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post #31 of 121
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Originally Posted by tonedna

I think that being self taught is a difficult task. Not impossible, but difficult.
One need to be passionate and have a lot perseverance and patience. It requires a lot of practice and some things come easy, but some things require lots of trial and error.

I been through this road. But I think there is nothing wrong with taking classes.
When I started, there where not a lot of classes in my area. Now there is more people teaching, wich it's not only fun but very helpful. I wish I had this option when I started. Self taught can get one frustrated at some points.

I used to take breaks to re-group and try again.
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Yes Edna, it can be very frustrating at times.... thank GOD for CC members! Some of us just don't have much of a choice. No classes here, even the Wilton classes are 1 1/2 hrs away...with 3 small kids... that's not very easy to do. So it was either teach myself, or not do it at all...
post #32 of 121
I just do cakes for fun, but everything I've learned is self-taught. I've learned too much from trial and error icon_mad.gif , but hopefully I can stop that now that I've found this site! I can't justify taking classes taught by the pro's, since it's just for fun. But I AM having fun!
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A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
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post #33 of 121
I think that you have to have some kind of talent whether you take classes or not. I remember sitting in my Wilton class watching some of the students come in with cakes that made me wonder what was going on in their kitchens. Some were just horrible.

It's like singing. Sure you can take lessons, but if you're tone deaf, no amount of lessons are gonna make you great.
post #34 of 121
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Originally Posted by TPACakeGirl

I think that you have to have some kind of talent whether you take classes or not. I remember sitting in my Wilton class watching some of the students come in with cakes that made me wonder what was going on in their kitchens. Some were just horrible.

It's like singing. Sure you can take lessons, but if you're tone deaf, no amount of lessons are gonna make you great.



I got to say to this, that Wilton classes are just 2 hours a week. You learn the basics there, but you wont come home with perfect cakes. No matter how much you are taught, if you don't practice at home the 2 hours is just not enough to make you an expert.

You still need to go home and practice. I been teaching for many years.
I can tell from my students who goes home and practice and who doesnt.
But I know that in the end they will learn enough to get them started.

Some people have the passion for doing cakes. Others take classes to have a break from the daily stress..
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Visit my website.. www.designmeacake.com
http://designmeacakeblog.blogspot.com/
Check my Gumpaste Tutorials in You tube
http://www.youtube.com/user/tonedna1
Check my new Blooms and Vines DVD!



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post #35 of 121
Tonedna,

I would love to take one of your classes. Where do you do them? I'm in Wesley Chapel, not more than a couple of hours from you. I know you are a great teacher. I have seen several of your videos on youtube.
post #36 of 121
I'm self taught too I've never taken a class because I was never old enough lol icon_smile.gif I have always wanted to take a class, but now that I am were I am I dont think it would benefit me.

MMEX
post #37 of 121
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Originally Posted by Mark-Mexicano

I'm self taught too I've never taken a class because I was never old enough lol icon_smile.gif I have always wanted to take a class, but now that I am were I am I dont think it would benefit me.

MMEX



Oh don't say that!! Even the most experienced decorators learn SOMETHING in classes. I have a friend in the Masters category -- she does the most amazing work and I've take a number of classes with her and she told me even though she teaches the classes, she always learns something from one of her students!! The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing! icon_wink.gif
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post #38 of 121
I'm CC taught! I consider my few cakes before CC to be "playing with cake". Now I actually have a plan of attack before each project and have researched whatever technique I'm trying instead of just simpling winging it and not getting close to what I had pictured in my mind.

I can't pipe to save my life, so I found CC when trying to learn about fondant.
post #39 of 121
Self taught all the way never had the time or the money to take classes I would love to do some on flowers but would have to travel far to get those I had always hoped I would have the money if Cake Girls offered that maybe in the future.

Have a great day

Breila

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Have a great day

Breila

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post #40 of 121
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Originally Posted by TPACakeGirl

Tonedna,

I would love to take one of your classes. Where do you do them? I'm in Wesley Chapel, not more than a couple of hours from you. I know you are a great teacher. I have seen several of your videos on youtube.



I teach basics in the area of Orlando. I have no idea where Wesley Chapel is icon_redface.gif

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Visit my website.. www.designmeacake.com
http://designmeacakeblog.blogspot.com/
Check my Gumpaste Tutorials in You tube
http://www.youtube.com/user/tonedna1
Check my new Blooms and Vines DVD!



Thanks Edna
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Visit my website.. www.designmeacake.com
http://designmeacakeblog.blogspot.com/
Check my Gumpaste Tutorials in You tube
http://www.youtube.com/user/tonedna1
Check my new Blooms and Vines DVD!



Thanks Edna
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post #41 of 121
I'm self-taught except for a few things I learned while at Publix, but that was mostly how to do kit-cakes and other things specific to their products.
post #42 of 121
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Tonedna, I have to say you are one of my idols! I always watch your videos. Please make more I love watching your video's!
post #43 of 121
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DANG! I'm in awe! $7000 in one month? Wow! How many cakes a week do you do? I'll be the first to admit that I'm slow.... I don't like to rush, I like to enjoy the decorating process...but I can do 9-10 cakes a week easy, and 12-13 pushing it. Mostly birthday cakes... with a few wedding cakes thrown in there. No more than 1 wedding a week though.

My problem is that I don't want to have a cake finished more than a day or 2 in advance... not exactly sure how long they will stay fresh and moist. Which has me trying to decorate most of them on thurs and fri.



I usually do 2 to 4 wedding cakes in a week and some other cakes thrown in as well. Most of my sales is from wedding cakes.
post #44 of 121
Tonedna,

Wesley Chapel is right outside Tampa. I would gladly travel to Orlando to take a class from you if you ever give one on flower making or advance techniques. I love your videos.
post #45 of 121
I'm mostly self taught.

I had a friend teach me buttercream roses as a teenager but then I didn't do a whole lot of caking until I was around age 25 or so (I'm 35 now). I did plain birthday cakes in college for people because I could do a rose and a shell border, and I could draw so I would make icing pictures and stuff.

Then later I started just messing around with doing cakes and experimenting, mostly doing alot of sheet cakes with hand drawn pictures and etc...then started inching into fondant and 3D cakes.

Later I took a Wilton III class to get some fondant pointers but had already known about 3/4 of what they taught, through trial and error.

I did work for a catering company about 3 years ago now and that really helped me learn more about the baking and "gourmet" part, plus it gave me some great tips on wedding cakes and built my confidence on those, since that's all we did. So while weddings made me nervous before I worked there, now they don't make me nervous at all (except maybe transport! haha).

So I would consider myself about 75% self taught. Especially with sculpted cakes...I know there are a few fancy classes, and I'd love to personally take Mike McCarey's internal structure class...but that type if caking is a LOT of trial and error and just doing what works, and practice doing the fondant work on that.
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