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Hello all!  I wanted to update on the cake I was writing about in the last post, I ended up starting over the next day and cramming all the work of the baking and decorating in one day.  I will start MUCH earlier next time!  I managed to get it all done but I was sure tired!

Nothing else were wrong (or funny) while baking the cake and cupcakes but I had a heck of a time with the fondant (at first).  I was planning on using regular store bought fondant just for the base and then using my own homemade marshmallow fondant for the actual design/details.  I decided this because the party was going to be held outside (pool party) and here in Florida it would be in the 90’s with high humidity and I have read that the marshmallow fondant does not hold up as well as regular.  So I get the fondant out and start kneading it to get it workable and adding color as it was white and it was just crumbling and not holding together.  I worked with it forever adding different things to try and save it!  It didn’t work; I threw it away and decided to take my chances with my homemade fondant.  So much easier to work with!  My frustration level went down a LOT!  I get the cake covered in my sky blue fondant flawlessly and make another batch to make all of the other colors I’d need and it went without a hitch.

By the time I got the cake all decorated I realized I was one bag of powdered sugar short (due to the extra fondant I had to make) and I couldn’t make the buttercream for the cupcakes.  That had to wait until the next morning after a trip to the store.  I wonder what the cashier thinks when I come through every day when I have a project (sometimes more than once) to buy only powdered sugar or butter in bulk!  I really should just buy more at once but that would just be too easy 😉

I made it to the party with everything finished and the birthday boy was super excited, that made all the work completely worth it!  The marshmallow fondant held up just fine in the heat and humidity and was a lot better tasting than the regular so that was a big win! 

Lesson learned, make the fondant several days in advance and make sure I have all of the ingredients to make the cake the day before decorating!  That would have lessened the time spent the day before the event and all of the stress that brought with it!

I’m happy with how everything came out and got a lot of compliments ❤

The cake is chocolate filled with Oreo pudding and buttercream and the cupcakes are a mix of chocolate and vanilla topped with buttercream.ImageImage

Comedy of errors!

I have a project for a birthday cake covered in fondant so I decided to start early to have plenty of time to decorate.  Sounds good right?  Well, I got out of work today around 8 pm and headed home, took care of my pets, changed into pj’s and then sat down to take care of a little bit of business online and before you know it it was after midnight!  I get distracted easily 😉

I don’t have to be in bed at any particular time so I wanted to start on my cake regardless of the time.  I head into the kitchen and start getting everything out that I need and realize I don’t have but a pinch of sugar!  Oh no!  I contemplated waiting until morning to go out and get more to bake the cake but decided to go ahead and get some now.  So I head over to the closest 24 hour drugstore and pick some up.

Good, now I’m ready!  So I start putting stuff together and when I got to the unsweetened cocoa powder for the chocolate cake I found that I only had 1/3 of what I needed.  Oh no again!  Why I didn’t check this before I went to the store I have no idea!  I did not want to head back out as now it’s around 1 am and I’d already been out so I start looking for alternatives.  I find some hot chocolate power…hmm…I know it’s not at all the same but I added some to the real unsweetened cocoa powder I have and dump it in.  Either it works or it doesn’t, we shall see!

Oh but that is not all, I also use a cup of hot coffee and when I got my Keurig going it started making funny sounds and nothing was coming out!  What?!  It’s not even that old!  I powered it off and back on and tried again, this time it is spitting out some liquid but also still making a weird noise.  I moved it a bit and more coffee started pouring out and I ended up with enough.  Whew.  Still worried about my little coffee making baby though 😦  So I pour the hot coffee into my measuring cup (back story, I dropped my usual measuring cup the other day and broke it) and it cracked all down the side.  Goodness, I guess I should have seen that coming but my last measuring cup could handle it just fine.  Managed to get the coffee into the mix and finished up the mixing.  Now on to pouring it into the pans, didn’t seem to be as much as usual but I got both pans filled and in the oven.

Obviously if this doesn’t turn out tasty I will made a new cake with the proper ingredients tomorrow and will just have to do everything in one day somehow!  I am excited to see what becomes of it!  And if I have to do it again tomorrow, I wish better luck upon it!  🙂