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My first Ugly cake

post #1 of 14
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Well, I did my first 2 tier cake and it was so ugly. It was a hollywood theme cake for a 10 yr old boy that wanted to be a star for a day. His mom said to do yellow stars as close to gold as possible, and some other little symbols. She was scheduled to pick it up on Friday after work. I planned to get the cake done on thursday and any finishing touches Friday before pick up. Well I was in a lot of traffic Friday and I ran out of frosting (powdered sugar) at 11:30pm Thursday night. I was only able to frost the bottom tier which was a square 10 in. When I called her to tell her that I could bring the cake to her she insisted on picking it up. So I rushed and got it done in about an hour and a half..ugh! I'm a newbie so it takes me a few hours. This cake did not turn out the way I had invisioned it. It was so ugly I didn't take a picture of it. She picked it up and I don't think her son like it either. He wasn't smiling not one bit.
post #2 of 14
I'm sorry your cake didnt turn out the way you wanted it to! My cakes rarely turn out the way I want them to. But I keep trying and practicing and you should too!
post #3 of 14
It sounds like maybe you're a little too busy to take on selling cakes right now. There's nothing wrong with making them for fun and practice...selling can always come later, after you've gotten a little faster and know what quantity of ingredients you need for what size of cake. If you put too much pressure on yourself in the beginning, it takes all the fun out of cake decorating.

Personally, I've been decorating cakes for years and I still only do it as a hobby, not a business. In my state you can't get your home kitchen licensed to sell cakes, and I don't want the pressure of opening a storefront and having to generate a certain amount of money every month...takes all the fun out of what's otherwise a very fun hobby.
post #4 of 14
You'r ALOT braver than me. I would never dream of selling something I havent done before. Sorry this happened to you. Maybe practice your two tier cakes a bit more before taking on the huge responsibility of selling them. Im sure with more practice, they will be great.
post #5 of 14
Oh, poor kid.
post #6 of 14
I'm sorry. Maybe it isn't as bad as you think. I find I am my own worst critic. A lot of times kids are grumpy and don't smile -- maybe it wasn't the cake. icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 14
Sorry this happened to you.
I had the same thing happen to me with the Elmo cake that I made in my photos.
I didn't think that it was THAT bad. But the guy who picked it up Just kept saying "HMMM OK, HMMMM"
Then he made sure that I knew that the arm fell off after he brought it home.
It is hard to put time and effort in to someting and have someone else not like it.
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post #8 of 14
I wish you had taken and posted a picture. Sometimes people say they make horrible cakes and they are not. Hopefully, it was not that bad.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Darth_Aerdna

Sorry this happened to you.
I had the same thing happen to me with the Elmo cake that I made in my photos.
I didn't think that it was THAT bad. But the guy who picked it up Just kept saying "HMMM OK, HMMMM"
Then he made sure that I knew that the arm fell off after he brought it home.
It is hard to put time and effort in to someting and have someone else not like it.



icon_redface.gif Yeah, Elmo looks a little startled. I always have several photographs in front of me from different angles to make sure I get facial expressions and proprtions exactly right.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by KimmyKakes4Me

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Originally Posted by Darth_Aerdna

Sorry this happened to you.
I had the same thing happen to me with the Elmo cake that I made in my photos.
I didn't think that it was THAT bad. But the guy who picked it up Just kept saying "HMMM OK, HMMMM"
Then he made sure that I knew that the arm fell off after he brought it home.
It is hard to put time and effort in to someting and have someone else not like it.



icon_redface.gif Yeah, Elmo looks a little startled. I always have several photographs in front of me from different angles to make sure I get facial expressions and proprtions exactly right.

Yah, I ended up actually making a fake mug shot with elmo.
I should attach that with the other photo!
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post #11 of 14
Hey at least you have a sense of humor about it!
post #12 of 14
I am always trying to read people's expressions when they collect a cake - and second guessing myself, I think I probably wouldn't be entirely sure enough of myself unless they jumped up and down on the spot telling me how wonderful I was LOL!!! I think we are really a lot harder on ourselves - most non-cake makers are a lot more oblivious of all the minor errors that we can see. Pity you hadn't taken a pic. Chin up!!!! icon_razz.gif
post #13 of 14
I do the same thing to myself! I delivered a 3 tier anniversary cake once and there were several family members standing there while I placed the topper, cleaned everything up and put my stuff away. Total silence. No one said one word either when I brought the cake in, while I was working on it or as I was leaving. I beat myself up about it, just sure they were unhappy and didn't want to say anything to me.

Then I heard from a person that was at the party that they were thrilled to death with the cake. Raved about the design, taste, etc. What? Some people just don't express themselves I guess!
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post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your comments.... I did text a picture of the cake to the friend that referred me to the lady and she said she liked it. The lady was very grateful and said thanks for doing it on such short notice. I'll just keep practicing and trying.
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