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My first 'disaster'

post #1 of 27
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Ugh I am so upset. What started out as my favorite cake so far has gone to he** in a handbasket. Last night I made an awesome beer bucket cake and once it was done and pics taken the bottles I guess were too heavy plus the ice and slowly the whole back startled to settle buckle and collapse. DH got me out of bed at 1:30 (I couldn't sleep anyway) because it was getting worse so I took the bottles out but couldn't save it. Figured I'd deal with it in the morning. So at 5:30 I was up and yup the one panel completely collapsed back and the other two are close. Ugh Ugh Ugh. Not sure if I want to vomit or have the runs but my stomach is a knot. Sorry TMI. Anyway, made some more ice and peeled some fondant off the back hoping to spackle the crap out of it with icing and put some more fondant on. Good points being 1. the front still looks decent 2. I am almost sure I can get it back together but it will never look great back there I just don't want it to fall apart. 3. It is still edible so they will have cake. They only needed about 20 servings and I have 3 chocolate 10" hexagon layers so it should still be enough. 4. I do this as a hobby so no charge but it upsets me so bad because I wanted it to be perfect. All I could think about was if I were in a business I would be so sick I can't even imagine. I always dreaded my first disaster but doesn't everyone. I didn't think I could put it in the fridge since it had those bottles on it and whatnot. Maybe I read wrong somewhere. Sorry to ramble wish me luck icon_cry.gif
post #2 of 27
Dont sweat on it to much. Yes, things went wrong but use this as an opportunity to learn what went wrong so it wont happen next time. In saying all that, im sure you will patch it up and no one will even know icon_smile.gif
Good luck, please post a pic so we can comment on the great job you did icon_biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 27
Im so sorry this happened to you icon_sad.gif theres nothing worse than wen we have a disaster , as you said ,the front still looks good, and seen as its free of charge, im sure if you just explain you had a few issues, they will understand. Take it as a learning curve love, its all you can do now. oh yes, and please do post your pic icon_smile.gif x
post #4 of 27
Sorry it's giving you problems. It sounds like your Raven logo is still OK, so that's a start. I'm sure you'll produce something great from it. It looked so good in your photos! You did a great job. Good luck with it. thumbs_up.gif
post #5 of 27
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Thank you all. I've done what I can to fix it. It is acceptable from the front and we just won't look at the back. She hasn't seen it but I just spoke on the phone with her and she said it's fine. Things happen. So relived she is understanding. I've learned from this to say the least. I knew eventually I'd have to have a disaster LOL! I'll try to post pics of the back and what it looks like from the front now and hey at least it will taste good!
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post #6 of 27
Aww, man! That's the coolest!

Ideas for next time: maybe lean the bottles in toward each other a bit. Use some raffia tie string stuff around it?

It really looks like a battered ice tub--maybe put a little rust and dust a little cocoa powder to age it and go with the flow? Cut a little section of the fondant and peel it back so it looks dented & rusty on purpose?

Like it attended one tail gate party too many type of effect.

What great workmanship though--you really put in the time!!
The bottles are great the bucket is very usable. So much work you did so well!!!

When life hands you a dented ice bucket fill 'er w/ice & get the brews chillin'!!!!

You still have a winner, CakeBuddy.
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post #7 of 27
This isn't exactly "up my alley" but if those are real bottles, maybe next one you ought to leave them off until last minute to keep the weight off the cake as long as possible. It's a great looking cake except for the collapse. How did you support the bottles on top of the cake??
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post #8 of 27
I think it is an amazing cake - you recovered it well!!! I've been in a situation before that my stomach was just sick. I was shaking! And I fixed it, but it was no fun.
post #9 of 27
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K8 thanks so much! My one mistake before it fell was I did put those bottles in at a terrible angle they need to go straight up and down or closer like you said so they don't put too much pressure on it. Last night when it started buckling we were trying to come up with something to tie it together, raffia would have been great. Probably glad it did collapse and I ultimately had to fix it because I'm afraid if I'd have rigged it then it may have fallen apart at the party and that would have done me in! Better this way I guess. Ironically, this didn't take near as long as I'd have thought. Here I was spouting off it was easy and it collapsed icon_eek.gif . The humor I find is that is says Don't kick the bucket and it sure looks like the bucket has been kicked!
post #10 of 27
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Carol and Jan- thanks, they were sugar bottles so not even as heavy as real bottles but I didn't have them supported well. Afterwards genius me decided yes they do need dowels (well skewers) I'll dowel the heck out of the next cake for sure!
post #11 of 27
I didn't see if you said this or not-but did you have an supports inside to help with the weight of the topper/bottles? I've had a cake do something similar when my topper was very heavy.

The cake looked cool, though!
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by jillangel

Carol and Jan- thanks, they were sugar bottles so not even as heavy as real bottles but I didn't have them supported well. Afterwards genius me decided yes they do need dowels (well skewers) I'll dowel the heck out of the next cake for sure!



sorry, just saw this.

Next time, if you think something is at all heavy, just make sure to support it. thumbs_up.gif
post #13 of 27
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Officer Morgan next time I'd be doweling cotton balls if they were on the cake. I'm taking no chances LOL. Must say my friend love love loved the cake anyway so that made me feel so much better. Usually I am very good about doweling I just don't know what I was thinking...well I wasn't thinking.
post #14 of 27
I'm so sorry for your frustration!... but, honestly now, who has ever seen a real bucket-o-beer that wasn't a little dented up? hey, it's a party - tell 'em you were going for realism! After a few beers it'll all look straight anyway.
Super neat ice cubes BTW - did you make those?
post #15 of 27
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Spuddysmom-Thanks, I did make the ice cubes sugar and corn syrup recipe. One batch did melt yesterday due to humidity so I made a new batch they were fine but yellowish since i didn't have isomalt. I brushed them with blue pearl luster dust and they shined nicely. By the time I took her the cake it was so humid here they were glossy from a bit of melting added to the realism I guess. For instance two practice bottles are on my counter literally melting into a puddle. The cake was in air conditioning though. I think with the drinking going on there you are right no one will notice. She had me try three different Jello shooters when I dropped it off ( I could have used them this morning!)
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