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post #16 of 25
Excuse me, ljhow623
You are sOOOOOOOOOOOO ready! Your work is very creative! PLEASE - Get out of your comfort zone AND Just stack them up! CAREFULLY THAT IS icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

I'm (we) are sharing these words of inspiration with you because it reinforces your self confidence as well as ours - you are not ALONE TRUST ME (US)!

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post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Wow,

Thanks for all the great advice. Quadcrew, I really like your suggestion of sitting down with the bride to be and go over everything first, then make a practice cake that is something she likes so that she can see my work.

Donnajf - Thanks for the boost. I know I can do it it's just presenting my abilities and now because of the great advice from everyone I think I can come away with an actual order in hand.
post #18 of 25
thumbs_up.gif (you're welcome!) And don't forget to take pics of it for your portfolio too.

I know the experienced decorators don't think the small cake is a good idea (it is more work) - I just feel more comfortable doing it that way for now.
Knowledge is a candle that when shared, doubles the light, but the insecure person believes knowledge is a candle that is diminished when it is split between two wicks.
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Knowledge is a candle that when shared, doubles the light, but the insecure person believes knowledge is a candle that is diminished when it is split between two wicks.
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post #19 of 25
OMG my Dh and I were just discussing this topic last night. He got upset with me because I spent 35.oo on 3 sets of dummies. I saw it as a fantastic deal. He was thinking the cheap mix way. I'll have to have him read this tonight. icon_smile.gif
post #20 of 25
I have all my Stand in Cakes that I have ever made with the exception of one cake. I tossed it because I melted the chcolate baseball on top. If I did a practice cake and used scrathc and mix the cost is fairly the same. As far as a stick of butter a pound will cost me about $4.00 with eggs and sugar. I can do a fabulous fake cake and have it to display or give a real cake away.I choose to practice with a fake because I can walk away and it will be fine a couple of days later.
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post #21 of 25
I am curious to how you could possibly reuse the icing. B/c the dummy cake I made for display with royal kept getting little particles of styrofoam in it. So I think that no matter what you would have that happen to your icing. Do you cover it in plastic wrap or something?
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post #22 of 25
I haven't practiced with dummies yet, but in the long run it would definitely be cheaper. Yeah the cake mix is 88 cents, but what cake pans use just once mix?

I just bought 21 boxes of cake mix, 21 boxes of pudding, 7 dozen eggs, and 3 containers of oil to make a 4 tier wedding cake this weekend. That's $45 not including icing supplies. So I can definitely see where paying $35 for 3 sets of dummies would be a lot cheaper than the time and money that goes into baking a wedding cake.

As for reusing the icing, I've heard that a lot of people wrap the dummy in plastic wrap before decorating.
post #23 of 25
I would try a tiered cake for practice, and for a portfolio picture. Honestly speaking... If I were the bride, I would definitely hire you, because you're great, but might feel a little nervous if you didn't have a picture of a tiered that you've done in your portfolio. Does that make sense? Just know this- YOU CAN DO IT! I'm attempting my first tiered birthday cake next weekend, so we can swap notes! icon_smile.gif Happy baking!
post #24 of 25
I'm going to do dummies for wedding practice because 1)my family doesn't even eat cake anymore...they're tired of it 2)in the time it takes just to bake all those cakes, I could have almost had the darn thing decorated, and I can take off the plastic wrap and reuse the icing for the next one. It's hard to take the icing off a real cake without messing it up. In the long run, it's cheaper too.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by CakesWithAttitude

Do you cover it in plastic wrap or something?



Yes and scrape it as soon as I'm done with the pictures. I would only use it for practice, not put it back in with the good stuff.
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