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post #16 of 19
Hi Anna! (that was weird!)

I started baking here and there when I was a kid because my single mom couldn't afford cakes. I made my first roses at 8 and did a few basic 1979 or 1980 wilton yearbook cakes ( they were my new step dad's dead sister's books and supplies. I still have them!)

I did more and more after I went into a children's home because they didn't get us cakes, but they let me bake. Then I put it down for a few years and picked it up again to try to get a little money since I had twins and a dead beat husband. I did fancy cakes for less than Walmart, since they were professionals! icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

And then got a job at a grocery store, but found it unsatisfying and quit and got a a job at a bakery. I made next to nothing but learnedR a lot and got a high paying bakery job I hated!! So I quit and had been working in a caterers shop, saving money, then bought a house and converted the garage to a bakery where I own my own business. Still love it, never took a class in my life.

I have 4 kids, 3 of which are in school. The youngest is almost 3 and he is rotton to the core, so I bake and decorate at night. I often go from Wednesday morning to Saturday night with NO sleep. Good times icon_wink.gif but I love what I do and it pays well, or it will once we pay for the bakery!
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #17 of 19
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Thanks so much for your personal stories...it really does make me feel better that I haven't completely missed the boat. To be honest, everyone has been very impressed with my cakes so far, and that makes me feel confident that I can do this without having a fancy baking education (and by "fancy baking education" I mean going to Culinary Institute Of America or something of the equivalent had I realized this passion before college)...I'm definitely taking as many classes as I can get my hands on but I also watch tons of YouTube. I still haven't been able to figure out how to pipe shell borders or roses even with YouTube, but I'll get there with the classes. Thanks again everyone for your support and encouragement!
post #18 of 19
Welcome!!! I've been decorating for 37 years. You are very lucky to be starting in this place in time....when I started, all there was, was books. I taught myself. But today, there are so many sources to learn. UTube, DVD's (GREAT classes on disk), books, just having the internet in general. So many sources. My very best advice if you take a class, is take a QUALITY class from a quality teacher. Not all teachers do quality work. Always keep striving to kick your work up to the next level. You will never stop learning with this art icon_smile.gif

If I can ever help you with a question, don't hesitate to ask.

Jennifer Dontz icon_smile.gif
Jennifer Dontz - Traveling sugar art teacher
Online store/gallery: www.sugardelites.com
NOW SHIPPING!!!! CYMBIDIUM ORCHID / IVY DVD!
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Jennifer Dontz - Traveling sugar art teacher
Online store/gallery: www.sugardelites.com
NOW SHIPPING!!!! CYMBIDIUM ORCHID / IVY DVD!
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post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by annakat444

I still haven't been able to figure out how to pipe shell borders or roses even with YouTube, but I'll get there with the classes.



This might be helpful for piping shell borders http://www.wilton.com/technique/shell (if not, let us know what's not working for you).

I mentioned my writing video before (on page 1), when you commented on your writing. I also have a video on piping bc roses on a stickclick on the link in my signature line below. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help.
HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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