Originally Posted by Ivy383
Wow! mireillea, KodiM, ZoesMum your cakes are beautiful! It is really cool that you are all "self taught". I took one Wilton course and check out blogs and youtube very often...(ok, ok...all the time! I'm hooked on cake videos)lol It's nice to see that that people can learn from the comfort of their own homes how to decorate cakes. You are all an inspiration and motivation to new decorators! (like me)
SpecialtyCakesbyKelli and Ursula40 Are you gals self taught as well? Your cakes are also beautiful!
Yes I am self taught but I made EVERY beginners mistake you can possibly think of. From not using an internal support system (we all know what happens then), to using wooden dowels and card board (not so sturdy too) to sps (ah, what a relief!).
I remember one of my first fondant cakes. It was a huge 5 tier wedding cake. The wedding couple wanted a cake in aubergine (that was the first problem
), light scroll work and a few flowers here and there. I finished the cake the night before because I had to deliver it the next morning (a 150 km drive!!! how stupid can you be with one of your first cakes).
Okay, so I was pretty pleased with myself that night, but when I came down the next morning I could tear my hair out! The cake was wrinkly and had cracks all over it. It looked horribly. Terrible! And I had to leave in 30 minutes!
I had no time to redo the cake or to redo the fondant. The only thing I could think of was fill three bags with colored icing and pipe over the cracks. And as I was doing that, more cracks began to form and I couldn't feel more miserable!
I finally placed the cake in the car because there was no time left, took more icing with me, drove the two hour trip to the venue. Driving made the already hidious cake look even worse. I finally arrived and placed the cake as far as possible out of sight with the worst cracks at the back. I had to put even more icing flowers, strips, dots, leaves and everything I could think of on the cake, just to hide all the flaws and belief me there were MANY!!! I am sorry that I don't have a photo from that monster.
The ultimate cake looked nothing like the couple ordered. I felt so bad! I apologized a million times. Luckily they were not really that interested. It was a big party and they were more into the dancing and having fun.
I decided to stop doing cakes then and there. And I did for two years. Then I finally had the nerve to pick it up again. And I am glad I did.
I work so much different now. I now feel confident when I am doing wedding cakes. I KNOW what I am doing, I know what I am selling and I know I can now deliver the quality the client deserves. But boy did I come a long way! And.... still learning!