Originally Posted by indydebi
Originally Posted by leah_s
Finally, I think the is the worst thing that has happen to caking ever. It is destroying the creativity and artisty of what we do.
I love this statement. It mirrors what I heard Kerry VIncent say in Las Vegas one year:
"We MUST preserve the art of buttercream. There are too many people who push some material in a mold, slap it on a cake and think that makes them a cake decorator."
In this world of "scratch vs mix" debating, I find it funny to observe that decorations made from a machine or a mold or pre-bought is ok compared to the "old fashioned" piping and BC roses and freehand intricate designs .... that somehow there's no debate or discussion on THIS "scratch vs. pre-made" issue.
Not trying to start the debate ... just an interesting observation.
I totally agree. I do not have the old school skills of piping and buttercream and hope to learn some of the techniques in the future. My skills are not the best but I do love to hand mold figures and flowers for my cakes.
I saw the HSN demo of the Cricutcake and I didn't like the look on the cakes. I'm not judging anyone who wants to use it. I'm sure that there are many talented people here who will create beautiful cakes with it. The cakes that they showed were just odd looking to me. The best one was the black and white brocade, IMO.
As others have said, I agree that this might be a fad. The TV shows and contests have encouraged people to try decorating and that's great but this can sometimes degrade the art.
I've seen this in the craft fairs. At least in my neck of the woods, that is. Years ago you would find gorgeous, hand crafted items that you would not find anywhere else, especially in regular stores. After awhile, when crafting became commercialized and the fairs were flooded with hobby crafters wanting to make extra money, you had a harder time finding the quality items. The booths were filled with cheap copies from the many craft magazines. They also started looking like dollar store material.
I'm afraid that this might have some negative impact on cake decorating. There will always be true talent out there, but the market could start to reflect more of the lower end goods. It also might highlight the difference between mass produced and old school techniques- who knows? Just my 2 cents.