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My first cake drop!

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I am laughing about this now, but last night I had my first "klutzy caker" moment. I was doing a zebra-striped cake (fondant stripes on whipped frosting) and had just finished up the stripes. I realized that I had forgotten to move the cake to its final plate (silly, I know, but I had rushed home from work to make dinner, then finish the cake up and it just slipped my mind).

So you know where this is going - as I am transferring the cake to its plate, it takes a front flip off the two spatulas, hits the corner of my work table and SPLAT onto the floor. I went through the shock, the anger, the panic, and then laughter. Luckily I had not finished adding all of the details, which included my first GP shoe that I made last week. The only thing on the cake was the frosting, the zebra stripes and a bit of toasted coconut. (which you can see scattered in the photo)javascript:emoticon('icon_cry.gif')

This was only a birthday cake for my future SIL so not a real panic, but she was due here in about 25 minutes and I needed to act fast. Miraculously the cake landed on its top and did not break. And since I was using whipped frosting not BC it all slid right off the cake onto the floor. So I cleaned up and discarded all the frosting and stripes, scraped all the remaining frosting off the cake and started over. Made a new quick batch of coconut-flavored frosting , re-applied, made new stripes, and voila! I'll post before and after - TFL I can laugh about this now! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 36
You did a marvelous job rescuing the cake! It looks awesome! WELL DONE! thumbs_up.gif
post #3 of 36
Great job! Love the shoe. Grrrr. LOL
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post #4 of 36
It's a very cute cake. The shoe is perfect.

This is going to turn into one of those drama threads though, if I'm reading it right and you picked the cake up off the floor and reused it.
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

It's a very cute cake. The shoe is perfect.

This is going to turn into one of those drama threads though, if I'm reading it right and you picked the cake up off the floor and reused it.



Agreed, TexasRose. I was hoping to avoid the drama, but I am sure it's to come. icon_eek.gif
As I mentioned, this was for family and the part of the cake that hit the floor (top) was scraped of icing and re-leveled and I knew the floor had been cleaned just that AM. Everyone was informed of the mishap and the details of the rescue (ie. No I did not re-use the frosting, etc.) and had the choice to eat or not eat.

No pets or kid fingers were involved in the rescue of this cake LOL

But just to be clear, under no circumstances would I have done the same for a non-family member or if the drop had happened outside of my own workspace.
post #6 of 36
I think that shoe is fabulous!!! And with your disclaimer to family that the original cake/icing hit the floor....I say you were lucky to salvage it and have it eaten!

I can plainly see that it's just the top icing touching the floor and since you started over, as a family member, I wouldn't see the problem. Only the humor!
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post #7 of 36
I'm just wondering why you didn't lift the cake with your hands instead of 2 spatulas if it was already on it's own cardboard round?

Great save though, it looks yummy with the toasted coconut....I definitely would have eaten it!!! lol
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post #8 of 36
I think the cake turned out LOVELY! kudos to you for getting through it and producing a lovely cake!

and I would've done the same thing for a family member icon_wink.gif
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post #9 of 36
Since it was for family I'd probably have done the same. Nice save. Of course for anyone else it'd been a different story. Nice cake!!
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post #10 of 36
Someone on an earlier forum post (about a year ago or so) talked about these two cake lifters from one of those network marketing party companies which tries to tell people how to cook with their cooking gadgets. They were no longer making them, but I got on eBay and found a pair... they are fabulous! Absolutely fabulous! They have made moving cakes, turning cakes.... anything to do with taking a cake from one place to another.... so much easier.

You may want to try to find some cake lifters... BTW, these were bought AFTER I dropped a four tier wedding cake while moving it to have pictures made. I will cherish that person who talked about them forever! No more problems...hope this helps!

Also, I am a germ-a-phobic, but no criticism about how you handled your personal cake situation.... you were the one who was present and who had to make the call... if there are any who criticize you for that, you may want to take the criticism with a grain of salt... none of us know what we would have done at that moment; we might think we know, but we do not!

So, congratulations on a job well done and fixed!
post #11 of 36
5 second rule, 5 second rule, 5 second rule!!! God made dirt & dirt don't hurt! icon_razz.gif Just kidding. It's for family. Do what you want. And great recovery. It does not look like it took a nose dive. YOur shoe is so sexy!
post #12 of 36
Good save! It looks great.

Don't fret about any drama....I can't believe there are many who wouldn't have done the same for a family cake.
post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

I'm just wondering why you didn't lift the cake with your hands instead of 2 spatulas if it was already on it's own cardboard round?

Great save though, it looks yummy with the toasted coconut....I definitely would have eaten it!!! lol



Go figure, I think I was trying to avoid messing up the frosting by just using my fingers to get under the cardboard to lift it. Next time no spatulas! I think if it was a larger cake I would have never tried, but since it was a little guy I thought it would work.

Anyway - glad others could find humor in the story - that's the reason I posted and it's been fun to read the comments. Now, if my little GP shoe had been on the cake and had shattered on the floor into a zillion pieces, my mood would be much different. icon_mad.gif
post #14 of 36
lutie, I'm not sure about the cake lifters you mentioned, but King Arthur Flour Company sells an 8"x8" giant cookie spatula that I think I'm going to order to move cakes. Anyone with a better suggestion I'd like to hear it.
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Originally Posted by step0nmi



and I would've done the same thing for a family member icon_wink.gif




It depends on WHO the family member is! LOL icon_wink.gif
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