Life's better with cake and a sprinkle of fairy dust
This probably qualifies as the tallest cake ever baked in my kitchen to date. A three-tier rainbow cake covered in Swiss meringue buttercream rosettes with a fondant unicorn topper to boot.
As the husband had made reservations at the same hotel for dinner that evening, we decided to deliver this cake personally instead of using our regular courier, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
It was pouring, visibility was bad and traffic was mad. The cabby took his eyes off the road for a split second and nearly rammed headlong into a car that had suddenly cut into our lane. The cake box, which had been sitting on the floor in the back seat made a sickening thump as it literally bounced off the back of the front passenger seat. My heart sank when we reach the venue, opened the box and saw the damage.
The birthday party was due to start in half an hour, there was no time for tears, so we picked ourselves up, and trooped into the hotel’s pastry kitchen to implore the staff for help. They kindly lent us an offset spatula, some disposable rubber gloves and extra hands to slide the cake tiers back into place, pick up all the rosettes and stick them back in place. Thankfully, I had the foresight to freeze the cake before leaving the house, so the impact of our near-crash did not obliterate the buttercream rosettes, though they did look a little worse for wear and raggedy around the edges, but they held together and we were able to pick them up and stick them back on the cake. The banquet coordinator, Atika, was a real trooper as well. She gamely found us a spot in the dining room where we could display the cake with the damaged side concealed from the guests. From the front, one really could hardly tell the cake had suffered at all.
The cake was a huge success. The birthday girl loved it and sent us a text the next day to tell us the cake was amazing and that she loved how the cake looked and tasted.
See, this is why I bake.
Note to self – the next cake this tall is getting delivered separately in boxes and assembled in situ. Saves me a ton of white hair and many unproductive tears.