Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WEDDING CAKES, NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!

My heart was beating out of my chest, I literally thought I was going to die of a freaking anxiety attack in the Molenvleit cold room. The engaged one lay peacefully soaking up the morning sunshine, blissfully unaware, while she waited for her curls to set. The Swiss Meringue Buttercream was now slowly splitting and turning to oily mush in my newly manicured hands. SHIT. The fact that my curls were now being set in vanilla mousse was beside the point!
The 5 tier madame stood, smugly, on top of the pile of Champagne boxes (The Cake Boss would be horrified) and waited, impatiently, for the richness of the once satin icing to be draped over her buxom body. I had every intention of arriving on the big day,sandwiching the glorious chiffon layers together, adorning this little bridezilla in her velvet soft gown, tucking her lacy flowers behind her ear and sending her off with a slap on her vanilla flavoured bottom. I actually had a little laugh looking back at my naivete.

I never planned on it being about a thousand degrees in the shade, something that the most temperamental icing on earth Swiss Meringue Buttercream absolutely hates! My final hour saw me crouched over in the Molenvliet cold room, icicles forming on my flared nostrils, frantically wielding my little spatula at anyone who dared open the door and upset the temperature of my operation. Hands shaking from fear that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew, I could almost picture the Married one's face as her cake, was wheeled in starkers- I decided that this would not be an option.  Like a bride possessed, I whipped that the most temperamental icing on earth Swiss Meringue Buttercream until every one of my new pilates muscles (thanks Max) was on fire and my icing had returned to its former, dreamy glory! By now my curls were hanging somewhere around my ankles! Slowly but surely my frantic mother and  I draped  that rich little cow into her lacy gown,  gasping as we finally took a step back, stunned by the beauty that was my home made creation.




11 comments:

  1. Looks STUNNING! What flavour was it! Well Done!

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  2. Ah thanks tadinks, we did some chocolate layers, some vanilla layers and the top layer was fruit cake for all the classic folk:)

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  3. It's beautiful Lex (and the pics are stunning!) x

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  4. What a story!
    Wow - you did an amazing job! x

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  5. Well done! I've had those icing disasters, hot weather (see: Durban weather) and icing most DEF do not mix! Good job :)

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  6. it's flipping gorgeous, you are SO clever! Wish we'd known what an expert you are a few years back :) you're not just a pretty face eh?! x

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  7. Thanks for all the lovely comments:) I have just picked up the wedding piccies! cannot wait to post yay!

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  8. Wow, amazing work. I love that even the design aspects of the cakes are three-dimensional, with bits and pieces curling up off the Wedding Cakes.

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  9. That is an elegant cake! Definitely would put it in the classic department. Your work is detailed and lovely. The flowers on top are the perfect final touch, I am so impressed!

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