|Jeremy's planning page in my cake notebook|
The first thing I did was make the cake batter. I baked chocolate cakes with both regular and dark cocoa and they came out very light and moist. I had lots of extra pieces of cake after using circular cookie cutters to shape out parts for the cakes so I mixed some of the scraps with leftover frosting. The mash up doesn’t look pretty, but it’s portable and pretty tasty =) I let the cut out cakes sit while I made quarts and quarts of blue and white frosting. It’s pretty impressive my monster mixer withstood all this work. It looked like it got in the middle of a paintball fight. There's spatter of chocolate cake batter, bright blue frosting, and white icing all over it.
But the biggest thing I’m out of? I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown because there is no butter left in the house. I used over 3 pounds of butter to make all the icing and squandered my "safety cushion" amount. I feel like I’m totally venturing into dangerous risky territory now. Gone are the days when life was good and I had 10 pounds of
After I longingly said goodbye to that last stick of butter and gingerly dropped it into the icing mix, I leveled and layered the cakes. The kick drum was made of 2 8” cake rounds with frosting in-between, the 2 tom-toms above the bass drum were 2 layers of 3” cakes held together with icing, the snare was 1 layer of 4” cake, and the floor tom consisted of 3 layers. I dirty iced (as the Cake Boss would say) all the sides and put them back in the fridge for a while for the frosting to harden. Meanwhile, I cut custom cake rounds for each of the smaller drums and poked small holes in the middle for the tom-toms (these were going to be secured with dowels running through them). And I cut a whole bunch of the silver toothpicks I painted to be the “metal” parts of the drums.
|Kick drum - pre-disaster|
|Floor tom and 2 smaller tom-toms|
. They look awesome. And he helped make the base for the floor tom. I couldn't have completed this cake without him!
Unfortunately, I f*cked up all my beautiful hard work. The frosting got a little soft during the long car ride to the party, and on top of that, I’m the world’s biggest klutz. I shouldn’t be cake decorating since it’s so intricate and delicate but I do this anyway because I’m a masochist. haha The fact that I hadn’t dropped anything between moving the finished cake pieces from the turntable to the fridge to the car to Vin’s parents’ then to their car and then finally brought into Jeremy’s party was a feat in itself. I put the tom-toms and snare drum in a Pyrex tray in the trunk of the car, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Luckily, these parts were fine. I had loosely wrapped wax paper around the bass drum and held it by the base in my lap during the car ride. Of course, things were too perfect, so something had to go wrong. Part of the icing melted a bit and the wax paper got stuck to it since it was warm in the car. No big deal, right? I expected to have to do a few touch ups when we got to the party, however I wasn’t prepared for the fiasco that lay ahead. I set the kick drum down on the counter and fixed it. But then I was super dumb. I should have fixed it on the Styrofoam base because I had to mess up my retouching work to pick up the damn thing with my hands and stick it in the dowels to hold it steady.
|Vin, me, my bro-in-law & father-in-law helping with the bass|
This was a crazy experience. How the hell people transport wedding cakes or other fancy assembled cake constructions I have no freaking idea. I feel like I’ve learned so much from this and now know what NOT to do next time. This felt like a freaking Food Network Cake Challenge episode. All the racing against the clock and internal stress and my assistant (Vin) and I getting pissy about silly design things… I feel like a basic 3-layer wedding cake would be a breeze in comparison. (Not that I intend to take on any orders for that anytime soon! I think I may be delirious from exhaustion as I say this, too hahaha) All in all, I think I did OK for my first complicated cake construction. Next time I will definitely force myself to break this up into pieces and make things in advance. I worked through the night Friday and didn't sleep at all. I couldn't fall asleep until 1 am last night so I'd been up for over 40 hours straight. What am I, in college again? haha
|It kind of looks like Claymation, doesn't it...|
Happy birthday, Jeremy! =)