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50th Birthday Cake Fail

50th Birthday Cake Fail is the story of a 3-tiered, wonky, fondant cake with polka dots, stripes and an unhappy ending.

50th Birthday Cake Fail

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I just moved. And I have no kitchen because we are renovating. That means I can’t bake which feels very weird to me. What’s a girl to do!

I’ve been going through boxes and found some old photos from my cake business days. I’d forgotten about this cake delivery disaster and thought it was a story that needed to be told.

So this is less of a recipe and more of a cautionary tale. Spoiler alert: the cake doesn’t make it in the end.

Once upon a time, way back in 2010, there was a girl from Georgia who wanted to order a beautiful cake for her mother’s 50th birthday. The party was going to be in Florida, so she went on the internet and found a capable baker who could bake said cake. She wanted it to be extra special so she and the baker went about designing the glorious cake via many emails flying back and forth. They settled on a 3-tiered vanilla cake with raspberry filling, covered in fondant. It was very popular at the time to make cakes that were a little crooked and looked like they were falling over, so that’s what the girl wanted for her mother’s birthday cake. Add some stripes, polka dots, the number 50 and the words “#1 Mom” and the design was complete.

The cake came out great. It was perfect and just like the Georgia girl had ordered. All I needed to do was get it to the church on time. Well, not a church but the party. The big event was about an hour away.

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