Good morning Cake Designs by Fran followers!
Today’s topic is about the title: IT’S JUST CAKE!!!
Well, quite to the contrary, it’s not JUST CAKE!!! If you’re still thinking that way, please stop. Go to the grocery store and buy a box of cake with a container of icing. Take it home and set the 2 items on your counter. Now, turn the box around and look at the ingredients you need to prepare it. Did you remember to buy eggs and oil? Oops! You may be taking another trip to the grocery store. I know, because I’ve made more then one trip to the grocery store when working on a cake, because I didn’t look to see if I had something I needed.
OK! You’re wanting to make a birthday cake, but not just any cake. Your plan is to make a fancy custom cake with piped borders and flowers. No! Wait! You didn’t want borders and flowers, but that does sound nice. So, did you purchase enough boxes of cake mix. If you’re going to make a fancy cake, you’ll either want it to be a sheet cake or a tiered cake. Do you know what a tiered cake is? Can you handle a sheet cake once the baking is done and it’s time to remove it from the pan to cool? Did you get a cake board or boards for your cake? You’ll also need a box or two(2) to store either a sheet or tiered cake. A tiered cake is a combination of 2 or more layers stacked one on top of the other. If you make a tier with more then 3 layers, you will need to add a cake board and dowels for support of additional layers.
Have you actually sat down and drawn out a design for your cake, calculated all the ingredients, purchased the pans, parchment paper, shortening, flour, extra cake boards and boxes, and dowels/straws? And probably a few things I have forgotten. Well, if not, you’ll need to draw a design and gather all the above-mentioned items and ingredients before you start. Then, of course, there’s the decorating, piping flowers and borders.
Also, you probably have a full time job, maybe a part time job, let’s say, 3 kids, baseball, football, soccer, or any number of sports and activities your family might be into. So, do you really have time to make a custom cake?
So, do you now understand that, IT’S NOT JUST CAKE!!!?
Having taken all the Wilton classes, some more then once, offered by my local Hobby Lobby, contracting a Wilton certified instructor, who also offered various classes of her own creation, which I have also taken, makes me uniquely qualified to make your custom cake. Classes like her Spring and Summer flowers, Wedding Cake design, Baby Shoes, Chocolate Roses, Cattleya Lily, Peony, Hibiscus, and the list goes on. Not to mention, the online Craftsy classes. Those I chose to purchase and watch, but also, those I purchased and watched because I had someone suggest a cake design that there was actually a class for, and then going in a totally different direction. I’m still waiting to make a hamburger cake if anyone is interested.
Then, there are all the tools, pans, and creative ideas I have for the design of your cake. Two metal shelving units, 2 cabinets with doors full of baking and decorating tools and supplies, a couple of re-purposed CD stands with model car cases I’ve used for displaying some of the flowers listed above, and other cake related creations in, and a good part of the 6 foot bar cabinet in the kitchen, filled with pans for baking and containers for icing, mostly re-purposed shortening containers. They are perfect for large amounts of icing.
Well? Is it JUST CAKE? Or is it the masterpiece that everyone says; “wait, let me take a picture before you cut it”, kind of cake? There’s not a cake I’ve delivered that everyone hasn’t gathered around with their smartphones taking pictures. Also, comments of “It’s too pretty to cut.” Even my Dentist came out and said about a cake I’d taken to them where I tried some new techniques, “It’s beautiful! Do you mind if we take some pictures of it and post it on our Facebook page?” Well, absolutely!
SO!!! NO!!! IT’S NOT JUST CAKE!!!
When a couple gets married, there are always pictures of the bride and groom with the cake. I know this because my previous creative endeavor was as a professional photographer and I photographed weddings. When you go to a wedding, what are you talking about afterwords? The dress and the wedding cake. And, on the brides photography list, ‘Get us with the wedding cake’.
The wedding cake or any other style cake is the centerpiece of the event. CUSTOM CAKES ARE NOT, JUST CAKE!!! They are works of art, central to your celebration.
My recipes are all scratch made, and created with a lot of trial and error. In other words, there were a lot of wasted ingredients. When an order is paid and an item is needed to complete that order, that’s not in my supplies, I will purchase it. I make my own fondant in 2 different versions, icing in about 5 or 6 different versions, but Gumpaste I still purchase, pre-made. I do have a recipe for that, but haven’t ventured to making it yet.
All cakes are custom; i.e., require time in planning, ingredients, mixing, baking, storage supplies like plastic wrap and zip bags, design elements requiring drying time, and creative thinking. So, contact me TODAY to work with you on the masterpiece creating details of the cake for your next event! You’ll be glad you did.
Thanks for reading my blog. I hope I’ve helped you to understand that a custom cake is not, JUST CAKE, but a masterpiece created by the mastermind behind all the tools, ingredients, recipes and baking necessities necessary to make it happen, leaving YOU to the handling of all other details of your event. Because CAKE HANDLED!!!
Have an awesome day! Fran, your cake decorating mastermind.