Well, I sold my first cake, and it was just as stressful as I expected it to be. I just kept expecting it to fall apart at any second. I even considered making a back-up batch of cupcakes to bring in case the cake got ruined in transit. Luckily, it made the 45 minute trip across Kansas City, and I only had to fix one little thing when we got there. Since it was for a surprise party, my co-worker met me at his neighbor's house and we stored the cake in their fridge until my co-worker was ready to bring it to his house later. I'm assuming that it made the trip down the sidewalk ok, but I probably won't know for sure until Monday.
Earlier this week, we decided on a 2 tier "topsy-turvy" cake, with chocolate icing and yellow stripes on the bottom, and white icing and brown polka dots on the top. I know the colors sound a little iffy together, but he said that chocolate is his wife's favorite cake and icing flavor, and yellow is her favorite color, so that's what he wanted. I was hoping to put the number 40 on top, but I knew that it wasn't going to stand up on its own, so on the side it went. I'm pretty happy with how the whole thing turned out, I just wish the "Happy Birthday" part and the 40 had been better.
The process started on Wednesday with making the fondant for the accents. Then on Thursday I baked the cakes; 3 layers of 8" cake and 3 layers of 12". Friday night I stacked the layers to make the tiers and did the crumb coat on them. Finally on Saturday, I put the final icing coats, stacked the tiers and added all the decoration. We got a few pictures along the way so here they are!
|I carved out a flat spot for the top tier to sit so that it only looks like it's sitting at an angle :)|
|See, now it looks all slanty. This is why it constantly made me nervous. Even though I knew it was sitting flat.|
|My fondant work station. A non-stick mat is very helpful.|
|Putting on some stripes.|
|You can see the wires in the numbers. I think I'd have to use gumpaste to make them hard enough to stand up on their own.|
|All done! I could use some practice with icing writing.|