Thursday 14 July 2011

When Good Cakes Go Bad!

Warning!!!! Contains images that may shock!

If  you are a blogger I'm sure you can sympathise with my plight. I've had a crazy few weeks recently and when I look at the pictures on my camera I can see at least nine or ten blog posts that are stuck in there waiting to get out. There are many more in my head that haven't even reached the 'ready to be photographed' stage.  so while things are a little calm I will rectify the situation. Some of these may stretch back into the mists of time but I'm sure they are still relevant. (I refuse to give up on a good post!)

So first out of the camera, a horror story...cue scary music and upsetting images.

Sometimes when I'm making sweet treats they need to harden over night.  As you know fondant doesn't cope too well in an air tight box so my solution is to leave them in the oven...can you see where this is going?
I had a last minute order for fairy wand cookies that needed to be posted with next day delivery.  I only had time to make them the day before and leave them to harden over night ready for posting.
I got up early and put on the oven to cook small kidlet's pizza for her lunch box.  After half an hour of checking my e-mails I wondered what the smell of burning sugar was.  Honestly it took me some time to remember.  
Do you ever do something so stupid that you want to hit yourself?  This is how I felt, I think I may actually have tried to hit myself over and over again.

I started panicking, I didn't think I would have time to make the cookies again, decorate them, let them harden and package them up in time for the 11.30am deadline for next day posting.  
So, after dropping off the kidlets at school, I raced to the post office to find out about timings.  Fortunately my information was wrong and the deadline was 4.30pm, phew.
However next problem, I had used my last little bit of royal icing on the first batch and for some reason both the supermarkets in my town had sold out, (was everyone starting their Christmas cakes early?)
Time was pressing and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get to the next town's shops.
So I called in on a friend who is also a baker...sure that she would have some she could lend me.
Unfortunately she didn't...she had stopped using royal icing  and her new type of icing didn't harden...nice for cakes but very squishy for posted cookies.
As I was about to leave though she remembered a tub of merriwhite tucked away at the back of a shelf.  So I clutched the small bag of powdered egg white like it was gold dust and raced (within the speed limit ) home!

Three hours later, and with a wave of a magic fairy wand the cookies had dried sufficiently and were sent on their merry way.
The client was really pleased and I was very relieved.

I also went out and bought a pack of post-it notes to stick on the oven to prevent future cake trauma..


  1. I am not a professional by any means, but I have done exactly this (except for the whole need to get things in the post part). I now avoid using the oven as anything other than a cooker type thing.

    I love your cakes and cookies. Amazing!

  2. Oh my gosh, you poor thing. What a pro being able to meet the deadline after such a terrible morning - I bet you were pleased when that day came to an end :-)

  3. haha Bet you can see the funny side of it now can't you?

    Glad the story had a happy ending. :)

  4. oh no! I would totally do something like this!!

  5. A stressful day with a happy ending! I can imagine the feeling of horror when you realised.

  6. I was suffering with ou while reading im glad it turned out well!

  7. OMG, I would have just gone to a corner and sat in a fetal position and rocked away!! And as for walking away from the oven and do something less important, I've had many a burned baked goods go into the garbage can...oey!!

    Looks like you came out smelling like a are a true professional!!

  8. Phew, that was a close call! Glad it turned out well. Post-it notes is a good idea:)

  9. Holy moly, you poor thing!!! I would have cried my eyes out, I can't believe you managed to get them done in time the 2nd time around, you would have been so stressed!
    I've had a tail break off an airplane cake during delivery (had to rush home and fix it) and a dog jump on the picnic table in a barn just as I was setting up for a farm birthday party. I turned my back for 5 minutes while said dog devoured what I put on the table. Lucky for me I always bring extra, so I was able to trash what the dog ate and setup again. This time with the dog FIRMLY locked behind closed doors. Arghhhhhhhh