Wow! Sam’s birthday was a great success and I am so happy to have that stress behind me! 🙂 6 weeks of Death Star pinata making, Light Saber making and Cake sculpting and decorating. I think I could sleep for a week!
So, this is what I learned the most…cake decorating is HARD work. Fondant is a nightmare for an over ambitious beginner who cannot seem to accept her limitations! 🙂 I have learned to appreciate professional bakers and decorators more than I ever did before. Watching “Ace of Cakes” is not sufficient training to make a 3-D Clone Trooper Helmet Cake that is not without some heavy duty flaws. Those guys make it look so easy…but I will never look at another beautifully decorated bakery cake and think…wow, why is that so expensive??? It is not the cost of materials that you are paying so much for…it is the experience, the amount of time that goes into crafting such a beautiful cake and the STRESS of wanting everything to turn out perfectly and put to a smile on the customer’s face.
Thank goodness my judge and jury were 6 year olds…they are very forgiving and somehow did not see all of the mistakes that I was fixating on!
I have seriously thought about “Photo-shopping” all of my blunders, but I will put my ego in check and let it all hang out. That is what this blog is all about…the good, the bad and the downright ugly!
Sam seemed to be impressed though and if you consider that his only alternative would have been cupcakes or a 9 x 13 “Pyrex” cake…I think he was excited to have this… So, if you have a young child with celiac disease or is gluten free for another reason and you, like me, have zero to very little cake decorating experience…go for it, you can do it too! While the cake may not be “perfect”… (but what in life is?), especially on the GF diet…what was perfect was the time I spent with my son and the special memories we made together. Sam will always remember this cake, not because I ordered a perfect cake but because we made a “Battle Tested” Clone Trooper together. Priceless.