Let’s see…. where to start with this story. I was asked to do a Princess Palace cake for my boyfriends’ daughters’ birthday. I had never done one before so I was a little nervous. The night I started on this cake, I made sure all the kids were in the bed first, turned on some music and got to work. The first night, I baked the cake layers, started coloring the fondant for the little pink flowers and the little leaves and cutting them out. That took me from 9:00 pm til 4:00 am to get it all done. There was so many darn tiny flowers… I thought my hand was going to fall off!
The next day, I started stacking the layers, wrapping them in white fondant, then stacking the two tiers. Next, I colored my decorator icing in the green color for the leaves. Then I inserted the tall torettes ( I think that’s what they are called anyway…lol ). As I was inserting the ones into the top tier, one of my kids yelled something and made me jump almost out of my skin, causing me to tear the top tier cake in a couple places. Now, if you take pride in your cake work, you know this was extremely upsetting to me. There was no way I was going to start over!! So, I sat down at my table and stared at my cake for what seemed like eternity, thinking of what I was going to do about it. The cake was supposed to be done that evening at 7:00 pm. It was now 3:00 pm so I only had 4 hours to get the cake finished and still have time to cook dinner for everyone. Can you imagine the grey hairs I developed in that short period of time?
Anyway, I closed my eyes and tried to think of fairy tale castles and palaces. To my surprise, I visioned them with vines running up the walls. Now mind you, I was up til 4:00 am the night before, got up at 7:30 am to get the kids breakfast and the older ones off to school. So I hadn’t had much sleep. Now my eyes popped open and I felt like I had slept 12 hours and full of energy. I jumped up and colored more icing for vines. I finished inserting the rest of the torettes, adding the green vine icing at the bases for support using my icing bags. Next, I colored more icing purple and added edible glitter to it. I used this to outline the windows and door.
Then I started attaching the little pink flowers to the bottoms of the windows and adding leaves with them using decorator icing to hold them in place. I had so many little pink flowers and leaves so I just started putting them in various places around the cake. Filling in empty spots with more leaves and using my piping bag to add vines here and there. For the tears I had made in the cake, I sealed them with some white icing and then ran some vines up the tears to cover them up. Waalaaa… you can’t even tell the cake is torn in a few places!! Next, I used a butter knife to spread the purple icing on the plastic cones and rolled them in purple edible glitter. I put the cones in the fridge for a half hour so the icing would harden a little.
Then I sat them on top of the torettes using white icing to “glue” them down so they wouldn’t move around or fall off. I added a pink flower to the tips of each of the cones. I made up some yellow icing and piped little dots in the center of each pink flower. I took my time with this cake. Therefore, by the time I was finished with it, it was 6:30 pm. Just 30 minutes until it was to be done. Needless to say, I did not have time to cook dinner for my family beforehand, so they got delivered pizza!! Since this cake was made for an 11 year old girl, I really don’t she, her friends or my family minded having pizza!! The turn out was great!! All the little girls loved my cake and was saying they wanted me to do their birthday cakes. One little girl even called her mom and told her I was doing her cake for her birthday and her mom had to pay me a thousand dollars for it because it was worth it.
The mom asked to speak to me. I get on the phone and she is basically raising her voice to me saying I should be ashamed of myself for charging a thousand dollars. I couldn’t help but start laughing since I hadn’t heard what the little girl had told her mom. The mom didn’t think it was a laughing matter, however. So, I had to explain the situation. After I was finished explaining, the mom was very quiet. I asked if she was even still on the phone. She said yes she was and how sorry she was for yelling at me. Then she busted out laughing and said she should pay me the thousand dollars just for jumping to conclusions.
All in all, this cake was a blast to make and so worth the headache and lack of sleep when the birthday girl had tears in her eyes when she saw it. The best part was when she wrapped her arms around me and thanked me for making her birthday the best one ever. Coming from an 11 years old, that’s saying something!!
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