I am writing this as I give thanks to God for enabling me create and present my very 1st wedding cakes. The experience was painful and crazy but all was well in the end.
The drama started on Wednesday. I had a well thought out plan to bake 2 cakes on Wednesday night and 3 on Thursday night. This would help ensure that my work was well spaced out so that Friday would be cake decoration bila stress! I got home from work on Wednesday evening so excited about baking but I was pleasantly derailed by a good friend of mine talking on the phone for nearly 2 hours. Baking therefore started at around 7.30pm. Believe it or not, both cakes sank and my heart sank with them 😦 😦
I was so discouraged but it was not so bad because I still had 2 days before the wedding. Furthermore, Friday would be a holiday (God bless the Muslims!!!) so I would have a full day to work on perfecting the cakes. Also, all the 5 cakes would be totally fresh 🙂 I filled my head with all these positive thoughts and slept peacefully resolving to bake the next evening.
Thursday came and I kept looking at my watch anxiously awaiting 5pm! My boss let me leave the office early to attend to my cakes and I was so happy. She is just awesome!!
I got home ready to rambo!!! 😀 Still some cakes would come out perfectly while others would sink!! My world was falling apart but I had this solid peace in my heart. I re-did the bad cakes and tweaked some of the backfired ones. I have never baked so many cakes in my life and my mum was so supportive! We both asked God why my cakes were perfect just the last time I had baked for a friend’s birthday but now they were a disaster!! I slept at 3am with 5 cakes ready for icing.
I was up early Friday morning and I did not want to eat anything until all my cakes were beautifully decorated. My mum thought I was crazy but sincerely, i could not stomach any food with all that pressure.
This 1st experience with fondant was no small task. It involved a lot of scientific combinations of solutions and fire. I felt like I was in Dexter’s lab 😀 Kneading was also a big part of it. It was like making a hundred chapatis and every part of my body was in PAIN in the end! My feet for standing for 4 hours, my shoulders from the kneading and my back from the slight bend needed to get everything right. The results were worth the struggle!! The cakes might not look like the best in the world but I am so happy!! God held me through all the drama, kept me calm, brought me an amazing support system, downloaded the designs into my head and worked all things for good!!
You might be going through your own drama. Please know that God is with you and that He has deposited enough strength in you to come out of the “fire” stronger and better! Keep trying again, trust God and keep hope alive 🙂 😉
I thank all my friends and family who walked with me through calling, giving me ideas, praying for me and helping me set up the cakes 😉 Nawapenda sana!
The cakes and set-up looked like this: