My husband comes home from work a couple of weeks ago and says he might have an order for me from one of his bosses. Boss? I have to make a cake for his boss that he JUST started working for a month ago? Eeek!
The following day as we were on our way home from the Grand National Stock Show at Cow Palace in San Francisco I got an email from the boss’s wife describing the theme of they party for their soon-to-be-6-year-old daughter along with how many people they were expecting, etc. She was having a rainbow fairy party and what kind of cake could I come up with to match the theme?
I remember coming across a picture on Pinterest awhile back of an awesome rainbow cake. Those that follow cake boards on Pinterest may recognize it…
They liked the idea and gave me permission to proceed. I would use the gumballs as borders and leave the top blank so that I could write Happy Birthday.
I baked off all of the layers and figured it would be “cake” to finish. Hmm. When you stack a cake 6 layers high it HAS to be reinforced some way to keep it from leaning and toppling right over. This I knew so with the hubby’s help we inserted some dowels after I got the cake trimmed and dirty iced.
I decided to use strips of fondant to do the rainbow effect up the side of the cake instead of the ropes. My fondant was not cooperating with me (that’s what I get for using cheap fondant!) to do the ropes so I cut a bunch of strips and airbrushed them. That was a bad idea. I was getting color on my fingers when putting the airbrushed strips on the cake and even though I was washing my hands in between strips, I was still transferring other colors onto the other strips which just made a huge mess. I removed a bunch of the cross colored strips and decided to step away from it for the night as I was beyond frustrated. I’d brainstorm a way how to fix it to where the colors wouldn’t run and finish it up in the morning
Sunday morning arrives – the cake was due to be delivered to Concord at 11:30. I got up early and went into the kitchen. The cake had sunk about 1/4″ so the dowels we had put in to support it were poking out the top. The weight of the cake had also made some of the bottom bulge out a bit. Oh no, what do I do??? With the help of the hubby, we took out the dowels. I very very very carefully shifted the cake over back to where it was upright and had new dowels cut (and more of them) and reinserted them into the cake. Much better.
I cut a bunch of white strips of fondant and put them on the cake. My idea overnight was the just paint the color on the strips after they were already applied to the cake. While that was time consuming it worked out SO much better. I adhered the gumballs to the borders and wrote the message on the top. I still wasn’t that happy with it, but we are our own worst critics right?
Next goal was to get it transported to Concord in one piece. Hubby drove, I carried the cake in a box on my lap. All is well until we are pulling up to our destination and I look into the box and see half of the gumballs on the bottom had fallen off and were now rolling around freely in the box. I was mortified, but there was nothing I could do at that point.
We met up with the wife, who seemed like a very nice lady. She seemed to like the cake despite my apologies for the wayward gumballs and the fact that it was starting to lean again. That made me feel a little better, however the cake still had to go from Concord to Lafayette to Alameda. We put the cake in the back of her car and I gave her some last minute instructions for re-adhering the loose gumballs and for slicing the cake. I was still on edge as we left to come back home as I was worried about the cake falling over in the back of her car.
Yesterday she sent me an email with the following pictures.
Not only did the cake make it, but everyone even seemed to enjoy it.
If I ever get the opportunity to make a cake like this again I will have to find ways to reinforce it better