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post #16 of 29
I started teaching myself baking when I was 12 years old. One day I picked up my mother's 1948 Betty Crocker Cookbook and started leafing through pages. The very first cake I baked was from scratch and lo and behold....the darn thing came out right! I decorated my first cake when I was 13 for my little cousin, Mark's, birthday...it was an 8" square layer cake with a giant clown made of stars stretched across the top and down the side. I got the idea from a Wilton Book. All of the ideas I used in High School were from Wilton's books....we didn't have cable and the internet wasn't even a glint in it's creator's eye. I kept making cakes and started baking other things (cookies, brownies, pies, cheesecakes, sticky buns...etc) all throughout high school, while dealing with a life less ordinary for a teenager (I was essentially the adult in my household (long story that I don't care to go into here)) and working at Sbarro's (yes...I can cook, too).

Because of the demands and traumas of life, I took a 10 year hiatus from baking and decorating but came back into it and took some Wilton Classes back in 2003 and 2004. After another hiatus because of the traumas of life...I got back into it in 2007. I took my last Wilton Class in 2009. After that...it's been CC (thank Heavens for this website icon_biggrin.gif , the internet, and books).

I am now on the verge of creating a business plan for a home based business. I'd like to eventually own a small B&B with a Bakery attached.
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post #17 of 29
I made my first cake in September 2008, it was a fire engine for my son who was obsessed with fireman Sam and I couldn't find a fireman Sam cake anywhere. At the time I thought it looked good but looking back it probably looked terrible lol. After that I never made another cake until march this year when I was looking for something Moroccan themed for my mums birthday, but couldn't find anything nice and within my price range, so I made her a cake and piped on a pattern. I enjoyed that so I asked my cousin if she wanted me to make one for her sons birthday about a week from then, i made a lightning mcqueen and I thought it turned out really good. After that I somehow became 'the cake person' amongst my friends and family so they started asking me for them, and now many of them have come to just expect them from me for birthday presents etc lol. I've even had to buy a diary to write in my requests for cakes.

I've never done a cake course as they rarely run in my area, and now the one that is starting up (which is only a 3 session 6 hours total) only covers what I already know! I love cake decorating as a hobby because I like to make things. I tried my hand at sewing, knitting, soap, but found it hard to find people who wanted that stuff. EVERYONE likes cake in some form!

I have 2 young boys (4and 2) so I only have the evening for cakes. I don't think I could do it as a full time job just yet I'd get too frustrated! As it is, I charge people for the ingredients, sometimes if its not a close friend or family member I add five or ten pounds on to put in my holiday fund. Unless I offer to make it then its free. Such as the cake for my sons nursery I'm making right now! icon_twisted.gif
post #18 of 29
I wanted a fab cake for my son's 1st bday in 2009. I did a 2 tier cake, iced in fondant and thought it was brilliant - it tasted fine but I can see all it's imperfections now.

I have made a few cakes since, following tutorials on youtube and gaining ideas/advice from forums like this.

I really wanted to do a cake course in 2009 but was too late signing up and now I feel I won't have as much to learn as I have learned so much online.

I won't ever be able to do it as a business as I work full time but I am enjoying it as a hobby.
I am a beginner hobby decorator.
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I am a beginner hobby decorator.
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post #19 of 29
Just my opinion, classes can always help. I had picked up cake decorating by watching my mom, but decided to go ahead and take all the wilton classes even though I knew alot already. To my surprise the teacher we had, showed us little tricks the advanced people knew or short cuts. And even held classes at her home to teach other things that Wilton didnt have a class for at the time. So you might want to attand a class or two. You never know what new thing(s)might be waiting for you.
post #20 of 29
I took the first wilton class 20 years ago, and then kind of fell out of it. I kick myself in the butt everytime I think about where i could be know if I had pursued it. I've taken all of the Wilton courses now and learn a magnitude of things online (mostly CakeCentral).

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post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by tonyap

Just my opinion, classes can always help. I had picked up cake decorating by watching my mom, but decided to go ahead and take all the wilton classes even though I knew alot already. To my surprise the teacher we had, showed us little tricks the advanced people knew or short cuts. And even held classes at her home to teach other things that Wilton didnt have a class for at the time. So you might want to attand a class or two. You never know what new thing(s)might be waiting for you.



ITA with this thumbs_up.gif

In my course 1 class there was an older lady (late 60s probably) who was a self proclaimed cake genius. She spent much of that very first day bragging about how awesome she was and had brought in pictures of cakes shed made over the years to show off. They looked alright. Ill be nice icon_wink.gif

The second day of class when we were learning how to thin icing and pipe etc. it became very obvious this cake genius didnt know squat about cake decorating. Even though she bragged shed been making cakes for several decades (and judging by her age I believe it) and was the official cake maker for her church. Sometimes its those little things, like learning what consistency of icing you should use to do a certain technique, that really matter. You gotta crawl before you walk and all that. And you learn all those little basic things (that you might think youre too advanced for) in the classes. Or you can do trial and error but I found the classes much more fun. And I dont work for Wilton or am I affiliated with them in any way. Well besides owning a ton of their pans and cake decorating junk.

