Well this cake ended up being a doozy. This cake order had really high highs and unfortunately really low lows. All part of the learning process I guess. What do I mean by all that? Well, you will have to read to the end to find out! This was my second graduation cake in a week. After my finger mishap the week before that you can read about here, my mom agreed to come over and help again…thank goodness! Being down an index finger makes everything a little difficult.
This cake order was for a girl graduating from Lapel High School. She was a basketball and golf player. Mom wanted all of that incorporated so we decided that the cupcakes would represent the sports and the cake would be a graduation cake. The cupcakes were really fun to make. However, because of the detail, they took much longer than I had anticipated. I was thrilled to have Mom’s help. We had a blast baking and decorating. The basketball cupcakes were just chocolate cupcakes with a basketball design. The golf cupcakes were white cupcakes made into a golf hole. I did not come up with this design as it is in the Hello Cupcake book. But I had made it before and it came out just as great as ever.
The cake was a two tiered cake and graduation themed. I did some scrolling work on the bottom and and my mom worked on the L for the top of the cake. I was going to make a banner, but I found this super cute one in the Lapel colors at Michael’s…and there is no reason to mess with a good thing.
The final detail was to make a chocolate banner with the girls name on it. (Which I later found out was spelled wrong…but easy fix!)
The next morning I stacked everything up and put on the final touches. It was one of my better cakes thus far and I was really excited about it.
Black and Gold Graduation Cake – (Sim)fully Sweet
So now you are wondering where the lows are, what went wrong, what is she complaining about? Well my excitement quickly faded. I had plans to meet my co-worker to deliver the cake at a half way point. She lives near Anderson and I live in Avon….not close. I met her and her daughter on 86 street, about 40 minutes from my house. The delivery/hand off went great! She loved the cake and the cupcakes. I put it all in her daughters trunk, gave them extra icing in case anything went wrong, and said good luck. About an hour later I get a text from her asking how she can “fix” this…….
AHHHHHHHHHHHH. Yes, that is what I was thinking. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t know if it was the driving, the heat, the icing, or a combination but, whatever the reason, it all went horribly wrong. This had never happened to me. I felt super bad. Yes, it was passed off fine, but she is still my co-worker and she needed cake. So I ran up to Anderson to help mitigate the situation. Well when I got there, the top tier was completely shifted off the supports and partially off its cake board. So it had started to crush the cake below. There was no fixing that…at least in my cake knowledge base (which is not that big mind you). So the best I could come up with was separating the tiers, scraping off the icing that I could get off without further damaging the cakes, and try to put a new layer on. At this point, I knew I was not going to be happy with the result, but I had to try to do something for her so she could at least set out some cake. They did not look pretty and I was totally disappointed, but this is what they ended up looking like after an hour of “mitigating the situation”.
She at least had something to set out and they were hopefully going to be cut early into the party. I kept thinking to myself “Maybe the cupcakes will be a good distraction.” She was super sweet about the whole situation and in the end it still tasted good. So lesson learned, deliver my cakes to their final destination and stick to kid birthdays and smaller orders for a while!