So as I mentioned earlier, I had two graduation cakes coming up back to back. This one is graduation number one. I had big plans, plenty of time, and my mom coming over to help and watch some of the techniques I had been learning. That was until I was separating two of my frozen layers with a bread knife when my hubby called to say he was on his way home. Phone + knife + distraction = disaster! I had the cakes nearly separated when I released my pressure a second too late and the long serrated knife shot out from between the layers getting my pointer finger….like bad. So after my mom took me to the emergency room for 3 hours to get stitched up, we were finally able to get started. THANKFULLY, no blood came near the cake. I would have cried.
Mom and sister to the rescue! They stayed and helped complete the cupcakes, clean up, and make icing while I worked on the cake. It is my best cake…NO! But given the time crunch and being down a digit, it was the best that was going to happen. The customer was happy (so she says…maybe out of pity) and that is all that matters. I had planned on taking more pictures, but their was no time for that! So here is a little rundown.
I had made the graduation hats and the cakes early. The hats are made of Reese cup minis and Hershey bars stuck together with a little chocolate.
We made the cupcakes day of. I don’t like freezing the cupcakes because of the condensation on the wrappers. So once they were cooled and iced, we topped each one with a hat and added a little buttercream tassel.
As for the cake, I had bigger plans. I was going to put a bulldog on top and paw prints on the side of the top layer. As you can see the top layer has a cracking spot (which drove me insane). I was trying to put the paw print on and it was not sticking. I was moving too slow with my 9 remaining digits and the buttercream had a little too much crusting to it. So I improvised. I put the paw on top and nixed the bulldog. It was late, I was already unhappy, and it was just going to have to do. I wish I could have gotten my buttercream to smooth back out on the side, but it wasn’t happening for me.
Lessons learned… 1) start design on back of cake in case you mess up! And of course, 2) be carefully with really sharp Cutco knives!