Sunday, September 26, 2010

Daniel's Cake


My friend wanted all her husband's favourite things to be incorporated in the cake and wanted them in 3D. I was quite happy with the cake until delivery time. Because the cake structure for the golf bag wasn't strong enough, and while carrying down the stairs and in the car, the structure moved and caused the bottom tier of the cake to crack and break...so the entire cake sank 3 inches to the bottom. Thank God that the fondant didn't crack that badly and i was able to patch up a bit. But the cake ended up looking like saggy old bag with a heavy bottom. I was sooo upset and disappointed with myself for not going with my instincts that the structure wasn't strong enough.  I told my husband 5 times that I think the rod isn't strong enough but he kept saying it is OK and reassured me that it will be alright. True enough, my worse fears happened right before my eyes, the cake cracked and moved.. my heart sank  and i almost cried.

My friend was very nice about it and comforted me and she just called to tell me that nobody at the party noticed the golfbag cake sagged until she mentioned it. But honestly, I'm still feeling quite lousy about it.  My heart ached further when I saw the after party photo of the sagging cake and tilting to one side.  I think I'll need some time to recover.. 

Everything is made with edible material. The golf bag, notebook, and keyboard all are made of cake, sushi is made with cakeballs, xrays are handpainted gelatine sheets and the rest of the stuff made with gumpaste and RKT.

Side View of the cake

details of the cake

details of the caviar, bellini with caviar, sushi

details of the sugar rose, golf clubs


Lesson learnt:  Trust my own instinct and always insist on a stronger structure when everyone else say otherwise...cos only I know how my cake is going to turn out... I think I should learn how to do carpentry work too instead of relying on others.... lol!

I planned to bake this week's HCB cake but i think now i'm too sad & disappointed to want to bake anything after my golfbag cake sank... 




33 comments:

Vicki on September 26, 2010 at 12:54 AM said...

Faithy, I am truly in awe and stunned. Spectacular doesn't even
come close to describing this cake.
It is always maddening to go against one's own instincts but now you know. And honestly, I think one little bit of saggy golf bag is nothing compared to the rest of this cake. I'm sure they would have rather had this magnificent creation than a bakery cake.

cccris on September 26, 2010 at 1:01 AM said...

incredible cake. i lok at it and i try to figure how you did it. So much things, so good job. BRAVO!

Angie's Recipes on September 26, 2010 at 2:15 AM said...

What a stunning piece of artwork!

Sarah on September 26, 2010 at 2:27 AM said...

What an amazing cake. I can´t figure out how you did everything on it. Really good work!

Jenn on September 26, 2010 at 4:08 AM said...

'Faithy, that is an amazing number of details! Do you draw the cake out on a piece of paper before you create them? It's awesome that you manage to incorporate everything and they all fit with each other! I understand it must be devastating that the cake sank, but you truly did a great job, and I'm sure your friend appreciates it a lot.
Btw, how did you make the music note details? Do you draw it with edible pen?

Haniela on September 26, 2010 at 4:53 AM said...

Girl, you rock, this is amazing. I can't believe what you have done here.
you should be really proud of your work.
I'm sorry for the little accident, I'm sure everyone loved and it made it to the talk of the evening for sure.
Really I'm giving you a big WOW!!

Barbara Bakes on September 26, 2010 at 7:50 AM said...

Wow - this looks so amazing. I'm sure everyone was in awe even if the bag wasn't perfect. But I'm sure it would bug me alittle bit too if I knew it was perfect.

Dhanya Ganesh on September 26, 2010 at 9:43 AM said...

Awesome cake faith.You are very talented.Work looks clean and pretty cool...

faithy, the baker on September 26, 2010 at 8:20 PM said...

Thank you Vicki, Cris, Sarah, Jenn, Haniela, Barbara & Dhanya for your kind and comforting words! I'm feeling much better already..and so ready for next cake..hahaha

@Jenn: I do a rough sketch first so i know how to work on the structure of the cake..but i don't really draw out anything cos my drawing sucks big time..hahaha.. nobody can decipher what i draw out except me! hahaha ..So the idea and picture is in my mind but i just can't print out only..LOL! Yes, i drew the musical notes with edible food markers. :)

Andrea on September 26, 2010 at 9:09 PM said...

The cake looks absolutely amazing! I really have to look at the pictures very closely to see what's wrong with it.

jkcurtis on September 27, 2010 at 2:17 AM said...

Wow -- this is awesome! I had to make a computer cake last weekend and thought that was a lot of work. Then I see that your computer cake is only one small piece of your entire project. You should feel proud of how great it turned out. Your friends are very lucky to have you.

Caroline's Cake Company on September 27, 2010 at 2:59 AM said...

This cake is amazing! Try not to be too upset about the sagging (easy enough to say but I can't help but focus on the imperfections of any cake that I make) and can't wait to see your next creation!

Cake Believe on September 27, 2010 at 10:10 AM said...

