Feeling Encouraged

Decorating By MBalaska Updated 30 Apr 2014 , 10:51am by 810whitechoc

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 12:50am
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Even though the warm fuzzy cuddly feelings don't last forever, I can re-kindle the happy thought as to why I enjoy baking when I look at the picture of my bi-polar ying-yang  style cake.

 

I made a cake for a doctor recently and she loved the Swiss Meringue Buttercream so much, I'm sure that she believed that the scratch cake underneath was just the SMBC delivery system.

 

So when she decided to surprise her husband with a  60th birthday cake, she asked me to make one twice as large.  She wanted extra cake so that people could take some home to enjoy later.

 

Therefore a two layer 11" x 15" monster with half inch buttercream layers was born.  Having a smidgen of skill learned or copied from the true artists, and lots of cutters, plungers, and molds  allowed me to make the runway cake for the 60 year old airplane pilot.

 

No I didn't call and ask, and No she did not call me.  I heard from people who were at the party.

When the cake was presented to the birthday boy he was stunned.  He stood speechless looking at his giant cake with the model airplane, runway #60, and his name in 2 inch tall letters.  They said he was overjoyed.   

 

I call the cake bi-polar as it was all SMBC with rows and rows of extra buttercream piped on the borders for the doctor, and the cool blue/green fondant guy decorations on top.

 

Oh and sadly no one got to take any cake home, as they ate the whole dang thing.  And I couldn't be happier about it.   Just thought I'd post a pleasant tale today, as sometimes I forget the good stuff.

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costumeczar Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 12:54am
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:smile:

AZCouture Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 1:15am
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AAwwww, no left overs? Hee hee....ok MB, rock on, great story.

AZCouture Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 1:16am
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AAnd [@]costumeczar[/@] is super smiley apparently, didn't want ya to miss the first one! (Oops, didn't want you to miss the first [B]two![/B]

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 1:56am
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warm fuzzies

 

Just keep baking and making people something for their special days.

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 2:18am
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........and if you can make a living at it, and spend the big profit on yourself and your family, even better.

cazza1 Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 6:54am
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Nice to hear a happy story for a change.  Good on ya, MB

cazza1 Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 6:55am
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And where's our picture to look at?

AZCouture Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 7:00am
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A^^^^^^ What she said!

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 7:24am
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HA  you want to see a bi-polar ying-yang crazy cake??? 

( the green marks on the left are to represent the green approach lights- I just put a ton of them on there, didn't know when to stop.):P:?:duh:

 

AIRPLANE RUNWAY CAKE.  MFF FONDANT RUNWAY ON SMBC.  The lady is going to put a toy airplane on the runway for her husbands birthday.  This a 2 layer 1/3 sheet cake.  HUGE.

 

See there, you'd never look twice at this crazy cake.  I'll bet it looked cool with the model airplane sitting on the runway though.

 

What I'm learning is that although it's a weird looking cake, and it will never be on the cover of a magazine, and who'd ever think up something so wonky???? But I just need to be on the path into the hearts and minds of the person getting the desserts.  Well that could be the difference between a Betty-Boop-Home-Baker like me, and a profit making bakery.  But no, not really, as the pro has to please the specific desire of the paying customer also.   IDK.

 

ps: there is just a bit of sad-sack-sallying going on the forum lately.....and it gets a lot of attention. so I'm turning my mind to better thoughts.

MimiFix Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 5:38pm
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 

 

AIRPLANE RUNWAY CAKE.  MFF FONDANT RUNWAY ON SMBC. The lady is going to put a toy airplane on the runway for her husbands birthday.  This a 2 layer 1/3 sheet cake.  HUGE.

 

What I'm learning is that although it's a weird looking cake, and it will never be on the cover of a magazine, and who'd ever think up something so wonky???? But I just need to be on the path into the hearts and minds of the person getting the desserts.  Well that could be the difference between a Betty-Boop-Home-Baker like me, and a profit making bakery.  But no, not really, as the pro has to please the specific desire of the paying customer also.   IDK.

 

ps: there is just a bit of sad-sack-sallying going on the forum lately.....and it gets a lot of attention. so I'm turning my mind to better thoughts.

