The cake looks great. Good for you.
Looks like a lot of hours went into that.
How long do you think it took you?
Research, sourcing, shopping, stuff like that? unknown. I read 6 cookbooks and all kinds of stuff on the net.
I took two days off work to do the baking and covering.
Preparing the green fondant for the leaves: about 45 minutes (not counting running to the store to find more colours)
Making the leaves: about 4 hours with a friend to help--that was my first time with fondant though.
Baking the cakes themselves: about an hour per layer; my oven is not big enough to do two at once, and I don't have the equipment. Maybe a little longer; I had forgotten the time I spent taking the stringy things off the eggs as I cracked them, and there were 21 all together.
Preparing and applying the ganache and white fondant: about 3 hours, including time I spent putting them back in the fridge or freezer to keep the ganache stuck on beneath the fondant (I goofed the proportion for the ganache and had too much cream, so it was runnier than I would have liked).
About 2 hours making the raspberry sauce, straining, reducing...
About half an hour preparing the packaging (time well spent as they got up that curvy highway in perfect order).
About half an hour assembling it.
So about 13 hours not including non-kitchen preparation, and then cleanup and like that...there was a severe learning curve involved, though, so I expect if I did another (maybe one day if I catch my breath!) I'd probably be able to cut that down to 10, or maybe even 8. I left myself enough time to do things slowly out of a fear of messing up irrevocably if I had to hurry. If I had a bigger kitchen and someone to help me wash things, and all the bowls and spatulas in the world, it would be even quicker!
Would I obsess any less? probably not! although if it's not your best friend you probably don't care quite so much whether you make a good impression.
Edited by *Deborah*, 24 January 2005 - 10:33 PM.