Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Cake Wrecks World Tour III -- Wreck On!
This Thursday is my 42nd birthday. I will then officially be the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Not really, but it's fun to think about. As a little birthday present to myself I was able to be a part of the third Cake Wrecks World Tour. The book signing party was in Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ last night and it was a lot of fun.
As I outlined in my post yesterday I had volunteered to make a vegan cake for the event. The gory detail I didn't go into was the epic fails I encountered along the way. Let's just say that the vegan fondant did NOT work, and that the middle portion of the cake display was so bad I ended up cutting it in the car and taking the slices in on plates since I was too embarrassed by it to cut it inside. The cake's concept was to make a steampunk machine. It started with a vat of hideous frosting colors with poo swirls and sprinkles, pipes sucked that goo up and through a machine (the failed part), which then spat out little cake wrecks through a big faucet (which didn't get finished because I ran out of time dealing with the other issues). What I ended up with was a vat with just orange frosted sides since the fondant failed, a fleet of little cake plates instead of a machine, and a pile of orange cupcakes. Ah well.
The best part of the cakes I made was the taste. I used recipes from GroupRecipes.com and Epicurious.com for the vegan chocolate cake and "buttercream" frosting. I'll post the recipes tomorrow since I don't know how to program in HTML and connect to the sites with little links. I'll get there one day!
The real cake for the evening was provided by Breanna from Sugar Dreams in Chandler, AZ (http://sugardreamsaz.com/). Her cake was incredible. She had three layers of various chocolate and white cakes with cool fillings, and it all looked like old fashioned suitcases packed with Cake Wrecks t-shirts and the official logo. Did I mention that it sparkled? She said it took 25 hours of work to make and the craftsmanship was obvious. What a work of art!
I'll post more about the event tomorrow including recipes. I really had a fabulous time and throughly enjoyed myself. If you missed out on the occasion you really missed a party!