Last week/weekend was a crazy, crazy time in this baker’s life! I started baking for the super secret surprise birthday on Wednesday. Mind you, this surprise was for a friend on facebook, who closely follows Cake Utopia. Ultimately meaning that I had to be Absolutely silent about mentioning anything related to this Surprise. That, in itself, was hard!
The baking went pretty well. I baked the 12″ chocolate on Wednesday night, the 16″ marble on Thursday night, and the 8″ yellow on Friday. I was really feeling tired by Friday, but I pushed on. I should mention here that my mom arrived from Frankenmuth on Friday, and she was a Huge help. She actually came for our fall family party on Sunday (which I will get to in a minute – of course additional cake is involved). Anyway, mom was a huge help in keeping my kitchen clean and the dishes and utensils washed.
The frosting was fairly “smooth” as well. Though, I did have to make a last minute frosting batch late Friday night.
To put things in perspective, I purchased (and used) 4 dozen eggs for the cake and frosting. That is a lot of eggs!!
By Saturday morning, all of the cakes were frosted, and I just needed to put together the decor. Bob’s daughter had requested that the cake be colors similar to the invitation and “something fun”. Fortunately, the cake matched all of the decorations perfectly. I cut out probably 100 or more fondant stars of all shapes an colors. Rolling, cutting, coloring, glazing, dusting, rolling, cutting fondant is rather time consuming, but well worth the time!
Man was I nervous when Steve (my husband) drove the cake to the party. I asked Steve to come along to carry the bottom layer in, as it sat on a 20″ glass table top and probably weighed 50 pounds (glass and cake combined). I breathed a huge sigh of relief as we jetted away from the venue after a successful delivery!
We did actually attend the party later in the evening. The guest of honor, Bob Foster, absolutely adored the cake and even managed to embarass me in front of 120 of his friends and family! Click on the picture below to see more photos of this masterpiece!
Bob’s party was really just the beginning of the weekend. Each year, I host a fall party for my mom’s side of the family. There were 9 of us all together, including my mom, my cousin, her kids, my brother, and my aunt and uncle. We all had a great time and ate this beauty for dessert:
This cake is pumpkin molasses drizzled with caramel frosting and adorned with caramel cut-out leaves and acorns. Click on the picture to see additional photos.
During the party, the kids frosted pumpkin cupcakes (that I made last weekend). They had a great time and did a great job. I was especially happy wih the bright, fun, Halloween colors! Click on the picture below to see more photos of our beautiful work!
All in all, it was a crazy busy weekend, but a great time!
This weekend I am working on pre-baking some wedding cake cakes, and then, of course, the big day is quickly approaching. Less than 2 weeks remain!