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post #1 of 35
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I agreed to do a cake for a friend's birthday. What a disaster! I had to struggle to finish it today, because I was told it was for Tuesday when it was for Monday. I worked on it for hours and my other half finally came and helped me finish it, otherwise I would have never got done. My whipped icing wouldn't stabilize. Then my border slid down the side. Couldn't get it as smooth as I wanted because of the milk leaking out (Tres Leches Cake).

I did the best I could, all things considering, but, I'm still disappointed in how it turned out.

It makes me wonder if I'm actually cut out for this or if it's just lack of experience and I'll get better with time.

How do you tell if you're cut out to do this?
post #2 of 35

You are cut out for it when you SEE the mistakes you made, and are unsatisfied by them, and learn from them, and do better the next time :-)

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post #3 of 35
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My ocd is getting the best of me. I'm debating whether I should even send the cake. Or go to the store as soon as they open and remake the cake? Tell them I couldn't do it and hope they have time to get another one? Send them the cake and money to buy another one? Not sure if they're having it at a family type event where the ugliness won't matter much or if it'll ruin the day. icon_sad.gif
post #4 of 35

Let me see the cake ;-)

 

And you don't have to remake it, you could just scrape it, and re-ice, and decorate.

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post #5 of 35
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Thanks Anna. icon_smile.gif Here it is:

The foil managed to make the writing smudge even worse. :/
post #6 of 35
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Downside is it needs to be finished by 5am or I'll have to take the hour trip to deliver it myself. icon_sad.gif The stores don't open until later than that. Not sure what to do.
post #7 of 35

What are they expecting? I will say it certainly isn't professional, but you are not a professional. I assume it tastes amazing?

 

You need either a plastic or metal scraper to smooth this, I assume you don't have one, so a scrubbed and sanitized plastic card of some sort would work. Or a nice rustic pattern would help, since you are having trouble smoothing. Get rid of the writing. Seriously. It is not helping. It would be better left off. If they need writing, they can do it themselves. They can add some silk flowers, or plastic picks from a party store to fancy it up.

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post #8 of 35

Maybe swirl the writing around on the surface, to make a nice fluffy looking pattern? Click this link to get an idea of a nice rustic pattern. 

 

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=rustic+icing&qpvt=rustic+icing&FORM=IGRE

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post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

What are they expecting? I will say it certainly isn't professional, but you are not a professional. I assume it tastes amazing?

You need either a plastic or metal scraper to smooth this, I assume you don't have one, so a scrubbed and sanitized plastic card of some sort would work. Or a nice rustic pattern would help, since you are having trouble smoothing. Get rid of the writing. Seriously. It is not helping. It would be better left off. If they need writing, they can do it themselves. They can add some silk flowers, or plastic picks from a party store to fancy it up.

The cakes they've had before were tres leches with a simple white frosting. Tasted great, but not really decorated. The writing and color were what they wanted. Needs to be pink and have writing were their only requirements. We did the best we could on the writing, but it still looks awful. I think it would look a little better if I could just ditch the writing, but then they'll be disappointed by that
post #10 of 35

Can you send a picture, and ask for their approval? Do you have a decorating tip, and some food color? You could re-write it using a small decorating tip, and cursive writing. It is easier to pipe cursive, since you don't have to stop and start as often, and do it MUCH smaller, that is easier as well.

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post #11 of 35

That is gel, right? I mean to use icing for the writing. If you don't have a decorator bag, you can use a sandwich bag with the tiniest corner cut off, or a paper cone, with just the tip cut off. PRACTICE on a clean cookie sheet, or plate, and scrape it off to use again.

 

Here is how to fold a cone. Video after a short ad. http://cake-decorating.wonderhowto.com/how-to/fold-a-parchment-cone-for-decorating-cakes-356896/

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post #12 of 35
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It's gel. I've got bags and tips, I just can't get the whipped icing stabilized enough to pipe with (those pics were taken after I scraped the awful border off).

My plan was to do something like this in pink: (not my pic, it was posted in a thread years ago on here. sorry. :/) with one of those skewer type banners saying "Feliz cumpleanos". That way they could have their "writing" without my awful handwriting. Then they said they wanted it a day early and my whipped cream wouldn't stabilize. icon_sad.gif

I've decided not to send it. I'm going to try to fix it and make the extra trip to take it myself.
post #13 of 35

Annabakescakes has given you some great ideas. I would also try to mop up some of the milk that has leaked with paper towels. Then add a simple shell border to the bottom to cover up and fill that empty space. I agree on trying to re write the message and make it smaller. Do you know how to make simple flowers? You could add some to the corners.

Try to use less milk next time so it won't leak as much.

Good Luck!

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post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by doramoreno62 View Post

Annabakescakes has given you some great ideas. I would also try to mop up some of the milk that has leaked with paper towels. Then add a simple shell border to the bottom to cover up and fill that empty space. I agree on trying to re write the message and make it smaller. Do you know how to make simple flowers? You could add some to the corners.
Try to use less milk next time so it won't leak as much.
Good Luck!

Thanks so much to both of you. I can do simple flowers and stuff, but with this whipped cream icing , I can't get anything piped. I've tried multiple recipes that are supposed to stabilize it and nothing has helped
post #15 of 35

Here is an article on 6 different ways to stabilize whipped cream, maybe it will help

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Stabilize-Whipped-Cream

 

What about making some buttercream roses? Do you have ingredients to make BC?

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