I was lucky enough that my Wilton teacher was a very well respected and well known bakery owner in our city. So I got to learn from a pro who owned a successful business. I learned a lot more then just how to make sweet peas and shell borders from that woman.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by sccandwbfan

I took the first wilton class 20 years ago, and then kind of fell out of it. I kick myself in the butt everytime I think about where i could be know if I had pursued it. I've taken all of the Wilton courses now and learn a magnitude of things online (mostly CakeCentral).



I know exactly how you feel.
Darlita
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post #23 of 29
Pretty new to cake decorating and have not taken any courses yet. I would love to start with the basics, and then head into the unknown (buttercream?! yikes!). I have never really been very artistic or crafty, so it's crazy to think that I'm interested in something like this!
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by secondbase

Pretty new to cake decorating and have not taken any courses yet. I would love to start with the basics, and then head into the unknown (buttercream?! yikes!). I have never really been very artistic or crafty, so it's crazy to think that I'm interested in something like this!



Even though I am the first to admit that I am no where near Decorator Extrordinaire, I felt the same way when I got back into it 4 years ago. Two years ago I didn't know what fondant was and GUMPASTE.....I was even more ignorant of icon_eek.gificon_redface.gificon_eek.gificon_redface.gif I now make both FROM SCRATCH....just like my baking. I had never decorated a cookie with RI before 2 years ago and now that is one of my favorite things to make.

Having an interest, being willing to pursue that interest, and being willing to learn about that interest are the first steps to unlock the potential you have icon_smile.gif
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post #25 of 29
Has anyone taken any decorating courses in the UK?
I love piping and want to get better at it, and learn gum paste flowers.

Any suggestions?
post #26 of 29
I'm still new to cake decorating. My interest peeked when I worked in a store front bakery. The GM would always ask me if I wanted to cake decorate and told the manager, when we'd have down time to teach me some things. We had very little down time, but She did show me how to make a rose using a stick. The two other cake decorators showed me how to ice and smoothe cakes. I never got around to taking the class because I eventually had to quit. I had clinical rotations in school that wouldn't permit me to work. I honestly wish I woulda stayed.. Anywho I've taken Wilton class 1 so far. The suckey part is due to the time frame of that these classes are offered (usually 6 to 8pm) I'm hesistant to take the other 2. I work Night shift and those are prime hrs for me to sleep. I took a leap out for the basics class and needless to say it wasn't my best idea. I'm pretty much geared to learning on my own. I purchased the wilton instructional books for class 2 and 3 (even though I prefer class as I can be taught other tips and tricks) so between the books, CC, and the internet.. I will be learning on my own.
New to Caking......sighs..Need work
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post #27 of 29
I'm about to take a cake-course in Denmark in September and October - and I look so much forward to it! The one is "Sugar flowers - big party roses" and the other is "Partycakes - fondant 2".

I started my cakedecoration for about 2 years ago, because I wanted to make my stepdad a speciel cake.

I can still be better and is not always satisfied with my cakes. But a lot more practise will do it better icon_smile.gif
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Helle in Denmark
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Helle in Denmark
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post #28 of 29
I've always loved to bake and have done it for years. When my own 2 boys and nieces and nephews were younger I use to decorate cakes just for the fun of it. I had a nephew who was really into tractors and farming type stuff, and I use to make his cakes based on that theme. Other than that, I just baked and frosted cakes, but always loved it. Last year for Mother's Day, my grown kids treated me to a cake decorating class at our local cake supply shop. I really enjoyed it and took the second class. I really didn't think I'd bother with the fondant one because I'd always heard that so many people didn't really like fondant, but took it any way because of the decorations that could be made with fondant. I've loved it ever since and enjoy learning all the new techniques. I'm too old to start a business doing cakes and don't really want to tie myself down like that since my husband and I are both retired, have a cabin in the mountains, and spend lots of time up there, but I have fun doing it for family and friends. I didn't realize how costly cake decorating could be until I got into it and didn't realize the time it took to decorate cakes. I have never ordered a custom cake but use to think they were too expensive. Now that I'm doing some of it myself, I most certainly understand where the cost comes in and don't hesitate to tell others when they complain about how expensive it can be. It's an expensive hobby, but one I really love. If I had gotten more into this when I was younger, I would have tried really hard to make a living at it because I love it so much.
post #29 of 29
I was literally afraid to cover a cake in fondant. I saw the wilton course for Fondant to get my nerve up. I'm looking to take some professional classes... There are so many here in NYC I don't even know how to choose. For now I'm just experimenting. I've only been making cakes about a year but I love every minute of it!

I did go to Art school too... and sculpture class really really helps in cake decorating.
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