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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mammoth Project - a wedding dedication to my daughter and son-in-law

              Wao I have not been posting any new post for the past two weeks as my daughter was getting married and we were all on over drive.  Phew 60% work done, 40% count down had just started.  I asked my girl last year whether she wanted me to do the traditional white wedding cake as first never had any experience doing it; second that would have given me ample time to practise on fondant and gum paste flowers, as, although I attended the course last year, I didnt find the time to practise due to my cake orders, etc. etc. so when she said, no need, I got to admit, I was slightly relieved as it would be a massive project doing the gum paste flowers, drying them and storing them etc.

              Then three weeks before the wedding she dropped a bomb shell on me.  She asked me whether I was doing the cake and that's when sheer panic set in.  So I thought to myself, as I had no proper experience doing a traditional white wedding cake, I will sway from tradition and forge my own tradition; be on my own turf so to speak and on my own terms.  I decided that I will bake my chocolate cake and buy some lovely wedding decor from baking speciality shops.  I can vouch for my chocolate cake as I learnt it more than 25 years; I did some R&D on it so much so that I had personalised it to my own liking and till today, it remains one of my best sellers. 

             The trouble is, the cake I learnt is 10".  [When some of my customers wanted a smaller chocolate cake for a small party; I have successfully come up with an 8"] The thing is, the largest tin in my collection is 14"; if it had been 15" it would Not be difficult for me to calculate proportionate ingredients, remember this is three weeks before the wedding so I didnt have much time to start shopping aroundI ask myself, will I succeed???  There are so many minute calculation involved [read as in egg, quite difficult] and if my calculation is wrong, I am Toast and there isn't much time!!!  I TELL MYSELF, "Hey chill,  your cake is Plan "B" if all else fail, they will cut the cake provided by the Club and haven't you baked a chocolate cake for Carmen's wedding in March 2005.  Yes I did but that was a single 10" cake; the exact size the recipe calls for and my machine Can't handle a bulk of 4000 gm + volume.  So how lah???" 

             So my beloved daughter so many questions were floating in my head.  What do I do???  I think I will just forge ahead and do it.

            So after playing out all these negative thoughts in my head, I threw all fears away and decided to put my theory to the test and did the trial run two weeks before the wedding and if I succeed I would be all the better for it.  Dividing the volume into two and simultaneously beating it in 2 separate bowls I went for it and I was mighty glad as despite its mammoth size, the cake texture was as soft as how it was supposed to be. The next test, was getting the feed back from the guests that ate the cake and I am happy to say that they loved.  Some of them even asked me whether I added rum in the cake, I said no as there were Muslim brethen there but the implication that there was liqueur when there was none, I think that gave me a tremendous lift.  I am a little sad that I couldn't cut the cake while the dinner wedding was in progress as being chocolatee, it would be a wee bit messy.  So I cut the cake after the wedding dinner was over and half the guests were still there.  So Boss if you are reading this, thank you very much for coming to the dinner and I am sorry I forgot to tell you to stay behind to eat the cake as so excited to talk to you after 7 years absence :( but not to worry I shall make amends and meet up with you sooooon read as in somebody's birthday coming up soon and if I cant make it on the exact date due to Juliana's birthday next day, I will definitely drop by with a cake :) :) :)

               Finally, I was able to do something I really long for, for my daughter and son-in-law's wedding with God at my corner as HE must have heard all my vocal pleas to HIM and I thank HIM for everything HE has done for me and my family.  Wishing you both "Congratulations and a lifetime of God's Blessings, Love, Health, Children, Success in your respective careers.  May you both Always walk in the way of the Lord. Amen".

                                    Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia

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