I had the honour of making a close friends' 30th birthday cake. She requested an "Alice in Wonderland" Rosebush. I was curious about how I would do this, so it was a challenge I wanted to take on.
Needless to say I learned some lessons from this one.
The first thing was baking a LOT of cake. I think this was 7 layers of cake all stacked together. I needed to carve this into a somewhat bushy looking cake, so I froze the layers so it would be easier to carve.
Mistake #1 - 7 layers of cake, iced frozen.... no supports in it. Dummy
Next was the tedious process of piping all of the leaves on it.
Lots and lots of leaves..
Finally a completed Bush.
Mistake #2 - Failing to notice the cake was already leaning to one side
I went to bed that night wanting to wait until morning to attach the flowers to the cake, rather than letting the buttercream moisten up my royal icing flowers. So I hit the sheets and promptly ignored the warning signs..
Mistake #3 - Stupid Stupid Stupid...
This was what I woke up to the next morning...
Hmm... that ain't right.
It was a good thing I have a decent sense of humour and because this was for a friend, and not a client, it was easier to laugh off this horrible monstrosity.
I quickly realized the error in not putting supports in my cake and cursed myself for the rest of the morning. But I still had to fix this as best I could. Using my (clean) hands, I pushed the cake back up into an upright position. This of course meant I had chunks of icing come off the cake and it required a repair job.
Mistake #4 - Stupidly STILL not realizing I should have added supports through the cake at this point. Even a few dowels here would have at least kept it upright... But Noooooooooo..... Im not so S-M-R-T.
Another icing job taken place and the final decorations attached.
This would be the one and only time it looked "sort of straight"
By the time I got to my friend's house, who is only 6 minutes away, it looked like this:
Thankfully I have good friends. She still thought it was the best thing she ever saw, everyone at the party thought it was great and most didnt even notice the horrible leaning it had..(Were they drunk???)
I was able to laugh it off, and put this in my box of fails, which thankfully, is very small. I learned a ton about supporting my cakes by doing this, so at least it wasn't a total fail..