Blue and Ruffled – Second cake order!
Oh gosh, it’s been over a week since I lasted posted ! Guess that’s it for my last standing new years resolution which was to blog at least once per week. I’ve just been so busy this month that I haven’t have the time nor energy to write. Just so you get an idea of how tired I’ve been, when my mom offered me cake yesterday, I refused and went to bed instead. I just couldn’t keep my eyes open for the 5.6 seconds that it would take me to eat cake. Don’t worry though, I went straight to the fridge to eat 2 peoples worth of cake this morning.
So what have I been doing? I worked on a menu analysis for a resident at the care centre that I volunteer at. The dietician that I work with wanted me to change the current menu and basically create another one that is low in potassium. It was a lot harder to do than I had expected, I might need to re-evaluate my dream of being a dietician.
I also spent a lot of time planning for my second cake order!! After I posted photos of the last cake on my FB page, a friend asked me to make her birthday cake! I was SO excited! And I may have jumped the gun a bit because I already started to think about hiring a designer for my own bakery business website and I started thinking bout bakery names!
Yenno what sucks though? All the names that I have come up with are already taken! I wish that I was born 10 years earlier so I can have a larger pool of names to pick from. Here are some that I REALLY like : The Sweet Escape, Sweet Retreat, Whisk, and The Cakery.
Back to the cake! So originally my friend wanted something covered in fondant and decorated with sugar lace or a buttercream lace design. I have never tried anything that advanced before!! BUT, I said I’d give it a try anyway. I spent days and days creating a design and trying to find the easiest way to pipe lace. In the end though, we decided to play it safe and go with something simple: buttercream ruffles!
Her request for lace really sparked my interest in different cake decorating designs. I used to limit myself to buttercream, swiss meringue and chocolate decorations. Now I have a whole new area to explore: sugar lace, royal icing piping, cake stencils and gumpaste/fondant.
The final product was a marble cake with mocha buttercream, just like the one I did for my second blog anniversary. Then I covered the cake in fading blue ruffles. I was going for the messy ruffled look, but it ended up way too messy. Whoops. I wasn’t too happy with the final look because I felt like I could’ve done more and made a much better cake. Oh well, at least the colours turned out alright. And most importantly, the birthday girl enjoyed her cake!