I also wanted to add:
Here is quick video tutorial from Cake Darla on how you can practice getting nice bead buttercream borders:
I agree with with @matthewkyrankelly critiques.
Don't give up! Just keep practicing!
Yes, you were a bit too ambitious with this cake order which was a mistake, but don't let this situation break you down. The first time I ever met Colette Peters she told me a story about a cake delivery in her early cake years that went horribly wrong, she spent the next few days crying her eyes out and and swearing she would never make a cake again. But she never gave up. She went...
For that tutorial we used an 8 Megapixel $70 Olympus Point-and-shoot Digital Camera to create our good photo next to the “Do” listWe left the camera in Auto mode and turned off the flash. As you can see from the diagram, we used 3 desk lamps we purchased at a second hand store for a few bucks (you can also get really inexpensive new desk lamps at places like IKEA and Target) and a cheap neutral bed sheet. In total, including the camera, we spent under $100. If you...
Believe it or not, CC Headquarters are actually IN Seattle, just a few blocks from Safeco Field! While we don't have anything planned for Seattle right now, be sure to stay subscribed to the CC newsletter, as we will be announcing new cities.
Dallas was so much fun! I learned so much from the instructors, and had a blast meeting everyone.
One of my favorite moments of the weekend was watching the beginning of Dawn Parrott's Oriental Stringwork class, then coming back about 20 minutes later. Everyone had such beautifully decorated cakes in such a short period of time! Leanne surprised me and purchased Dawn's Oriental stringwork DVD for me as an early birthday gift, so now I am going to have to practice and...
I am SO excited for OSSAS this weekend! This is the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show, so it's going to be even that much more amazing!
This year I am travelling with a pretty big CC team: Leanne, Rebecca, Amanda, Alyssa, Kari and Grace will all be there doing interviews and photographing cakes for Cake Central Magazine.
I have had so much fun meeting everyone at past shows, so I hope to see some familiar faces and meet some new CC members...
That looks like the striped modelling chocolate gift cake project by BakingArts.com
I have not personally seen the DVD, but I have heard good reviews from other cake artists that have.
From their website:
How to make perfect modeling chocolate and simple methods to create deep, saturated colors
Prepping cakes to be wrapped in chocolate for a flawless surface
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