My brother got married back in March, but they had a small ceremony. On Friday, they had a reception for all the friends and family that couldn't be at the wedding. My brother requested a cake with a red fish jumping out of water.
The bottom tier is red velvet and the top tier is chocolate. The fish is made of rice krispie treats covered in marshmallow fondant.
These were for a little boy's second birthday party. The party had the cutest theme: transportation. The little boy is in love with all things that move and have wheels...whether it's buses, fire trucks, tractors, or his daddy's pick up truck! My inspiration for these cookies came from SweetDreams83's Etsy shop.
Whoa...what a job! In order to finish the cakes in time I started waking up at 5 am the week of the delivery date. The temperature's been getting up to 100 degrees everyday. The only way to beat the heat is to get up before the heat starts:)
Here are the final products. Come back later for a step-by-step on the logo and the dragon!
Next Thursday I have my largest order ever. (Bet you can't guess how big!?!?!?)
Six full sheet cakes and 270 cupcakes to be exact. Ya know, just in case you missed it.
I thought I'd let you come along for the journey. More for my sake than for yours. Someone to go through the ups and downs, share in my successes and failures set backs.
Last Tuesday I started baking the sheet cakes.
(There's no way I could bake all the cakes and frost them and decorate them and transport them in a short amount of time. So, I decided to bake everything ahead of time and freeze it.)
I started out excited to start the journey, especially to use my new baking stuff!
Then came the first blip.
My first cake turned out great, but because I had only purchased ONE large cooling rack, when I tried to flip the cake using two smaller cooling racks, the cake fell apart. Major thumbs down.
I managed to save the cake, but it didn't exactly spur me on to greatness.
My second cake turned out great. However, my third and fourth cake were anything but great.
I couldn't figure out what was wrong; the cakes weren't rising and they were really sponge-y. Then I tasted them. Bleh, no sugar. After retracing my steps, I figured out that I forgot to double the sugar in each of my last cakes.
You would think that these blips might have occurred due to a lack of caffeine...
Then I went back to look at my first and second cake, only to realize that the cakes were too short, less than an inch high.
Before I poured batter into the cake pans, I took out two cups of batter to start making cupcakes. By taking out this small huge amount of batter, my cakes were too short.
At this point, I have no cakes whatsoever to use. I called my husband and asked him what I should do. We decided that I should call it a day and he would show up with reinforcements to start again tomorrow.
And by reinforcements I mean two more large cooling racks and two more hands to help.
The next day we baked four half sheet cakes, or two full sheet cakes.
Lesson learned: Always check to make sure you have doubled your sugar!
This is my teacher cake/blackboard cake/graduation cake! I made it for a fellow classmate of mine. My intentions were to to duplicate the cake for my own graduation party but I ran out of steam and time.
Eh. Better luck next time.
Better yet...better time management next time ;)
I also tried a new recipe this time, Vanilla Almond Cake(from CUPYCAKESMURFat allrecipes.com), by request of the client. This cake is very moist, but a touch to sweet for my blood. Enjoy!
Currently I am a student at UTSA studying Elementary Education. I am married to the man of my dreams, Aaron, and have a beautiful step daughter, Adrianna. I love photography, baking, cooking, reading, and watching college football. My dream: to own a bakery some day=) Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!