My son's aunt (his dad's sister; my ex-sister-in-law. I hate calling her an "ex" because my ex's family is wonderful. I love them and they love us right back) turned 50 this week. Unbeknowst to her, her father (Jake's grandpa) was planning a surprise 50th birthday party. He and my two other ex-s-i-l's called me 3 weeks ago and asked if I would make the cake. Of course!
I Googled pictures and found a cute design by the famous Pink Cake Box bakery that I decided to copy.
Three weeks early, I worked in the gum paste items that needed to dry and harden ahead of time.
|(My sister & son both asked "Why does it say 'So?'" LOL)|
The Friday before the party, I took a vacation day and got to work. I had baked the cakes Wednesday and Thursday nights. Now it was time to put everything together.
|I rolled over 100 fondant balls.|
|The top cake above, was a carrot cake covered|
in homemade marshmallow fondant.
|I really liked how the topper came out.|
I did not dowel the bottom cake enough. Carrot cake is definitely a denser cake than the butter cake. I only put about 5 dowels in the bottom cake, and more towards the center, not nearer to the edges. As time went on, we got droopage.
I was so bummed, but what could I do now? Nothing. Just learn for next time. The bottom should have been the carrot cake, or I should have used more dowels.
|You can see the drooping already.|
The party was great. The birthday gal was totally surprised, and everyone raved about the cake, droop and all.