This delivery with my mom was a nightmare! The art deco wedding cake has separators in it. I HATE delivering cakes with separators. They’re just so unstable, or maybe I’m doing something wrong?! So to be on the safe side, I didn’t even stack the top tier of the cake.
It was a pretty rocky start from Staten Island but we were doing fine. We got intoManhattan and we weren’t exactly sure what block we had to turn on. Manhattan is SO confusing, especially downtown! Of course we didn’t turn down the right block and had to go down another street to get to the venue. As we turn the corner onto the street of City Hall restaurant, we hit a giant pothole and I heard THUMP!!!!! My heart dropped, I knew something happened to the cake.
My mom stopped the car in the middle of the street and I ran out to see what the hell happened. I opened the trunk and the cake fell over!!!! I didn’t even stack this cake all the way for this reason and it still fell!!!!! I hate potholes more than anything. Cake deliveries are rough to begin with; with potholes…forget it!!!!!
I held the cake in my hands and went into the restaurant with my mom. Thankfully it wasn’t terribly damaged, just the backside. We managed to place the cake table in the corner of the room and hide the messed up part facing the wall. The bride and groom would have never even known what a disaster that was, but I had to tell them! Luckily they didn’t care at all and absolutely loved the cake!
This was not the first time a cake fell on me. June of 2009 was the worst cake catastrophe I ever had!!! Sam had gone away one week to Bermuda and left me all by my lonesome. This was before Jess and Teresa worked for me. I had my 2 best friends Rob and Bianca come in and work with me that week (what a bad decision that was). To top off not having an actual cake employee, my central air ran out of coolant during a heat wave!!! This is no joke and not made up, people probably wouldn’t believe me.
We had a cake order for a 3 tier cake as gift boxes for a Sweet 16. They wanted the gift boxes to be off centered and not stacked directly on top of one another. I thought it was a great idea and was pretty excited to do the cake. I made the cake and went to stack it, I don’t know exactly what got into me but I didn’t dowel the cake properly. Before we delivered, I noticed it was leaning over, and as the day went on and it got hotter, it started to lean more. I told my friends lets just get this in the car and bring it to the hall, get it out of our hands. Rob and Bianca got in my car with the cake and brought it to the hall, or at least tried to. I got a phone call not even 10 minutes later and I see my car outside. I run outside to see Bianca sitting in the front seat of my car with red velvet cake EVERYWHERE!!!! The entire cake basically crumbled to pieces. I mean there was no saving this, it looked like there was a bomb inside and it exploded!!!!! I was horrified and had no idea what to do. There was red velvet cake all over my car. Luckily I had a 10inch and 8inch red velvet cake crumb coated in the fridge for the party the next day. I covered them and decorated them as fast as I could, of course looking nothing like gift boxes but it was something.
I brought it to the hall and showed the woman, she wasn’t very happy with it but was grateful for my honesty and trying to fix this disaster. Naturally I refunded her the money and luckily she had a cake, not the one she wanted but a cake. I rushed back to the store and baked more cake for the day after. It was a horrible weekend!!!!! Now, I’m dowel crazy and make sure my central air is ready to go in May for the summer!!! LOL
The client actually came back and has ordered several cakes since then; luckily it wasn’t a total disaster. We have a running joke about it and I think she’s pretty nervous every time I go to deliver a cake!
So I’m not really complaining too much about the wedding cake falling over in the car, at least it was salvageable and looked nice (well from the front). Cake catastrophes are the worst. People pay so much money for cakes, the last thing you want (as the designer) is to have a wreck on your hands! Hopefully something like that will never happen to me again!
The Taste of Staten Island is my favorite event every year. It’s held the second Sunday in September on the grounds of the Eger Nursing Home, located right above Staten Island’s Greenbelt. It is such a wonderful event, and every year seems to be getting bigger and bigger.
The first year I entered was 2009 and I walked away with the 1st place prize! “Best Special Occasion Cake on Staten Island”. I was FLOORED. I never expected to win; I didn’t even expect to be runner up!
Naturally after winning my first time, I had to go back and defend my title in 2010. This year they decided to do something new and create a theme for the whole event. It was “Under the Big Top”, and it turned out amazing! There were over 50 different vendors there ranging from pizzeria’s, restaurants, wineries, and of course …. bakeries!
For the past 2 years I have entered into the special occasion cake category. This year with my wild circus theme cake I won best bakery on Staten Island! Along with it came their new tradition of a gold traveling trophy! I was so happy when I won, not only because I got a beautiful trophy to carry for a year, but to be the “Best Bakery on Staten Island”.
After being open for only 2 ½ years, it is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment. I cannot describe the feeling of happiness and satisfaction that overcame me. I was so proud of myself that all my hard work and dedication to my business has really paid off.
Not only do I participate in this event to show off my skills and compete with the best in the business on the island, I go for the FOOD! The food at this event is to die for! All the best restaurants and caterers here participate and make the most amazing dishes! My favorite dish from the event was “Nove Restaurant’s” poached pear, goat cheese, and almond ravioli in a brown butter sauce. TO DIE FOR. I swear I salivate every time I think about it LOL. I cannot wait to go back this upcoming September.
I do a lot of events and fundraisers (most of which I’m not too excited to be in) but I cannot say the same for the Taste of Staten Island. Not only is the food incredible and the event itself so much fun, but the cause is a great one. The Eger Nursing Home is one of Staten Island’s largest nursing homes and all the proceeds from the event go directly to the Eger Foundation and nursing home. It’s very close to heart since before her passing in October, 2010, my great grandma (who is my idol and inspiration in life) was in a nursing home for a few months following an injury in July, 2010. I know how desperately they need funding and how important it is. Most people don’t understand or see it until they themselves are in a situation where a loved one is in a home.
I will continue to go back every year and participate in this amazing event!
Hi! I’m Sam and I’m a cake decorator at the Cake Artist. Piping has become my area of expertise, but I also love making cartoon figures and sugar flowers. We may have fights and stupid little arguments from time to time, but I really do love working at the store with the girls and Vin. I’ve been working at the Cake Artist for the past 2 years and I really have grown there. I’ve been able to develop a bunch of different techniques thanks to Vin giving us the freedom to try a little bit of everything. Still, making buttercream is never fun. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do!
Filming S.I. Cakes was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Two years ago when I was working for Vin, I would never have guessed we would end up doing it in front of cameras. I just wish I didn’t have to appear on a national television show wearing a cupcake costume that made me look so ridiculous. That had to be the highlight of the season for me. Seeing Vin put that hilarious cupcake costume on in the store was priceless. I hope everyone enjoys the show as much as I did making it!