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Thankful Thursday #93: the cake didn’t explode

So did any of you realize that the cake in yesterday’s wedding photos was the cake I said I was making on Thanksgiving? Oh yes it is!  It survived the 1 1/2 hour journey and did not explode, implode, topple over, get dropped, get smashed, get stepped on, sat on, or even sneezed on.  It was perfect.  Well, as close to perfect as I’ll ever get a cake.  Thank the Lord above for small miracles!  Or perhaps in my case, it was a miracle of epic proportions.

This was my first wedding cake:

And this was my first wedding cake done for a couple I did not know, so the stress factor and importance factor was even higher (they did not have love for me to help with forgiveness,  lol):

Notice the water on the box? Yeah, it was raining. I hope it’s true that the more goes wrong on your wedding day, the smoother your marriage, because if so, this couple must be the happiest couple on Earth!  They certainly deserve it.

And here’s the sad little dummy cake (made out of styrofoam) I made in a hurry to replace the cake I ruined…and then proceeded to drop and ruin it as well.  It was a bad. day.

So yeah, it’s a pretty big deal that the only snafu I ran into with this cake was that the top tier suffered from icing budge (when the air inside a refrigerated cake expands as it comes to room temperature and causes a bulge and/or eruption in the frosting). I even put a dowel rod in the top tier to keep the budge from happening but should have removed it to allow more air to circulate during the trip, but even so, this was a small problem and I just pressed the frosting back into place with a spatula and it was good as new.

I was so happy you guys!  The bride was happy, the groom was happy, and we all lived happily ever after.

Until the cake slid off the table.  ;)  The end.

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. Your cake is beautiful Veronica!! I just finished taking the wilton fondant class and have been working on my cake skills. There is no way I am up to making a wedding cake though!!

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    • You could do it! I haven’t even taken that class (just the first two) so believe me, you don’t need training for a wedding cake, just determination and a LOT of patience. lol

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  2. Ohmygoodness Girl! That cake is GAWGEOUS!! I can’t imagine having to take it on such a long ride to get there too. How lovely! Great big giant steps forward for you! =)

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  3. Whew – You did a fabulous job :-)

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  4. I must admit, it is a huge consolation to see your less gorgeous cake attempts. It means there is hope for me after all. ^^

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  5. you know, i thought that might have been the cake you had talked about but i wasn’t sure so i didn’t say anything. haha. great job- it is so beautiful, and is a good reminder that wedding cakes are hard work and worth every penny!

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    • I’m so sneaky, I just snuck it in there all casual like to see if anyone would catch it. Only Suzie was brave enough to say she thought it was. :) You’re so right, people complain about the cost without considering how much work goes into them. It is insane!

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  6. Your cake is so beautiful! What a great job!!

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  7. It looks beautiful! I would never have the patience to do that…lol! Plus, traveling with it, I’d be a basket case by the time I arrived. Awesome job V!

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    • So funny, I was drafting a post (which I may or may not share, it might just be too boring) that listed everything you needed to make a wedding cake and number one? Patience with a capital P. I was very nervous when we arrived and Dennis popped the trunk, I has almost cerain the small cake had toppled over since it’s so small and light and didn’t have enough weight to keep it from moving around but nope, it was fine except for the budge! Thank you Suze!

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  8. That cake is the epitome of beautiful my friend – I officially invite you to my future wedding ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. The cake is stunning and I bet it was absolutely delicious!!

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  10. Oh my gosh, yay! So glad to see this cake worked out. It looks fantastic. I have been trying to be more thankful in my daily life, but man, I am not ready to take on making a wedding cake. I’m sure that would lead to many disasters and would severely cramp my thankfulness plan :)

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    • That made me LOL! It is def a labor of love and takes lots of patience. Every time I do one I say “never again” but once I’m done and everyone is so happy, it’s almost like having a baby, I totally forget the pain and am ready to make another. :)

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  11. Budge or not, this is a top notch cake of super model quality—-you weren’t kidding about being busy for Thanksgiving!! I wish I could’ve been there to have a taste =)

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  13. You should be PROUD of yourself! The cake looks spectacular!

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