So I did my very first wedding cake which was very exciting and scary at the same time. I have been making cakes for years but mainly for friends and family and nothing with as much pressure as a wedding cake, but I really want to take my talents to the next level and someone had to be the first wedding cake, right? Anyway my sister-in-law referred me to her friend she showed her my work and told her that I have never made a wedding cake before but that she was confidant that I could do it. Once she saw my work she loved my cakes and called me to create her wedding cake. She was looking for a deal and since she was my very wedding and since I struggle with pricing (I could really just some pointers because I am pretty clueless but I am getting better) I only charged her $300 for a 4 - tiered cake to server 150 not counting the top tier plus $75 for deliver since I am over an hour and a bridge away. I pulled some images off the Internet to give her some ideas because she really had not insight on what she wanted it to look like just the flavors 2 tiers red velvet with cream cheese frosting and 2 tiers butter cake with butter cream icing. We made some changes and off we went, the tiers where 12", 10", 8", 6" squares. I definitely managed my time well, I had a few hiccups but nothing too serious (had to make all the cakes three layers instead of 2 because they were not 2 inches after leveling and it would not have been enough cake for a 150 people, had to recover the top tier 3 times for some reason I had a really hard time with it, my Kitchen Aid mixer broke during the cream cheese frosting, so I had to make 6 single batches of butter cream with an cheep stand mixer) and I actually had enough time to go to sleep all three nights that I work on the cake, lol. I had problems with the fondant not being totally smooth so to me it didn't look totally professional but after I decorated it looked very pretty and I was pleased. In reference to the fondant not being smooth I really would like pointers of what I am doing wrong I think it is a problem with my crumb coating or maybe cause I don't refrigerate the cake before covering it, or my fondant isn't thick enough, Idk? Any help is appreciated. Anyway my brothers girlfriend agreed to come with me to deliver the cake and I decide to stack it at home and transport it that way since I wanted to see how it would look at the reception so if I had to make tweaks I would have everything I needed. I was really scared to stack the cakes there I was just so scared something would go wrong and I was mistakenly thinking if the cake was completed before I left the house there would be less chance of things going wrong. I bought a delivery box for stacked cakes from Oasis and had my companion in the back with the cake we left the lid off so she could make sure it didn't tip over. Well we get all the way to Philadelphia (an hour into the drive) and as we are going over the bridge she starts yelling "oh no oh no" I pull over on the bridge and jump in the back. All 4 of the tiers were lined up in the back since there were only 2' difference in sizes so all the dowels were supporting the wait toward the back well the top three tiers slid forward crushing the front of the bottom tier. We lifted the top 3 tiers off with our hands and put them on the lid. I just wanted to cry but Kelly just kept saying it was okay and not as bad as I thought and that I could fix it we just had to get to the reception. Well we could find the hall, the bridge gave me the wrong name of the place but luckily the correct address which GPS did not take me to but we did find it finally. The air conditioner was broke in the truck and so when we touched the cake it was soft and there were finger holes all over from the rescue. When we brought the cake into the room there was only one women there but see said she was the brides cousin and that her cousin would be extremely mad and if that was her cake she would have been pissed. I told her we were going to do our best and if worse came to worse I would use set the bottom tier in the back with the caterers let the cut it and serve and just display the top 3 tiers but she was trying to hear that (plus there were no caterers just serve yourself buffet). Luckily I did bring a bag of tools and supplies just in case but I really didn't think I would need them. I already wanted to cry but this women was just mean, negative, nasty and worse yet she stood over us as we worked on fixing the cake. Super long story made a bit shorter we worked some magic with the tool I had and used some real flowers from the center pieces to fill in stuff I couldn't fix and by the time I was done the negative lady and the wedding coordinator (the only 2 people that saw the broken cake) asked me for my card and the guest the started filing in were immediately complimenting me on how beautiful the cake was. All I could think was really???? Thank god. My sister-in-law text me later and said that my cake was a huge hit and that everyone was raving about how great it was. All I can say is I was so anxious about it I couldn't sleep until I got that text.
AFTER FIXING THE DISASTER DELIVERY
Since the front of the bottom tier was so squished down I just used the fondant smoother and pushed the sides up as much as I could and then made the side of the cake the front, took out the dowels and re-cut them since they were now to long added more flowers, fondant and real... just did my best to save this cake and make it as presentable as possible. If you know cakes you know this is not what a wedding cake should look like but the guests could tell so I wasn't going to =)
I guess I will be figuring out a way to stack on site. Can you stack at home then dissemble and reassemble at the location (I guess I am just concerned on not being able to see the finished product in cause it needs some changes) For example I was not going to put a boarder around the bottoms of the cakes but I wasn't real happy about how it looked so I tried a couple different boarders and finally decided on a simple rope as it complimented the simplicity of the cake most and gave it a finished look.
Oh one more question what would you have charged for the cake (before it got messed up)?
All advise is welcome.
Thanks for reading my extremely long winded story.