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Late night cake ANXIETY--- Please help me

post #1 of 23
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Background: I have delivered hundreds of wedding cakes with out a hitch in a very dry cool climate where I went to culinary school and was mentored and taught cake decorating and the business. 

 

I moved to a VERY humid and hot state where I had my first summer wedding delivery today. The humidity was 97% today with a 40% chance of thunderstorms at 76 degrees at an outdoor venue. 

 

This cake was 5 tiers, fondant covered with buttercream under and in each layer. 4x4, 4x6, 4x8, 4x10, 4x12. I assembled the 8, 10 and 12" tiers together and the top two together for delivery and then finished assembling on site. 

 

I am having so much anxiety about this because I have never had to contend with this much heat and moisture before when decorating and delivering. 

 

I pulled the cake out of the cooler this morning to finish decorating and then it started to sweat. I had two fans on it and then wheeled it in to an air conditioned, isolated room until delivery (about 3 hours). I delivered the cake at 2:00pm and the ceremony was at 3:00 with dinner service starting at 5:00pm. 

 

It was dry when I delivered it but it had been sweating so it wasn't perfect, I had lots of people complimenting it as I was setting up but it was just so humid and wet today that I am so worried about it. 

 

I always use straws as support- the amount is based on the size of the tier it is supporting. For example at 10" cake gets 10 straws stuck in to the 12" tier. 

 

I am 5 months pregnant and I wasn't going to take any orders moving forward but I ended up agreeing to do this for one of my employees friends. Lots of discounts, no contact- you know, all of the worst things that I could have done to not protect myself. 

 

I am second guessing myself on everything. I always deliver a cold cake so it can come to temp during the ceremony and be ready for cake service but since I delivered it at room temp in terrible conditions I am just sick with worry. 

 

What am I responsible for in this case? I felt good about it as I left it but I am not confident that straws and warm buttercream were enough to combat the humidity. 

 

I can't sleep. This has been such a humbling experience for me. Reaching for anything....

 

Thanks. 

post #2 of 23
Thread Starter 

I have been researching SPS. I think that is something I will start doing if I can build my confidence back up enough to tackle another Midwestern summer outdoor wedding. But if anyone has any other advice for me moving forward or how I could have done this better I would be so thankful. 

 

I just feel awful and am looking for a friend in cake. :-(

post #3 of 23

As awful as an experience as this was for you, take a deep breath and relax, it was just a cake. I know you don't want to disappoint anybody and your personal credibility has been challenged by this experience, but it is still just a cake.

 

I'm in Australia so understand what you mean about the heat and humidity. You now have the opportunity to learn a whole lot of new skills around learning how to bake and create in heat, and as you now realise there is a whole new skill set for you to get your teeth into.

 

Congratulations on your pregnancy, your baby needs you to take a deep breath and when you can, have a good laugh and realise it was just a cake.

post #4 of 23
I'm in South Carolina. We are below sea level & always humid.

I'm sure the cake was fine.

I will say I have heard horror stories about heat & only dowels. I seriously highly recommend SPS. It's also important to pick a fondant that does well in heat.

I personally stock dry ice on the car around the cake to help keep it a bit cooler during transport.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #5 of 23

I am sure everything went well with your cake!!! We are always our worst critic because we see every little mistake but normally others think it is beautiful!! Worry not and just try to calm down. Hang in there and let us know how the outcome was. Probably nothing to worry about!!! Congratulations on the baby!!! my daughter will be having a baby girl in August!!!

 

Delicious deserts, where are you at in SC? I am in Charleston, SC. I hope to move one day closer to the Mountains where the weather would be not as humid!!!

 

Mary

post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thank you for all your support. I needed it. 

 

The bride ended up emailing me this morning saying that everything went great and she thought it was delicious. 

 

I'm just glad she didn't know how "at risk" her cake was with just minimal support. 

 

I am the Executive Pastry Chef at a hotel and I took this job to take a break from "wedding cake season" stress and just bake and design for awhile. I have to say a part of me misses it (you have to be a little crazy to put yourself through this, right?!) but I think I'll stick to party cakes for now- at least until I feel like I have developed my hot and humid skill set a little more. 

 

You're right, I have a TON to learn about dealing with cake in this humidity. I think I am an SPS girl now for sure. I'll just have to order some and play with it before I make any major commitments. How humbling!

 

Do you guys ever take any continuing education classes or go to any of the cake, sugar, chocolate shows and find that you are learning new tools of the trade?  YouTube and here seems to be the best source for learning that can translate to real life. 

 

Anyway, thank you again for your help and support. I'm so glad that this community of cakers exists for these momentary melt downs! 

 

Best to you and yours. 

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by remnant3333 View Post

Delicious deserts, where are you at in SC? I am in Charleston, SC. I hope to move one day closer to the Mountains where the weather would be not as humid!!!

Mary

Mary, I'm in Charleston! Well, I'm really where N. Charleston, Goose Creek, & Hanahan meet. What a small world!

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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post #8 of 23
All the time! Our industry is, by nature, very creative so there are always new techniques to learn.

Between my little business & my 2 year old I don't get enough time. I like that crafty is so convenient.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
Reply

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

Oh! I forgot to mention that I use (and love) Satin Ice fondant. Good for heat and humidity or should I try to investigate some other brands? 

post #10 of 23

I haven't used it, but Massa Ticino Tropic is supposed to be the best fondant for high heat and humidity.  You could try that during the summer months.

 

Liz
 

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post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 

Even the name sounds like it would be great in the heat an humidity. Thanks, I will for sure try it out. 

 

I feel so much better. I can figure this out, I just need to change my game plan. 

 

Turns out all is not lost and my career is not over... :-) Maybe a late night overreaction. Hormonal fun! 

post #12 of 23

I am also in Charleston. birthday.gif

post #13 of 23

I just purchased my first batch of Carma Massa.  I must say I do really like the workability.  I also really like that it is white white.  Sadly, I don't like the taste.  I'm a big Fondarific fan.  I put some of each on a plate and asked my husband to taste.  Hands down, Fondarific...so much so that he told me to get rid of the Carma.  

 

Krypto, You too?!  Awesome!

 

Are either of you members of the SC ICES Chapter?

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
Reply

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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post #14 of 23
Where can you order the carma massa from?
post #15 of 23
I ordered it from Fondant Source. It is also available on the Weinbecklers site.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
Reply

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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