Sometimes it’s a carefree afternoon full of laughter and chocolatey spatulas licked clean. More often than not it’s a hellish, endless night that ends at 2am with me exhausted, covered in icing sugar and a kitchen that looks like it’s been hit by a serious tornado.
Baking is not really for the impatient, and I am, unfortunately, majorly impatient. I have developed a love/hate relationship for the “sport” (as Honey Boo Boo’s Mama would say), where I usually throw things and swear and get to the brink of tears until I see the happy face of the client and remember why it’s worth all the pain.
Throughout my last few years of baking (cakes and cupcakes, mostly), I’ve realized that a few things commonly occur:
01. If everything is going 100% smoothly, it won’t be for much longer.
02. If you think it’s going to take you four hours to make that monster truck cake, it will probably take you seven.
03. Always have enough ingredients for extra icing on hand.
04. Don’t try to carve your cake before it’s completely cooled. In fact, always do the “baking” part a day early.
05. Don’t eat the icing while you bake if you want to try any of the finished goods. You’ll get sick. Every. Time.
06. Don’t try a new setting on the oven when you have three dozen cupcakes to bake for the next morning.
07. Fondant is always pain in the ass. I don’t care how easy Cake Boss makes it look.
08. Keep everything you use for baking in one area. You’ll go nuts trying to find things when you really need them.
09. You can never have enough piping tips. Buy more. Buy bigger ones.
10. If you bake a lot, invest in a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It’s the best present I’ve ever received, hands down.
I don’t consider myself a pro but I’ve experienced my share of dos and don’ts in the kitchen, so if you ever have any specific questions feel free to ask in the comments below or send me an email! I’m always happy to help if I can.