We got New Orleans with the black team Al and Manny. I was pretty stoked to work with them because of the excellent cakes they did in the last two challenges. I mean personally I felt like they deserved to win the first episode. So in my mind I had a sure win going through it. Once buddy told us about the curveball with the switching partners B.S. I was like FAK! I was more worried with Aimee working with someone else because I just didn't want her to get into it with that person or whatever. So we all agreed to split Al and Aimee then Manny and myself. Not saying Manny is second to Al but since I notice Al takes the leadership role between the two I though it would be good to have Aimee be led by Al and I would guide Manny since really Al designed the cake so he can guide Aimee.
So first thing first. This was the game plan from the get go. When it would be Aimee and Al's turn, Aimee would bake the cakes we need for the tasting (never got aired), and Al would be in charge of icing and covering cakes with fondant. When it was our turn I would be in charge of feathers, masks, and cake toppers, and Manny would either carry on with Aimee's project or Al's project. Then once everything is done, we can start decorating!
So we started by Manny prepping a cake batter and creating the bottom tier to make a giant round because there was no big round cakes available, and I work on the detail since the need to harden to keep their shape, ok cool. Our time is up and we go. Then back on it again.
So we come back and I'm sorry but it was bad. I really wish their telepathy would of worked because Al didn't really continue Manny's steps but skipped a step and covered the big oval that was suppose to be turned into a round then frosted then covered. And to add more, he has already started piping on the tier! The thing we all said to each other was first get all the cakes nicely covered and stacked, THEN you do final touched like piping and assembling the details. The fondant wasn't great at all, sloppy dirty and bulges everywhere. The reason why I had to rip off the fondant was because we weren't gonna leave it into this oval with dirty white fondant. I'm sorry of it was a bi***y move but if it was your wedding cake you would of peeled the flesh off our faces for not peeling the fondant and doing it again. Plus we needed clean white fondant because we weren't planning on doing much accessories to avoid it looking like a sweet sixteen. Make it look like a tradition wedding cake first THEN add the destination.
With all the switching bullsh** we finally get to work together. The covered cake were so bad with rips and stuff at this point it is the game of covering imperfections. We busted out the molds of scroll work to cover the cracks and rips and my moral just went down but we had to get something done. We were so busy with playing the cover up game I didn't even have time to make the fleur de lis look like a fleur de lis... It looked like a damn harpoon! Trust me I don't blame them completely for the look. Everyone was calling them leaves, they were feather. Shi**y feathers apparently, so be it. I do own up to my bullsh** and that's fine. I know I was being a b**** because I'm sorry if anyone was in our position where we came so far from applying, auditioning, and being this far on a competition to win $100,000 and to run a store for Buddy you too would b**** and not allow another teams work end your chances of winning, STRAIGHT UP! I do apologize for being harsh to them but 8 hours with no food and trying to fix problem after problem calls for this guy to bring the diva claws on. These guys are super talented and to see the fondant work was very frustrating and the bigger disappointment was not doweling a cake, sorry that is just the basics of 101 in cake decorating. I'm sure it was a V8 moment for them to not dowel it because of time, but that's created the "leaning tower of crap"
I was SUPER surprised we got second place, luckily we still kept somewhat of the traditional wedding cake. Al did mention that but I just didn't want to hear it at the time. I was just like get me out of here, b**** gotta eat!
Now that I got a chance to keep staring at the cake in the photo, our concept was great. It wasn't the sketch Al had at the beginning, but for the time constraint we improvised well. I was more furious of the basics of fondant covering and doweling. If that isn't flawless, the rest fails. End of story. Overall, I know they are two very good talented (too crazy at times) guys with good hearts and even greater families that I had the pleasure of meeting. Maybe they're still pissed at my diarrhea of the mouth comments, but oh well it was me at the moment, sorry. People can comment all they want that I have a bad attitude and I'm a b**** or if I have nothing nice to say then say nothing at all, well guess what boo boo, PRACTICE WHAT YA PREACH, Boop! I only care about my family and friends opinions and not a brave person behind a keyboard. We are ALL giving everyone a show and a hell of a good show if you ask me.
Enough of New Orleans, on to the next peeps:
Don, Meredith, Jennifer, Bethany. Their cake was fun and colorful. I loved it, it was totally Hawaii. But the bamboo comment, ouch! And my Mer! She was bashed for her cake. I still love them all and it wasn't a bad cake at all, but ok, it wasn't a "traditional" wedding cake.
Kai, Rox, Danielle, Julie. I actually got the cake and I loved it. Ok it wasn't romantic, but it was Vegas, new Vegas. It was modern and sexy. Something you would see in the lobby of one of the chic hotels in Vegas. Ok I wasn't a fan of the sign, but I loved the modern look of it. I disagree with the judges, but again, non traditional.
Al, Lia, David, Eliane. You guys are jerks! Why the hell you gotta show us up like that?! Yeah the Eiffel Tower looked more like the Eiffel Tower's and the Aztec Pyramid's love child, but it was beautiful and romantic looking. This is what I would of LOVED our cake to look like. Clean, simple, with the hint of the destination. Oh well. Can't win them all. Congrat on the victory!
On to the elimination challenge. Kai is devastated. I'd be too with Julie being an excellent baking queen. But an edible centerpiece? This scream Kai and Rox all the way! Yeah a piece broke off, but it still looked great! My hats off the them. Julie and Danielle, love you girls. You brought such innocence to the show, and I hope we corrupted you a little bit. Kidding!
So this is my blog of last episodes craziness. Maybe in the future we can get along with the black team and be able to keep the peace. Love you all. Thanks for reading. Now I gotta get ready for Vegas this weekend! Kai, pack that cake up for me! ;)