And I’m going to try to add some of the stories with each picture. Some cakes were quick and easy, others were long, drawn out, and somewhat painful.
Take this one for instance.
I had read that a frozen cake was easier to frost than a room temperature one. My mom was on vacation for Mother’s Day (2007) so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity. The idea behind this decoration was actually from my jammies and I went through how it would all come together; vines, beautiful two-tone roses on the top and sides, my mom would be floored!
The day she came home I took the cake layers out of the freezer and got to work. I noticed right away that my frosting wasn’t crusting over like it had before. I checked at 15 minutes, 20, 45….I was about to pull my hair out! I did the best I could but there were still patches where the frosting stuck to paper towel. The side that I took a picture of was the best side so you can’t really see it.
While I was waiting for it to crust I made up my little roses on bits of waxed paper and popped them in the freezer so they’d be easier to handle. I gave up on perfect smoothness and began decorating, noticing as I turned the cake that part of the frosting was pulling away (far upper right). I gently smushed the frosting back into place but it refused to stay. I tried putting the roses on only to watch them slowly slide back off again.
At this point there were multiple trouble areas and I was ready to throw in the towel. I finished as best as I could, most of the roses I planned for the side ended up on top. I quickly took a picture before anything else fell off (more roses jumped to their doom) and was thankful that this was for my mom. Who loves me. Regardless of how her cake turns out.
I did try to do a remake after I’d learned to pipe roses directly on my cake but what I now know is that it’s very hard for me to duplicate one of my ideas.
This was for a friend’s daughter and I’m happy with how it turned out, lol, and thankful for the lesson I learned on the other cake.