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post #16 of 47
My (thank goodness, funny) disaster was when I had a cake for my granddaughter birthday, just a small 2 layer one.

I had my parents with me and my mom was holding the cake in the back seat...first boo boo. Well as we were driving and talking.. second boo boo.......she was not watching where the cake was and pretty soon I hear....."Terr....uh.. I need help!" and here is the cake, tilted, slid in her lap...and icing all down the front of her.......I never laughed so hard......

Straighted it back up, took it to the party and we all had a big laugh...and the cake was gone in a flash..still tasted good. Napa's sweater marks and all.
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post #17 of 47
Ok...I know these are disasters that all of you could have lived without but they are certainly entertaining. The new names you have created for cakes which end up as disasters are "sliders, jello-y, cavers, melters and leaners." My favorite descriptions have to be the ones which involve cake-crazy family members that will eat the cake even if it lands face down in the front yard or if it has impressions of grandma's fuzzy sweater mashed in the side. Never mind all the silly mistakes we've all made like driving crazy or letting others hold the cake or even having the elderly assist in a what sounds like a "cake surgery" to remove a dowel. You all are hysterical (sorry to receive soo many chuckles from your disasters). However...the best thing is the practical and unveiled advice you have given here...I am sure I will need it...probably sooner rather than later, you know how the universe works. Thanks for the fun~sunnybono
post #18 of 47
ok...I'm going to be long here...

1st disaster about 13 years old. I didn't make the cake, just sat in it after my mom set it on the passenger seat in the car. Yep, just like the PPs said, we ate it anyway. Yum! German chocolate with coconut frosting. Fun coconut stuck to pants icon_biggrin.gif

Making a 3 tier wedding cake with a friend of mine for her niece. Baked all of the cakes at my house and did the crumb coat. Taking them all to her house to decorate them. Had the 2 smallest tiers on a regular cake board. I knew it couldn't support the weight. It had already started bowing. Thought for sure I'd be ok with both hands under it, one under each cake. Big cake flipped over. Slid down my leg and landed plop upside down on my shoe. We saved the layer that landed face up, since it didn't touch my leg or the ground! Then re-baked the other layer. Whew! Long night decorating.

Another wedding cake. I swear I dowelled it like I should. Boyfriends car space stinks. Had to tilt the cake to get it in the car. The tilt stayed. Ran to Wal Mart. Bought more dowels and tried to put them in at an angle opposite to the lean, trying to force it straight. It didn't work icon_cry.gif The bride was very upset with me. But, it was a cake for a friend of a friend and it was 3 tier for only $40. As they say, you get what you pay for and I am still learning!!!
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I never met a cake I didn't like.

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post #19 of 47
My first cake disaster was for a friend of my sister. They actually called me only a couple of weeks before the wedding to ask if I would be interested in doing it (for experience, etc.) I was thrilled because they weren't even going to have a cake if I didn't want to do it!! They sent me a picture and I said I would do my best. The cake was 3 tiers and tapered at the bottom (I think that is the word - I am still pretty new at this - larger on the top). I stacked the two bottom layers and decided to not put on the top layer until I got there. I loaded the cake into the car and my husband and I argued the entire way to town (as we always do and I live 15 miles out). As he turned a corner my bottom tier collapsed!!! There was cake ALL over the back of my van (I put down clean towels first). I delivered my nephew's birthday cake and took the wedding cake inside to try to salvage and fix (I think I had 2 hours before the wedding). The bottom tier was ruined, but the other two were fixable, so I took the anniversary cake out of the box and used it for the top layer and moved all the other layers down (I had made more cake then was needed anyways). I just told the couple to contact me on their anniversary and I would made them a 6" cake.

As for the layer that fell apart, I went to trash it and my sister yelled at me. She came out to the van with a plate and scraped the cake onto it to eat. She fed it to her friends and family at the party and they LOVED it (even if it was in a million pieces)!!

The cake is in my photos (the white 3 tiered with pink roses and designs - with a W in front of it).

