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post #16 of 34
this was the cake i had the most "work" trouble with..

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/591243
*hm can't seem to attach pic for some reason*

i think that day was cursed all around.. it was SO hot that day that even with a swamp cooler on in one area of the house and an airconditioner in the other end (closer to me) of the house and a fan on my working area it was still about 95 in the house - yup no lie- and this is Northern Idaho lol..

the frosting was melting ON the cake as i worked.. i could only work for barely 10 minutes then the cake had to be whisked back to the fridge to spend about up to 45 minutes solidifying again.. this was around the time crisco changed to 0 transfat and i was unaware of this- had i been i could have made a few changes to help with the heat and humidity...

Then in the middle of working on this blasted thing my -ahem- neighbor.. nice lady very nice but i have such "yard" frustrations with her.. she takes her weed blower and blows the pine needles in MY yard from her driveway.. this irked me to no end i stopped what iwas doing and went out grabbed a rake right in front of her and her reasoning for this was and i quote "well i didn't know what else to do with it- hahah"

WHAT?!?!?!!?!? she herself knows this court offers yard clean up services for free.. all you have to do is make a pile even at the corner of your drive way- they come around and pick it up FOR you free of charge.. all she had to do was aim the blower OTHER way!! *see note at end of post*

ok so we have the cake done.. this cake was for a neighbor's daughter's Boyfriend's graduation.. (confused? lol) we gave her a ride to the location 10 minutes away- just before leaving i called and asked if they had gotten the topper they kept saying they wanted to get and were getting and were ordering etc.. i get "um.. does it NEED a topper?" i'm like um Yesssssssssssssss..

so luckily i had picked up - on a hunch- the walmart graduation jiggly type plush ball and used that- stopped at store on way to location and grabbed those curly ribbons to throw on. Phew.. i was SOOO mad..



*note inreference to neighbor lady with the yard issue*
last year she had the gall to ask me to top off my tree that has been there for almost 30 years- so she could get better satellite service- instead of moving her dish to another area on Her house. (there are more things she frustrates me with but this isn't the place for it lol)
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post #17 of 34
Thank you so much cupcakemkr and Texas_Rose! This will be a great help. I'm so behind on her cake! We were without water for 5 days and I didn't get to decorate my cake (still in freezer) and hadn't baked hers or started any decorations because we were staying in a hotel. Finally got home Monday, but with work and catching up on housework, laundry, and grocery shopping, running way behind. This may be a disaster in the making because I'm keeping my design plan the same on her main cake and still doing the cupcakes and fondant.

Rspitzer, this has major potential to be "one of those cakes that just seems to go wrong from the beginning"! I mean to ask if you freeze your cakes? If so, was it completely thawed when you iced it? If I ice a partially frozen or very chilled cake, I can't get it to crust, so I'm wondering if that may have been your not crusting issue. I read that the condensation keeps it from crusting. Now I leave the layers out (still covered) for several hours until they are room temp.
post #18 of 34
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ohh..you know..normally I will freeze then thaw for 24 hours before I mess with them, but this was due the day after the zebra cake, I pulled it out of the fridge about 3 hours before I tried to ice it, I usually never do that. Good point, maybe that was the probem with the icing. I didn't know if it was because it was so cold outside( a record night for the big D in temps) or what. I will keep that in mind next time! I am also going to try the ideas here about the MMF, it's such a pain to make, but so much cheaper than store bought. CS, let's see pics when you are done!
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post #19 of 34
This is an easy one, EVERY STINKING CAKE I HAVE EVER MADE, I HATED! Either costumer wanted something really weird or I had this great vision of something and didn't turn out. Or I got sick of looking at the cake and just never wanted to see another one done out of my kitchen again. It's been almost a year since I made one. Love everyone else's cakes, just detest my own.
Funny thing, I get inspired by pictures on here and think, "Oooh, I want to do that, then in the same thought, am I out of my flippin' mind"?!?!?!! lol So, here I am, after a year, still trolling around on CC.
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post #20 of 34
Texas_Rose - again, thank you so much for sharing your fondant recipe! I made two batches. It was very quick and easy to make and clean up wasn't too bad. Probably since I did it right away, but I was a little worried since I wasn't using crisco on anything. I made them Friday night and the kids used them last night. The fondant took color easy and mixed well with the red and black Satin Ice to help cheaply make more of those colors! It was a little more sticky than Fondarific or Satin Ice, but it still seemed to be very workable. They used it all up, so I'll make another batch and try it on a cake to see if I like working with it for my main fondant - hubby is hoping so to save $!

