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GRRRRR!!! Long vent!

post #1 of 12
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My brother sent me a text last week asking if I would make a cake for my nephew. I said sure, when would you like it? He sent a text back saying "One week from today". No problem. So all week I've been making the fondant decorations for it, last night cut out 100 fondant squares to cover the cake board, made the butter cream and fondant, and made and baked the cakes. I take care of my Mom on Thursday's, so before I left here I crumb-coated the cake and slipped it into the fridge to set up while I was gone.

While at my Mom's, I tell her and my step-dad that when I get home from their place that I have to finish my nephew's cake, and a smaller birthday I decided to make for my brother as his birthday is coming up as well and thought I could have both cakes ready for pick-up tomorrow. Ahhhh....nope. My step-dad tells me that he thinks it's next week they're having the get together for my nephew's birthday (this is when my brother and his partner are meeting my nephew's girlfriend's parents for the first time). My heart about dropped thinking of a cake sitting in my fridge patiently waiting for me to come home to cover it in fondant.

So my step-dad calls my brother to confirm. No answer. As he's calling, I double check my text message to see if maybe I got the date wrong. Nope. I'm right. Then my step-dad calls my brother's partner to confirm the date. While he's talking to him, I heard my step-dad telling him I got the date wrong! I tell him NO...my brother got the date wrong. Again, my heart sunk. I'm sitting there thinking a cake to feed at least 30 is going to go to waste, that, or my husband and I are going to be eating cake morning, noon, and night. Then I realize I do have another cake due on Saturday. I can use this cake after all since the flavors are going to be the same...just the shape is different. The one I made my brother is round, the one for Saturday was going to be square.

Since the lady that ordered Saturday's cake just asked that it had a baseball theme, I can still use it, it just doesn't fit into my design! Now back to the drawing board to make her cake work with decorations I made for the square, and (smaller cake)! Plus, she'll be getting about double the cake she ordered!! Surprise lady!!! She's a friend, so I'll just explain it to her why she's getting so much more cake! Her son is 7...I'm sure he'll be fine with eating cake all week! Better him than me! All in all, it worked itself out. Just really frustrating!

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post #2 of 12
Why don't you just freeze the round cake for next week if you've got space in your freezer? That would save you from having to redo the design for your baseball cake for this Saturday. Lots of people on here freeze cakes all the time with no issues and I've done it a couple times myself. Tested it on my family and they couldn't tell the difference and neither could I.

Btw, I peeked at your gallery and your cakes are great! I especially liked your 'Frogs on a Lily Pad' cake icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 12
Sounds like he told you the wrong date in the first place (or changed it and didn't tell you) so I wouldn't feel bad at all freezing it for a week. You will be out less heartache and product in the long run if you just give each person the cake they were originally expecting.

Sorry this happened to you - so frustrating!
post #4 of 12
Yeah, I would wrap that cake up in cling wrap and freeze it until you need it. It will still taste freshly baked.
post #5 of 12
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I thought of freezing it, but wondered how fresh it would be a week later. However, after reading your comments, I decided to do it! I just wrapped the hell out of it with cling wrap, then foil!! My question is this (since I never freeze cakes)...when would I take it out to decorate? They need it this coming Saturday. It's already crumb coated, but will be covered in fondant when I start decorating. Should I take it out Thursday to give it time to thaw? I want to thank you all so much for your help! I feel so much better right now!
post #6 of 12
If you're decorating Friday, take it out Thursday nite and leave to thaw with the wrapping ON.

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post #7 of 12
ditto
post #8 of 12
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Again, thank you so much! I can't tell you how much better I feel! icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CreativeCakesbyMichelle

Why don't you just freeze the round cake for next week if you've got space in your freezer? That would save you from having to redo the design for your baseball cake for this Saturday. Lots of people on here freeze cakes all the time with no issues and I've done it a couple times myself. Tested it on my family and they couldn't tell the difference and neither could I.

Btw, I peeked at your gallery and your cakes are great! I especially liked your 'Frogs on a Lily Pad' cake icon_smile.gif




Thank you! Very much appreciated!
post #10 of 12
Oh definately freeze that cake and don't give it a 2nd thought. Fzn cakes will be just as fresh, tasty, and moist as they were the day they were bakes.....if fact, they can be even more moist after fzing.
As was said, take it out the night before you want to work on it and leave it wrapped up until you are ready to start on it. Some of the curmbcoat might stick to the plastic but don't worry, just run your spatula over the icing to smooth it and everythign will be fine.
post #11 of 12
I don't think people who don't make cakes remotely understand how frustrating a mishap like that could be. Even though things worked out, just the mental frustration is a lot to deal with. I'm very new to cake decorating so I still live in complete stress when making a cake but I absolutely love it and wouldn't change a thing. I always freeze my cakes and give it about 8-10 hours to thaw in the fridge and they come out so moist!!
post #12 of 12
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We were eating dinner when we were talking about the cake, and I lost my appetite! I'm not sure about anyone else, but once I get into the cake decorating "mode", it's hard to put the breaks on! I guess it's a good thing I go to my Mom's on Thursday nights, because if I didn't have to stop working on the cake and go over there, the whole thing would have been decorated and ready to go.

My brother did text me several apologies, and said next time it's a conversation that needs to be done on the phone and not by text. Yep...agreed!
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