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post #16 of 30
And just so you don't think I am some stingy pro person, I have posted recipes and I even posted a step by step picture how-to on making the SMBC recipe I posted. I had some pictures in my gallery too of the eclair recipe I posted, but the rules changed and you can't have non-cake pictures in the galleries so I had to take them down. So I know where you are coming from. I like pictures too. Please don't let me be the reason you don't post any more. Looking at your avatar I just wanna hug you and eat some cupcakes. icon_biggrin.gif
post #17 of 30
OP, have you tried youtube, to see if there any any videos of recipes-in-progress?
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post #18 of 30
I'm a relative newbie too and personally, I find the actual written reviews that people write about the recipes are much more helpful. A picture of a blob of frosting doesn't tell me as much as a good description. icon_smile.gif
post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by partysafe

My suggestion was for those folks who submit a recipe THEY HAVE MADE and would like to show how it turned out. It seems like it would take only a few extra keystrokes to include a link with the photo, that is if they took a picture of their masterpiece. If I had one of my own I would gladly submit a photo, however, I will never be the talented bakers as shown all over this CC website. Thats why I come here, to learn from all you experts.



First off, there is no reason you need to be super-talented to post your pictures. I'm definitely not of the same caliber as those talented individuals, but I still took the time to post some of my cakes, because they might give people help with ideas. I think you should post some of your creations, too.

With regards to pictures for recipes, it's more than just "a few extra keystrokes", because you probably have to download the pix, resize them for upload, etc.. Also, as mentioned by others, what would probably be posted is a completed cake where you really can't tell what the cake layers looked like.

I suspect that if somebody posted a recipe for a yummy chocolate cake and included a picture of this cake iced with a yummy fudge icing, somebody would complain that they didn't include the recipe for the icing.

One other thing--pictures in the recipes section would likely require changes to the back-end code for Cake Central, to allow for this feature.
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post #20 of 30
I think that the problem with the OP request is that the recipes found on this site are largely for individual components of a cake or cookie, etc. They are not start to finish recipes for "Three tiered chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filing and fondant frosting" They are recipes for cake or for filing or for frosting, etc. Photos would show nothing helpful. I love the photo gallery...such a variety of cake, cookie and cupcake styles and levels of talent. I never get tired of looking. icon_razz.gif
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post #21 of 30
i think it would be awesome if the recipe post form included a photo section. purely optional, but very helpful.

when i first joined CC, i had no idea what WASC cake was. i was told it had a very fine crumb, but you really don't know what that means until you see a picture or make it yourself. i remember thinking, what, finer than Sara Lee store-bought pound cake? i only see pictures of WASC decorated, but never the naked cake.

i hate running blind; i'm very much a learn-by-watching type of person. i love bakerella and the pioneer women for all those gorgeous step-by-step photos.
post #22 of 30
There are plenty of people on here who are not pros, myself included! I find that if I see a recipe that interests me, I can always PM the author, and so far everyone has been very willing to help. They've sent me photos, links, and tips.
No need to get bent out of shape...in fact, why not be the first person to include a recipe with a photo? Maybe others will see it and do the same.
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post #23 of 30
You can't put a photo with your recipe as CC is right now. It's just not an option.
post #24 of 30
Sorry! I didn't realize that until after I posted.
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post #25 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageMom

Sorry! I didn't realize that until after I posted.



No problem at all... I didn't know either until I checked. icon_smile.gif
post #26 of 30
I don't think you're mean.
post #27 of 30
Mensch - Ooooh hunky avatar! icon_biggrin.gif

On topic: to post photos with recipes would actually duplicate a lot of the photos in the galleries, taking up valuable server room. Maybe a better option, if the idea becomes popular enough for Heath and Jackie to make the change, would be to have the option of including a link to a cake in the galleries that was made using that recipe?
post #28 of 30
OP, i know what you are trying to ask and even though I have already posted a reply, my best suggestion is to look at the recipes. Decide for yourself what may make it seem as though it is one that you would like to try. Does it have a rating or comments about it? If so read them, they may help you decide whether or not you would still like to make it. Sometimes the comments are not conclusive as to its worthiness of my baking it but, I will try it anyway. If I don't like it then I throw the recipe away. Photos take up a lot of space and it would be nice to see the crumbs on a cake or how it bakes up, it is not feasible. Besides, trial and error is fun most of the time. Try the Gourmet Recipes for a lot of wonderful flavors icon_smile.gif
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post #29 of 30
I understand where you are coming from. I'll often save food recipes because of the visual look of them.

But with cakes to me it is different. A picture of a strawberry cake would just be a pink cake inside. A picture of a lemon cake would be yellow, chocolate cake, brown and so on. Icing and filling recipes would be the same way. To me it isn't like a fancy recipe where you want to make sure you are doing the steps correctly.

I've never gotten a dish to turn out just like the pictures. Why? Because they have food stylist do the pictures in books and magazines and they are often using uncooked or paritally cooked items or often times things that are not edible or really what the recipe calls for to get that look.
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post #30 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by psmith

I'm a relative newbie too and personally, I find the actual written reviews that people write about the recipes are much more helpful. A picture of a blob of frosting doesn't tell me as much as a good description. icon_smile.gif



Right on! I like the comments, also the ratings, but when you see something with one star, it is great to have a comment why. Or if ten stars, why? Great taste? Good for carving?

I also think that the only way to become a better baker is to bake. You learn by experience what different textures are created with different ingredients, different ratios, different methods, eg sponge cake vs pound cake. When you start to get the hang of this, through trial and error, you can evaluate a recipe on it's merits and decide whether to try it or not.

I feel that sites like allrecipes have a lot of great pics if you like that, but this site is about the *decorating* of the cakes, sure, they have to taste good, but it's mainly a decorating forum. Baking is the basis for the creations, but not the end goal, a decorated cake is, so that is the focus.
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