So the Leafs lost game 6 last night and are no longer in the playoffs. So bummed out!!! But at the end of the day, for a team that consists of many players who are playing in the playoffs for the first time, they weren’t so bad (Side note: if it weren’t for our goalie, I’m sure we would have been out of the playoffs earlier though). This experience is going to help the team play better in the playoffs next year.
Anywho, this past week I was reminded of the time I took lessons on cake decorating. I wanted to blog about my experience because it’s been a while since I’ve written something and it was a pretty interesting story to share. And now after today’s loss, I think I can compare my first cake decorating experience to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff experience. Baking and sports…what an odd combination right. If my analogies (I think that’s what they are called…. English was never my forte in high school) don’t make any sense, ignore the text in the coloured font!
I’ve been using the Betty Crocker cake mixes to make cupcakes and cakes for the longest time. Then I’d use the Betty Crocker icing to ice them. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. However, when people complimented me on how the things I baked tasted good, I felt guilty for taking credit, because I didn’t really do anything. So I thought, maybe I should start baking and make icing from scratch. I figured I will also enroll myself into a cake decorating class in order to learn some techniques. (Leafs entering the playoffs for the first time).
I was hoping this class would give me all my supplies and all that I’d have to do is show up to class. Wrong. We had to buy supplies and make our own cake and icing at home and bring it to class. (Leafs realizing they need to play hard and that the playoffs was no walk in the park). They gave us a recipe to follow for the icing and told us to bake a cake in a round pan using whatever cake recipe we wanted.
The cake had to be firm. If it were soft, it would be hard to ice because the cake would be crumbling apart. So I decided to bake the cake from scratch the day before so that it had time to cool and harden. The next day, when there was about 2 hours left before class, I decided to get everything ready. I flipped over the cake from the cake pan onto the cake board. It wouldn’t come out! The cake was stuck to the cake pan! I kept shaking it and it finally fell out… except it was just half the cake that fell out. The other half was still stuck in the pan. There goes my cake! Class is going to begin in 2 hours! (Leafs keeping a lead and then letting go of their lead when they are so close to winning the game).
So now what? I have no time to bake a cake from scratch again! So I quickly drove over to Walmart and picked up a Betty Crocker cake mix. I was able to bake the cake in time for class. (Betty Crocker is like the Maple Leafs’ goalie, Andersen, making big saves to keep the Leafs in the game).
While the cake was baking in the oven, I pulled out the recipe for the icing and started following it. I will never use this recipe ever again. The icing was so thick and had a strange smell to it. It was so thick that smoke started to come out of the electric hand held mixer and then the mixer just stopped working. What the hell. I do not have time to run to Walmart again! So then I pulled out a whisk and started to mix the icing manually. I was so exhausted. Oddly, the mixer started working again hours later when my mom tried it. (Finding out the mixer still works is equivalent to seeing Ovechkin limp out as if he’s injured for the rest of the series only to find him skating on the ice the next period….).
I finally made it to class with my Betty Crocker cake and my thick icing. When I was trying to ice the cake, the cake kept crumbling off and the icing was patchy on the cake. The teacher looked at my icing and told me to add some water to it because it was too thick to spread smoothly onto the cake. So I added water and it was fine. However, now my icing was too smooth to be able to hold together for the rose design that I wanted to do. I needed to add cornstarch to the icing to thicken it now… My cake’s appearance was evident that it went through many trials and tribulations. (Morgan Rielly’s face?).
After some fixing, I finally had a somewhat decent cake in front of me. Despite it not being how I imagined it to look like, I was still proud of my creation. I wanted to take a nice picture of it for my Instagram. I pull out my phone and as soon as I opened the camera app, my phone dies. What an awesome day I’ve been having huh? I was so frustrated but kept it together and decided I’ll take the picture at home once I charge my phone. (Maybe there were some Leafs fans out there who’s phone died on them as they were trying to Snapchat an awesome moment).
It was dark and raining outside so I opened the car door and quickly put the cake on the driver seat so that the cake wouldn’t get wet. I was going to put the cake on the passenger seat afterwards so that I could control it from moving around while the car was moving. I quickly put the rest of the supplies in the trunk and then hurriedly sat on my seat because I was getting soaked outside. As I sat there, I came to a realization. I WAS SITTING ON MY FUCKING CAKE. What a day…w h a t a d a y… (LEAFS LOSING IN GAME 6 OVERTIME!!!).
Now I could have been discouraged by this whole ordeal and decided that baking wasn’t for me, but I didn’t. Instead I learned from all the mistakes that were made that day and ensured they weren’t going to be repeated again. A week later I gave it another shot and it came out well! My friends and family liked the cake and this time I was able to take credit for it without feeling awkward about it because it was all me – no Betty Crocker. (Leafs will learn from this experience and do better next year now that they have an idea of what they need to improve on 🙂 )