Why Oh Why Did I Think This Was A Good Idea.

Decorating By eve81 Updated 27 Oct 2010 , 4:43am by lepmer

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eve81 Posted 16 Oct 2010 , 12:05am
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I made my son's 3rd birthday cake for his party tomorrow (or should I say today because it's 1am, I'm only finished and I have a heck of a mess to clean up)
I decided to make him a train cake because he loves trains. I made some mud cake and ganache and fondant. I planned to cut the cakes into carriages and then ganached and cover. it was a disaster. the cake crumbled every time the ganache touched it. it was too soft (should have frozen it or made mini cakes. I spent sooooo long trying to cover each section with ganache and then trying to make it look smooth and failing.
I cried a few times tonight and once was when I stubbed my toe, but I was so frustrated I'd have cried at anything. The cake gods did not like me tonight, and now I've got nerves about tomorrow night because I'm making my nephews christening cake. how do I recover from this? aarrrggghhhh! so annoyed. need to go clean and then get shut eye for the hectic weekend I have ahead of me............ icon_sad.gif
Sorry just need to get that off my chest.

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awatterson Posted 16 Oct 2010 , 12:18am
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Sending a virtual hug! You can do it. I think that we put too much pressure on ourselves for our kid's birthday cakes. I am sure that it looks fine.

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Ruth0209 Posted 16 Oct 2010 , 12:25am
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So sorry to hear you had such a hard night! Try to put things in perspective. Your son will love whatever you make even if it turns out to be a round cake with a little train toy on it. Clear all that mess away, get some rest and be ready to tackle the next one with a clean slate.

Think ahead about what you need to do (like chill the cake before you add ganache and maybe thin out that ganache a bit with a little spin the the microwave), and take it a step at a time.

The cakes in your gallery are super cute. You can do it!!

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eve81 Posted 16 Oct 2010 , 8:01am
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Thank you for the kind and encouraging words. I did give myself a good shake and realised it was only a simple cake for my own son so I just scattered sweets on it to take the look off of the bad finish. Im sure he'll love it.
Thanks again. icon_smile.gif

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mcaulir Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 1:04am
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Was your ganache soft enough? It sounds like it was too stiff. Zap it for 30 seconds in the microwave and give it a good stir.

Hope the next cake goes well!

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Motorhead Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 3:07am
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big hugs sending your way!! icon_rolleyes.gif

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TinasCookings Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 6:52pm
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Oh, honey, I'm so sorry icon_sad.gif
I understand the crumbling part a little too well icon_sad.gif

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KayMc Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 12:47pm
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Been there, done that. Keep your chin up. Good luck!

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lepmer Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 4:43am
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We do put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to cakes for our kids. But, as my daughter told me this year "mommy you're a good maker!" Remember that, to them what you've made is the best cake EVER!

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