I've sort of fallen off the face of the earth in everything I do online lately. I haven't gone to the forums to check out what's going on, I've fallen way behind on the blogs I follow, and I obviously haven't been posting anything here lately.
I've been caking in most of my down time. I made two big cakes for baby showers last Saturday and worked at the bakery on Sunday. This weekend, I'm making 100 cupcakes and a groom's cake for a wedding. And after that, I think I just have a regular sized cake to do every weekend through the end of October, getting easier as I go. I delivered both cakes last weekend on time and there was only a brief period when I considered putting my fist through the second one, so I say that was a successful cake weekend.
The first one was sort of fun--a double layered white cake with chocolate buttercream filling for the base and a chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream filling for the top. I covered both tiers with cream cheese frosting and marshmallow fondant.
I think the fondant bees were the best part.
That cake went out late morning. I was relieved that I didn't have to color any fondant for the second one, but it was GIANT. Three layers of cake on the bottom and two on the top--same flavor combinations as the first--that thing was heavy. (Incidentally, the three layers on the bottom were the problem when I almost lost it and punched the cake. I rolled out the fondant FOUR TIMES before I got enough to actually cover it. Seriously. My forearm muscles were extremely sore on Monday when I went back to my day job.)
This one was my gift for a friend I work with at the bakery. I've witnessed an awkward moment more than once when a party is being planned for someone who makes cakes...there is usually some dead air when the issue of the cake comes up. I don't think anyone was going to ask her to make her own cake, but you do wonder--what do you get for the person who makes five tier cakes for other people? I volunteered and it worked out great; the party planner couldn't have been more organized and gave me clear instructions about what she wanted. Plus, I didn't have to stack that monster and try to transport it all put together. I took it in separate pieces to the shower and added a border between the tiers when I got there.
So the biggest cake weekend is over. It's all downhill from here, right?