For anyone reading this who doesn’t make cakes for a living I bet you’re thinking, how on earth can you be stressed making cakes?!? It’s such a lovely thing to do. Pop the oven on, dance around the kitchen whilst you whip and whisk, into the oven the cake batter, all thick and gooey goes and voila, a lovely cake appears, ready to decorate at your leisure… I think I can remember the time of innocent cake making (with a huge sigh!)
I’m not saying I don’t love what I do, I really do and I’m not looking for sympathy (honest!) but my stress levels are definitely growing. When I was young (and carefree) I happily sailed through my orders, sometime 4-5 wedding cakes per week as well as all the other celebration cakes. I would plough through the week and deliver all cakes safely without a care, but now it’s a different story. (At some point I will tell you about the cake disasters and the ‘oh my god, how did I pull that off’ moments!)
For example, this weeks wedding cake worries.
Will everything go to plan?
Have I got everything I need and the time to make everything?
My worry then grows more the night before the cake is due, will it be ok overnight, do I know where I’m going to, how will I get into the venue, the room, is there stairs, a lift, will I be able to carry it. And then the big day, and the slow, grandma drive to the hotel. I have a sticker on the back of my car saying ‘wedding cake in transit’ but that’s worse as drivers then come right up to me to the back of my car to see what the sticker says! So you make it to the venue and into the room and then it’s trying to find somewhere to put the cake safely so you can lift it out of the box and onto the stand. Your hearts racing, your hands are sweaty, your throats dry but you’ve just got to do it! (It’s even worse when the staff are asking you a million questions about how long it takes to make cakes!!) So if this all goes to plan I bet you’re all thinking, brilliant, that’s it all over, eeeerr NO! My worry is now about will it be ok for the rest of the day, will it cut and serve ok and will the bride and groom be happy with it! I’m not completely over the worry until maybe Wednesday of the week after! Then it all starts again, sometimes the stress even overlaps!
At this rate I really don’t think I can do this job for much longer and I’ve always liked the look of Ice Road Trucking!
So that’s my weekend (and nearly every weekend!) I hope yours is going better!