I am LOL! You are so right about I should have tried the recipes ahead of time. YES!! YES! YES!!! I am taking a much needed break, so this is my story and I am sticking to it.....
We had three months to plan a wedding that we are doing EVERYTHING ourselves other than some grilled chicken being delivered at dinner. (smallest of budgets!) We found a wedding dress for a great price, but it needed to be altered. Sewing is what I love. Not clothes sewing so much, but quilts. Anyhow, I am comfortable with a needle, so I offered to alter and hem it. Also, to save more, I offered and made a cathedral veil and added lace by hand around the entire length. It needed something more, so I added over 1000 small pearls, each one sewn by hand. I love this kind of sewing, so it was a complete joy to do. I then had some lace left so added some around the waist with more pearls.
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Also during this time, I watched dozens upon dozens of youtube videos about cake decorating and making/stacking wedding cakes as well as taught myself how to make gum-paste roses. I thought making gum-paste flowers would be good, since I could do them ahead of time. I made 40 roses of various sizes on toothpicks and dozens of drop flowers and also learned to make marshmallow fondant that I used to make the gum paste. I also decided to make some leaves out of gum paste too, so had to figure those out. And in the middle of all this cake stuff, I decided my daughter needed a bustle on her wedding dress, so I had to research that and sew that, too.
I kept thinking I should at least TRY a small cake, but just could not get the energy. We don't eat a lot of sweets here, so I just could not get up the energy to make icing and cake for practice only. I was just too tired and then ran out of time. Besides, I have cooked for over 40 years and used to make decorated cakes 30+ years ago. I would remember, right? How hard could it be? HA! Ummmmmm... What a complete dummy! I guess I must have been in denial. I now feel like this whole wedding cake project was a huge undertaking that was way over my head, especially considering everything else I am doing. Oh, and my 88 year old mother needed her clothes altered... etc, etc, etc...
I would advise anyone considering making a wedding cake as their first project that you MUST do at least one small cake using all your needed skills so you could work out the kinks. Thank God for you all here. I only had one major meltdown and it was today, when my elderly mother was scolding me (I am in my 60's) for not taking a break and not eating lunch. Seriously? LOL! I was over the edge! I had to apologize later.
Seriously, you here have been my saving grace and my lifeline. Otherwise, I might have gone completely berserk. I really did not anticipate these kind of problems. Who knew? I tell you what! I have such respect now for bakers that do this for a living. Holy cow!! I bow down to you! I praise your patience, your time, your understanding. I wish I could take you all out for lunch! Please, if you come to my area in southern CA, contact me and we can do lunch!!
Edited by lvtig1 - 3/15/13 at 5:15pm