Even though I enjoy it, I must admit it can be a huge challenge. The main trouble is that people often have an unusual or difficult idea in mind for cake. Not only do I have to understand the idea they are trying to communicate to me (it helps if they have pictures!), but I have to find a way to actually carry it out and make it into a cake. Basically, I have to tell people that I think I can do what they are asking before I can attempt it and find out for sure. That creates pressure for me. Sometimes I am extremely pleased with the result, and other times I wish it would have turned out better.
Take, for instance, the cake I just finished today. The beautiful young lady who ordered the cake is celebrating her 25th birthday. She had a very specific design for a cake in mind, and thankfully she was able to give me a folder that used the design on it. I must admit, it is a tricky design, and I really had no idea how I could replicate it onto a cake. But I felt like it would be possible, so I accepted the challenge.
Here is the result:I ended up tracing the design from the folder onto white paper. Then I used the sharp end of a kabob skewer to trace over the paper onto the cake. That only helped with the top of the cake, though, because I was unable to trace it onto the sides. I had to freehand the sides. I also was unable to work in any turquoise accents or writing, two things she had requested. But thankfully, she seemed pleased with what I had made. I think writing or another color would have been too much on top of this intricate design, so I suggested either leaving it plain or putting boldly colored number candles in the center.
It would be easier if everyone requested a 9 by 13 sheet cake that reads "Happy Birthday ____" and has a few roses in the corner, but I guess you can get those anywhere. I'm glad for the challenges and the opportunity to create unique cakes!