Friday, May 25, 2012

Sad time at Bertie’s Bakery

So there comes a point in every household that you just have to do some gutting. Others would say “house purging” or simply “spring cleaning”. This occurrence has been happening around my house a lot lately. After a while, you run out of space. I could just make a massive pile of things and stack, squeeze, cram, and jam things into every nook and cranny like we are accustom to seeing on the newest reality TV shows about “hoarding”, but I personally believe in the less is more concept. If I were designing a house or cake studio of my own, minimalist would be worked into the style.

So why is this a sad time?

Because it was time for some of Bertie’s Bakery’s first cakes to go:IMG_5291

Don’t scream…IMG_5301

But the Award Winning Triathlon Cake had to go too. You know this cake STILL ranks in the top of all of my page views week after week! Over two years later you guys are still showing the love! Don’t worry, someday I’ll make a new and improved triathlon cake!

There’s more:IMG_5299

To this day, the tuxedo cake is still one of MY favorites! I am surprised there are not more “grooms cake” requests for it. I think it looks really classy on a side table next to a big elegant wedding cake. But that’s just me.IMG_5300

And yes. The triathlon cake went in the garbage sideways. The cake base was too big to fit otherwise. You could definitely say that the swimmers in the bottom left had corner are lucking out with a “down river” swim! Ha! (I know I am not funny).IMG_5302Realistically this isn’t “that” sad. The triathlon cake was ridiculously well documented by The Boss who photographed the bejesus out of it. It will not be forgotten among the the triathlon community nor by me at the bakery. The other cakes as well have all seen their time in the spotlight and are now fading, cracking, or simply collecting dust. It was time.

So again, you might ask, why is this “sad times at the Bakery” if I am so okay with the cleaning up and moving on process? Well, for me, putting the cake in the garbage was one thing. I said my good bye’s (no really, I talked to the cakes for a while… the Boss was both laughing at me and worried), the cakes understood, they new it was time.

But what I couldn’t handle, what really really wrenched my heart was when I came home in the evening after the garbage man had done his rounds and saw this:

TriathlonCakeTriathlonCake-2

It was a massacre. I was horrified. I had hand molded each and everyone of those swimmers. Their little hands, swim caps, and goggles. That was it. That was what made these “sad times”. Seeing my little guys smooshed into the driveway. That’s just no way to go.

I’m just hoping that the long weekend (here in Paris!) will be enough to take my mind off of them!

Au revoir!

12 comments:

Alli said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

:( the horror!! Hehe...I'm proud of you for being able to let go. I fear I would be a cake hoarder if I were in your position. But you're right, the tri cake has so many great photos, it will live on in infamy. And who knows? Your next project will probably be bigger and better than these past works.

Have fun in Paris and I'll be emailing you after my half marathon tomorrow! :)

Jenny Davidson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So poignant! But yes, hoarding is not acceptable, and you will eat delicious patisserie in Paris to take your mind off it!...

Christi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Have a great long weekend!

The smashed swimmers remind me of "Mr. Bill!"

Paula said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How sad :( Can't imagine tossing all that hard work in the trash.

Kendra (Royal Cookie Designs) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sad!! Your triathlon cake was my favorite...I'll just be on the look out for my next fav from you. Can't wait to see what's ahead to fill that newly cleaned space :)

Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Tragedy

Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Massacre!!! Enjoy Paris!

clo*bee said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You and Rainmaker are the kind of people that I would love to hate out of jealousy, but I end up just wanting to be friends with because you seem so awesome. Thanks for the trag-ilarious Friday update!

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ahh, swimmer limbs in the street - save them!! I would've struggled to put that triathlon cake in the garbage too, it was so perfect! But clearing out those cakes means you have more room for new cakes!

Nisha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

okay i had realllllyyyy loved & admired your triathlon cake ... but, wait, where have you been storing the huge cake till now?! didn't it rot? just wondering.
and ouch at the massacre :-/

coach dion said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just one question, why didn't you eat the cakes?

if you want to keep them for a while, make a good fruit cake and it will last... lasted a year before we eat the 2nd half...

pastry dishes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

All i want to say that i just loved your cake and also do admired it..

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