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post #1 of 27
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I don't get it! I made the ugliest cake I've ever made for a 65th birthday yesterday. It was a disaster from start to finish...the first cake fell apart when I took it out of the pan (that's never happened in all my baking days - don't know what went wrong) so using my last eggs, I kept my fingers crossed since the store was already closed. I was up til midnite decorating it, and I hated it. Didn't even want to take it to the party and everyone loved it?! I got two more grad cake orders because of this ugly cake...
LL
post #2 of 27
Actually I think it looks pretty good (the colors are good and the flowers are beautiful!), but the greeting could stand some work.

It is the general feeling here that each of us is our own worst critic! I can see why you got new business, that's great! Janice
post #3 of 27
icon_biggrin.gif We are our worst critics! I can always spot my flaws also and think it's "just OK" and 5 others will rave about it.

Your flowers are nicely done! Congrats on the orders.
post #4 of 27
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Thanks for the compliments on the flowers. You're right...I am terrible for being critical of my own work...my greetings do suck though icon_biggrin.gif I always wind up with the message being off centre or going up or downhill. I tried using the wilton message press and the letters got stuck in the holder and now I can't get them out! LOL! I think that's what ruined the whole cake for me, I always leave the message for last because I'm afraid of ruining the cake with my sloppy writing Ugh! I do better with piping gel.
post #5 of 27
I think it's great - even the message. I'll tell you what I did you solve my writing dilema. I can write good and it looks nice but my problem is I can't write straight -mine always tends to go uphill or downhill. I've tried several things - I've tried the ruler - put a light indentation in the cake to reference a straight line but I could just never be satisified with the end result - I've tried just putting a few reference points but still didn't work. The BEST thing that works for me is I type my saying on the computer - make it the size, shape, format you want and mirror the image so it prints out backwards. I then trace the backwards print out onto a piece of parchment paper with piping gel (usually a tip 2) and transfer the image to the cake. It has never failed me yet AND I've gotten to the point now where I don't even have to use the transfer sometimes. Hope this helps
post #6 of 27
I have a problem with the writing as well. My son, who is a commercial artist, suggested that I get a calligraphy set and learn that, he seemed to think it would help! I haven't done this yet, but it might be a helpful thing to do! Janice
post #7 of 27
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Thanks for the tips! I'll have to try the piping gel transfer. Now, this will sound silly probably, but do you use tinted piping gel or clear and trace over it?
post #8 of 27
I want to take a calligraphy class too.. and an art class.. I just feel it would help a lot in my cake decorating .. I can't even draw a darned stick figure right and my writing is even worse lol

I think your cake looks great .. I love the variety of flowers you used .. we are our own worse critics!! lol
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post #9 of 27
I also have the letter press set.I wish I could get my money back for it!

It is the most frustrating thing that I have ever tried to use.

Letters stick hard in the slide thing,even after shaving them .Like to throw it across the kitchen.lol

You have to push and pull so hard on those stupid little tiles,that they do fly across the kitchen once you get them free.
post #10 of 27
I always use the clear piping gel
post #11 of 27
I think I have solved my writing problem, unfortunatly my pictures aren't developed yet to prove it. (Yes I know I am still in the stone age) LOL Anyway I was doing a pirate cake and wanted a masculine script, so I went to my computer in microsoft word and typed my message in the font I wanted and size I wanted, then I put the message on a floral foam square and poked the living daylights out of it with a large straight pin. It leaves the back of the paper very rough. I layed the paper on my crusted BC and lightly press across it, and TA DAH It is follow the dots.
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post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by kakesbyrobin

I also have the letter press set.I wish I could get my money back for it!

It is the most frustrating thing that I have ever tried to use.

Letters stick hard in the slide thing,even after shaving them .Like to throw it across the kitchen.lol

You have to push and pull so hard on those stupid little tiles,that they do fly across the kitchen once you get them free.



OMG I thought I was the only one throwing fits over these stupid things. I have to carefully hold the little plastic letter between my fingers and hope like hell my fingers don't touch the cake.. icon_cry.gif very nerve racking!
On the fathers day cake I entered in the contest, I found a picture of a cake that just had the words Happy Fathers Day written in some pretty letters. So I copy, pasted and flipped it then made a BCT with it.. Worked out perfect..
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Your cake is beautiful!!! I feel the same way about ALL my cakes. I am my worst critic too.. icon_redface.gif
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A woman is like a bag of Tea.
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Sweet Days and Happy Baking!
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post #13 of 27
The pin idea is really cool. I will have to try that!!

I am the worst at writing on a cake, so all my writing is very "fun". I put my scrapebooking skills to use and all the letters are going in different directions and at different levels on the cake. Sometimes I use different colors for each letter also.

But I'm going to try the pins tonight!!
Karen
post #14 of 27
icon_confused.gif is this cake blue, or does it just appear that way in the photo?

i used to decorate professionally, and writing was always a pain for me, mainly because with my handwriting, i pretty much print and it's very idiosyncratic (could never do the standard script taught in schools) and the side of my hand always rests on a surface when i write. for decorating, i finally decided to just print, which works much better for me, which i do in either a stylized calligraphic square-shape script, or in a cute rounded print that's more like my personal handwriting (the letters are shaped with thicker rounded ends).

if writing on cakes is really your enemy, you may want to make friends with melted candy/chocolate coating. it will take a little practice, since it flows much faster than icing (when you finish piping, lift up your piping bag while sliding a finger from your "steadying" hand under it and over the tip to prevent drips), but here's what you do:

make up some paper piping cones (you could also use plastic disposables -- basically you want a piping bag that you can cut to use without a tip and then toss).
melt your candy coating (i like the microwave in a glass dish at 50% power for about 2 minutes, then stir to melt completely).
fill your cone half way, fold the top, and then cut your tip with a knife or scissor to the size you want (start small, as you can always go bigger).
the trick with coating is that you can pipe your message onto wax paper (on a plate or board) in either individual printed letters or fancy script with all the letters attached. chill in the fridge, and then slide an angled (offset) spatula under the letters or words, and then place on the cake. what's great about this is that it's no-fail -- you can make as many copies as you want, and you avoid spelling mistakes directly on the cake, etc. you can even attach the letters/words to the side of a freshly-iced cake (press slightly). thumbs_up.gif
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post #15 of 27
I think you did a great job! I think we have all felt this way before. I also do not like the way I write. I use premade candy letters or I mold them out of candy melts. By the way, thanks for the tips on the pizza cake...I finished it yesterday! icon_wink.gif
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