I nearly had a heart attack today and still feel like I am until I hear back from the bride. Today I delivered a wedding cake and when I opened the back of my car to take the cake out, I found the cake SLID OFF the fondant covered board!!!!! Infact, the fondant slipped off the board. This has never happened to me before and it had to happen on a wedding cake???? The cake was leaning against the side of the trunk resulting in a dent on the side of the cake but thank God the fondant didn’t tear, only dented. Nearly all the decorations popped off from the impact. I brought an emergency kit but wasn’t prepare for this disaster. I slid the cake back onto the cardboard base and brought it into the venue and placed it on the cake stand on the table. I had to cut away all the exposed fondant from the board because it was a total disaster and at that point it was better to have a naked board. I placed extra branches and leaves on the dent and put back all the decorations that fell off – thanks goodness I brought extra decorations. I left the cake looking as near perfect as when I put it in the car, thanks to the extra decor. My only fear now is that the cake will slide again as the evening goes on or worse, it will slide when the bride tries to cut it! I will not rest until I hear back from her and that all went well. I warned the head waiter to be very careful when handling it because it not stable… The table seemed level and the cake didn’t seem to be sliding as I was repairing it so that all makes me feel a little bit of comfort.
This is a result of placing too much shortening on the board under the fondant – I don’t think I’ll ever use shortening again. Thanks for reading and please give me some words of encouragement because I have been a mess all night and seriously contemplating if I am cut out for this kind of stress.