Paperfishes, you did an excellent job! If you keep practicing you will get better. My piping is still little to be desired but I've made great strides since trying 2 years ago.
This week as been less about cake and more about putting out fires. I've been through supplier hell this week. One supplier completely forgot to load my shipment on the truck and they only come once a month. This left me high and dry as I had to buy 3 cases of vegan powdered sugar from the grocery store, cutting a sharp knife into my profits. I buy my rice milk from Costco and out of the blue they discontinued it. There really is no replacement for that, I've been to every store I can think of looking for another brand that doesn't have gums in it and finally found some this afternoon after a week of looking. Now I have to decided if I am going to reformulate all my recipes to work with a more affordable rice milk. My grains supplier was completely out of the pastry flour I can use, they sent a substitute for free, but what they sent me is cross-contaminated with nuts. The last one was completely my own fault, I ordered the wrong flour 50 lbs of it. Grrrrhhh! Thank God it was light cake week, I'm completely exhausted from searching for product, getting bounced around by customer service people. I know if I was a larger business they would pay closer attention to me. I feel helpless with little bargaining power. My ingredients are so specific because of the allergy requirements I don't have much of a choice on where I shop. This week really make me think hard about my business model and whether it is sustainable and contingency plans for ingredient shortages for basic things. Vent over, time for a glass of wine!
Okay so speaking of piping, I was in the mood today with this Princess Tiana cake. I need more practice, my drop strings need plenty of work!