 

MB, we can always count on you to help us out in ways that matter. (I'm not a cake artist, either. Baking is my diversion from life's dramas.) The CC dramas come and go, but they're only an unfortunate distraction. Thank you for bringing us back to reality. 

costumeczar Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 5:43pm
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:smile:

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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

 

 

But I just need to be on the path into the hearts and minds of the person getting the desserts.  Well that could be the difference between a Betty-Boop-Home-Baker like me, and a profit making bakery.  But no, not really, as the pro has to please the specific desire of the paying customer also.   IDK.

 

 

That's EXACTLY the difference between a profitable business and someone who's trying to either have fun or feed their own ego. You have to please the customer, because they're the ones paying for the cake!

thecakewitch Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 6:36pm
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AMBalaska, yours looks better than a lot of cakes that's for sale. It's clean and the rosettes are evenly spaced, I like it.:)

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 7:02pm
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Thank You :) thecakewitch.

Gerle Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 10:13pm
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I personally think your cake looks very nice and it's great kudos for you that they liked it so much there were no leftovers!  A job well done by you!  Thanks for sharing a good moment.

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 10:23pm
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Gerle, You're Welcome.  It would be heartening if those bakers who are having a rough patch would lift themselves up with the memories of the Joy and Happiness they have brought to so many people with their pastries.

Gerle Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 10:29pm
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You are sooooo right!

cazza1 Posted 26 Apr 2014 , 12:46am
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MB you are bringing me memories of joy and happiness just imagining eating your delicious cake in this week of self imposed cake eating exile.

-K8memphis Posted 26 Apr 2014 , 1:15am
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 

 

...she loved the Swiss Meringue Buttercream so much, I'm sure that she believed that the scratch cake underneath was just the SMBC delivery system.  oh there's some other reason for cake?

 

 

...Having a smidgen of skill learned or copied from the true artists...

 

 

When the cake was presented to the birthday boy he was stunned.  He stood speechless looking at his giant cake with the model airplane, runway #60, and his name in 2 inch tall letters.  They said he was overjoyed.   

 

 

i think that's an art form in itself--we call it 'ringing someone's bell' only not in the boxing/football way but the 'overjoyed/speechless' way--if that's not an art form to create something that moves another to jo then i don't know what is--it is art for sure --so you are a true artist.

MBalaska Posted 26 Apr 2014 , 2:20am
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Originally Posted by cazza1 
 

MB you are bringing me memories of joy and happiness just imagining eating your delicious cake in this week of self imposed cake eating exile.

 

cazza1 cakes don't have calories, it's when you lick the plate that you get calories.  :sssh:

I'm definitely encouraged to make your recipe of White Chocolate Strawberry mud cake.

MBalaska Posted 26 Apr 2014 , 2:25am
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 

"...i think that's an art form in itself--we call it 'ringing someone's bell' only not in the boxing/football way but the 'overjoyed/speechless' way--if that's not an art form to create something that moves another to jo then i don't know what is--it is art for sure --so you are a true artist...."

 

Kate, your encouragement is also warming, cheering many of us onto bigger and better pastry.  Thanks.  I've  fourpled quadrupled the amount of cool new things that I've tried this year since observing, viewing, and reading posts from the cc masters.

MBalaska Posted 29 Apr 2014 , 9:28am
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Mimi, It's taken a while to ponder and to appreciate the importance of what you  mentioned earlier.........

Not all bakers are cake artists.     and it's A-OK to learn to be a great baker and pastry maker.

 

The science and chemistry of food can be learned.  The great decorating artists have the vision and understanding of color and design that seems to flow from within them, a natural talent.  And that's wonderful also.

810whitechoc Posted 29 Apr 2014 , 9:34am
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Thanks MB, your post put a smile on my face.

cazza1 Posted 29 Apr 2014 , 11:54am
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MB you've gone back to your old avatar.  Did you think we got too chilly looking at you all frozen in the snow?

 

I also am not a cake artist.  I am just someone who loves baking and gets a bit carried away and likes to play with their food!

MBalaska Posted 29 Apr 2014 , 6:47pm
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"Playing with their food" :party:

Yeah that Parka gets heavy and hot.   It probably makes sense to just pick one Avatar,   so this one is actually more like the really ME....hehehe

 

810whitechoc Posted 30 Apr 2014 , 10:51am
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Bahahaha that is one scary looking critter.

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