I have to admit that I don't normally entertain last-minute orders. My time off is just as precious as anyone else's, and lack of planning just doesn't cut it as an excuse. But when I got in late from a Friday night wedding and listened to Paul's message, something pulled at my heart strings. Paul had ordered a cake from another baker over a month ago, but on Friday he found out they had lost the order and would not be able (or willing) to provide him with his cake. This cake was for the fine young men of the McCallie School and the girls of GPS (Girls Preparatory School). They had worked hard all year on their production of Les Miserables, and this cake was supposed to be the centerpiece of their cast party.
I had already endured a very trying week, still had 2 weddings cakes to deliver on Saturday, and was REALLY looking forward to some rest and relaxation. But that message kept haunting me - it made me angry that another baker would let down a client like that. I discussed it with Chaddy and we both agreed that it would be a shame to let all those kids down after they had worked so hard. I called Paul first thing Saturday morning and told him that we had limited time, but we would love to help out. He gave us open reign on the cake, but said he would like the iconic girl from the poster, the McCallie and GPS logos, and something signifying the "barricade scene". Alright, that's something we can work with!!
I did some quick reading on "Les Mis" and started baking. Chaddy started getting graphics ready. The top of the cake is mainly edible images (4 sheets pieced together to be exact) with the logo lettering cut out using the Cricut. On the sides we used a blue, white, and red border to keep with the French theme. We then made lots of modeling chocolate barrels, stools, planks and pallets to build up a barricade at each corner. We didn't finish the cake under after 1:00 am on Sunday morning, but we had a blast making it!
I know this was a long post, so as a bonus for sticking with me, here's a top-down shot of the cake, along with a little secret: When I was baking, I made a blue layer, a white layer, and a red layer. When the cast and crew cuts into the cake, they'll get another little piece of the French flag!