Let me begin by saying I’ve cooked for 50-plus people a number of times; I’ve baked every one of my daughter’s and son’s birthday cakes for the past four years (6 cakes total and probably hundreds of cupcakes); I’ve made a cake and numerous cupcakes for the birthdays of my niece and a few of our friends’ children; but I was never so nervous about any of those tasks as I was about this three-tiered cake I made for a friend’s bridal shower this past Sunday.
With 53 eggs, 34 sticks of butter and I don’t even know how much sugar, this cake was quite a feat. I just wish I would have approached it a bit calmer … I was so anxious for it to turn out well it was insane. But I’m happy to say, it was ultimately enjoyed by all and I’m glad I got to contribute to someone’s special day in this small way.
The cake was covered in fondant (which I made with marshmallows; a surprisingly simple recipe that tastes so, so, so much better than the store-bought fondant) and decorated with fondant ribbons and gumpaste bows and flowers.