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Sometimes I have to wonder....

post #1 of 37
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why I bother to post my cakes. I think that I do a really good job, but then I look at them beside all of the other cakes on here. My cake looks gross, and very unprofessional. I just wonder, why do I even bother???

Sorry, just a little down in the dumps today. I'll get over it soon.
post #2 of 37
Don't let it get you down.....

EVERYone on here had to learn what they do. Keep practicing, and you will get better. This site is not full of professional photos only. Some of them are absolutely, jaw-dropping amazing, and some are not. If you look at all the photo galleries, you'll see the whole range.

I look at some of my first cakes and they are downright laughable icon_razz.gificon_lol.gif . I should post them in my pics just to give you a good laugh today.

Something you will see over and over again in these threads are that we are always our own worst critics.... don't be too hard on yourself...there's no need for that. I think that you are better than what you believe, and you will get better and better with each cake you do.

Hope you have a good day!!! icon_wink.gif
Denise
post #3 of 37
I just looked through your gallery, you have nothing to be ashamed of!! Just keep it up and keep practicing!! and don't forget to have fun
When the going gets tough, the tough start baking!
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When the going gets tough, the tough start baking!
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post #4 of 37
I know just what you are talking about! I feel the same way. Soemtimes, I don't even post a recent cake because I don't feel it's good enough. You're not alone....Hope you have a better day! icon_biggrin.gif
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. - Ziz Ziglar
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You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. - Ziz Ziglar
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post #5 of 37
Now, that is not true! I looked at your photos and you have very nice cakes. Some of us are newer than others but that doesn't mean they are not good cakes. Not every artist is Picasso and not every cake decorator is going to be the best all the time. Don't be so hard on yourself. Think of how proud your kids are of each cake you make. That is what I remember every time. My kids think I made a masterpiece every time. If you look at MY photos you will see that, that is not the case, but regardless I am Picasso to them! Hang in there! icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif
post #6 of 37
Don't be so hard on yourself! Cakes take time, I still need a lot of work and I know that. If I didn't post my cakes here I wouldn't get constructive criticism to know what I did wrong or could do better. I hate doing star work because it kills my hand, but it is probably my best medium so far... so sometimes we have to just suck it up and take a good laugh or two. In conclusion, your gallery is nice, don't feel less of a decorator, everyone is starting from some where! Here's a smile for you!
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post #7 of 37
I feel that way. It took me almost a year to finally post pictures. Now I know that pratice will help not only my cakes, but my self-esteem too. Hang in there and remember CC is here to encourage and teach us. I love your fondant turkey. He is too cute! I think you should be very proud of your work. icon_smile.gif
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

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And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. - Calvin Coolidge
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post #8 of 37
I thought your cakes were nice! Sometimes I feel that way, too. There are some amazing cakes on this site, and you can't help but feel that you don't measure up sometimes. But today I was with my aunt and cousins, and there were going on and on about how pretty my cakes are. I bet there are people out there who love your cakes, and think they are spectacular, even if you don't. Hang in there and keep practicing!
post #9 of 37
Cake decorating encompasses many different elements and techniques, and each and every one requires practice to master; in looking at your photos you have tackled many of these in a short amount of time(fondant, buttercream, fbct, marblized fondant, figures, flowers, speacialty tips, cookies... to name a few) pat yourself on the back for trying each of these out! Give yourself a break, I think you have done great!
It takes time in working with each type of technique to get it right, before you know it you will finish a cake and find yourself smiling because you like what you have accomplished!
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post #10 of 37
I feel the same way hun. I just looked at your cakes and they are great! When ever I post a cake I hardly ever get comments and when I do I'm so tickled!!! But I just feel like "why bother" when I'm not even happy with the way they look.... But your cakes are great! You can make roses... I can't icon_cry.gif
Happy Cakin! ~*~Becky~*~
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Happy Cakin! ~*~Becky~*~
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post #11 of 37
I think as long your customers are happy of your cakes and you getting some profit from your cakes what the problem, I do a really simple work on my cakes, and let me tell you my customers love them, I guess they are tired of nasty cakes at walmart lol.
The clock is my worse enemy, see ya, I am running late for my next cake delivery.
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The clock is my worse enemy, see ya, I am running late for my next cake delivery.
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post #12 of 37
This is not a site for competition, but a site for gathering ideas and encouragement. There is no contest going on, and no one wins or loses here (unless they enter the contests, which is optional). Everyone has to start somewhere. I ought to post my very first year of cakes....you'd downright vomit, that is how bad they were. I attribute Cake Central to any success I get with a cake, because I get on and get ideas, I read the articles, I ask for help when I need it in the forums...this site is a Godsend!! I pay attention to everything people say here about tips on cake baking/decorating. I think I learned by working hard and following the good advice offered. People all have different styles, ideas, interests, and perspectives. Please keep posting!! Don't be ashamed....you've worked hard!!
I love my lil' munchkin
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I love my lil' munchkin
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post #13 of 37
Your cakes look great. I'm very jealous of your fondant abilities, I have a very hard time with fondant in general, let alone the figurines.
Meredith, 27
DH Mike, 28
Caleb, 4
Alex Scott, born 9/13/08
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Meredith, 27
DH Mike, 28
Caleb, 4
Alex Scott, born 9/13/08
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post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by ellepal

This is not a site for competition, but a site for gathering ideas and encouragement. There is no contest going on, and no one wins or loses here....



Absolutely!

I luv your turkey cakes! I could NEVER make those cute figures like you did!

And I also have my hidden cache of photos that I'm very likely to never show anyone! Oh geesh, they were so bad! icon_redface.gif

Goodness, sweety, none of us started out being any good! We all (starts with "S", rhymes with "plucked")!

Don't give up! thumbs_up.gif
post #15 of 37
First of all let me start by saying that I read your post and then went to your photos. I looked at each one and commented. Then I came back here and in all honesty, I haven't read any responses (I'm pressed for time and I just wanted to give my opinion without reading others' first).

I think you are doing a really great job on your cakes. Yes the first ones weren't as good as the more recent ones, but I'm sure at least 80% of the people on this board, if not, more, started out making cakes that they look back on and feel that they could've or should've been better. It's all part of the learning process/curve. The more you learn (techniques, hints, etc.) and practice and putting learned techniques to the test, the better you get. It's that simple. You're starting off very well. Don't get disgusted now. You've already improved from your first cake til now and if you keep going you'll keep improving!!

Good luck. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the near future.
-Grace

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The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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-Grace

"Shades of grey wherever I go;
The more I find out the less that I know."
- Billy Joel
"What color's the icing in your world?" - Me
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