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post #1 of 30
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I think I'm losing my motivation to do cakes. My Wilton classes were so incredibly stressful and frustrating that I hardly want to think about making any more cakes. That just ended this week, though, so it's probably temporary. I also remember that I can be creative now and do whatever I want. That gets me excited.. Ok, so I get a twinge to do another cake and then the problem is that we still have more than 1/2 a cake in the fridge. It's just myself and my partner living alone and we are both kind of sick of cake now and I'm trying to lose weight, too.

Both he and I work from home and we just moved to this area so we don't know many people. We have a house, so there isn't an apartment manager like some of you had suggested making cakes for. I would like to get to know my neighbors and let them know I do cakes and do some subtle advertising (not too overt because I'm doing this from home..), but many of them are elderly and I'd be concerned that if I made them a cake that they couldn't eat it. Grah!! I guess I should buy some pans that make tiny cakes and bring those around the neighborhood? Haven't got those pans yet, but can probably find something.

My partner is out of town for a couple days and it's a good time for me to do cake decorating work, but with so much leftover cake here I can't seem to get psyched to do it unless I know where it's going. Does that make sense? I have a ton of royal icing flowers already, so that's all set. What the heck else should I do? I want to learn BCT's, but no ideas for what to make.

What should I do that will help me stay or get re-motivated in this? Should I just wait til this cake is gone and then start up again? Who else could I make cakes for? How do I know they will be able to eat them? Do I send out feelers first and tell them I do this and ask if they'd like samples? How do you do that and get in trouble? I'm so confused!!!

Blessings,
~AngelWendy
post #2 of 30
I'll bet if you gave cakes to your elderly neighbors they would love it! They would probably tell their friends and family "my nice new neighbor just brought me a beautiful, delicious cake" and you could take it from there! Classes can be stressful because you have a time limit and specific things you need to make for the next class, etc. Now it's your time to get creative! Enjoy!

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post #3 of 30
Don't know how much advertising you might get, but you would definitely leave a good image with someone.Take any extra cakes you might make for practice and donate it to the local homeless shelter. Someone from their would love some good cake I'm sure.
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post #4 of 30
I'm in the same situation where I don't want to eat the cakes. I think a homeless shelter, local fire station or police station are all wonderful ideas.
post #5 of 30
I do not know how thing work out in your country. But here where I stay, we have daycaresenter for old peoples, firestation, policestation, hostpital for only old peoples, handicap daycaresenter and a lot more. And not for mention all the old peoples that are all alone and like someone to talk with. The homeless peoples. There are so many that would like a pice of a great cake. And I think they would love it.
Just belive your self, relaxe and try.
You have no timetable now, so everything can go in your own way.
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post #6 of 30
JULIET THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT THING TO DO - DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPT. WE JUST GOT OVER HAVING A FLOOD HERE - WE MADE NATIONAL NEWS. THE DELAWARE RIVER AND THE NEVERSINK BOTH FLOODED - WHERE NY, NJ, & PA COME TOGETHER. EVERYTHING IS STILL OUT OF WHACK HERE. I BELONG TO THE FIRE DEPT IN WESTFALL TOWNSHIP, PA AND THIS WEEK WE TOOK EVERYTHING WE COULD GET. WE HAVE A LOT OF GENEROUS PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO DONATED WHATEVER THEY COULD - RESTAURANTS AND GROCERY STORES HELPED US OUT WITH THE DONATION OF FOOD WHICH WE WERE VERY THANKFUL FOR. JUST CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPT AND SEE WHEN MONTHLY MEETING NIGHT OR DRILL NIGHT IS AND YOU SHOULD BE GOOD! WE ARE STILL PUMPING OUT BASEMENTS, I HAVEN'T BEEN HOME MUCH TO LOOK AT THIS SITE AND THIS HAPPENED ON SUNDAY APRIL 3.
post #7 of 30
When I started out I gave tons of cakes away. i made lots of little 6 inch rounds and single layer 8 inchers. It takes 7 cupcakes to make a sampler cupcake cake. I took them everywhere.. .library, doctor's, realtor's office (I was buying a house then, too)... literally everywhere.... and of course, neighbors... and they ended up being great customers.
post #8 of 30
If you're just looking to practice decorating, why not buy some "dummy" cakes. From what I understand, you can ice it with a product that stays on, then decorate with buttercream however you want. When you're ready to try something else, you can just "wash" off the decoration and start over.

I agree with the others...all those avenues are great. I just started keeping my ears open and when an opportunity for a cake came up I offered to do it at cost to get more experience under my belt.
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post #9 of 30
Are there soup kitchens in your area? Check with the Salvation Army to see if they have any suggestions. Are there any scout troops in your area? The kids may appreciate a gift during their monthly pack or troop meeting. Womens groups (or mens for that matter) for local area clubs. The boards usually have monthly meetings and would probably appreciate a dessert. The other idea that comes to mind are youth groups from area churches. You could make up calling cards on your computer with your phone number & email address and attach them to the cake box.
post #10 of 30
Another avenue that you may want to consider would be to call your church (or just a nearby local church if you don't attend one regularly) and volunteer to make desserts for funeral luncheons. Just a thought...
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post #11 of 30
Any practice cakes we won't eat at home I take to my former work place. I took all my class cakes there. They love anything I want to "unload", such generous people lol.

