A cake decorating contest for average moms like me? SIGN ME UP!
So, armed with fondant/buttercream recipes, a bag of supplies from Michael's, 3 cake pans, and 2 cake mixes (plus a bunch of other "baking stuff"), I went to work. I baked the cakes on Tuesday and prepared the fondant/assembled the cake on Wednesday. My kitchen was a DISASTER by midnight Wednesday night, and the fondant was much harder to work with than the recipe led me to believe, but the cake turned out pretty nice in the end.
Here is the aftermath of my baking frenzy (I think I'll be finding powdered suger in nooks and crannies for years to come)...
...and here is my apron. I even found a powdered sugar footprint in the hallway.
I wasn't too thrilled with the yellowish buttercream next to the white fondant. I thought I had white shortening in the house, but all I had was the butter-flavored stuff. Erik tried to make me feel better by reminding me that gold was another patriotic color, but, although I appreciate his husbandly efforts, off-white is no gold. Oh well.
Thursday afternoon I rushed home from work and got everyone ready for the PTA program/contest. Erik dropped me off at the door to the school and I proudly carried my cake right up to the cake table.
Two cakes were already there.
And then a feeling of horror struck me.
It was a KIDS cake decorating contest.
Erik took a picture of the table while I took my red face as far away as I could get. Here are the three cakes all in a row.
1/2 way through the PTA program (and prior to the "judging"), Erik saved the day by sneaking to the table in the back, grabbing the cake, and whisking it off to the safety of our car. (Whew!) A couple of kids nearby were a little concerned, though. Erik overheard one say, "Hey! I think that guy is trying to steal one of the cakes!"
1. Don't assume anything. If there is anything non-specific on a flyer from school (go back up and look at it), ASK for clarification before spending two days making a cake.
2. Fondant is not my friend.
3. Buttercream IS my friend - it hides a multitude of fondant sins.
4. Don't assume anything, EVER.