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....