Every time I bake a cake, I try to learn a new technique or tip. During a work luncheon this week, we are channeling our inner child and watching "It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" so I decided to whip up a quick cake. So, what did I learn?
1. Never assume any cake will be quickly "whipped up"
2. Always check your inventory ahead of time. I realized at 5:45pm the night before the luncheon that I had no powdered sugar to make the frosting. I had to run to Sam's Club which took about 45 minutes. Naturally, when I came home I found a bag of powdered sugar hidden under some cake pans, which leads me to:
3. Organize your decorating and baking supplies so you are not spending over an hour searching for tips, bags, etc.
4. Always check your inventory ahead of time AND before you go to the store. Yes, as soon as I cam home from my trip to Sam's, I realized I had no black food coloring. I was so disgusted at this point that I decided to pull out some chocolate canned frosting and use brown instead of black.
5. Chocolate canned frosting does not work as a substitute for buttercream when using a frozen buttercream transfer technique. After letting the full body image of Charlie Brown freeze for over an hour, all that came out properly was the head because the chocolate did not solidify. At this point, I was practically in tears and just decided to wing it.
So, my full body Charlie Brown turned into a Charlie Brown head with a lot of white space on the cake. Exhausted and disgusted, I added my favorite quote from the movie, tossed on some candy corn and pumpkin pieces and called it a night. Sometimes the stars are just not aligned when I make a cake and this was one of those times!! My expression at the end matched Charlie Brown's and I guess looking back, my cake decorating experience with this cake was pretty consistent with Charlie Brown's typical day!