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2 months have passed... I think I can finally talk about it.

post #1 of 52
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I did my 3rd wedding cake in July, and it was my first Topsy Turvy cake. I made the topper months in advance, I was so excited and so prepared... and than all HECK broke loose.

First warning sign and it was my own fault for moving forward - the bride and the groom didn't get me the money until 48 hours before the wedding. So now I have to bake and decorate a HUGE cake in 48 hours PLUS 4 sheet cakes. I should have stuck by my contract, something I always tell myself I'll do, but always give in. thumbsdown.gif

Than the cake decorating store near me won't sell me all her Satin Ice, I need 20 lbs she has 22 lbs... and doesn't want to be out til her next order comes in. So now I have to make my own fondant. icon_cry.gif

Than my internet goes down and so now I don't have access to the tutorial on this site. So I'm doing it from memory. And I'm rushed.

I have to do a 6,7,8 tier, and 8,9,10, and a 10,11, 12 inch tiers. Each tier is a different flavor.

I'm going to keep this short and simple but let me put it this way... it was the hottest it has been all summer, and 98% humidity. I have my a/c at 65 and it won't keep my house cool. My top tier was perfect and than my husband dropped it. I rebaked it and it came out... somewhat okay. The middle tier cracked, but I held it together with frosting, got it covered in fondant and the next AM it was cracked, and had fallen apart.

The bottom layers cracked while they were cooling both times I baked them

I ended up baking 18 cakes, none of them worked out. I was trying up until 2 minutes before I Was supposed to deliver the cake. I ended up having to borrow money from my mother to get more ingredients, which still didn't work. I ended up delivering a top tier. Never even got to make the sheetcakes.

Oh, did I mention I gave the bride and groom a 700 dollar discount in the first place?

I walked away from the venue, had a panic attack and ended up in the hospital. At first they thought I was having a heart attack, cuz even my EKG was all funkedfied.

This is also my husband's assistant manager, so we have to deal with her ON A DAILY BASIS.

I haven't baked a cake in 2 months. I still cry when I think about this.

Because of circumstances behind it all we only had to give them 100 dollars back out of 500.50.

And now I'm not doing wedding cakes for a while.

The End.
post #2 of 52
Holy crap ((((((((hugs))))))) Good for you for getting back on the horse. Coming back here means it's not out of your system just a bit shell shocked.

Good to see you back thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

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post #3 of 52
Oh how terrible for you! I do hope that you are cutting yourself slack now though -- you truly did the best you could under the circumstances. Some days, those cakes just don't want to play nice -- or Satin Ice vendors either!

Good to know that you are getting back in there. Just remember to breathe and relax while doing it.

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post #4 of 52
Oh i am so sorry (((((((((((BIG HUG)))))))))))! Dont let it get you down too much, i have not been doing this too long but am dreading a big disaster like yours i figure I just want to get it over with. But i would have been just as frazzeled as you but get back in the saddle and show everyone how good you are!!!!
post #5 of 52
when it rains, it pours huh? wow...
post #6 of 52
Who the heck ever invented those topsy turvy cakes anyway? I can understand once for a gag, but they're an absolute fad, and they drive me crazy.

I don't know how you ever made it out of the hospital? I'm having sympathetic depression just reading your horrible story.

Make cakes you enjoy.
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post #7 of 52
I am SOOOO VERY SORRREEEEY!! That just sucks. icon_sad.gif

I had a panic attack when the fire alarm went off early one morning, but I stayed out of the hospital. I hope you stay out of the hospitals from now on!!

Your Wedding cake on your site is very nice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy life. Bake a cake that is fun, silly, and easy.

And grab your own big fork and dive in! icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 52
All I can say is (((((((((((hugs))))))))))))!

Kathi
post #9 of 52
Oh goodness! This is just one of those things that's going to take a while to get over...I know the feeling, that's for sure. But THANK YOU for sharing. I'm going to print this post and use it as a reminder when I have a late or last-minute final payment (wait a minute, that didn't sound very nice, but I promises it's a good thing!). And we truly learn from our mistakes, and I know you are going to be richer for this experience!

Good luck, and may you make beautiful cakes for many years to come.
post #10 of 52
Oh, I really feel for you! I had my first set of attacks shortly after my mom passed away. Talk about the feeling of terror! I can so sympathize with you on that!

I also had my first cake disaster recently, but luckily it wasn't for a wedding and it wasn't for a paying customer (it was for my cousin's baby shower). Her cousins were able to get a replacement cake from a bakery.

I can't even imagine all the stress you went through, but you survived and I'm sure you now know why you need to stick to your guns -and your contract. You're not Superwoman and should not have to be forced to do the nearly impossible Herculean task of making a wedding cake so close to the deadline!

Sending {{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}} your way!
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post #11 of 52
* big hugs !* I am so sorry dear. I can't imagine. This is why I don't think I will ever do a real wedding cake.


hugs chin up it will get better !



Monica
post #12 of 52
Gosh what a nightmare for you, but at least you survived. Like others have already said, bake yourself an easy, fun cake and regain you're confidence. Don't give up.
post #13 of 52
My word! What a terrible series of happenings....all on one cake! Everyone has "that" one, that they look back on and shiver...this will be your's. Now, that you have "that" one out of the way, carry on with your decorating happily. All will be better.
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post #14 of 52
Awww...that stinks. A big hug to you. I think most of us can sympathize with you on all levels, even the panic attack. They can be very scary.
And I thought "funkedfied" was a word only I used!!!! Made me smile when I saw it.
post #15 of 52
Wow. A big hug for you, that is all I can say.
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