Khandra Henderson Zebra Cake
THE 2013 RODELLE CHALLENGE IS IN FULL SWING! One of our very first entries is by Khandra Henderson with her Zebra Cake! She shared an incredible story with us which we’ve posted below. Thanks for entering Khandra!

“I was asked to make a purple zebra print cake for a graduation that will feed 100 PEOPLE (I know that isn’t that big of a cake but the first BIGGEST cake I will make). All she said is that she wanted a marble cake and purple and zebra print with a purple bow and the rest was up to me She had just asked if I could do a sheet cake, but I told her I could go above and beyond and do a 4 tiered cake…bad idea, especially since I have never done a tiered cake before…hahah…but I had such confidence in my self I knew I could do it…

I worked on this cake for a week baking frosting and zebra print decorating..and since I never did a cake this big before I had no idea what kind of supplies I needed, I am pretty sure I went back to the store 5 times to get shorting, eggs, and powder sugar because this was a HUGE cake. When the day came where I had to deliver the cake to her was the most nerve racking day of my life, I had the cake a beautifully staked and it was the BEST CAKE I EVER MADE, 4 tiers double layer marble cake all frosted in buttercream (YUMMMMMY) with fondant zebra stripes and a beautiful bow on the top..but then something was happening to my cake…

The bottom tier was starting to bulge….ohhhhhh NOOOOOOo. So I was praying nothing more would happen to my beautiful cake on the ride to the event..WRONGG. The cake was tearing and bulging even more on the bottom tier on the bumpy ride there. Wobbling back and forth, I could just see it toppling over, but it didn’t. The worst of the worst happened the whole bottom collapsed in from the weight of the other 3 tiers on top of it. I was devastated, mad, angry, frustrated. My hard work completely ruined.

I did not know how I was going to tell her that this beautiful cake fell, but I did it..and lucky me she wasn’t too mad. I promised her a cake for her graduation and I don’t break my cake promises, so I quickly whipped up another cake but a sheet cake like she originally asked, so she got 2 cakes, haha a damaged one free on me and a sheet cake free on me again.

I felt so bad for the collapsed one that it all had to be on me. Even though I didn’t get to see her wow factor on her face for the original cake, she still love the second one, and was understanding that mistakes happen. But a HUGE mental note to me…DON’T TRAVEL WITH STACKED CAKES, and…USE BETTER A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM (I was told it fell from not a strong support system for the amount of cake) but in the end I learned from my mistakes and sill make her happy… HAPPY GRADUATION!”