June 17, 2010

Are you ready for some more CAKE?

Shhhhh...can you keep a secret?   I decided to make a cake for my twin daughter's step mom. Hmmm were you following that one?  Yes, I like her and besides even she is over him now. Anyway...she is having a birthday and is local to me so I thought I would help her "celebrate" We are taking it to her this evening.

The vision I had in my head was for a pink and white monochrome cake. I thought I would give the Cricut Cake Frosting sheets a whirl. So off I go to gather my items after I baked and frosted a cake with buttercream.

Ohhh I am so excited I can hardly stand it, how about you?!

Well my excitement quickly turned to frustration when I couldn't get the frosting sheets to cut. First I tried medium speed and medium pressure....nope it didn't cut through the sheet. Okay so I will try again on high pressure and medium speed using a new sheet....nope it crumbled completely and nothing was usable. So I think that maybe I just had the frosting sheet out in the air too long and lets try ONE more time...FAIL!

Okay I am really frustrated now and bit mad since those sheets are NOT CHEAP! I HAVE to get the cake done so I decide to go with my old friend Cricut Gumpaste...it worked for the last cakes.

Here we go again.....









So I pop it in the freezer for 20 minutes and then try to cut it since that is what worked last time. Didn't really work out too well this time.  So I re-roll it and try again...nope :(
I decide to wrap it and let it sit overnight as this was a tip I found on YouTube.... so while it is "curing overnight" I start watching YouTub videos and teach myself how to make some gumpaste flowers.
It was a long day and I am frustrated so I put the cake in the fridge and will get back at it in the morning.

Fast forward to a long SLEEPLESS night with the fosters and here we are back at it again.....
The "cured" gumpaste isn't working either :(
Darn it I NEEEEEED to get this cake done and I am about to throw it AND the Cricut Cake out the window. So I am determined to make this work. I go get MORE Cricut Cake frosting sheets.
I got through three packages messing with the settings and trying different things...NOTHING is working and I got get MORE frosting sheets and all they have at this store is brown....hmmm okay. I can do a brown and pink cake (on white buttercream) At this point I just want to get a decorated cake!

This is my last attempt with the Frosting sheets as I now realize I am well over $100 into trying to make this work. RIDICULOUS!!  I am frustrated with myself and the fosters are having a bad day...not a good combination but my husband got up and entertained them so I can work on the cake.


Okay now I am so frustrated it is becoming FUNNY to me.  I did get a few cuts to actually come out. It was very tedious getting them off the sheet but....I rescued a few and got them on the cake. Then I start playing with the few flowers I made watching YouTube and before you know it I actually have a cake done.  It was seriously wayyyyyyy more work than I was anticipating and my learning curve semed to go backward this time around. This isn't at ALL the cake I had envisioned and it looks ratty and not so great but...it is done and here are the results:

5 comments:

  1. As I was reading this, I could just imagine you saying and doing this all. It was great. Put a smile on my face. :D
    I like the cake!

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  2. Yeah..it was a bit of a PITA!
    Paula liked it and that is all that matters...the frustration was worth it to do something nice for her.

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  3. It's pretty, but, Oh my gosh, I would have resorted to icing and a piping bag long before the third bout with the frosting sheets!

    Thanks for sharing the journey!

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  4. So where did you come up with the brown designs on the sides of the cake? I see you used your Gypsy....did you combine them from several designs or are they one design from a cartridge?

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  5. Becky, I used Pink Journey and Gypsy Wanderings

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