I was sooo happy with how it turned out considering what it had been thru and my dad couldn't believe I was able to fix it.
post #20 of 47
Long before CC was ever around, or internet for that matter, I think. I learned to carry a repair kit the hard way. We were traveling to a neice's graduation party and I did the cake.

I had the cake in the back of the mini-van, my daughter was in the middle row of seats and my son was in the back row. Needless to say, it was a long drive and the kids were fighting and throwing things. Yup, you guessed it, plop -- right into the middle of the cake!

That's when I learned to never leave home without my repair kit!

I can't stand to drive and not be able to "watch" my cakes travel so I have to have my DH drive and he has learned my noises and gasps. I don't know what I think I can do while driving but I gotta watch it anyway.

Oh and some near disasters I've had is the almost near missed deadlines. For example, DH driving to venue while I'm still placing flowers or chocolates on petit fours for a shower! That comes from trying to work a full-time job (60+ hours, weekends & no time off) AND do large cake orders!
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post #21 of 47
sunnybono, if you're liking these stories, then you'll love the following short stories that came from a local bakery's website. It's no longer on their site, so I'm very glad I saved these stories!!
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- Customer requests us to come on site to repair the cake. Fee: In zone, $100.00 plus $2.00 per mile, prepaid via credit card prior to us leaving the bakery. Out of zone, this service is not available.
- Customer may bring cake back to bakery for repair, and repairs will be done at rate of $150.00 per hour, minimum $50.00.

While these policies seem harsh, they were motivated by over 20 years of real experience. For example,

- Hung over best man picked up cake, put in trunk, and burned rubber down the street. Bride calls up crying, asking us to fix her cake. When we said it wasnât our responsibility, she replied, "but you know a best man isnât responsible!"
- Place cake in back of pickup truck. Dad traveled 40 miles with it, couldnât fit on floor of pickup truck due to beer cans. You donât want to know the rest.
- Place cake on floor of van. Dog jumped over back seat and had lunch. When cautioned about this possibility, we were dismissed. By the way, the dog hair was all over the van so it got on the cake too.
- Cake placed on floor under toddlerâs car seat. Toddler kicked of shoe. That was so much fun, toddler kicked off other shoe. Add one Barney, and the entire cake was messed up.
- Cake given to grandmother in front seat. Unfortunately, the sweet lady had a terrible cold. Bride brought cake back to us because Grandma sneezed, needed the cake re-iced.
- Groom picked up cake. Was late. Cautioned to put cake on floor. Wanted to put it on seat instead. Stopped short to avoid accident, cake ended up on dashboard. By the way, groom was more upset about cake being in air conditioning vents of his car.
post #22 of 47
Oh my gosh I have had quite a good laugh tonight while reading your stories. I'm soooo sorry that disaster happened but gosh ya'll sure learned from them & over came them! That's what people don't understand out us cake artists. We live for the excitement of doing a cake from start to finish. We live for that adrenaline rush that we get when we are delivering a cake. I'm a volunteer Firegal & believe me it's that same rush I get when we get a fire call! Crazy as it is we LOVE it!! icon_smile.gif

I haven't had a disaster like having a cake fall over or slip & slide thank God! I don't think I'd recover from it as easily as ya'll have. My 1st wedding cake was a disaster to me. I had only been decorating cakes for 6 months. A boy I babysit for (when I was a teen) was getting married. He wanted me to do his wedding cake. I was learning how to do the hot/wet spatula trick for smoothing icing. Dummy me didn't wipe the water off of the spatual before smoothing the icing!! The cake did get smooth but it was wet as could be!!! icon_cry.gif Looked like someone has dripped water all over it! The cake was pretty, no one but me noticed it so I was happy in the end but gosh did I misunderstand that technique! icon_smile.gif Lesson... Dry your spatula off after dipping it into the hot water!! icon_wink.gificon_rolleyes.gif LOL icon_smile.gif
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post #23 of 47
kdehtan icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif You put visions in my head of Joey and Rachel on Friends eating cheesecake off the hallway floor icon_biggrin.gif
I never met a cake I didn't like.

