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Cake Day 2019

TorontoJo | Nov 19, 201905:54 AM     39

My friends and my annual day of baking was this past Sunday. This was year 9 of the tradition, and this was probably the smoothest year yet. We had 12 bakers and we made 17 cakes over the course of the day. 2 of the cakes were partially prepped the night before, so we actually baked "only" 15 cakes that day.

We set up 3 scaling stations, 3 stand mixer stations (plus a 4th in the decorating room for frostings), and have my 2 ovens going non-stop from 6am to 3pm. There's a schedule so people know when they get the stations and ovens. There's a huge "craft services" table of food and drink to keep the whole crew going throughout the day. Once we get shots of all the finished cakes, we set up an assembly line of cake slicers and runners to slice the cakes, wrap them in wax sheets and put them in 12 containers, so everyone goes home with a slice of each cake. We hold one slice back for tasting, and we literally put them around the table and walk around with a fork tasting each one. A mug of tea of coffee helps to clear the palate between cakes.

This year we had 3 professionals, a handful of highly-experienced bakers, and the rest of us are just average home bakers. We all have fun! And next year will be the 10th anniversary of Cake Day for us, so we're really looking forward to that.

I'll post about the individual cakes in the replies below.

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