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Any Self-Taught Cake Decorators

post #1 of 121
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How many of you experts are self-taught? Some people have such creative and natural abilities and don't need to take classes! I wish that was me. icon_rolleyes.gif
post #2 of 121
Im not an expert by no means, but I am self taught. I think if you can apply any kind of artistic ability to cake decorating its better than having formal training. Someone I talked to recently on here has a degree from La Cordon Bleu and she said they didnt teach her anything in cake decorating.
post #3 of 121
I'm experet either but I am self taught.... mostly here at cc and through the tutorial threads here... there are a lot of blogs... sites... you tube videos... articles here... any many are made by highly regarded proffesionals (sp?) in the cake artistry business.... I feel what I have leanred... has been from the best of the best icon_smile.gif
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post #4 of 121
Hi, I am a self taught decorator but I am not a pro by any means!!!!!!!!!! I loved baking from young age and baked cakes for all my family member's b'days. Started learning to decorate from books, internet and buying online tutorials. The only class that I have been to is Alan Dunn's flwoer making classes. icon_smile.gif
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If you put your heart and soul, there's nothing you cannot do!
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post #5 of 121
There are lots of self-taught, just have to have a passion for caking! icon_lol.gif A few tools, inexpensive.....if you wish...as for going to a school, that would be way cool in my book! I would love to do more than I do now. I think for the most part, it just takes practice, practice, practice! Some have more of a natural ability, some not. But I wouldn't give up! thumbs_up.gif
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post #6 of 121
I'm self taught.... wish I had access to some professional classes, but the only classes in my area are Wilton classes, and the instrustor of those classes says their classes wouldn't help me any. However, I KNOW there is a lot more I need to learn
post #7 of 121
Self taught, not a pro by any means, would LOVE to be able to take lessons, but people like my cakes well enough to buy them and also become repeat customers, so I can't be that bad
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regards from Shanghai, China
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanghai-schroeder/
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post #8 of 121
I went to Le Cordon Bleu and there was no real cake decorating lessons. There was a week or so in bakery that we learned how to pipe designs onto dessert plates with chocolate, vanilla creme, fruit purees. But nothing on how to do a shell boarder or a rose. Actually we learned how to pipe roses in the dining room class because instead of pats of butter being served at the table, we would have butter roses. We did them the wrong way (I know now) but we did them.

YouTube is the best way to learn simple decorating. Even some advanced stuff too.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SeriousCakes

http://www.youtube.com/user/tonedna1

http://www.youtube.com/user/aine2

A few of my personal favorites!
"Focus on what you share in common, learn from what makes you different, support each other through struggles, and celebrate each others' success."

Check out my buttercream rose tutorial!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGa5j46Z05c
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"Focus on what you share in common, learn from what makes you different, support each other through struggles, and celebrate each others' success."

Check out my buttercream rose tutorial!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGa5j46Z05c
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post #9 of 121
I'm self taught also......a friend....many many moons ago, taught me to make icing roses.... that was the start. I have love decorating cakes from the start...and it so amazing how the cake styles have changed over the last 30 years.......I am still learning. There is always a new challange and new techinque to learn.......LOVE IT.....
SMILE - and people will smile back.

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SMILE - and people will smile back.

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post #10 of 121
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You guys are way too modest! Your work is definitely professional. Most of your work is probably better than a lot of people who have taken classes. I can not believe all the information I have learned from all of you. I plan on going through all the past posts that go way back. You tube has taught me a lot too! Thanks for inspiring me! icon_biggrin.gif
post #11 of 121
I'm self-taught with everything (so was my Mother....so I sort of learned from watching her, but not really). I am a professional Pastry Chef......here's my flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/19309786@N07/

When your really interested in something you can learn everything from books and on line.
post #12 of 121
I'm self taught. I've never taken any classes and it probably shows icon_lol.gif I do watch tutorials when I need to figure something out. I would certainly take some classes if there were any available in my area.
everyday is a good day, some are just better than others.
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everyday is a good day, some are just better than others.
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post #13 of 121
i am some what self learned, i only took 2 course of wilton but before that i was on my own , took course just to see where i need help in and as u can see i stop at 2nd class, and continue to pratice and learn as i move on , i say with my creativity and knowledge from art class i was able to make my cakes the way they are,
my hobbies CAKE decorating , mother of 1 with a full life lol . never a dull moment when im around lol.
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my hobbies CAKE decorating , mother of 1 with a full life lol . never a dull moment when im around lol.
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post #14 of 121
I'm also self taught. I've never taken any sort of class. But have learned most of the techniques through CC , watching videos and practice.. practice.. practice. I picked up a few tools to do my son's 1st birthday cake.. 10 years ago! Since then I've been hooked!! thumbs_up.gif
post #15 of 121
Personally (and not speaking of myself here) I think the best decorators are the ones who are self taught. Those people are the ones with the natural talent. You can teach anyone how to do something, but the ones with the natural talent are the ones who are great. I'm not saying that the decorators who took classes aren't as good... but they probably would have still been great decorators even without classes... just as Rose_N_Crantz said... pretty much taught themselves.

I have people as me all time time about "teaching" them to do cakes.... I always say that I still have way to much to learn to be teaching anyone anything!
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