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post #31 of 88
OMG!! I was just thinking the same thing...I hate writing on cakes and even worse making buttercream roses. I had to do a sheet cake this past weekend and they wanted writing on it, immediately I freaked out luckily I managed to get it look halfway decent. I had to make about 12 BC roses to get 4 that sort of resembled roses.
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post #32 of 88
Thank you Klallen! That sounds like a great idea!!!!
post #33 of 88
In New York City, you can walk into almost any bakery and see cake messages written in piping gel. Sunday I found out why. It is so much easier to control than BC. I'm never using BC to write a cake message again. I'll just buy more colors to tint the piping gel with.

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post #34 of 88
Thread Starter 
Thats a great idea!!! Put a border around it and I'm done. Thanks a ton!

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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Another thing you can do, is roll out a thin sheet of GP, and make a plaque instead of writing directly on the cake. I can't do it, looks like crap. You can cut the plaque to fit the theme of the cake, color it, do things to hide the fact that it's a plaque....I do this a lot. For my monograms. icon_smile.gif
post #35 of 88
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Originally Posted by craftyleah

Sorry ladies, but I've got to be the killjoy here. No, you're not retarded. I'm sure if you were mentally retarded, like my daughter is, you'd be having other difficulties. I really wish people would stop using this as a slang term.



This was said with tremendous tact. Thanks for not keeping your opinion to yourself! icon_smile.gif
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post #36 of 88
Don't mean to drag it through the mud, but this poster hit the ISSUE squarely on the head:

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Originally Posted by bamberc

Of course she didn't intentionally mean to offend anyone by writing that-she was only trying to demean herself...by negatively comparing herself to people with mental retardation.



That is the issue here. The use of the word "retarded"--much like the uses of the words "gay" or "faggot"-- as a derogatory term. These are not new revalations...nor are they unfamiliar.

ohMyGanache I appreciate your input but please understand that there is a HUGE difference between a forty-something wearing her daughter's clothes and the abuse and misuse of the word in question. I, much like the other posters who have spoken up, indeed realize that this is a cake decorating website, but at times like these recognize that there is a need for education. And I am not fearful to speak up in those times.
post #37 of 88
Gay is an improper term now? Seriously? Wow...I missed that one. I have a bunch of gay friends, and that's how they refer to themselves....oh shoot. I get it. Gay like "That rose looks so gay". Ok. Shrinking away now...lol.
post #38 of 88
_Jaime_, do you write on the plaque with BC, piping gel, or use fondant letters? icon_confused.gif
post #39 of 88
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Originally Posted by millermom

_Jaime_, do you write on the plaque with BC, piping gel, or use fondant letters? icon_confused.gif


You can write with edible markers! It's great, that's how I get around writing directly on a cake. I usually make a ribbon banner with gp/mff and let it harden in whatever shape/flow I want and then write on it. And about the rosebud, I finally got it after a lot of practice, but I don't do it for a while I forget icon_sad.gif
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post #40 of 88
Quote:
Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Gay is an improper term now? Seriously? Wow...I missed that one. I have a bunch of gay friends, and that's how they refer to themselves....oh shoot. I get it. Gay like "That rose looks so gay". Ok. Shrinking away now...lol.



Didn't know it was "unacceptable" either. All the people I know that are "gay" do indeed call themselves "gay". I guess I'll have to let them know that they're offending themselves icon_rolleyes.gif
post #41 of 88
I'm not sure where I heard this, but when writing, move your arm, not your hand. I think that provides more precision, if that makes sense, at all. I do find that works for me. Also, make sure that your bc is thin enough. My Wilton instructor had us put clear piping gel in our bc when writing on the rainbow cake. Hope that helps, Good luck!
post #42 of 88
Quote:
Originally Posted by cupcakeco


ohMyGanache I appreciate your input but please understand that there is a HUGE difference between a forty-something wearing her daughter's clothes and the abuse and misuse of the word in question. I, much like the other posters who have spoken up, indeed realize that this is a cake decorating website, but at times like these recognize that there is a need for education. And I am not fearful to speak up in those times.



If I say "does my butt look fat in these jeans?", that is not an insult to people who are fat.

If I say "I can't write straight - am I arthritic?", it is in no way meant to criticize those with arthritis.

If I ask "I can't get the hang of this - am I retarded?" - I am not making light of the pain anyone who is retarded (or their loved ones) goes through. I am simply making light of my inability to grasp something that seems so simple and wondering if I have a mental deficiency - which is what retardation is (am I wrong?).

I had a retarded uncle. I had a son I was told would be 'retarded' (but thankfully, he recovered). Been there, done that. I know when it is meant to be offensive and when it is not.

I would often stand up for a retarded girl in my middle school who was made fun of and spit on... and I will in no way tolerate the abuse or mocking of someone with a disability - but this just isn't one of those situations. Sorry.

I understand that people get a little hyper-defensive - and I can sympathize. I just think this whole "PC movement" does more harm than good.

And back on topic... I think fondant lettering (ala tappits) looks much better on cakes than free-hand writing anyway, so I say GO FOR IT!!!!
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post #43 of 88
Thread Starter 
OMG...please stop! Did I say I was a retard? No. I said retarded. Big difference if you want to look it up. Retard is a noun (person). Retarded can be used as an adj or verb. Means to slow down, hinder, impede. Look it up
post #44 of 88
Want to know something funny??? When I was a little girl they didn't like for you to be left-handed.. so they went to great pains to switch you, which they successfully did, I write right handed. But, I decorate cakes left handed, including writing on them..... Which is fairly decent. Can't write a lick on a cake right handed.... maybe you should switch hands. icon_lol.gif

The earlier poster is correct it is an arm movement, not like you are writing with a pencil.

As an FYI: I too have a daughter who is autisic with mentally retardation. Until you have walked a mile in those shoes, most can't imagine how hurtful it is to think that the struggles are being made lite of. Intentional, no, but then neither is manslaughter.

We should just leave it as a lesson in sensitivity and move on!

Oh, by the way, I hate my roses too. Learn fondant roses, they always look good.
post #45 of 88
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I trace it with edible marker, then fill in with food color "paint" and a brush. Then sometimes for dimension, will lay fondant snakes over areas. You can PM me if you want more info. icon_smile.gif
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