Just after the Glitter Guitar cake, it was time to get busy on one that another co-worker ordered. I was a little disappointed with this one because I had a vision on how I wanted it to look and I just couldn't quite translate that vision onto the cake. I learned a few lessons with this one: 1 - white fondant is very difficult to work with. Now, I mentioned before that I do wash my hands constantly while working with cakes but I still managed to get a finger print on this one. I was marking and placing dowels for support then picked up the top tier and set it on the bottom. Surprise! I had chocolate on my hands from the dowels and left a nice hand print on the side of the cake. I didn't have time to redo it to I wiped it off as best I could and explained that the cake wasn't dirty, it just had extra chocolate on it.
I was torn, because I wanted the cake to be perfect because it was for someone from work, but then again, I know that my co-workers were aware that this is a hobby and I'm not a professional by any means. I still ended up giving her a discount because it wasn't quite right.
The second lesson I learned, which I posted about earlier was refrigerating a fondant covered cake. I knew not to touch it because of the condensation, but learned that the fondant will stretch a little when it warms up if you have a nice big, heavy flower attached to it. I started to pull away from the cake some. So I don't know yet how I would have fixed the flower issue but next time, I will wait until the last minute to attach it.
This was a going away cake for Amber. The back side of it says "you will be missed." I enjoyed working with her, best of luck Amber in your future endeavors.
The third order I had was due the day after Amber's cake was due. It was for 4th of July cupcakes. Fortunately, I got to choose what kind. So to make things easier on me, I used the extra batter from Amber's cake to make white cupcakes and the left over raspberry buttercream to decorate them. Throw in some red and blue cupcake liners and I'm all set with a simple red, white and blue dessert. I added the little decorations on the top at the last minute to dress them up. They were originally star garland that I cut down and wrapped around treat sticks then stuck them in the cupcakes. Pretty AND scrumptious!