I think I mentioned that I decided to take up baking. Did I happen to mention that I actually took a 4 week class through the local Jo-Anne Fabrics only a few short months ago and now my sister who is planning her wedding for this October has asked me to make her a cake? How could I say no? This means a lot of cake baking and practicing until the big day…9 months and counting!
I decided that a birthday cake for a friend/co-worker would not only be a nice gesture (and totally count as her present) but a practical way to hone my skills, such as they are. Well, I had planned on trying an easy version of Randi’s wedding cake (fondant with birds of some sort), but a request was put in for a cake in the shape of the number “40.”
Unfortunately, I didn’t get home from work until almost 7:00 and had to make the cake and decorate it before bed. I got it done in just under 3 hours…but it wasn’t pretty. The buttercream frosting got as warm as I did and began to actually slide down the cake – on top of my still not being able to correctly frost a cake without getting crumbs in the frosting. So, in order to cover up the black crumbs in my white frosting, I had to add LOTS o’ pink and green.
This cake looked much different than the cake I made a couple weeks ago for my mom’s birthday. For this one, I made a marshmallow fondant from scratch and tried a few new techniques. I definitely need to keep practicing…though it is infinitely better than the pink and green “40th” cake!