This cake was due on Wednesday morning, so on Tuesday afternoon I started working on a sculpted cake of a puppy with a birthday cake. I've done these over and over again for a video, so got it down to a science and didn't think I'd need too much time to get it done. You know, start it early, get it over with, have time to sit in front of the tv and eat ice cream for the rest of the day.
Well, I got the yard all base-coated and the dog on top was nearly completely smoothed out, just about ready to start putting some details on it. No problem, I'm going to make that appointment with my half-gallon of chocolate fudge ice cream with time to spare.
Evidently I'd scooted the cake too close to the edge of the counter and wasn't thinking about how uneven the weight is on this cake, because of the puppy on one side of it. I turned the cake to look at the other side of it and tipped the balance and down it went, right to the floor!
I just stood there for a minute, watching all that green icing becoming one with the grout in my tile floor, and the thought popped into my head that even before I woke up this morning, God knew I'd knock that cake to the floor, and He knew I could handle it. Who am I to prove Him wrong? So, I picked it up, took a picture of it to show my CC friends because who else could appreciate the whole drama of it, haha, and cleaned up my floor.
It sure hurt throwing so much away. Thank goodness for extra cake in the freezer and plenty of icing. I couldn't even save the boards the cake was on because it landed on a corner and bent them. I was seriously late for my appointment with the chocolate fudge ice cream, but in the end, it turned out to be one of my favorite animal cakes ever.
The finished cake is in My Photos here:
What a bummer! At least you knocked it before it was finished and had too much detail on. The end result looks fantastic!
Oh my gosh!! This is the cake I just commented on!! I love the finished cake, you did a fabulous job!
I would still be in the floor crying my eyes out and kicking myself around in a circle (having a fit)! I am so sorry this happened to you, but so glad you were able to push forward!!!! And succeed so beautifully!!!
It must have been the thoughts of that ice cream that helped you get through this...hahahaha
I am so sorry that happened to you, but glad it worked out in the end. You have a great attitude and you are right, we only get what God knows we can handle.
And yet another example of how chocolate ice cream can cure anything!!!!
DianaMarieMTV- your sig says it all
If at first you don't succeed, eat it and start all over!
(I love that)
I ate every bit of that ice cream, too!
I love the finished cake it's beautiful! So adorable! And so sad that that little puppy met such a fate lol but yes chocolate ice cream cures all!!!! lmao It's even said to help cure migrains
Oh no, I would have had to say a few bad words before I started over again. The finished cake is really adorable and well done and I hope you enjoyed that ice cream and didn't have to share it with anyone!
I'm sorry about the disaster. The finished cake looks wonderful!
Your puppy cake is adorable!! But your attitude is even more beautiful!
Talk about a disaster. You handled it much better than I would have.
The finished one looks wonderful. I love your work.
You give new definition to 'grace under pressure'!
I don't think I would have recovered quite as nicely as you did-
I love the way your cake turned out in the end-great job!
Thanks, everybody. The customer was pleased with her cake and I think I like it better than most of my other puppy cakes.
I feel awful looking at what happened to your cake! The final result is awesome ~ What a pretty cake! I can only hope to handle a mishap like that with as much grace as you. Best wishes always!
You have such a great attitude about the whole thing. I'm sure I would have cried.
What a comeback!!!! You did great and the puppy is precious.
You have a great attitude about your cake being messed up...I wished I could have that kinda attitude..i would have been cussin up a storm..LOL...i have nooooo patience...your final cake looks wonderful!!! great job
You'll never believe it, toomuchcake. Tonight I was making brownies and cookies to send to my son in Afghanistan and I knocked my flour container on the floor. Because of how well you handled your much worse situation, I just worked around it until I could get enough of the cookies done before I cleaned it up. The container is large, but thankfully, it only had about 4 pounds of flour in it.
Thanks for your story and keeping a cool head.
Thanks, Michele! I'm sure your son will be glad to get those cookies. I'm glad you didn't lose much flour.
Thanks for encouragement.
How horrible. I got that "pain in the legs" feeling when I saw that. Good heavens ... and you handled it like a pro - WELL DONE. The second cake was your reward ... ITS STUNNING!
Ouch!!!! I really feel for you, I would be in tears
the finished cake is beautiful!!! Your heart must have skipped a couple of beats when the first one hit the floor. I would love to learn to do sculpted cakes. I admire you for your talent and the personal strength to pull it off!!
Well, all I have to say is that you have a great attitude. I would have freaked out!
On one of those Challenge Shows, I heard one of the chefs say something like "there's no crying in cake" and I'm thinking "Whatever. Almost every cake make me cry at some point!"
Yikes! If that had happened to me, I think I would have passed out! Then I would have cried while eating that ice cream, only to laugh myself silly about it over the next couple days.
thecakecow, I love that name! LOL I'm called TooMuchCake because that's what's on my thighs.
Sorry about your first cake, I'm sure you were really into it for you not to notice how close you were to the edge.
Your finished cake is so cute and I don't even like dogs
You are so right - God did know you were going to knock that cake off before you got out of bed that morning. Thank you so much for saying that! I really needed to be reminded of that this morning - I think He directed me to this post!
Excellent recovery. Have a great day!
I have done this ....I did cry ....I did say a few naughty words ....and cried somemore. I did not however apply your grace and attitude. Should it happen again, I will remember this and the chocolate icecream.
What fantastic attitude!!!!!! No wonder GOD gave you that misfortune... because he DID know that you could not only handle it with grace BUT excel at it!!!!!!
Great job !