorate the full sheet, 8in round and 2 tier after farmer's market tomorrow. ahhh!!! the month of may is so crazy busy!

cheriej Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:35am
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I'm tired! I've been on my feet all day baking for a little reception tomorrow afternoon. One chocolate cake, 10" that I decorated with that simple rose topping - it looked good, one chocolate cheesecake - new recipe I just saw on Food Network- came out great, double fudge brownies, pecan butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies and some other bar type cookies to use up some other ingredients I had. Still had to make the main tortellini dish tomorrow.

have to meet with my friend on Sunday to talk about her hippo ballerina cake for her daughter. I just don't have the confidence to do a carved cake like that yet. But I do have an alternative for her so we'll see what she says. It's a free cake so I just tell people what I can do and go from there.

leah_s Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:40am
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Wow. Everyone sounds busy! Piecing the braid is working.

cheatize Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:53am
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The cake is bulging. I've scraped and am letting it continue to settle. I did manage to get the 6 inch covered in fondant so I guess I'll start decorating it while I'm waiting on the other one. I've got When Harry met Sally in the DVD player. This is my third cake this week and I'm running out of movies to play to keep me company.

KJ62798 Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:53am
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Cheatize--Hope that double barrel learns it lesson icon_rolleyes.gif I had an SPS plate in mine so I had to be sure to cover everything really well--no way to trim that down.

Leah--Good luck on that all nighter. I'm resigned to pulling some of those in the week before my cousin's wedding. She's still insisting on a rather problematic design (lots of PURPLE at a summer outdoor event).

I can't even imagine handling the number of cakes some of you clubbers tackle each weekend. I've been in the kitchen almost constantly for the last 2 days and will put in a another full day tomorrow for the 3 projects I had this weekend.

Cakes are leveled, torted & filled. Wrapped to settle for the night. Agbay is cleaned & stored. Cake pans are cleaned. I'll deal with the remaining dishes and the smashed Goldfish crackers on the floor (got to love 3YOs) in the morning.

Nite Y'all!

Crazboutcakes Posted 21 May 2011 , 4:54am
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I am in the middle of a wedding shower cake nothing to big and simple thankfully, just a 2 tier cake with 3 layers of devils food cake with butter cream, crumb coated and in the frig for the night will tackel it again in the AM with fondant and flowers. Pick up for Sunday so still got time. But for the night... good night fellow cakers icon_smile.gif

SammieB Posted 21 May 2011 , 5:11am
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I've got a 2 tier "Monster High" themed birthday cake for Sunday. Today was all prep work: baking, making and coloring icing and fondant, getting the topper ready. Finally got done cleaning the kitchen all back up, and ready to assemble in the morning and decorate! Not bad for being out until 10, and going to bed at 12.

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