Faithy! AMAZING.....they each outdo the last one! And this is NO exception....I'm in awe of all the details. And I can guarantee if you didn't say anything about the sagging, most people would not have even noticed. I know how it feels to be disappointed in cake, but know that the next cake is a chance to be even better than you were yesterday. You have AMAZING skills and an eye for art...don't let this slow you down!

I can't wait to see your next masterpiece!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi on September 28, 2010 at 12:32 AM said...

Faithy, you've been missed! Thank goodness you got my email. HAHA!

Faithy, again, I sincerely think you're VERY good. How I wish I can achieve this much, like what you'd done here. You'd put in awe once again after the Food Cake. Amazing!

Please don't be discouraged by the little accident. I'm sure, like what you've said here, your friend and the party guests all appreciated the cake. You're being too harsh on yourself, which creates pressure. Not good on your health lor.

I think you're really good. No matter how and what you think about yourself, you already have established a place in my heart as a great cake decorator and baker. =)

P.S. I die-die wanna see you when I'm in SG again. LOL! While I can't do much with maybe just some cookies/bars and other souvenirs, I wanna see how you work with fondants. HAHA!

Pink Little Cake on September 28, 2010 at 2:01 AM said...

This cake is beyond Spectacular !!! every single detail. You are truly an artist. I can imagine how you put all together. Do be upset about what happened to the cake, we learn from our mistakes, but please, do not trust your husband when it comes to cakes. I am telling you this for experience.

Shandy on September 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM said...

We need to pick you up and get you right back on the cake baking wagon. You are such a talented lady and mistakes happen. Your friend received a birthday cake so advanced from what professional shops will deliver. Please don't beat yourself up over this so much. I understand your disappointment BUT you already know how to fix this for next time =). The cake and ALL the components to this dessert are stunning!

faithy, the baker on September 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM said...

Thanks blogger pals for all your support and uplighting words! :D

Thanks Andrea, Jkcurtis, Caroline, Karen, Pei-Lin, Kathia & Shandy! Thanks for all the lovely comments. The photos posted here are the b4 it sagged photos..after it sagged at venue, i didn't take any photos cos i was too distraught to take any..:p.

maameemoomoo on September 28, 2010 at 3:08 PM said...

Hugs faithy... i'd feel awfully sad too. Being a perfectionist, these accidents are not acceptable. But you know what?

The cake is more than that! It's made of love and more love. So, don't be too upset ok??

xx

Amanda on September 28, 2010 at 8:21 PM said...

Oh Faithy. How you amaze me. There is NOTHING you cant do with a cake!!! I love it!!!

Blessings-
Amanda

SweetThingsTO on September 28, 2010 at 9:46 PM said...

This must've taken you forever. I can't believe all the details - it is just amazing art!

Tracy on September 29, 2010 at 3:07 AM said...

Oh my gosh, what an incredible cake!! Don't be too upset about the sagging, especially since nobody noticed until it was pointed out to them - this is beautiful!

Marj on September 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM said...

Soooo wonderful! How many hours did you put into this amazing creation? No wonder you took it personally (just like I would!) when the golf bag didn't behave when you moved it. I think all cake decorators should take an engineering course - ha ha! Keep up the good work - you are very talented!

Lois B on September 29, 2010 at 11:32 AM said...

Amazing, Faithy! Sorry your golf bag sagged, but it might have made it look more realistic if not perfect. I'm so impressed by your wonderful details!

Miranda @ The Spotted Cake on September 30, 2010 at 12:19 PM said...

Wow, that is absolutely amazing! I'm so impressed! :) You did a great job. This is just gorgeous!

Evie on September 30, 2010 at 11:21 PM said...

This cake is simply incredible!!! Great work!

Sarah the Bear on September 30, 2010 at 11:31 PM said...

Your cakes astound and inspire me! So glad we connected thru HCB :)

Bakertan on October 1, 2010 at 10:52 PM said...

hey faithy,

You did a fantastic job with yet another masterpiece. Nvm that the cake cracked and sank. It still looks fabulous =]

cheers

Red30 on October 2, 2010 at 4:26 AM said...
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Red30 on October 2, 2010 at 4:40 AM said...

I know I am late, but WOW!!! Faithy this looks GREAT!! And I am sure even with the mishap it still looked just as good!!

Vickii on October 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM said...

I'm sorry for your disappointment Faithy but like your friend confirmed, nobody would have been able to tear their eyes away from this spectacular cake as a whole to focus on a tiny little saggy golf bag - besides, I thought golf bags (and bags of any kind) were supposed to be slightly saggy!

This is once again, absolutely incredible! Well done Faithy!

tspegar on October 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM said...

you are so talented! this cake is impressive and thoughtful, i love it. great job!

cakeART on October 4, 2010 at 8:33 PM said...

Immaculate work of art...I love the details especially the xray! very very realistic. Keep up the excellent work. Thank you for the heads up on Cake Wrecks! ;)

giovanna on October 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM said...

OMG!!!!!! are you for real????!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

 

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