Weekends are for (food)lovers- Let them eat cake

“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake”

My first attempt at fondant

Last month I wrote a post about how excited I was to take a cake decorating class.  Nerdy I know, but do you ever have those Monday mornings when you are driving to work dreaming about other jobs? It’s not that I don’t love my job, its more that I just don’t want to be in an office all day.  Most of the time, my Monday morning dreams revolve around food. A bakery to be exact. I blame it on too many Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss.

When I was sitting at work on that particular Monday morning, in my inbox was a groupon for a class at SweetWise Bakery here in town.  I was intrigued because 1-it was a Monday and if I’m ever going to open up that bakery, I should probably learn how to bake, and 2- The boy’s birthday was coming up and after last year’s Rubik’s Cube cake, I needed some extra help if I was going to up my game. I bought the groupon and signed up. Bring it on.

My first fondant cake. I passed Fondant I and have the certificate (and cake) to prove it.

Then, one Saturday, I joined two of my friends and learned all about cakes. The class was amazing! The owner of SweetWise was a great teacher and fondant was not as hard as I originally thought! I never thought at the beginning of the class I would have a smooth cake but after two hours I ended up with a gorgeous cake. Not bad for a rookie.

I went to the SweetWise store and spent way too much time (and money) getting supplies for the Boy’s birthday cake. I started to get nervous. It was one thing to create a perfect cake under the supervision of an expert but on my own…I wasn’t so sure. I bought a nice cake pan, a rolling pin (up until then I had been using a floured wine bottle), fondant, fondant mats and orange and black coloring. Looking back, I should have gotten some more things but like I said, too much money was spent and since I do not in fact own a bakery, I figured I could make do.

It's a funfetti cake! Only the best. Please excuse the nudity.

Fast forward a couple weeks to last Friday. We were finally going out to celebrate the Boy’s birthday which meant I had a cake to make. I decided that this year it would be a Bengals cake. We are both HUGE football fans and cheer for our home teams. I have the Steelers black and gold running through my veins and he, unfortunately has to cheer for the Cardiac Cats. But his Bengals did well this year and since I like the kid, I decided to make a Bengals cake. I woke up early to bake the cake so that during my lunch break I could decorate it. As I sat working at my desk at home I felt like the naked uniced cake was taunting me from the kitchen.

Halfway done with the stripes

Lunch time came and I went out to the kitchen and just looked at the cake for awhile. What had I gotten myself into? Before I could think about it too much, I got to work. I dirty iced the cake, colored the fondant, rolled it out and placed it on the cake. Then I did my best at Bengal stripes although I swear I lost part of my soul doing it 😉 and topped it all off with the Bengals B.

You can find more pictures of the process and see what “dirty ice” is here. For my third cake I think it turned out pretty well!

Finished Bengals Cake for the birthday Boy

The Boy loved it! We had a great time! We went to the Saucer, which is now a mandatory go-to for celebrations, The Gurst Haus, a new place for us that honestly needs it’s own post. Until I can write a post on it, suffice it to say that walking into this place made you feel like you walked into the movie Beerfest. It was delicious and so fun to try a new place. While we were sitting there though, I couldn’t help but think about next year and how I was going to top the Rubik’s Cube and now Bengals cake. I have a couple of ideas 😉

Maybe those Monday morning dreams aren’t that far off after all! What are your dreams this Monday? Have you taken any classes or found a new hobby that you love?

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10 thoughts on “Weekends are for (food)lovers- Let them eat cake

  1. That cake looks awesome! Even though it is for the Bengals. 🙂 You should make a Notre Dame/Phillies/Eagles one. Just saying.

    You need to remind him that you are the greatest girlfriend ever. There is no greater sacrifice than having to stare at the colors of a team you hate for a few hours. I don’t know if I could make a Dallas Cowboys cake for anyone. Maybe if my life depended on it:)

    • Haha. You’re right, I’ll remind him tonight 😉 I am glad that a) you appreciate how much making a Bengals cake took out of me and b) hate the cowboys. You’ll NEVER see me make that cake. Cowboys fan=deal breaker. You can’t work through that.

  2. Cool cake. I’ve been dying to take a fondant class myself.
    Meanwhile, Ms. Walking, you’re our featured blogger this morning at OnNashville. Go check out your review!
    — Ellen Margulies, Niche Content Editor, The Tennessean

  3. Well done! Wow 🙂 I took some Wilton baking courses, actually the first three, and really enjoyed them. But baking is such an expensive hobby hehe you are amazing at it however so keep it up!! xx

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