Saturday I was setting up a cupcake wedding and got a phone call from a venue where I have a wedding in 2 weeks, and I thought it was a confirmation of delivery times, or something, but it was the catering manager asking about a cake for that day. Specifically, could I whip one up for that night at 7? Seeing as it was 2:10, there was NO WAY, and told her so. She said that the "cake decorator" dropped off the cake, and that she hadn't seen it, but the bride was in literal tears, and said it was ugly and crooked and you could see cake through the icing, was there anything at all I could do, since I am local?
I was so torn, since I am so dang nice, and a people pleaser, but I wanted to just say no, but I told her I would swing by on the way home, and "see what I could do, if anything". So when I get there, the original decorator is there, with a cup of water and a butter knife, trying to "smooth" the icing It looked like unholy hell. It was leaning, wobbly, and short and squatty, the technique was monkey iced with scrolls, and really looked horrible!! I was about to just say sorry Charlie, go hit Sam's Club for Cupcakes and get a stand at Micheal's, and the florist comes in with these giant roses to see if I can hide the mess somehow, and the MOB comes in with red eyes, and mascara smeared on her shoulder, in a big wet spot, and my heart melted.
So, I pulled the cake apart, the hotel gave me some trays to put it on, and I went back to my shop, scraped all the icing off, pulled the layers apart, put icing in the middles (it was just a smear to stick them together) of the layers, leveled them with my Agbay, re-iced, stacked and decorated and sprayed it like the original inspiration the florist emailed me, and brought it back to put the roses on it. I charged $150 for it, and it took about 2 1/2 hours from pic-up to delivery, and about a half a batch of icing. It was an 6. 8, and 10.
I kept thinking, "I have no idea if this cake is good, and I don't want to be associated with this!! WHAT AM I DOING???" But the catering manager called me today with payment and told me she put me at the top of her preferred vendor list.
I'll add pictures once my husband puts them on my computer!