I Am Convinced.... (Vent!)

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handovertheasparagus Posted 11 Mar 2012 , 12:33pm
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....that the cakes can somehow tell when you are tired/stressed/short on time/having a bad day and they think it's funny to make it worse. Seriously. This week has been one big cake disaster.

I started with one cake booked for the weekend- for my cousins bridal tea. I was already planning on attending that tea, as well as another one the following day(today). The aunt of the bride for today's tea calledme Tuesday to ask me to make that cake as well. I like more notice than that, but because it's my best friends sister I agreed.

So, juggling my day job, I started baking and freezing the layers. In a moment of stupid I decided to swap the cakes on the top and bottom racks....and....as expected.....they all fell. Dumb. So I threw out enought cake for 70 people. Bleh.

I re-baked and froze, only to get a phone call and be told they want to change the cake from 70 servings to 50. Made my fondant flowers and my white chocolate ganache. But of course, the ganache didn't set right. Never been a problem before now, but of course now I didn't have time to make more. So I went with the SMBC, which I've made numerous times. Aaaaaand I broke it. Argh.

Second batch was better. Matched my fondant exactly to my cousins fabric swatch from her bridesmaids dresses, only to have it crack and crumble when I covered the cake. Threw it out,made more. Spent half the night finishing the cake. It came out lovely! Went to bed planning on getting 6 hours of sleep, going to the tea, coming home and finishing second cake.

Was awakened with a call four hours later....my grandfather passed away. Needless to say, I didn't get started on the cake till pretty late and my SMBC would NOT cooperate!!! I have spent all night trying to get it to smooth, hiding rough spots, doing whatever I can to make it ok....and trying not to throw. It against the wall.... *sigh*

Sorry to be so long winded....it's just been a tough week. Does this happen to anyone else?!


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karateka Posted 11 Mar 2012 , 1:03pm
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I'm so sorry this happened to you. I've had bad days before, but yours wins hands down! Hope it gets better.

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myxstorie Posted 11 Mar 2012 , 3:06pm
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Oh man, that sounds TERRIBLE. I'm sorry you had to go through such a horrid day, and am very sorry for your loss. I hope things can only get better from now on!

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Debslynn Posted 11 Mar 2012 , 5:37pm
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That IS a tough week. Sorry about your Grandfather too. Here's to a little prayer that things look a bit brighter for you next week!

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FromScratchSF Posted 11 Mar 2012 , 5:56pm
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Oh wow! That's horrible! Hope things turn out ok!

And yes, happens all the time - one little thing goes wrong and it's like a snowball effect.

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Rusti Posted 11 Mar 2012 , 9:19pm
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So sorry for you loss.

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cheatize Posted 12 Mar 2012 , 3:45am
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That's when I do the stuff I don't think I have time for: take a shower, eat something, clean up and organize the stuff I have out. Then I put in a movie, and constantly remind myself to calm down and think clearly so I can troubleshoot one thing at a time.

It keeps me from hiding under the covers.

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handovertheasparagus Posted 12 Mar 2012 , 12:20pm
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Thanks everyone. It means a lot...Both cakes turned out fine, and now I can concentrate on time with family and maybe try to catch up on sleep. icon_smile.gif

I was amused at my hubby, who at one point over the weekend suggested that if I plan on making a business out of doing cakes, I would need a strict 9-5/40 hour week schedule. No staying up all night or multiple cakes at once. He was sure that's how the professionals do it. I laughed. I know he meant well, but I told him you just can't plan cakes out that way... In fact, it seems that cake business can go hand in hand with the long days and nights and weekends, lol.

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