I don't work a ton of hours at the bakery; sometimes I go a couple of months without clocking in there. Everything depends on the number of hours they have for the week in that department of the store...and maybe how much I stop by and whine about wanting to work.
Here are the top reasons I love to work there:
1. I don't work that often, so it doesn't feel like a drain on my time. It's more like going on a play date.
2. I love the people I work with there.
3. I don't have to bake any of the cakes and there seems to be an endless supply in all flavors and sizes.
4. I don't have to wash ANY of the dishes. None. Not a single frosting-filled tip!
5. I can usually get away with coloring very little fondant--it's often already done in a rainbow of colors.
6. I don't have to find some poor, unsuspecting crowd of people to unload the cake on. I simply put the cakes in the case and walk away.
7. I get paid to do it!
Last weekend the stars aligned and I got to work four hours on both Saturday and Sunday. At one point, I was showing a coworker how to make 3D figures out of fondant using existing colors. There were some really ugly color combinations going on, and my friend Kelli asked if I was making a clown.
When I say the word "clown", my mouth twists up and the distaste I have for them is visible on my face. Seriously, they're creepy. But when Kelli said it, she was excited. She said she would love a clown for the display case. So this is what I made*:
Not tooooo creepy, I guess. We needed a cake to go with him, so I put this together:
I also made a cake I have been wanting to try but didn't have a reason to--it's really simple and only took me about 20 minutes start to finish (remember, no baking or cleaning up!).
I will definitely do this one again--it is something I can do when I'm short on time.
*A drawback to the bakery time is that the pictures are only as good as I can get with my phone and those florescent store lights surrounding everything.