wow! it's amazing how time flies. it's already november.... fall is finally here in the bay area. around the same time last year, i was still one of the newbies at PCI, trying to adjust my work/school schedule. now... i'm done with that step and trying to figure out the next step to take.
i didn't make any treat nor did i dress up for halloween this year. instead i made a wedding cake on thursday for my co-worker, Brad. the wedding was supposed to be a small civil union between him and his now-husband, Brett. i figured that it was gonna be for about 20-30 guests. but then he corrected me and told me that it was gonna be for 60-100ppl! i guess people's perception of a small wedding can vary widely...hehehe
it was my first time delivering a wedding cake by myself. i failed to realize until the very last minute that it was in the middle of a work-week, during the highest commute hours (reception starts at 7pm, and i had to take the most congested highway to get to the venue), and on the first day of rain.
i left my apartment early to make sure that i had enough time.... i put all the cakes in boxes secured with plastic bag and masking tape. i had to make 5 trips from my apartment to my car, carrying one box at a time (3 boxes of cakes and 2 tool boxes). it was actually kinda nice that it's raining, so the temperature in my car stayed cool without having to use AC.
i got to the venue quite early. i started assembling... all went well.... UNTIL i had to put the two groom figurines. *sigh* i hate plastic figurines now. **note to myself: no more plastic figurines in future cakes**
so the cake was assembled... nice and pretty:
then i put the two figurines in the icing... they wouldn't stand straight!!! (the two grooms wouldn't stay straight, you get it?? :-p) OMG. i guess the surface of the cake was not level enough and the icing was too soft to give them support. they kept wobbling left and right and front and back. i had to take them off the cake, leaving imprints of two sets of feet on the very front of the cake *grrr*. good thing i brought some extra buttercream, just in case. i was so tempted to just leave the figurines off the cake. but then again, it was requested and purchased by the groom himself the day before the wedding. so i think it's only right that i put them on the cake. i ended up cutting a piece of cardboard that i used to carry the flowers, and used it as a platform for the figurines. i secured the figurines with some double-sided tape, pushed it into the cake, and voila!
if you look really closely, you can see the icing in the front of the cake was not that smooth. but i'm just glad that i was able to put the figurines there ^_^.
here are a few details of the flowers (roses, carnations, and some spray flowers):
per the request of the groom, i used the american buttercream to ice this cake (consists of mostly butter, shortening, and powdered sugar). it is also sometimes called the crusting buttercream, because if you let it sits in room temperature for a while, it will create a crust in the surface. i'm never too crazy about using this type of buttercream because of the overwhelmingly sweet taste and the amount of shortening it usually uses.
i didn't realize that the cream can also be a good barrier for air. the cake looks fine at the beginning of the night. i went to mingle with the other guests. a few minutes later i went back to look at it and i noticed a bump on the top tier!!! i was like WTH!!?!?! i guess there must've been some air trapped inside the cake, and the weight of the flowers on the top just slowly pushed the air to find a weak spot in the icing. *sigh* it looks like a musquito bite that's about to explode! i was contemplating for a few minutes on whether i should try to fix that or not... in the end i decided to just let it be.... i was done being the cake lady and just want to be a guest at that time ^_^.
so the moral of this story is:
- NEVER EVER again use plastic figurines
- NEVER put topper without any support, no matter how light you think the topper is
- make sure there's no gap between the filling and the frosting
- make sure to cover yourself from the rain and not just the cake ^_^
it's raining outside now. i'm never a big fan of fall/winter. but i have to admit that it actually feels kinda nice right now. the air feels clean and crisp, and the weather is not too cold either. i'm gonna enjoy the rest of my weekend and just unwind.....