Originally Posted by BethLS
I know here in Michigan, it is illegal to drive my car without wearing a seatbelt. Why? If I am hurting absolutely NO ONE with my choice, why should the government tell me I have to do it?
People in accidents who do not wear seat belts generally require more expensive medical care, using up resources that could have gone to help someone else. They also cause more traffic, as accidents with serious injuries require longer to clear and often involve an ambulance (which again could have been used to transport someone else).
And FYI, you are only required to wear a seat belt if you drive on public roads (i.e. maintained by the government). You are free to create your own private road system if you'd like to avoid the government's draconian safety requirements.
Whatabout the people who die in cars because they cant get their seatbelts off?
This is an urban legend, read the link below.
Back to the topic at hand...
Without HANDS ON training, (classes maybe, or perhaps working as a decorator prior to in a "real" bakery or heck, I dunno, doing it, gasp, illegally) the fact is most people can't.
There is nothing illegal about making cakes at home to practice. The only thing you can't legally do (unless your state allows it) is accept compensation for said cakes. If you can't afford to spend a few months practicing on free cakes or dummies, work for someone else to get the practice.