A Night Where Nothing Went Right.

Decorating By ellavanilla Updated 11 Jul 2013 , 9:14pm by tdovewings

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ellavanilla Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 4:11pm
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I just delivered a cake that took me all night, where not one thing went right the first time, and i'm exhausted. It was as if I took on a wedding cake for my very first cake order. I mean NOTHING went right and I made so many mistakes!


 I have to applaud you who cover things in fondant. All I wanted to do was cover the damn board and I just couldn't get the fondant to roll out! After 4 tries my aching back gave in. 


The cake is lopsided and I smell like butter...



Will I ever reach the point where the cake in my head comes out on the board? AAARRGH!

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dawnybird Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 4:25pm
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Oh, sounds like a terrible night ella! Glad it's over. I know exactly how you feel. My cakes always look better in my head than in real life!

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WickedGoodies Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 5:09pm
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Oh no! I'm sorry to hear it. I have had those moments too. Trust me, it gets easier, especially with fondant. The learning curve is steep. 

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remnant3333 Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 6:04pm
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Do you have a picture of your finished cake?  I bet it is not as bad as you think it is!!! Normally we are our own worst critic!!! Don't feel alone because everyone has had that happen to them at least once or twice. Some days nothing goes right. Hang in there and don't beat yourself up over it!!!   Keep your faith and continue on.

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ellavanilla Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 6:28pm
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no pics. you all have to be nice! the client liked it, but i'm disappointed in the chaos I created in my kitchen and the waste because I winged it on the carving instead of using templates, like i usually do. 


then, i didn't put cake boards on the bottoms of the carved pieces, no, I don't know why, and it made frosting them difficult-- until i cut the boards properly and added them!


there is a TON of carving waste and the cake was STILL way to big!--except the one that wasn't tall enough and I found myself baking another cake to torte and add. yeah, frosted it semi-warm :(


misplaced my small offset spatula, had to go to the store for another. found it within a few minutes of opening the new one.


tried to use parchment to cover the board, because I didn't want to use foil in this case.. uhm it's true, parchment sticks to nothing.


and i decided to try a new piping technique...FAIL. it looks like oddly placed balls.


my royal was runny.

the humidity in the house was too high.

i slipped in dripped buttercream.

got a crack down the center when the board arced,

left a buttercream thumbprint on the presentation board.

cut my finger with the craft knife making a special box.




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vtanderson Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 6:39pm
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You'll laugh about it tomorrow after a good nights sleep.  Slipping in dripped butter cream is a little funny :).... Sorry but it is icon_biggrin.gif

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jenmat Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 7:28pm
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oh man, you are making me hyperventilate....:) I've totally been there sooo many times. Or just when you think you FINALLY get it all together, that is when the thumb goes into the icing. And you just don't care...

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Annabakescakes Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 7:34pm
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AOh, when I am running around pannicking and finally get done, I always stab the cake with the box, or run my finger through it. And then the client is late, and I think of what else I could've done if I knew I was going to have a bit more time!!

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sixinarow Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 7:41pm
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You poor thing, glad it's finished/delivered/out of sight!!

I hate covering cake boards in fondant too, such a pain in the stinkin' neck. It shouldn't be that hard...right?!? It's always the "shouldn't be hard" things that get me!!

Glad it's over for you!!!

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IAmPamCakes Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 7:45pm
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AI hate it when it seems everything seems to go wrong. Then I get the furrowed brow, and I guess I sound pissed off if you try to talk to me while deep in thought. Twice now, my boyfriend said, "it really seems like you hate doing that." Of course, then I do get mad, because I enjoy decorating (baking is more of my love), but I'm always learning a new technique or something, so I guess my intense look appears to be anger.

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Sparklekat6 Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 7:47pm
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Originally Posted by ellavanilla 




Will I ever reach the point where the cake in my head comes out on the board? AAARRGH!



Hahaha, I love this question.  It's my favorite thing in the world when I can say "It looks like it's supposed to!!!!"

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niniel1 Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 8:17pm
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I had a day like that today, seriously everything that could have gone wrong did. I think I managed to pull it again at the end (or maybe it's that I opened a bottle of wine while I was finishing off so after the second glass I thought "yeah! that'll do!" - it's not a cake for a paying client I must add!). 


Hoping I will laugh when this is all a distant memory. 

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BatterUpCake Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 8:56pm
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tdovewings Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 9:14pm
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Awww! Sorry to hear about your bad day. There will be other days that make you feel like a superstar sitting on top of the world. Until then, GIANT HUGS!

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