I agree with everyone else. The cake looks beautiful to me. Wedding cakes are hard. I've only done 2, but both were really stressful. I don't even have my first one from 2 years ago posted. I thought it looked like straight up crap. I hadn't decorated a cake in in years and told my friend i could do her wedding cake and grooms cake. Nevermind I was going to be out of town until the night before the wedding. I think I got started about 9 or 10 the night before. Needless to say I missed the wedding and got there right before the reception started. Not sure what I was smoking at the time .
We are our own worst critics. I always feel the need to explain everything that is not right because that is all I see with my cakes. One day I'll learn to just say thanks when folks pay me a compliment.
Thank you all for your really kind words. I know I will get over it, but it's bothering me so much because I was so looking forward to creating an awesome cake!! I did put plenty of support through the cake and the cake was fridged until we had to put it in the car. I made sure of that simply to make it more secure and car had been cool, so that's why I am not sure what happened. Funny thing is that during the cake tasting I had the bride taste the sweeter buttercream that uses less butter and more confectioner's sugar, but they found it too sweet. I don't know, I can offer myself a whole bunch of excuses, but it doesn't make me feel better. I just keep thinking of how everything in the reception room was so high end and here is this cake that is the 300 pound gorilla in the room. I apologize, I don't mean to have a pity party; I guess right now my self confidence is just a bit beaten.
The only way I would do a SMBC four tiered cake is if it has fondant.. I am prefer telling the bride..Sorry..I wont be able to make the cake you want..I wont deal with that kind of disaster!
Boxes are our friend. If the cake is well chilled then transporting in a cardboard box is a very effective atmosphere controller. Memphis is hot and humid --oh I got a story--Last year I didn't make a box for this one cake, I though I'm tired of being so freaking careful, I'm tired (I usually make all the boxes & boards way in advance) so I figure I'm gonna sneak one in unboxed. Bwuwahahaha.
On a hot day, it rained like Noah would come floating by--then the sun came out full bore. The humidity had to be 170% <sick grin> I scrambled and tossed a freaking box together beyond last minute. I mean steam was pouring off the roofs.
My husband said lightly, "Oh it didn't rain long."
He still twitches when he remembers the look I shot him.
But I will even place some freezer packs wired into the corners of the box if it's a long ride. I have the freezer packs in plastic bags with a paper towel to absorb the moisture, securely wired in.
Hot delivery thoughts for you.
one baker's 'never ever do' is the next baker's 'i swear by this'
oh, I am sorry you had trouble. Butter cream will do that, I have a disclaimer in my contract. If you want real buttercream it is not going to be lily white and if your wedding venue is outdoors on a 90 degree day or not properly air conditioned buttercream will melt! One bride did ask if there was somthing I could do, they were married in August outdoors. Even up here in Wisconsin it is HOT in August. Nothing in the world will stop meltage in high heat, humidity, and direct sunlight. She looked doubtful, so I suggested she leave a stick of butter out in the sun for an hour and see what happened. Can't change the law of physics honey! And by the way, the cake was beautiful. It was not at all as bad as you think, try not to be too discouraged!
The cake is definitely not the gorilla you are seeing. I think it passes muster, with only a tony amount of shifting visible to this caker. I imagine the non-caking, alcohol-imbibing wedding guests noticed nothing amiss
CC Friends - Yesterday, I was in tears because I was so upset and today I am teary eyed with all the wonderfully kind words of encouragement from all of you on this forum post and on the comments section of my cake picture. Thank you all!!!
I guess maybe I can see a little bit of uneveness in the tiers -- IF I AM LOOKING FOR FLAWS. If you covered up flaws with flowers -- well, isn't that part of why decorators use flowers? It is definitely not a disaster. You did beautiful flowers, elegant design, successful set up -- so maybe it is not a 100% cake -- just a 95. That is excellence. I wouldn't bring it up with the bride -- unless the bride is a cake judge, probably the only thing she might have noticed is the cake not being snow white, and since she wanted an icing with lots of butter, there isn't too much you can do about that, unless you invent white butter, which would be kind of cool.
I think we all are perfectionists to some degree...........people who make cakes...if you are passionate about what you rdo and take pride in it............so I understand how you feel....however, you made a beautiful cake and I congratulate you on a job well done..........you can't control lighting............and transporting a cake is the most stressful thing.I think giving birth is easier.............well any way your cake is lovely!
Ok, still looking for the mistakes in this one. I thought the cake looked absolutely WONDERFUL. And I thought I was hard on myself....Don't worry be happy...it was a great cake. I always follow up on my cakes, just to make sure the customer was happy and if not, I learn and make corrections.
Cheer up!!! Honestly, the cake was great. It was the decorations and the lightning, not you.
angelicconfections-i love that about leaving a stick of butter out lol!!! thankfully the wedding orders i have coming up are all indoor receptions!! (all at the same venue too-totally unrealated) anyway, op we are all our worst critics and sometimes you just have to let it go understanding that most noncakers don't see what we see and just say look at our lovely cake!!when do we cut it *eeeek* i agree with doug that the decor and lighting certainly didn't help the situation either (i didn't realize they still had those ugly chairs floating around!!) did anyone decorate up the cake table or was that it? i've suggested to my brides to use tule and candles, flowers (florist arranging them) candles whatever but think about the whole table and not just the cake-i don't want my cake to look naked-it's about the whole picture right? you've got great talent so chin up and hugs!!
Your cake looks great! We are our worst critics, I have handed over what I thought were disasters in the past that people LOVED. If the bride was unhappy, I am sure you would have heard from her by now. You did a great job!
First of all, that cake did nothing but improve that setting. Wow, looked like a scene from The Wedding Singer! And as for the cake, looked great! We all are too critical of ourselves. I always tell people if they want white, I cant do it. I can get it close, but unless they want me to leave out the butter, it will have some off white hue to it. Dont call the bride, if she is really ticked, you will hear from her. You did a great job!!!