Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Madness - Mistakes Happen

When you make things with your own hands, it doesn't take long to figure out that mistakes can and do happen.  Depending on how big the mistake is, you may be able to fix things or you may have to start completely over.  Starting over can be very expensive if you're using costly materials.  Even the amount of time invested could lead to missed sleep, missed work on other projects, etc.  That old carpenter's adage of "measure twice, cut once" is important to apply to everything you do.

It's not uncommon for those of us in the handmade world to experiment a little and try new things.  I know that my hubby, Cricut Man, uses paper destined for the trash can to try out his ideas so he can save his better materials for the actual project.  I'm always amazed at how many different attempts it can take for him to get it "just right." He is definitely a perfectionist!

My youngest son had a rough experience recently when he decided to make a very unique for his dad's birthday. He wanted to create a cake that looked like a can of Diet Coke (yes, we are addicted) and he asked his girlfriend to help him with the project.  They decided to have it look like a pop can laying on its side and made the bottom half out of rice crispy treats to make it stable.  The top half was three layers of cake which were then carved to the correct shape.  What really impressed me was their attention to detail in using an edible metallic spray for the outside of the can and my son creating the Diet Coke logo free hand.  I chuckled at the "Cake Not Diet" written on the ingredients panel. They even added a gelatin pool under the top of the can to make it look like some Diet Coke had spilled out.  It was amazing!!  I'm glad they took a photo before they brought it to our house....



On the trip across town, the layers of cake started to slide off of the rice crispy treat base (thanks to a layer of frosting in between).  When they arrived at our door, my son and his girlfriend were wearing frosting and the cake looked a little more like the ones in the recycling bin.  Still, it was VERY cool and all the hard work was appreciated.  Mistakes happen....learn from it, get past it, and be able to laugh at yourself a little!


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18 mad comments:

Annalea said...

my mom baked cakes professionally for years so i totally understand the disappointment felt when a cake breaks apart or the layers start to slide - especially after all the work put into it. that aside, i have to say that this is one of THE MOST CLEVER CAKES i've ever seen!!! seriously brilliant! make it again - next time use dowels - because people would buy these!

visiting from the sumo's sweet stuff link party.

Kharlie Bug said...

WOW, mishap or not, that is one impressive cake. I bet it was yummy too!

Heidi @ Mom's Crafty Space said...

I know what I want for my birthday cake this year! They did an AMAZING job!

Karen Tapahe said...

Even when it was broken it looked fantastic! I'm really loving all these comments. This particular son is our drama/choir/dance/art kid and his creativity really shows.

Erin said...

How cool is that?!?! Well, before it collapsed =o) But very, very cute!!!

Kath said...

That was impressive! Suggestion to your son.( I watch "Ace of Cakes" Love Duff!) The wood skewers that you uses when doing kabobs. Stick into the cake and base to help hold it in place!

Jan said...

What a fantastic cake! It's so nice that your son spent so much time and care making a special cake for your husband. :) He's very talented.

I found you on the All About You blog hop and am now following.

Jan at Jewelry4Change
http://www.jewelry4change.blogspot.com

Susan Crabtree said...

I LOVE Diet Crack too! This would of been the perfect cake for me also-I adore this cake!

Stephanie Smith said...

This cake is very clever. Thanks for showing it on your blog, and tell your son and his girlfriend that they did a great job.

PinkMama said...

Awww LOVE IT! What a cool idea and love the creativity! I'm sure dad appreciated it a lot! I'm a new fan. Thanks for stopping by my blog last week. I'm also in the process of setting up an etsy store for my hubby.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I'm crazy about this idea though! And I love your blog name. I had fun stopping by.

Warmly, Michelle

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

What a cool cake!!!

April said...

This is awesome! I am also addicted.

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty said...

So sad! But what a great cake! Thanks for sharing! I have a sister in law who is addicted (ok, maybe I am too!) so maybe for her birthday....

Valerie- www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
Stop on by!

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

Wow, this is so very cool. They did a great job!

LambAround said...

Oh no! Well, even broken, it's still a very impressive cake :)

Lei said...

So fabulous, and as a diet coke fan I am super impressed!!!

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Amazing! At least they got a pic before disaster struck

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