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Ah, the Joys of making cakes in your Home!

post #1 of 48
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No cake decorator wants to walk in and see cake crumbs making a trail to their kitchen, which is what I walked upstairs to. First off, my grandmother had passed away the morning of the wedding, I was already upset from that, but I had to do the cake now. I mean it was the day of the wedding. All I had to do was finish icing the cakes, and add the ribbon at the reception site. I went into my basement to get the box for transporting and came back upstairs and saw that my dog had decided to eat half of the bottom layer ( of course the largest). I was due at the reception site in 30 minutes. So with a quick call to the bride, I told her I would be there at 5, one hour before the reception, to set up. I baked my butt off and my mom helped me finish up. I finished working right up until the wedding party arrived. It was slightly embarrassing having all the guest watch me, but I made it through and the cake turned out pretty good (see Ribbon Parade in my photo album). Needless to say my cakes will not be temporarily left on the dining table anymore. icon_biggrin.gif
post #2 of 48
Well, you recovered nicely! I'm sorry this happened to you. But the cake looks great.
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post #3 of 48
Nice save!

I don't have a dog I have a three year old with big brown puppy dog eyes who has to be watched because he is a cupcake thief and a hubby with big hazel eyes that constantly says "Oh I didn't know I couldn't eat that." Do you know how many times I have had to make up a whole new batch because one or two were missing? UUUGGGGH! It's not as though they don't get enough cake its just that they pick the mot inoportune moments to steal!

The cake was beautiful and I am sure no one is the wiser.
post #4 of 48
i hear ya on the cake thieves! between my husband, and his best friend that lives with us, i generally have to make an extra cake each time for them to ruin/eat. same with cookies. i have my "decoy" cookies and then i have the real ones icon_biggrin.gif
the worst was when i was making a 3D bear cake, i had painstakingly put all the fur on and was cleaning some stuff up when DH walked into the kitchen, said "Oh... COOL!" and promptly stuck his finger into the icing on the bear. he was threatened with divorce and chased from the kitchen icon_biggrin.gif
post #5 of 48
Isn't it just wonderful - LOL

Great save, btw!
Your cake looks great!
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post #6 of 48
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Originally Posted by jillchap

i hear ya on the cake thieves! between my husband, and his best friend that lives with us, i generally have to make an extra cake each time for them to ruin/eat. same with cookies. i have my "decoy" cookies and then i have the real ones icon_biggrin.gif
the worst was when i was making a 3D bear cake, i had painstakingly put all the fur on and was cleaning some stuff up when DH walked into the kitchen, said "Oh... COOL!" and promptly stuck his finger into the icing on the bear. he was threatened with divorce and chased from the kitchen icon_biggrin.gif



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post #7 of 48
I feel for you, I have a couple of sneaky dogs, I have to watch them really close. I was making my cake for my Wilton class, I had it baked and sitting on cooling racks, they were perfect. I left the room to do something and when I returned my husband asked what happened to my cake. I looked at it and realized my dog or dogs had taken a big hunk out of the cake. I had to get creative and piece it back together with the cake I had taken off when leveling. Needless to say, you could not tell a thing had happened, but I learned a valuable lesson. Ha! So, I know exactly how you feel, but, you saved it and it looks great! thumbs_up.gif
post #8 of 48
all I can say is...


EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!



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post #9 of 48
I hope everyone who works from home and has housepets and/or smokes informs their customers of such. We have cattle, horses, and dogs, but they all stay outside at all times. As a non-housepet person, I'm pretty grossed out by this story because I know what other sorts of things dogs will also eat. How do you know he didn't lick the icing on another tier before he dove into that one?
post #10 of 48
My cake was strictly for my class an no one ate it, so I wasn't real worried about it. However, If I were make a cake for someone, obviously I would not let my dogs eat it or lick it. I'm sure that anyone else with house pets feels the same!! That just makes good sense.
post #11 of 48
I'm sorry about your gradmother. Peace be with her.

Your cake turned out wonderful. It looks very pretty.

I don't have any pets, and you are lucky that he only attacked one of your cakes sitting in your dining room...but how do you know he didn't go near any of the other layers? I won't even let my children or husband go anywhere near any cakes because I worry about people touching my cakes that are going to customers. How can you guarantee that your dog didn't sniff around the rest of the cake?

That just really....grosses me out for lack of a better word. Sorry. Pets shouldn't be running around the house from the second you begin baking to the moment you are done decorating when it's a cake that people outside your family will be eating.

Anyway, your cake did turn out great. Congratulations.
angie
post #12 of 48
My deepest sympathies on your loss.

I am glad it worked out with the cake. I would freak though if my dog got my cake.

That would mean he could open the back door LOL.
post #13 of 48
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Originally Posted by MissRobin

My cake was strictly for my class an no one ate it, so I wasn't real worried about it.



But animals are smart and cunning...if he did it once...who's to say he won't do it again and with a cake that you WOULD be worried about?

Dogs love sweets! and God forbid he eats a chocolate cake! THE MESS he will make not to mention the fact that chocolate is toxic to dogs!!!

In my opinion...it's NOT a good idea to bake for profit with animals in the house, or sticky fingered children or hubbies..lol icon_lol.gif . If you went to get approval from your local authorities...you'd either be denied or would have to keep the animals out doors!

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post #14 of 48
I'm sorry but I have to disagree!! I have two dogs and a cat and I don't see the problem if you are clean as well as keeping your house clean and I don't let my dogs near the cakes!!! I have run a licensed home daycare for 20 years, I am inspected by the county health department and they see my dogs everytime they come in - not a problem. I have to have a food service permit issued by the health department, I follow strenuous guidelines and regs. I have seen and been in peoples homes that don't have pets and they were much "grosser" than having pets in the house. I guess what I am try to say is: my pets are part of my family and I treat them as such. I pride my self in keeping an immaculate home. Your points are well taken I just have to disagree.
post #15 of 48
Miss Robin Honey..

That's you...not everyone can say the same....and if my post is not a refection on you..then you can disgregard it..

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