After the previous cake, I went overboard and accepted an order for the princess cake. This was for colleague S’s daughter’s birthday. She gave me her daughter’s barbie before hand. The doll was quite tall, so I had to make a bigger cake to reach her hip level. Birthday was on 24th. So, I had to keep the doll ready by morning before going to work. I baked double the quantity that I made for my birthday on 23rd morning itself before going to work. Because, assembling or frosting of a cake can be done only once the baled cake cools down completely.
In the evening, i had my usual chores of cleaning up, fixing our dinner etc. Once Mantam went to sleep, I had my dinner and sat to publish the day’s post for my blog. By then Abbas came and I finished my cheat post by the time he had his dinner. After clearing the table and cleaning the kitchen counter top, I started off. It was 10:30 by then I guess.
First job was to prepare a base on which the cake would be assembled. Cut two pieces of cardboard in square shape, piled one on top of another to make the base thick, wrapped with a gift wrapping paper. Next job was to get the barbie ready. Undressed the barbie, combed her hair neatly into a plait, cleaned her well as there were some black coloured marks on her, wiped her dry, covered her legs with cling wrap. Already cut cakes were horizontally cut into 6 layers. Whipped cream to go inbetween layers. Assembled all the six layers and inserted the barbie in the center. I got my first panic attack. There was some gap from the top till her hips. A small one but I didn’t know how to cover it up. There was no way I could bake another one at that hour.
Presence of mind worked, I used the small circular portion carved out of each layer form the center to do the trick, I was skeptical if those bits and pieces would stay put or fall off once I started falling. But luckily, they chose to do me a favour by not moving a bit. That settled, I began with the frosting. I had showed S my birthday cake and she wanted me to do the same combination dress for her too. So Pink coloured buttercream frosting was made and smeared all over. her dress. All the chocolate cake’s crumbles began showing on the dress as I moved the spatula. I had to chill the cake for sometime to let the cream set well and proceed. So, I piped patterns on the upper body to complete her dress. It was already 1 AM by then so I hit the bed.
I set the alarm to ring at 5. For those 4 hours, I had a completely disturbed sleep with dreams of the barbie. Once I saw all the cream melting and dripping all over in the fridge. Another was that I opened the fridge door in the morning to see the barbie having fallen inside. I just couldn’t catch a good sleep.
Woke up at 5, and I thought of puttiing another layer of cream over the dress to hide those crumbs. SO this time I used whipped cream and coloured it pink. Somehow, the colour didnt match the upper portion of dress. Howmuchever colour I added, it wouldn’t upgrade to a darker shade of pink. So I thought of giving a shaded effect on the dress. Plain pink wasn’t looking that great all by itself. So I added a bit of blue too. Covered it with cling film by 7 AM and then started off with my usual cooking.
It was too strenuous but I enjoyed it. I dunno, it gives me such an adrenaline high once the end result is achieved. Abbas has warned me not to accept any orders in future on weekdays. I agree with him more…