What the Cake?!?!?!?

If you read my list of 100 things about me, you may remember one of my dreams is to own a bakery some day. It would be a cute brick building with lots of character. Very inviting. A place where people love to hang out. The problem? Lack of money. Lack of experience. Lack of clientele. Lack of business skills. At this point it's just a dream. The thing about dreams is you have to actually take steps to achieve them.

My stepping stone to ever making this dream possible is to start a cake decorating business from my home (totally legal in Iowa, not so in all states though). I'm actually making a cake next week for my friend's son. I usually send my practice cakes to work with my hubby. I love decorating cakes but that is actually one of the few sweets I can pass up.

Have you noticed yet that it takes me a while to get to my point? Perhaps I should work on that. I like us to all be on the same page. Back to the story at hand.

That brings us to today. We had a lovely time at the parade for our local fall festival. On the way home, Hubs struck up a little conversation.

Hubs: Oh, T {Hubs' coworker} wanted me to ask you if you would be interested in making a wedding cake.
Me: {Blank stare, mouth gaping open} A wedding cake?
Hubs: Yeah.
Me: Do they want it to look nice?
Hubs: Yeah.
Me: But it's their wedding cake. What if I drop it or it falls over?
Hubs: Aren't you worried about that for birthday cakes?
Me: But this is a WEDDING. That's a lot bigger than a birthday.
Hubs: Ok, I'll tell him you're not interested.
Me: Well, I am interested. It's just, it's their wedding!

What do I do? I have the chance to make a WEDDING CAKE! You know. That thing that's the centerpiece of the reception? Yeah. That. No big deal. If I drop it during delivery I've just ruined the bride's entire day.

Recently, I've tried to look at life differently. Seize the opportunities that present themselves to me. Take a chance. Not live the safe life. What if this opportunity was strategically placed on the table by something bigger than me? What if I pass it up? Why do I automatically worry about the cake crashing to the floor? What if it turns out to be a beautiful wedding cake and results in more potential clients? I don't think I can say no. I think I want to take this opportunity. I think I want to prove to myself that I can do this.


OneRetroMama said...

You can do it!!!!

Go for it it will be great!! And don't forget to take pictures for your portfolio.

Jim said...

Hmmm ... to paraphrase Barack Obama:

"Yes, you can!"

Rogers said...


Jamie said...

My mom does wedding cakes alot and the best advice I can offer you from what I've seen her do is:
1. decorate each cake one at a time.
2. When you transport fold your seats down (if they fold down) and lay damp towels down...It'll keep the cake plates from sliding around. Take someone with you who can give you a "progress" report while your enroute.
3. When you get to where the reception is being held then put the cake all togther and add all the "extra" trimmings.
4. Take photo's for your "portfolio" and your blog.
5. Don't worry about it. It'll be fine!

P.S. Very cute blog! and thanks for stopping by mine.