In my fledgeling career as a baker/decorator of custom cakes, one of the things I’m most proud of is my involvement in Icing Smiles! Yesterday, I had the honor of delivering a celebration cake to Nick for his birthday. This was my first cake for the organization and I admit, I was so incredibly nervous (Andy can attest, I was an absolute bear while we were packing up things to leave for the 1.5 hour journey to St. Pete!).
Nick is a fan of Cake Wars and other cake-related shows, so he had a good idea of what he wanted from the beginning! This was great for me, because it gave me a great jumping-off place. He requested a Vanilla cake with Raspberry filling (yummy!) and since it’s my favorite flavor combination as well, I was thrilled to oblige.
He also let me know that he preferred a fishing theme, and I really wanted to deliver him something special. Typically, when donating a cake for Icing Smiles, the servings are limited to about 40. This lets the organization set realistic expectations for their recipients and helps the baker/decorator to accurately design for the family.
Because Nick was such a fan of the cake decorating process, I wanted to deliver him something special for his celebration. I worked to think of elements that I knew that he’d appreciate – In order to do that, I got just a little creative with some of the elements of the cake and finalized a design with a 14″ x 14″ square dummy tier for the water and a 10″ x 6″ cake tier for the land.
I also went completely out of my comfort zone on this cake by deciding to model a figure for him. I don’t think I did horribly for my first attempt, and I believe the little fisherman really added the finishing touch.
All cake deliveries are nerve-wracking to be sure – the transportation of the cake alone can be enough to make a baker a nervous wreck. This doesn’t even compare to the “I hope they like it” thoughts that are running through your head for the entire trip. Andrew was my co-pilot, as usual and he keeps me grounded during the delivery process – Have I mentioned lately that I adore this man?!
It took us a little while to find the Ronald McDonald House – but find it we did! Nick was in the lobby, so I got to meet him right away – What a kind and sweet boy he is! The kind ladies from the desk went off to find his mom, Julie, and we took a few pictures before transporting the cake to the area where the birthday celebration would be held.
They loved the cake and were so excited to have a special celebration cake for the Birthday Party – I left feeling warm and fuzzy and the entire experience solidified my commitment to this terrific organization. I can’t wait for the next one!
If you’re looking for worthwhile charities or donation opportunities, please consider contributing to Icing Smiles or the Ronald McDonald House – Both organizations are superb, and they show a true commitment to caring for families.