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Would You Still Give This Cake As Gift????

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Did this cake for a friend's 40th birthday - inspiration from a fellow CC member.

Used blue Satin Ice and was worried about using it as I had previously had problems with their black. But I read all of the threads about using SI and I had hoped that I would be ok. It rolled out fairly well - no problems but as soon as I laid the fondant on the cake and started to smooth it - yep it started to crack and get the elephant skin. The top tier was worse than the bottom tier. I quickly quilted each tier as soon as I was done smoothing and I didn't waste time getting it done.

The SI had started to dry already and I could not get the quilter to indent the fondant. In some places I had to push quite hard. I finished decorating it last night and when I got up this morning there is was staring at me - the BC had wicked through the lines of the quilting - GREASE STAINS all over my cake. I have never quilted on a dark color before and I don't think I will ever do it again. Always a lesson to be learned.

I wanted to cry and throw it in the trash and stomp my feet and scream and yell!!! It's bad enough with the cracking along the edges but now this too. Her birthday is on Tuesday and I was going to bring it to work today for her but when I saw what happened I just left it sit and left for work without it.

I don't know what to do. Should I still give it to her? Is it too ugly to give as a gift? The people at work know that I strive for perfection and now when they see this - what are they going to think???

I am too stupid to know how to paste a link in for my pics so will you please go to my pics and look at it. It is the turquoise one and let me know what you think?

Thanks.
post #2 of 38
I'm sorry to hear of your disaster kiddo -- but the cake looks fabulous!!! Cheer up!!! We all have days (and cakes) like that! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 38
In the pic the grease stains look like shading to me, maybe you could brush on some dark blue luster dust to shade them all to look more uniform?

It really doesn't look that bad at all. I'd still serve it!
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post #4 of 38
I was going to say the same as kitty2000. Maybe brush dark luster or if you have an airbrush, paint some darker blue along the lines like shading. It is a beautiful cake and I would be happy to receive that as a gift no matter what.
post #5 of 38
Oh heck yes, still give it to her. And don't start apologizing for anything on it. Remember, she'll see it as a whole, not as the sum of the problems you had. Just let her enjoy it. I love your colors and the flowers you chose to put on the blue. I know she'll love it.
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post #6 of 38
Your cake is beautiful....definitely serve it and do it with pride! Go with the luster dust idea if you have time and that will draw their eyes away from any grease spot - that is if they even notice the spots! I guarantee you this is better than she would ever get from WalMart or any other co-worker for that matter.
post #7 of 38
Definately give it and I agree with the shading idea your cake is gorgeous and I would be thrilled to recieve one so pretty!
post #8 of 38
Pretty cake. Like it. Like the shading ideas everyone posted.

Also, weren't many people having problems exactly like what you just described w/ SI lately? They apparently made a bad batch after switching equipment and have been giving many people replacements.
post #9 of 38
and my first thought -- leave it to a guy -- was well why not trace the lines in gold.

a bit (ok a lot) over the top!

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i would venture to guess that if you don't give it to her and she finds out what a nice cake you made, you could easily have an EX-friend!!!

give her the cake!
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post #10 of 38
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Originally Posted by kitty122000

In the pic the grease stains look like shading to me, maybe you could brush on some dark blue luster dust to shade them all to look more uniform?

It really doesn't look that bad at all. I'd still serve it!



I was thinking the same thing! I thought it looked amazing.
I had to hold my laptop really close to see anything wrong with your cake. Loved it! I had my first cake disaster on Saturday - good thing I was just practicing lol icon_razz.gif

Love your cakes btw!
post #11 of 38
Ummm... are you kidding!!!??? Who wouldn't love receiving that cake as a gift???!!! I wouldn't even mess with trying to add the luster dust to the quilting --that actually might make more of a mess. As I see it, it is "shaded." As someone else mentioned, others will see the whole, not the sum of its parts.
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post #12 of 38
wow your really hard on yourself,, I thought I was bad. Your cake is beautiful. please share it with her. we see and know all we would have differently but they see the beauty and know how good it will taste.
post #13 of 38
Girl give her the cake!
post #14 of 38
I can't see anything wrong with that cake. It's lovely!

And yes, SI had problems in their manufacturing that reportedly have been resolved, so give them another chance.
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post #15 of 38
Please, please, please give it to her. It's a beautiful cake. I can understand your frustration with what happened, but maybe you can put a little shading in those areas with luster dust or something? If not, it would still be beautiful and I am sure very much appreciated. You can tell a lot of time and talent went into making it. Please share it with your friend! If a friend of mine gave me a cake like that, I would be thrilled.
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