Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Cake

Here it is! The big CAKE post, as promised!

Last week, as mentioned briefly between work and work and sleep and work and baking, I wrote about the cake baking/display/design contest my company had as part of our 2014 fall charity week. Before I get to the cake: Story time.

Around the beginning of August my friend (G) convinced me to take part by saying, "If you bake the cake, I'll make the display." It seemed simple enough, so she emailed and said we would represent Habitat for Humanity. But, as with 98.3% of things in life, the closer the event got the more complicated the expectations became.

To start, I was going to do a checkerboard cake in the blue, green, and white with a little half-built sugar cookie house on it. I even made a test cake, which turned out very, very well. Then we got an email for a meeting to discuss the rules and expectations for the event, and we had to go straight back to the drawing board. So what news did we get?

The cake had to have 50 servings. They would be selling tastings. There would three prizes - one for display, one fore money raised, and one for cake tastings. At a later meeting, I decided I had to bake a cake with 100 servings when I discovered other people were baking cakes that large. I told the event coordinator, "Game on." And put on my big girl apron.

I have never in my life made a cake this large. I make very, very good cake, but decorating was never the point for me. I just think that if you're going to eat cake (or cupcakes...or any baked good whatsoever) it should be astonishingly delicious. I even vet all the recipes I use before I serve them to people (sans immediate family and very good friends, because who else are you going to test things on?).

This was an undertaking for me, and I am quite proud of the results. In addition - G made an outstanding display. I'm only posting pictures of the whole thing, because without the display the cake isn't anywhere near as impressive. And the best news? We won two of the three awards.

Best Display.

Best Cake.

Job well done, and go team! We were especially happy about the best display award because we had such tough competition from the American Cancer Society team. They made a very pretty cake, but it lacked any adherence to the rules we were given to incorporate our cake into our entire display and to "embrace your charity". G and I spent about an hour overall coming up with a plan for our design, and a collective 30 hours implementing it through baking and paper-crafting. And on top of that, we got super creative during set up the day of.

I should really just stop rambling and let you enjoy the pictures. Here they are:

The full display...cake and roads and awesomeness.

Having that Tonka truck in the display was a mission of mine. It's holding the chocolate covered pretzels!

Little digger, diggin' cake!

This little guy was my mom's favorite.

This was probably the only certainty I held about the cake the entire time. That there would be a little dump truck dumping rocks onto the cake. Nevermind that I didn't actually find the little rocks until just days before the event...I knew this would be a feature of the cake!
Half eaten! The closer half was yellow tie-dye cake (blue, green, and white, Habitat colors) and the far half was devils food. There was a mix of frostings - both vanilla and chocolate buttercream were represented :)

 And that's it for now! Hope you enjoyed it...stay tuned for some yarn themed crafting next time!


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