Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ain't that a kick in the head?

How lucky can one guy be?
I kissed her and she kissed me
Like the fella once said,
"ain't that a kick in the head?"
I've had the pleasure of working with couples of all ages, all sorts of backgrounds, and (I thought) all professions.  I've made cakes for professional athletes, Hollywood celebrities, doctors, lawyers, prison guards, cops, paramedics, even two bona fide NASA rocket-scientists (they prefer to be called aerospace engineers, but I can't help but think the former is a far cooler title).  So when I was meeting with Elissa and her Dad to design her wedding cake, and she informed me that her groom wouldn't be sampling the cakes because he was "training".  I needed to know what on earth kind of career would limit someones cake intake!  My professional baseball and hockey player-clients have had no trouble packing in the goodies...and my NFL player-groom practically considered it a part of his training regiment!  So what exactly does this guy do that is so disciplined that he won't indulge in a little cakey goodness?

He's a UFC fighter.

The Evil Cake Genius is a lover, not a fighter.  I'd never seen a UFC fight before.   Just never had any interest...until then.  Turns out, I wouldn't have to wait long... the groom was scheduled to fight that weekend.  So, on Saturday night, I popped some corn, put on my favorite pajamas, and my husband "The Captain" and I curled up on the couch with our little dog Speck, and put on the fight. 

GRATITUDE CHECK:  Cake decorating may not be the glamourous, exciting job they depict it to be on most shows.  The work is rewarding, but downright physical at times.  There's a lot of heavy lifting, long hours on your feet, cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning, more time than you'd ever expect is spent doing mundane office work, and when you finally produce your masterpiece, it is inevitably cut up and eaten.  But even on my worst day I can pretty much go to work with the safe assumption that no one is going to beat the living crap out of me.  Just sayin'.

Back to our lovely couple.  Nik has a great record.  He's a hell of a fighter, and we watched as he fought despite a possibly fractured orbital bone (pretty sure that's his eye socket).  I will NEVER say that my job is tough again.

A week later, Elissa called back to book the cake.  I was glad.  She's really fun to work with, and I love the design we came up with (based on her beautiful dress). 
She wanted to keep the sweet understated cake, but wanted to know how we could include the groom a little in the design. I'm glad I watched his fight, because I knew the answer immediately.  A frosting band aid.  Nothing could be more appropriate.  She agreed, and added that he is a huge fan of Star Craft.  Being more geek than athlete, I had a slightly better idea of what she was talking about (only slightly).  So we added the Protoss symbol to his band-aid (that's his race in the game). 
The wedding day came, and we set up the cake amidst all of the insane sound and lighting that any good UFC wedding reception should have (smoke cannons included).  In all of the excitement of the day, I'm sure a little frosting band-aid on the back of a wedding cake could easily go unnoticed.  That's why we were surprised and delighted to hear that the groom actually Tweeted a photo of it.  Elissa told us that she had to wait to cut the cake because he insisted on Tweeting it live.  Cake mission...accomplished.
My head keeps spinnin',
I go to sleep and keep grinnin'
If this is just the beginnin',
My life is gonna be beautiful!

She's tellin' me we'll be wed,
She's picked out a king-size bed
I couldn't feel any better or i'd be sick
Tell me quick oh, ain't love a kick?
Tell me quick ain't love a kick in the head?

1 comment:

Elissa said...

Whaaaaa?! How am I just now seeing this? Super cool post Robin! I love the picture of Nik taking a pic of the bandaid and you can see the pic on his phone. It's like...cakeception.