When I asked my niece if she would like me to bake her a cake for her birthday, she said "You bake? No thanks."
I know I know... YeeYee has always made great tasting cakes for them, but never pretty cake. Fair.
This time round, I tell myself I gotta to do better.
Gwen-In had a small celebration on a workday evening, so I baked the cake the day ahead and brought the cake to office in the morning. A few colleagues said they wanted exactly the same cake for their birthday. I take that as a compliment. :-)
Anyway I supposed I did achieve what I have set out to do when everyone went "wow" as I showed up at the party! So much about satisfaction!!!
I use things that I have at home for the decoration:
- I do not have the offset spatula, so I use the mixing spatula to spread the buttercream, then use the serrated knife to create the lines on the surface.
- The red/pink/white mini heart sprinkles for the sides of the cake.
- ready fondant for wordings.
- Mini flowers are cookier-cutter from fondant and stick on the silver dragees.
I rolled out all the fondant beforehand and thought of leaving it out to dry out a bit first. An hour later I was surprised to see that it start to take on a sheen, just like my face on a hot afternoon! I quickly move them onto the cake. In the process I ruined some so had to re-do. *Tsk* Luckily only this small glitch.
After the cake was decorated and packed, I spend the rest of the time worrying that I may crash, bang or drop the cake. Aiyoh.