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I never met a cake I didn't like.

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post #24 of 47
Oh yeah, forgot last weeks mess. I was just testing 2 new recipes. MMF and a new Cake Dr recipe. Well, the MMF didn't end up enough to cover my cake. I decided since it was just for a potluck, I wasn't even going to try to patch it up. The creamcheese/strawberry jam didn't take to the cake being on the table all morning and the whole thing started to slide. So, green fondant (did I mention that?), weird oval shape, strawberry jam oozing out the back, weird bulges from the layers sliding (oh yeah, no dowels since it was just for work and not tiered). People were AFRAID to eat the oozing green mass. My boss said it looked like a crater. By the end of the day it was being referred to as a dinosaur egg. Got some wonderful compliments from the people brave enough to eat it!!! icon_lol.gif
I never met a cake I didn't like.

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I never met a cake I didn't like.

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post #25 of 47
Oh, my gosh!!!!! My biggest cake disaster is still fresh in my mind and this happened almost 10 years ago. To this day we still talk about it....my hubby starts sweating with just the mention of that unfortunate cake.
It was the very first time I had two wedding cake orders for the same day. It was a rainy day and the disaster happened with the first cake. I had stayed up all night.....literally 'till 7:30 am Sat. morning. My back was on fire and my feet hurt sooo bad from standing for sooo long. It took me forever to finish both cakes. The other cake was quite big and I had a very picky bride (bridezilla), so I was very nervous about messing it up. I didn't realize that I had used most of the dowel rods on that cake that I didn't have enough for the smaller cake. By this time it was around 2:00 in the morning and not knowing what to use for dowels I remembered that I had bamboo skewers. So I preceeded to insert just the same amount that I had used on the other cake. This cake was only a two tiered cake so I went ahead and stacked it. Through out the night I could hear my hubby snoring and resting comfortably and it was making me mad. I wanted to just give up and go to bed (or maybe wake him up so he could suffer right along with me). I finally decided to take an hour to close my eyes and rest my feet. Couldn't really sleep for fear of not waking up in time to deliver cakes. Finally left to deliver and I decided that I should drive and my hubby should hold the cake on his lap (didn't have a SUV at that time, just a reg. car and had never delivered a cake before). I complained the whole way....no sleep, now its raining, didn't have enough dowel rods, had trouble finding reception hall and now hubby says oh no, the cake is shifting! Stop the car, stop the car! I was horrified....the top tier wasn't shifting...the layers on the bottom tier were sliding out from each other! And they were filled with raspberry! Found the hall, pulled into the parking lot and starting freaking out. Hubby kept yelling to get the cake inside so we could fix it, but I noticed that the Groom was there! I didn't want him to see the cake all messed up! Needless to say I started crying while taking the cake inside and the groom and groomsmen were coming out. Told him what had happened and kept apologizing for ruining his brides day. He was sooo sweet....he said everything would be fine, not to worry about it, do the best I can to fix it, turn it around towards the wall if I had to and don't concern yourself anymore. He and all the guys ended up consoling me. I fixed it the best I could, but felt horrible. I swore right then and there that I was giving up and not doing anymore cakes. Had a headache as big as ever, just wanted to hide under the covers and never show my face again! Well here I am 10 years later and never repeated that mistake again. I will never use bamboo skewers. I mainly use bubble tea straws and/or pvc pipe to support all my cakes. Lesson learned.
post #26 of 47
How did you know mandm78, that is what my leaning wedding cake was doweled with too icon_redface.gif
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I never met a cake I didn't like.

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post #27 of 47
My first wedding cake disaster was a beautiful 4-tier cake. Stacked, doweled between each cake and doweled all the way thru to the bottom.
Reception less than 2 miles from my house. 1 block away, turned the corner--slowly. Friend said "cake is falling". Friend got in back of car (Ford Focus wagon) and tilted the box in the opposite direction.

