The Cake.

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The room is silent, a single cough echos along the walls to where I stand.
I look at the papers in my hands, nervous as a wreck.

“Hello everyone, my name is April and I’m a Perfectionist”

 In front of me I have scrawled notes in point form.
1. I took a whole day off work to create a cake
2. People point it out to me that I should be happy with what I’ve created
3. It always tastes good in the end
4. I cried because the cake didn’t look how I wanted it to.

A meeting for Perfectionists sounds right up my alley.

I’d be the last person to admit to the whole world that I cried over a cake. But a fact is a fact.
Whether it’s creating a cake, crumbing fish, making a simple coffee or cutting up vegetables – I’m a perfectionist. I actually made this cake a few weeks back but its taken me this long to love it a bit.

Close your eyes…wait. That won’t work. You can’t read the description AND close your eyes to imagine it.
Silly me. Let’s start again. Picture this:

Delicate and fluffy white chocolate cake sandwiched with layers of fresh raspberry mousse and berry buttercream. Covered completely in more berry buttercream with a disc of fresh raspberry jelly sitting on top. Cover the entire thing in perfectly smoothed homemade white marshmallow fondant.
Top with fresh raspberries and marvel at the wonder!

Tip #1: A jelly layer isn’t really a great idea when the cake has to travel. Kinda melts a bit!
Tip #2: I wouldn’t recommend a Jelly layer beneath a fondant layer. You see, when you put the heavy fondant on top of jelly…everything starts to…slide off. Especially when I didn’t make the marshmallow fondant ahead of time to let it firm up in the fridge.

The recipes I used were definitely not to blame, but maybe were not the best choices for what I had imagined.

The white chocolate cake recipe found here from Exclusively Food.
The Buttercream was loosely re-created from My Recipes
And the raspberry mousse I loosely used this one from Hungry Happenings
Every recipe I use, I use loosely. I’m a perfectionist but I don’t really measure while cooking?
I know, I confuse me too…

Although it wasn’t the most beautiful thing to look at from the outside, the inside looked alright.
The beautiful fresh raspberry taste was there, I would have liked a stronger tasting white chocolate cake but its a bit difficult with white chocolate. It also came out a lot denser then I was expecting!

So taking the day of work to make a magically farewell cake for a woman at work ended up more stressful than I imagined. The fondant just kept ripping and the jelly was melting – thought it was only fair that I got to melt for a bit too! lol

I don’t always have a great day in the kitchen, as I’m sure everyone can relate to.
If only I could learn to be a little less gun-ho at everything and a little more patient and accepting of however it comes up when I’m finished I would be in the kitchen even more!
Do you have any secrets you’d like to share to keep calm in the kitchen? Or any disaster stories that you can laugh about now? I’d love to hear them!

At least I can assure everyone this will not be my last cake.
And on another note of upcoming goodies, I won the pink Cuisinart Ice Cream maker from the giveaway at Wholesome Cook! Jump on over there and check out all the jellyrific creations from October’s challenge!
I can’t wait until it arrives! I have some amazingly quirky ice cream inventions up my sleeve for this scorching summer we have around the corner!

Hope everyone has a great day – in and out of the kitchen!

Peace out!

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12 thoughts on “The Cake.

  1. Oh I know how you feel! I'm a perfectionist too! I get so upset when something doesn't work out. But I'm working on it. Because of course a perfectionist would work on it ;)

  2. I wouldn't worry too much coz your cake looks pretty awesome and congrats on winning that ice-cream maker too!

  3. Oh Apple! I know what that's like. I used to get quite upset when my recipe ideas don't work out. These days I still get disappointed but it doesn't bother me as much. You should see some of my disasters… :p
    And, yay for ice cream maker! :D

  4. I love the look of your cake and I think the problem is that most of us, always feel like we could have done better – I should have done this, I shouldn't have done that etc, and we just beat ourselves up. But the reality is, you made a cake when many others would have just headed on down to one of those revolting Michels Patisseries.

  5. @Daksha
    Thank you ^_^

    Lol thanks! I can't wait to make some crazy ice cream flavours!

    Its nice to know that I'm not the only one that has those problems. Thanks! :)

    @Hotly Spiced
    Thanks! And thats so true, right down to the michels patisserie part! That seems to be where my work gets cakes from if I don't make one!

  6. As my bf can attest, I had a MASSIVE sulk when my pav broke last weekend. It was the best one I’d ever made, so perfect, and then I moved it too soon and it cracked. Of course you couldn’t tell under all the cream, but I knew!

  7. oh dear lordy, this looks amazing! yes, reading the description whilst trying to close my eyes (at least pretending I did) – totally helped me visualise it! hehe. AMAZING.
    Heidi xo

  8. Hi from a fellow Sydneysider! I just got to your blog via some comments somewhere, and I am really glad I did! I am a total cake perfectionist too, and, although I have not yet cried for a cake, I surely had meltdown before, stumping my feet and just throwing everything out and starting from scratch. It’s really depressing and frustrating when it happens, but mistakes are what makes us learn! I am 100 % sure your next cake will be something you’ll be more happy with (although, really, this is an awesome start!). Have a wonderful 2012!

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