AngelWendy, I was the same after I finished a class. Then pretty soon I got started again and the orders started to come in. I really got burned out after doing two wedding cakes just a week apart. That was October and I just started making cakes again in Jan. The stress of doing class stuff burned me out for a little while but once I caught my breath I was off again. I bet you'll do the same. Yah, you will. Ü
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post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by AngelWendy

I think I'm losing my motivation to do cakes. My Wilton classes were so incredibly stressful and frustrating that I hardly want to think about making any more cakes. That just ended this week, though, so it's probably temporary. I also remember that I can be creative now and do whatever I want. That gets me excited.. Ok, so I get a twinge to do another cake and then the problem is that we still have more than 1/2 a cake in the fridge. It's just myself and my partner living alone and we are both kind of sick of cake now and I'm trying to lose weight, too.

Both he and I work from home and we just moved to this area so we don't know many people. We have a house, so there isn't an apartment manager like some of you had suggested making cakes for. I would like to get to know my neighbors and let them know I do cakes and do some subtle advertising (not too overt because I'm doing this from home..), but many of them are elderly and I'd be concerned that if I made them a cake that they couldn't eat it. Grah!! I guess I should buy some pans that make tiny cakes and bring those around the neighborhood? Haven't got those pans yet, but can probably find something.

My partner is out of town for a couple days and it's a good time for me to do cake decorating work, but with so much leftover cake here I can't seem to get psyched to do it unless I know where it's going. Does that make sense? I have a ton of royal icing flowers already, so that's all set. What the heck else should I do? I want to learn BCT's, but no ideas for what to make.

What should I do that will help me stay or get re-motivated in this? Should I just wait til this cake is gone and then start up again? Who else could I make cakes for? How do I know they will be able to eat them? Do I send out feelers first and tell them I do this and ask if they'd like samples? How do you do that and get in trouble? I'm so confused!!!

Blessings,
~AngelWendy



hi angel! im in teh same exact boat as you. its funny how you mention the 6rounds, i just made some today and passed them out to my neghbors, they are in my photos if youd like to check them out!! well see what happens!!!
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post #13 of 30
AngelWendy... it's funny because I felt the same way you do. My last course was last Dec. It is really hard to get everything ready for class while decorating your house, wrapping gifts, shopping, church & all. I was so burned out that I used the wedding cake for the last course for my dad's bday cake!! He wasn't so excited about it because it had the roses on it, LOL!! After that last cake (Dec 20) I didn't do another cake till Jan 1st! That was for a friend. The burn out goes away & then all you will want to do is learn & practice! So be patient w/ yourself. Your just going through the same things alot of us have gone through! We got through it! Ha ha~
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post #14 of 30
Well first off, the problem I see is you are a little burned out, and thats ok, but let me tell you that it will be over soon. Its not like you are a bakery and have to make bunches of cakes everyday....do it because you like it...I am in the same boat...I made myself do baby booties for a class, I made a chocolate cake yesterday because hubby said I dont make choc anymore...so I made one for him, with a choc frosting and just me and my 4 year old put a border on the bottom and around the bundt cake hole on top. He loved the cake, not so crazy about the frosting... but oh well... ANGEL, like stated above making small 6" cakes for the elderly is great idea... its the idea that you are thinking of them and "watching" out for them that is going to matter. There are always bakesales here and there...donate there... take something into sweetie's place of work and tell them you miss him and got bored wanted to make
a cake, and since you dont want to eat it, you wanted to give it to them... take a deep breath...breathe realize you are doing cakes cuz you love to, not because you have to (like class) you will get your best work out now!!!
post #15 of 30
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take something into sweetie's place of work and tell them you miss him and got bored wanted to make
a cake, and since you dont want to eat it, you wanted to give it to them...



Well my fiance's workplace is at home and when he has to go in to be there for the staff meeting, it's a 6-7 hr drive round trip. He takes the bus. So, that won't work.

Someone else suggested a former workplace. I have been working for myself for the last 5 yrs, so I don't have one. My sweetie and I just moved to this area, about 2 hrs from former home area. He'd love for me to share with his former workplace, but it's far too long a drive for it to be worthwhile, too.

Hmm. I think the best bet for me as far as where to give away my practice cakes, is going to be the neighbors, and maybe as someone else suggested (not sure if it was on this forum or not), the fire station.

Yeah, I think I AM excited about doing more cakes, and you know, I have a lot of buttercream left over from class that I want to use before it goes bad, too.

Hugs and thanks for all the comments! More comments are fine, too! icon_smile.gif

~AngelWendy
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