Got to reception site and cocky me didn't pack a thing. Sent friend back to my house to get--frosting, bags, spatula...everything on the counter that I was using. While she was gone, I took all tiers off. Wooden dowels (d*** wooden dowels) had shifted. Repositioned each dowel. Friend came back with everything except the kitchen sink. Refrosted and redecorated each tier and put back together. Couldn't tell it--thank goodness.
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BTW--I had that cake on a piece of 1/2 wood covered in Wilton foil. Now I use the 1/2" foamboard do that dowels go all the way THRU to help anchor cake. Then remove the long dowels when I have arrived at reception.
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"Quality Cakes Aren't Cheap and Cheap Cakes Aren't Quality"

It's not "just cake!"
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post #28 of 47
If you don't count the cakes I THINK won't make it, or the ones that I absolutely hate....

There is the one before I got my spare fridge that was a tall, four tiered square, heavy cake and fondant, that just got too heavy and began to crack at the bottom during transport. Nothing I could do about it. Bride had nothing but a flimsy card table on an uneven stone floor for me to place it on. I prayed some little kid would knock it over (and there WERE little kids running around) before it cracked and collapsed on its own. LOL. Never heard back.

Closest call though was my hot air balloon...hubby isn't a huge metalworker or anything but made me a stand and used some kind of pipe glue or whatever that is supposed to expand as it dries. He didn't want to mess with soldier and guaranteed it would work. Stand seems good...so I built my cake up and got it all done. (Its in my photos). I put it in the fridge.

Go to deliver it the next day...evidently the cold fridge seems to have slightly contracted the glue...when we were almost at the venue, the entire cake swiveled upside down! (you have to see pic to understand) Luckily it was fondant covered, but it was also hand painted...I grab this huge balloon and shove it back up into place and hold it the next ten minutes, almost crying while my husband drives. I have "paint" all over my hands. We get to the venue (a ritzy house actually). My hands are covered in blue and green. I have my husband hold the cake in place while I go explain what is going on and ask to wash my disgusting hands in their immaculate home. Then I go back out, and we grab the cake together and carry it inside. While we stand there, the lady has to decide where she wants it. Finally she decides and we can put it down. It seems like it just *might* balance there. So I set up the satin and take a picture and...pray! Turns out it DID stay, even during cutting! I think the warm room may have expanded the glue just enough to hold. From now on, if I have to make something crazy like that, hubby will use soldier!!!!!!
post #29 of 47
[quote="bizatchgirl"]Oh yeah, forgot last weeks mess. I was just testing 2 new recipes. MMF and a new Cake Dr recipe. Well, the MMF didn't end up enough to cover my cake. I decided since it was just for a potluck, I wasn't even going to try to patch it up. The creamcheese/strawberry jam didn't take to the cake being on the table all morning and the whole thing started to slide. So, green fondant (did I mention that?), weird oval shape, strawberry jam oozing out the back, weird bulges from the layers sliding (oh yeah, no dowels since it was just for work and not tiered). People were AFRAID to eat the oozing green mass. My boss said it looked like a crater. By the end of the day it was being referred to as a dinosaur egg. Got some wonderful compliments from the people brave enough to eat it!!! icon_lol.gif[/quote
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Thanks for the morning wake-up!
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post #30 of 47
im pretty new too but the best advice i can give you is to just do the best you can to fix it. i was delivering a 1st birthday cake to the party and it was boiling hot outside which made my car amazingly hot! the cake had a duck on top with buttercream icing for the wings, so when we were in the car the wing started to melt. by the time we got there the wing was compleatly off of the cake. also the duck was totally tilting ontop.... luckily my mom stoped by michaels on our way out there and bought some extra frosting and a few other things so i could fix it. in the end everyone loved it and they were all amazed, this is what the cake looked like after the wing fell off and we fixed it.
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