The day before, my a/c quit. Totally went kaput! My house was in the 80's. I spent $1k having it fixed so the day before the wedding it would be cool enough to work on the cakes. Well, then I started to really worry about having them actually stick into the head. I had planned on waiting until I arrived at the event to put the ears in, but with all the trouble I had with them, I decided to give it a shot the morning of. I'm glad I did. Those darn ears fell apart three times on me. It was just too humid for the modeling chocolate. Well, finally my overly tired brain though- well, wire didn't work on the chocolate either, so why not use the skewers that you actually use ALL the time on other cakes on the gumpaste ears!? So, I attached them with chocolate, and ta da! They stood on their own! I painted them, I dipped the ends in melted chocolate, and stuck them in the ears. They stayed, but I was worried, so I put another skewer in on the bottom sort of supporting the ear. It looked really cute, and was very obviously a deer. This took so long though, that when it came time to deliver, I hadn't been able to get a good refrigeration time back on the deer, and that made me VERY nervous.
Just my luck. I have to deliver the cakes and it's raining, and the temperature dropped over 20 degrees from the day before. It was so cold that this wedding in the temp. controlled temp needed the HEAT on. The heat blew out right next to the cake table. Awesome. So, from the drive there, and the heat, the ears just gradually sagged down. I brought my tool kit with me to try and make repairs had anything happen, but nothing was saving them. It was like the holes in the RKT were just getting too big, and I could see little cracks starting elsewhere on the head from all the pulling. I finally made the decision to pull the ears off so they didn't fall off after I left, or worse, make the head break in part and collapse. I felt so bad. I delivered a cake with ears, and left with him not having any. The worst part of it was that since it was raining, many of the early comers were inside the tent (reception and wedding in the same location-- wedding was supposed to be outside). They watched the whole progression, and of course many had to come over and have a good look over at the deer when he first made it to the tent.
I feel disappointed, but at the same time, if I do another one of these I'll know what to do... drill the ears into the pvc the same way the antlers were, and build the RKT head around them. I worried about the cake for the entire day. Did it stay in one piece? Did the bride and groom hate it because it didn't have ears? Was I going to owe them a huge refund? I felt like I was going to be sick the whole day. Finally, I received a call from the bride. She loved the cake. She loved the deer. She was happy as could be, and didn't mention any problems with him staying together. I am so relieved that he made it through the event and they enjoyed him- sad he didn't have ears- but so glad I'll know how to fix it next time around. Pictures in the gallery.