Unfortunately, BIG can also turn into a big problem. As was the case with the following cake. A friend was getting married and wanted the cake from Because I Said So. OK. Simple enough. I can do that.
And I did.
And it was beautiful!
That is, until I got it in the back of our Trail Blazer and tried to drive it 30 miles. It. was. not. pretty. I will not rehash the horror that was me sitting in a pile of teal icing and tears. I had to do a very difficult thing and plunge my hands into the largest - and quickly crumbling- tier and rescue the top two. But lets just go ahead and say that the bottom tier of the cake did not survive. And being the (actually, I don't know what you would describe this as) --I didn't want to take a photo of the cake until it was 'all set up and perfect.' Therefore, I have no photo of what it looked like pre-disaster.
But here it is after I had the wedding coordinator yank the dowel out of the bottom of the cake, and I piped a new border, and arranged the surviving flowers.
So, I learned a very valuable lesson that day. Do not transport a cake that is potentially structurally unsound pre-assembled. Yeah, I construct all wedding cakes ON-SITE now. Because, well, I don't like crying like that! Luckily the bride didn't even care. And I couldn't bring myself to charge them for the cakes (yes, cakes, I delivered a grooms cake as well. It made the trip just fine.) And very few people at the wedding even knew what happened.
But, I knew.
I have a wedding cake for tomorrow, and another coming in August! (They will definitely be delivered unassembled!)