“Let me ‘splain, no, let me sum up.” For those of you who might not recognize it, that’s a quote from Princess Bride (one of the most quotable movies of all time). But I digress.
Hi. What else can I say. We’ve been gone soooooo long. We abandoned you, and we’re sorry. We kept meaning to write something but never seemed to get around to it. Well, here we are. We’re back, and we hope you’ll forgive our horrible lack of communication.
Back to the quote. Where to start. Hmmmmmm……we’re still doing cakes, just not nearly as many as we used to. It’s difficult to explain. We’ve come to realize that we have a love/hate relationship with cakes which we really, really don’t understand. We love to do cakes but it became so all consuming that we got burned out. Because we are not a business and we don’t have the facilities to do cakes in a big way (you know, go big or go home) it is very difficult to do a tiered cake in my tiny kitchen (let alone a 3-tiered cake, and 2 single birthday cakes, all due the same day). We also found that, again, since we’re not a business and only do cakes in our spare time, we were getting burned out because we were spending every weekend enslaved to the kitchen and crafting cakes. No down time. We found ourselves dreading weekends. Something had to give.
So we made the decision to scale back. It was hard. We love people and we love to use our cakes to love people but we had to learn to say no. We didn’t want to, but we knew we had to for our sanity. Plus, we didn’t want the caliber or quality of our cakes to suffer because we had to drag ourselves into the kitchen to work on them. We don’t really do little cakes anymore, like birthdays. We found that the little cakes were just as labor intensive as the bigger cakes, especially because birthday cakes for kids tend to be based on iconic figures, either cartoons or video games.
The sad part is that we’re really good at it. Please. I mean, don’t misunderstand. We’re not prideful about them, that’s not it. It’s more that it shocks and surprises me every time I look at our cakes. No I mean it. I don’t say that we’re good at it because we’re proud or bragging. If you know us you know that we’re not braggy people. We just learned early on that making cakes, and adorning them with fondant and gum paste was something that we were really good at it, and no one is more surprised by that than we are. I don’t know why we can do this or where it came from. Again, if you know us personally, you will know that we continue to be shocked and amazed at the gum paste and fondant creations that flow out of our hands. We are also perfectionists which often makes things even more tedious for us. We don’t really understand where this came from at this point in our lives but there it is. We tapped into something a few years ago and had no idea that it would lead us here.
Now, let me say that we will never completely give up making cakes. We LOOOOOOVE to do baby shower cakes, and bridal shower cakes, and we ABSOLUTELY love to do wedding cakes. We will always do cakes for special situations and special people but just not as much as we used to. We will still try to blog as we can. We’ve added another baby to the family and with two grandchildren running around here, that makes even less time for cakes. We are enjoying our time with them, and I must say that Thatcher enjoys helping us with cakes. Anytime he is here he absolutely has to help me bake. We love it. At four years old he helps with the ingredients (except eggs, they are too slimy for him) and he has already learned to cut out fondant flowers to help Auntie M.
We want to still be able to enjoy the process and be proud of the finished product, so while we are not doing as many cakes, we are still putting all the love and care into them that we always did, and the payoffs are huge!! The excitement, smiles, and sometimes tears, when someone sees their cake, never get old for us. Yeah, we’ll keep doing cakes.