I posted the Twilight cake in my photos. I ran into problems and then went to bed on Friday night and redid most of the decorations. I also had some issues with the black Satin Ice, but then again, I expected that-always do! And with the height, I should have put supports because my nice straight edges and sides sagged a little when I put the fondant on. I was trying to do the entire book covers on each panel, but really should have made everything earlier. In the end, I just chose elements from the covers. My niece got it and loved it, though. She and her 11 friends had a blast decorating the cupcakes, too! Glad it's all done because I'm still wiped out!
post #21 of 34
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CS - It looks great! Sounds like the fondant worked well for you, I am going to try it next time I need to make some too
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post #22 of 34
See this cake: http://www.feedthemcake.com/images/Owl1_big.JPG

It was the opposite, it went flawlessly right from the start and I was so happy with the result. It was also a free-be for a friend. When I was delivering it to her I tripped on a snowy uneven walkway, fell face-first, and dropped it right in front of her! Skinned up my hand and wanted to die from embarrassment.

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post #23 of 34
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oh mug..how awful! I have only dropped one, in the parking lot on the way to the party. It was in a box so it was not a total loss, but it looked fairly beat up. I handed her the cake while crying(there is no crying in cake decorating!!! yeah right) and I could tell by the look on her face she wanted to kill me. She just took it and cancelled the other order she had with me.

Your cake looks amazing, im sorry it had a bad ending, seriously cute!
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post #24 of 34
The cake I hated doing was the Scooby Doo and the Haunted House cake. Designed by Debbie Brown and I have to say I sweated buckets getting the icing on that darned house. It was a castle in her design but I coggled it together as best I could and prayed my nephew would like it!!! LOL
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post #25 of 34
as a hobby baker I struggle with most of my cakes..I get a little discouraged and inspired by all the amazing talent here. My most recent disaster was my thomas the train
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1924716
which I ended up scraping all the frosting off and redoing with fondant and then it was just ok... I think all your cakes are lovely and amazing. thanks for sharing
post #26 of 34
We should have a "worst cake thread!"

I have had a few bad cakes, just starting out and all, but I have a pretty big disaster, was making a wedding cake, the bottom square tier was supposed to be fresh strawberry cake, the top 2 tiers were lemon cake. I made the strawberry 1st, then made the lemons. Hours of mixing, baking and cooling. Next day I start to assemble, grab the strawberry cake, start to torte, and realized it was raw in the middle. I had never made that particular recipe into a cake that large before, and I had to trash it and start over. I had no time to mess around and didn't trust the recipe I was using, so I literally made up a recipe on the spot. You could have knocked me over with a feather when it actually came out! Of course, it ate hours into my icing time so although the finished cake looked OK, I just didn't have enough time to get the corners scraped and as straight as I wish I could have, and was literally up decorating it until 3AM, which is why my swiss dots look like dimes. At least to me. Cake got rave reviews, but all I see when I look at it is flaws.

It's the square off-set cake in my pics. thumbsdown.gif
post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by Mug-a-Bug

See this cake: http://www.feedthemcake.com/images/Owl1_big.JPG

It was the opposite, it went flawlessly right from the start and I was so happy with the result. It was also a free-be for a friend. When I was delivering it to her I tripped on a snowy uneven walkway, fell face-first, and dropped it right in front of her! Skinned up my hand and wanted to die from embarrassment.

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Sh*t happens. It sucks but we move on icon_redface.gif

Hope you feel better about your cake-mishap icon_rolleyes.gif



I would cry too, that cake is adorable!
post #28 of 34
mm yeah basically every cake i have done has been a disaster. most recent was for my best friends sister. My friend was so excited about it, saying she couldnt wait etc etc, had the most beautiful design for it, and then the heat wave strikes... 45 degrees C (111? F) for a whole week. wow. my fondant crusted while it was resting so got horrible lumps all through it, apart from that it would have been fine. expcept for these UGLY UGLY LUMPS! so then my friend wasnt able to pick it up, i had to drop it to her, with my two year old in the car.. p.s.. i dont have air con.. so of course the number 1 of the standing gumpaste 18 snapped didnt it.

oh joy.


sometimes i wonder why i bother.

oh thats right.. everytime i get on of those rare *dream run cake* and come on here.. my heart gets all a flutter and my mind starts racing with possibilities.. and i just cant contain myself! lol
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post #29 of 34
My sister asked me the other day had I ever gotten so frustrated with a cake that I just threw it out and started completely over. I told her except for completely cracked cakes before icing them, I have never thrown one out (that doesn't mean I haven't wanted to). She said her friend throws them out all the time. One time just because she didn't like the color of the frosting.
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post #30 of 34
FromScratchSF would love to hear that "made up recipe on the spot" recipe if your willing to share *grins*

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We should have a "worst cake thread!"

agreed lol, after i'd posted my cake post here in this thread i realized- it was not just about cakes we hate but more so mmf lol.. well the cake i posted wasn't about mmf use but my worst disaster cake incident lol

after i learned a few tricks to tweek my mmf i haven't had a problem with it. the biggest help for my mmf was adding light corn syrup- and then prior to kneading if its been resting a while- i microwave the mmf for about 10 seconds at a time to make it nice and soft for my hands.
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