Matthew’s 1st Birthday Cake…
Here it is! And what a relief… I don’t think I’ve ever stressed out so much over a cake before. It may look perfect here, but this is the product of hours of stress and tears and wanting to rip my hair out. As you can probably tell, it was a very humbling experience.
This cake was for a couple G and I are very close to. Their adorable little boy turned 1 this past weekend and I wanted to do something really special for them.
Making the figurines went really well. Those were done a week before. No stress there, just a cute overload. The day of assembly was where it all went pear shaped. I’m pretty new at this right? And this was kind of my first time doing a fondant covered cake solo… and I was moody.
So I sliced the cake, filled it, and put on a crumb coat. Everything still A OK. Then I rolled out the fondant… too thin. But I thought, “Eh, it’ll be ok.” Bad bad judgement call. The fondant wasn’t firm enough to hold the cake together and it began to bulge out at the sides. And the panic began. I didn’t have enough fondant to redo it and in my stressed out/close to tears/hair ripping state I couldn’t think clear enough to find a solution. Luckily my mom could. I had mentioned earlier that I wanted to put a ribbon around the base of the cake, so she suggested we go down to the shops to find a thicker ribbon and tie it round tightly to hold everything together. It worked! Phew!
Being the perfectionist that I am I still wasn’t happy though. Because I knew that it wasn’t perfect. And it took my mom, my dad and G to convince me to just step away from the cake.
Thankfully as the fondant dried over night it all held together and turned out looking beautiful despite all the drama.
And I learned something very important… try as hard as humanly possible not to take on something like this when you’re pmsing. It’s not pretty.