I only have pictures of one of the cakes at the moment but I thought you might like to see how it all turned out. I have to admit I learnt A LOT from my cake making this weekend that I thought I would share:
- Whilst I am working in this business on my own, I will not take on more than one wedding/special occasion cake per weekend. I still work full time in the week and I think I have finally realised what my limits are! The stress of finishing the cakes and baking them all from scratch just left me worn out and I don't think its fair my home life suffer from my tiredness all the time. I will sacrifice things for Star Bakery but not my family time. Cupcakes are a different story, I could make those until they come out of my ears!
- I have already written before about my love of baking from scratch but I would consider buying cakes to carve/decorate as I currently use my little oven at home and I really had to keep on eye on the cakes in the oven to ensure they didn't over cook or drop. I also had to measure the heights of the cakes which took quite a lot of carving and batter arithmetic! I have a local bakery, Sweet Success, near me who sell cakes by the box and you just buy what you need and layer them with your own buttercream. I haven't quite decided yet but it would take the stress out of some of my cakes and I would ensure clients are fully aware of what I am doing. What are your thoughts on this?
- Fondant, fondant, fondant. I don't know why I struggle so much with covering cakes in fondant but the bigger the cake, the tougher it was! I made a 12" square cake and had to make 3 attempts to cover it without any tears/stretch marks. It drove me MAD!! I used the rolling pin method where you lift the fondant with the pin but I still find that putting the cake on a turntable makes the fondant pull downwards once I put it onto the cake (before you get a chance to trim it). Does anyone have any advice on how I can do this without tearing my fondant? I use Cornflour/Cornstarch to roll the fondant out.
I can also happily announce that both cakes turned out wonderfully and were a hit at the weddings. That makes it all worth it.