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22 January 2010

"Just when I thought I was out ... they pull me back in."

I can't remember the first cake I swore would be the very last cake I ever decorated. But I couldn't not decorate Jeri & Phil's wedding cake.   I loved doing it, and I had as much fun making it special as I did making Ned & Marta's and later Paul & Audra's wedding cakes.  But when that was over, I swore that was the very last cake I was going to decorate.

Then Brianna's first birthday came along and Laurel asked if I would like to make her cake.  Laurel was making cupcakes and I would make the birthday cake.  How could I not make Bri's cake?  It was fun doing a little kid's cake again.  I made so many of them in my cake decorating days.

But that was definitely my last cake (other than cakes for Bri in the future, I said to myself, thinking of all the cakes that I might possibly make for her as she grows up).

When I went to the meeting to plan Herbert Bauer's 100th birthday, I was delighted to see my friend Sue there.  Many, many years ago, Sue and I worked together.  I had been decorating cakes in town for awhile.  There was no bakery here then, other than at Safeway and people liked my cakes better.

When I think back on those days of baking and decorating cakes in my kitchen, knowing nothing of the rules of hygiene or what sorts of permits you need to sell home-made food, it's amazing that I didn't get arrested!

CakeWedding.jpg (54511 bytes)Sue decided to open a bakery, The Farmer's Wife, and asked if I would like to be her cake decorator.  I knew that I didn't have the skills of a professional, but was more than willing to work with her until she found a "real" cake decorator.  I loved working in that little shop and I still remember decorating the bakery's very first wedding cake.

Sue eventually found a cake decorator and I retired from the business, only to make cakes for friends and relatives.  And, in time, as things happen, I lost track of Sue.  She merged her business with a restaurant, I heard, and later that she had divorced and moved out of town.  I can't remember how many years it had been since I last had news of her.

It was assumed by everyone that Sue would decorate the cake for Dr. Bauer's party and she had a great idea for the design of it.  But I was thrilled when she called to ask if I would like to help her with the cake.  I would be the best of all possible worlds--she would do all the stuff that I don't like to do and I would help with the fun part.  Besides, it would be fun to work together again.

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We have a 3-tier cake with people holding hands all around the cake.   Sue drew the stick people and I started working on dressing them.  In no time at all, I felt like I was ready to audition for the sequel to Avitar.

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My hands were more blue than anything else, but the little people were looking very cute.  Of course I am the clutz of the world and I kept bumping the side of the cake and smearing the "clothes."  "You're worse than I am," Sue laughed.

I ended up decorating the top two tiers of the cake and left Sue to do the bottom tier.

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It was the best of all possible worlds because someone else will carry the tiers to the party tomorrow (the part I really hate!) and Sue will set them up and I won't have to deal with the angst of maybe  dropping the cake.  It was bad enough I came home wearing most of it.

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I really enjoyed working with Sue again and I think when the cake is all set up with the finishing touches on it, it's going to be really stunning!


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