Just throwing it out there. I'm having a problem with my brother's fiance and her cake she wants me to make. I am not a professional and only bake for fun, I am 23 and also have aspergers and sometime I have trouble communicating. After not being asked to do it but having her tell me she wants me to make it, I;m having trouble with the whole thing.
She want a cake made in buttercream to look like fondant and I know that there are recipes for crusting buttercream that you smooth down with a paper towel, that fine, but she doesn't want any shortening in it.
I have so far tried three different recipes, 2 with shortening and 1 with all butter, the shortening really seems to help the crust set up and smooth but the all butter has tasted the best. The all butter was very creamy and delicious but as hard as i tried it wouldn't harden enough to get as smooth as the others.
The other problem is I can't get her to talk to me more about it. She travels a lot for her job and when I do get to talk to her it's very difficult. Me and her seem to have this disconnect, she doesn't have any one picture or anything for me to look at, just a bunch of different looking cakes that I'm supposed to pull ideas from. The basic cake is a three layer round that looks like fondant but made of buttercream with nothing on the edges and nothing where the cakes meet, she wants a silhouette of tree going up the front in chocolate. I don't feel comfortable with my frosting skills to do it and have it look nice.
The wedding is a couple of months away and there is time, but I am afaid to tell her no. My mother and I feel that we could try and talk her into a cake that I could do easier and with a lot less stress. The problem with tis is that I don't want my mother to tell her for me and I want to sort it out myself but I just can't find the words.
I wonder if anybody can help with any of these problems. thanks