Originally Posted by Zuicidal_Zeth
thankyou lisapeps,jilly and all others, ill bare that in mind, i just finished a cake for my bro's gf today and although all my cakes are well recieved im the first to criticise because i know how i want it to look, i seem to spend hell of a lot of time adding things to cover up mistakes ive made lol so my cakes always seem to be forever changing, ive got to new pictures to upload shortly ad would highly appreciate your honest opinions/ suggestions of things i possibly could have changed or done differently/used differently, i read to put a bc crumb coat before applying icing nd took it that was all i would but the icing always appears bumpy, is it essential to put marzipan on aswell or is there another way, thanks again all, and ill definetly look into going to the nec, my ex gf's gran actually works there and she was forever getting free tickets to concerts so i think that will be my first point of call lol. Rich
You should have seen my first efforts they were horrendous. The star point buttercream ones were passable but it was when I discovered sugarpaste. I had no internet or books and didn't realise that the more icing sugar you add the drier it gets and the more cracks you get.But no matter how awful I thought they looked(and they did) my friends and family were so encouraging and that is what spur me on. I would say that you will be your own worst critic and you will always see what others don't see, that thumb print and that crack. the lopsidedness etc. I have yet to make that flawless cake.
The fact that you can bake good deep cakes is a start as that is an art in itself. I would suggest taking a lot of time getting your buttercream crumbcoat right. Use a spatula dipped in hot water and then wiped with a a paper towel to smooth it off. Then make sure your sugarpaste is not too thin. Don't go too heavy on the icing sugar.I use a pvc pipe from homebase as a rolling pin, you only need to dust the worksurface.I use vodka to clean off excess icing sugar others use trex but don't use water as it leaves a water stain. Vodka evaporates leaving no mark.
Please if there is anything you need advice on just ask. There is a wealth of information to be had here.
One more thing well done on your book cake. It took me about 15yrs before I attempted one. I think you did a good job considering your limited experience and I am sure it was well received.