Cake, cake and more cake

The past week has been quite an adventure, to say the least. Last Tuesday I flew out to San Francisco for my best friend Nang’s wedding. In addition to fulfilling my bridesmaid duties, I was also in charge of making the cake.

I’ve never done a cake for a wedding before, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All she wanted though was 150 iced cupcakes and a small 6 inch fondant-covered cake for the top. Simple enough, right?

Just to be safe, I started baking as soon as I got to town on Tuesday. The wedding was on Friday but we had a whole day of bridesmaid stuff scheduled for Thursday, so that gave me two days beforehand to worry about cake.

By Tuesday evening, I was completely finished baking. It went by a lot faster than I had thought, making me very optimistic about the whole undertaking.

The next morning I got an early start on making my buttercream icing, assuming it would be another fast job. Boy was I wrong. It took me 6 hours to make 22 batches of icing - enough to fill an entire pot - and an extra hour to color it blue. By the end, my feet ached, my arms were killing me, and I was completely covered in powdered sugar.

Once the icing was made, I had to ice all the cupcakes. Another hour spent…

Then I added tiny little paper butterflies to each cupcake that Nang had made beforehand. She used a butterfly cutout, scrapbook paper and glued them to the tips of toothpicks. They looked awesome.

I finally finished the cupcakes around 7pm, and at this point all I had left was the top cake, which I was sure would only take an hour or so. Yeah, that didn’t happen either. I didn’t finish with the top til around midnight. At least the finished product was rewarding.

All in all, I spent 13 hours in the kitchen Wednesday and 7 the day before. I’ve never done so much baking in my life.

The next day, the groom graciously volunteered to taste-test, and thankfully they passed inspection.

It might’ve taken me 20 hours to make the wedding cake, but it was all worth it. Nang and Chris are worth it. And on the day of the wedding, it was quite a hit. I can’t say I’d do it again any time soon, but I’m glad I could help out my best friend on her special day.


Little Einsteins fondant cake

During Thanksgiving break, we decided to celebrate my niece’s 2nd birthday while the family was together. And of course, we needed a cake. So my sister asked me to bring all my cake supplies to Florida and teach her how to make a fondant cake for the big party.

Now normally I pretty much wing my cake designs. I randomly choose a color, use whatever shapes I have in cookie cutters, which aren’t many, and create my design around any tears I have in the fondant.

My sister, however, had much bigger plans - a little Einsteins cake with clouds, grass and flowers, the four main characters circling the cake, and cupcakes surrounding it topped with fondant-shaped rockets. Quite adventurous for her first cake!

So while other families were watching football and taking naps on Thanksgiving, we were elbow-deep in icing and fondant, which to me was more fun than anything else we could have done on the holidays. It was also nice to decorate a cake with someone else, especially my sister. I wish she lived closer so we could do this more often.

In the end, it was the hit of the party. The birthday girl and all her little friends loved it, which made it worth all the hard work.

As for my 101 List (#10 - Decorate 20 fondant cakes), only 16 more to go.