It turned out better than I thought and looked great sat atop the cake.
When asked to do her cake I felt honoured. After all, wedding cakes are such a huge part of the big day and the responsibility of a cake decorator to get it absolutely right is immense. Nothing can go wrong and, believe me, when decorating cakes lots of things can and often do go wrong, so when I finished the cake and took a step back to look at it in the safe environment of a Leeds kitchen I was happy.
Happy that it was everything I imagined it to be and everything she’d asked for.
Then, however, I had to transport the cake all the way to Walsall - about 100 miles down the motorway. I can tell you, I have never been so grateful for the M1 roadworks and the 50 mph enforced speed limit!
Driving Miss Daisy had nothing on me, much to my passengers’ amusement. I say amusement, annoyance would be more accurate! Every bump and vibration filled me with dread. I couldn’t see the cake while driving but imagined all sorts, an absolute car crash inside the cake box with everything collapsing on itself. A stressful experience and if any brides out there who are contemplating collecting wedding cakes rather than letting the decorator set up at the venue please take heed, you don’t need the stress!
As it was, the cake on arrival was perfect, nothing had moved, nothing had been damaged and all that was required was for me to add the top layer and a few extra shells to perfect. Relieved and in need of a drink – and a boogie, after all it was a wedding!
A fabulous few days followed with a trip down memory lane for me for a day out at Walsall Arboretum with my family. Here I spent so many days out in my childhood, in my memory it was always sunny, there was always a picnic and hours in the playground. The day we had was no different, gorgeous in the sunshine and made me smile all day.
Then there was Legoland Windsor and we had a fantastic time there. So lucky with the weather and, despite the queues, we managed to get most rides done.
On our arrival back home, though, it wasn't long before I was back to my baking. I had missed it ....