Thankfully that was the only time I started over.
That fence around the base of the cake? Gum Paste… a HUGE pain to make and I wont create one like this again… it was a lot of work and didn’t really work out the way I imagined.
The Grass? I LOVE the way it turned out. I rolled out fondant just a little bit taller than the base then cut the grass with my kitchen shears. It’s a technique I’d never done before but will definitely do again.
And the worst part of my whole experience… the cake delivery/drop off.
This cake make it through the 30 min car ride to the fair [usually the worst part] and the walk through the parking lot. Everything was looking great until a fair volunteer went to move my cake from the entry table to another table. They grabbed the “cake” by the sides not the bottom. The front side slid off!!! I was crushed. They let me “glue” it back together with frosting but I knew the next time it was moved that same thing could happen and I wasn’t going to be there to fix it.
I took a deep breath and walked away. It was a lesson I learned the hard way. Do not decorate the base of a cake entry. Leave it some plain foiled or felt covered cardboard…. Next year.
After that drop off fiasco I told myself this year’s entry was a learning experience and I was happy with just that. I had no expectations to place at all.
360 View of the Cake
I actually didn’t even want to go to the fair to see my cake. The thought of seeing close to 24 hours of my time and hard work destroyed didn’t sound like fun… but every year [for the last 2 years anyway] Grandma Renee and I take the twins to the fair so we had plans to go almost a week after the fair opened.
Once we got in I knew I had to see it…
It was destroyed, I mean completely and utterly destroyed.