I'll show pics tomorrow of the finished cake and food for the Pampered Chef party tonight. In the meantime you guys will get a kick out of this, I think.
I had leftover batter and buttercream, coconut cake with coconut buttercream, so I decided to satisfy my curiosity on something. Have any of you ever ordered any "fancy cakes" as my Mom used to say by mail? I see them all the time in catalogs like Dean & DeLuca. They're always fondant and they're always pretty but I've often wondered just how good they could possibly be, how they traveled, and if they came out on the other end. You know what I mean? Every single time I see a mail order cake I scratch my head but no way am I spending $100-200 to find out. They must or they wouldn't still be featured in catalogs but I am from the Show Me state and I usually do like to be shown before I'll believe.
Sooooooooo....let's play a game. I finished this little cake in the fondant cut outs I had and I tinted the mashmallow fondant sage green, Sher at What Did You Eat's favorite color. It's hard to see in this pic but it's a really pretty marbled shade of sage green with darker juniper green leaves and bright yellow (neon) and orange flowers.
As of 9am this morning that baby's on a truck going next day deliver to northern California. It's wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap and then cushioned in its small box with wadded up paper towels. Then the UPS Store people are putting it into a slightly bigger box cushioned with styrofoam.
Wanna hear the punchline? Sher has no idea this is coming until she either reads this post or answers the doorbell. Isn't this fun? It's like a little surprise we're all in on that she probably won't know about until after it shows up because one of her friend's birthdays is today and she's busy making Nancy's favorite oatmeal cookies.
Hee hee. Nobody tell.
I'm hoping and assuming Sher will blog it on the other end and we can at least see if Mary Everygal can mail a cake and get it across the country. There's nothing in it like cream cheese that would have to be chilled so the one step I'm not going to is I'm not tracking down any kind of ice packs, just trying to pack well and ship fast.
UPDATE: Holy Crap, that was an expensive little experiment. To get it there by tomorrow at 10:30am cost $70. But to get it there by Saturday or Monday was only $3-5 less. Weird, huh? Oh well. The lengths I go to to satisfy my curiosity! BUT so what, the good news is it will be there by tomorrow at 10:30am. Yay!
UPDATE UPDATE: It ARRIVED! Go to www.whatdidyoueat.typepad.com to see Sher's reaction!