Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Piece of Cake!

Okay, so I know I have been a bit neglectful of my blog recently, but I had good, legitimate reasons!  And in my endeavors to instill a better glimpse of my life into this blog, I will share my recent adventures with you all!

Besides being swamped with daily home life and domestic duties, as well as helping others concerning their yard work, I have been baking cake!  I did my first wedding, and was rather overwhelmed with the amount of pressure that ensues upon one who is responsible for the cake at another person's wedding!  Needless to say, stress was a factor.

One thing I really tried to do was maintain a biblical attitude towards the purpose of my cake baking.  Trying to remember that making a cake that will be served at a couple's wedding, is a blessing that was bestowed upon me and is also an opportunity to take dominion in a specific area!  Although, I do have to admit, most of my biblical approaches to the scenario were geared more towards my efforts to exercise patience, when throwing my spatula on the floor and crying would have definitely been a more appeasing approach to my ever warring flesh!  

Now mind you, when I completed the gumpaste roses in a timely fashion...much quicker than I had originally thought...and when I had baked and crumb coated the cakes on schedule...and I will even admit that when I had the first tier frosted and it went as smooth as silk, I thought "this is a piece of cake" (corny pun, I know : )  But then, it happened!  It was really only a matter of time before something was to cross my path and make my life miserable, and the culprit was...humidity!  Thaaaaaat's right!  As the natural course of events would have it, I left my hot pan of water on the stove, then, the kitchen got all hot and humid and my buttercream was acting like a beast!  It was sliding down the cake as fast as I could slather it on.  (Thankfully, tears were not a factor...this time)  So after much refrigeration and some minor (ok, more than minor) frustration, all went well!

I don't know if I am the only baker in the world who feels as though her cakes are never what she wants them to be, but this was one of those moments.  I always have visions of it looking the picture of perfection, and then when I see the flaws, (which most food possesses) I feel sorta sad. BUT, I shall prevail and learn from my mishaps! : )  God was so good to give me the grace to accomplish this cake without any major catastrophes...although minor ones did occur! ; )

So here are a few photos for your viewing!

It was white/chocolate marble cake, iced in buttercream and decorated with gumpaste roses and royal icing dots

My lovely Mother and me on our way to the wedding!  {photo credit: my little sister Morgan}

Poor little darling started to perspire a little bit, I figured it was just on account of her being so nervous with the wedding and all...(actually, it got kinda hot at the reception location) 
I was exceptionally relieved that the cake arrived at the reception venue alive! 
I was so thankful that God provided me with the grace to bake a cake and essentially be part of a couple's marriage!

So all in all, it went very well!  Even though there was a moment or two where I was on the verge of losing it, God gave me grace to persevere and press on!  I learned so much about what I need to do (or not to do : ) next time a wedding is beckoning my name!  It was a wonderful experience and I am so very thankful!