Have you ever done more than an hour's worth of cake work in 20 minutes? Haha!! That's what happened with this 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake!
First, I had terrible insomnia the Thursday night before it was due. For me that meant being awake til nearly 4am that Friday morning.
After finally dozing off, it felt like I blinked and my alarm went off at 8am. I hit snooze and when I woke again, it felt like it had only been a few minutes. A glance at the clock told me it was 8:20am.
I flew out of bed and got to work. The cake was not too complicated so I was confident I could still finish the cake before the noon pickup (although I'd be cutting it close).
But a few minutes later when I got into the kitchen, I realized I was wrong. It was 9:20. 😲 Apparently my eyes were a little fuzzy when I looked at the clock in my bedroom. I started scrambling, but I didn't panic. After running through everything in my head, it was still doable.
At least until the client texted and said she was ahead of schedule and would likely be there to pickup closer to 11. Uh-oh.
Aaaaack!!! I always give myself WAY more time than needed to finish a cake and this time I had messed up! Doubt started to creep in and I wasn't sure I could finish on time.
I knew I should've got up at at 2 or 3am and worked on it when I couldn't sleep. Rarely do I ever wait to start on a cake the morning it's due. But this time I had and gosh, it was gonna kill me.
We kicked it into high gear and started yelling for the kids to help me. One of the boys started looking for ribbon for me (to wrap the board). Another ran to the shed for the box and taped it up. My daughter was making pearls and as soon as she had them done, another son was spraying them gold.
My kitchen was chaos with 5 of us working on different aspects of the cake!
When I knew I wasn't gonna make it to meet her by 11, I called the client and told her I might be a few minutes late.
When the cake was done, I snapped 5 pictures (I usually take 10x that many), dropped it in the box and hit the road. By some miracle, I met the client at 11:12am and she'd only had to wait a few minutes... whew!!
I have to say, considering everything, I was really glad to have successfully finished this 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake. Bonus... the client was super sweet about the whole thing and she loved the cake! I was also really happy with how it turned out and grateful that my kids were here and able to help me.
But man... I had to come home and take a nap after that ... haha!
Have you ever had a close call like that? I'd love to hear in the comments.
Here are some details about the cake:
- It was vanilla bean cake with vanilla buttercream.
- The tiers were 6" and 9" round baked in my favorite Magic Line pans.
- It was covered with homemade marshmallow fondant.
- I used a large diamond cookie cutter to make the quilted pattern impressions.
- The pearls were made with First Impressions pearl mold.
- My son sprayed the pearls and the "50" with Wilton Gold Color Mist Spray.
- The 4mm white sugar pearls were the final touch - glued on with sugar glue.
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