Oh, yeah. It is fun to show the mess ups.
I don’t have any pictures of the cakes in disaster mode. Cakes crumbling, frosting crumby, me sobbing. No, I just have the “piece it together after the disaster” photos. The cake pictures aren’t bad, just not what I had in my mind. So to me, they just aren’t good. (Wait to you see how I covered with the last cake mishap! Pretty clever, I’d say!)
The first bad cake came when it was my daughter’s birthday a few years ago. She wanted a princess castle cake. Sure, no problem. I researched it, looked at pictures online. I knew what I wanted to do. You should have seen the cake in my mind. Beautiful and creative. Didn’t happen. Oh, it didn’t happen. I baked the cake as usual, however, I didn’t know the rule about waiting a certain amount of time before turning the cake out on a cooling rack. I turned it too soon. The cake split in half. Okay, no problem. It is a castle cake. I have to cut pieces of it anyway, I will make it work. Next cake, same thing. Seeing a pattern here… By that time it was 8:00 at night, I was tired, hot and cranky. The party was the next day! I managed to piece together what I had, throw some imagination at it and pull off a fairly okay cake. When my precious child walked into the kitchen, she was thrilled! Made all the tears worth it.
The next cake that had me frustrated was the infamous train cake. Last year, child #3 wanted a train cake. I found a picture of a train cake in a library book. Looked easy enough. It was cupcakes. What could go wrong you ask? The icing, of course. I had a 3 month old at the time and a homecoming parade to go to. It probably didn’t help I was frazzled: four children which includes a baby and two older children who were so excited about the parade.
I don’t know if I forgot a step or if it was the humid weather but the frosting wouldn’t stick on the cupcakes. How does frosting NOT stick on a cake product?!? This frosting, did not. It fell off the cupcakes and it would not spread. (So wish I had known the secret to icing a cake back then.) Again, my child was happy but it was not as I had pictured it would be.
The last cake was for our daughter’s birthday last year. I didn’t even try to salvage that one. It was the same frosting recipe I had been using for years, yet it was a yellow-ish color this time. Not white. She wanted yet another Princess cake, so I needed a white frosting. It wasn’t white and you guessed it, the cake fell apart. I decided to let her have fun. I put what was left of the cake together and told her to decorate all she wanted. How do you think she liked that idea? I was a great mom in her eyes.
I was just trying to cover the mistakes.
Hey, whatever works. 🙂
The point in the cake failures is this:
- I learned from them. Each time I learned how to do something better. Whether what NOT to do to the cake or what NOT to do with the frosting, I learned. Sometimes you have to fail to improve.
- No matter what I or anybody else thought of the cakes, my children LOVED them. They were thrilled and happy with the results. I’ve said it before, it doesn’t take much to please a child. Just time, attention and devotion.
Do you have any cake failures you want to share with us?