My, oh my, was this cake ever a challenge! Honestly, I expected it to be easy, as it really was a simple design. However, when nothing goes according to plan, the simplest plan becomes so difficult!
The challenges started right from the very beginning. As I was mixing up the batter, I dropped the ramekin that was holding the eggs into the batter, while the mixer was on. I was using my turbo powered mixer, so you can imagine the scene in my kitchen with eggs, butter, and sugar flung about. It was on the walls, cabinets, floor, kitchen rug, and me! Fortunately, the ramekin remained in tact, so I didn’t have to start all over again, I just altered the recipe to accommodate the remains!
After the cake was mostly done, I took it out of the fridge to do a few touch ups. Much to my dismay, as the room temperature air hit the ganache (top layer) and the fondant, the fondant circles began to slide down the ganache. I had to take the circles off and replace them with much thinner rolled out fondant. Oh yes, not to mention that our A/C went out Friday night and was barely working, at best, by Saturday afternoon.
At the last-minute, and I mean literally 10 minutes before I needed to walk out the door, I realized that I forgot to put the writing on the cake board. I just really could not seem to get it together for this one! As much as I had trouble, though, I do think that my customer was happy with the result… which, of course, is my #1 goal.
The cake consists of a 10″ and 6″ layer. Both layers are marble cake with Oreo cream filling. The bottom layer is frosted with blue-tinted swiss merengue buttercream, while the 2nd tier is covered with ganache. All of the adornments are made of fondant, except the food-safe wires coming out of the top. The smash cake is also marble with buttercream frosting. Just click on the picture below to see additional detailed photos.
Megan also ordered a dozen mini bundt cakes. Here are they are waiting to be closed up and delivered to their new home.
And, finally, to top everything off, we had Steve’s family over for Father’s Day dinner on Sunday! We had a great time catching up and visiting with everyone. It was especially nice to see Aunt Kathy, who is in town from Georgia! Pictured below is our desert of mini lemon bundt cakes with fresh Michigan strawberries, topped with fresh whipped cream.
This strawberry delight is in a Lismore Waterford crystal bowl that was given to us as an early 5 year anniversary gift from Steve’s grand parents. It is really beautiful and I am excited to add this to our collection that we started when we got married. It is wonderful to have a Grandma with such fine taste. We thank you and will cherish it!
On deck: Jungle sports baby shower cake from today and a sweet 16 3-tiered zebra cake for next week!!