Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Ever Had One of Those Cakes You Just Felt Lousy About?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Ever Had One of Those Cakes You Just Felt Lousy About? - Page 2

post #16 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by ellavanilla View Post

My sister gave me a thumbs up for the cake. That doesn't mean she liked it, but that we both passed inspection by her co-workers (the cake was for her boss). 

 

My cake writing is horrific! Worse, she demanded printing instead of script. THEN I tried to use melted chocolate for the first time and it was a disaster. too soft, then rock solid, but turns. 

 

I know it was delicious. How can you go wrong with 4 lbs of butter, 2 dozen eggs and 2 lbs of chocolate? But it just wasn't beautiful and I am so disappointed. 

 

Thank you, everyone, for the support and kind words! Oh well, Tomorrow is another cake!

 

jen

holy cow that must have been a big cake! :) but yes, we are all our own worst critics...always!  do you have a picture of the cake? i'm sure its not as bad as you think :)

post #17 of 24

I had to bake a cake for a co-workers birthday just the other day and the cake fought me the whole way... There are just cakes that try our patience and our sense of perfection.  Step back and breathe and don't let it get to you and remember that everything you feel when baking goes into the creation.

post #18 of 24

GREAT QUESTION!! I feel that way about mostly all my cake.. I think that's why it's taken me so long to actually sale my work even when people would ask me to make cakes for them. But like I read on on of the threads.. My work is good enough when someone wants to buy it. ;) I know I'm my own worst critic. So I need to cut myself a break.

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ Confucius

 

This is what I aspire to... 

Please come and be apart of my journey at www.facebook.com/DeeDeesSweetEscape

Reply

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ Confucius

 

This is what I aspire to... 

Please come and be apart of my journey at www.facebook.com/DeeDeesSweetEscape

Reply
post #19 of 24

A few I just wasn't "connecting" with and as an artist, when the excitement isn't there or we're over tired - we would rather be in our PJ's watching TV.  We've all been there.

post #20 of 24

I can't believe you just posted this Ella-- I signed on tonight specifically to post almost the same thing!!! 

 

I have been so disappointed in my cakes lately-- they just seem so subpar :( i have even stopped posting pictures of them- that's how disappointed I am-- 

 

I know that there are things I can/and should be doing that would help, but... I don't know what happens--- 

 

1) I never seem to have enough time- no matter what

2) I still have not figured out an organization system so I spend so much me looking and fetching things

3) my work just isn't "clean and sharp" the edges on my cuts looked jagged, my circles are distorted- buttercream seems to show up all over the place- nothing ever comes out the way I envision-- just--- subpar :( 

4) So many cakes have such a smooth clean looks-- even figures and decorations- mine have cracks or look dry-  

5) I have to experiment on more flavor profiles

6) I think I skimp/hesitate on using product-I don't know why I do this-- (I don 't charge for cakes but I don't mind buying the products as this is my hobby that I used to love-)

 

I could go on and on- I just did a cake for a 40th birthday- blast from the past-- everyone said they loved it and that it tasted great- I thought it was VERY sloppy and too sweet- I of course ran out of time and was an hour late for the party (birthday girl came after me- wheww) so- yup the buttercream had a mind of its own and I had no time to straighten that out- no time for pics either- waiting for some from other party goers-- Im just so disappointed 

 

Thanks for letting me share my pity party with all of you-(- you guys aren't invited ( ha)- but I just had to tell someone who understands- 

 

Ella- I think one good cake could get us back in the game- that's what Im hoping for-- 

 

Mo

post #21 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post

We compare our cakes with the amazing work of the best cakers on this site and others that we spend a lot of time looking at.

 

 

Perhaps you should ask yourself this question every time you are unhappy with a cake: 

Will the recipient (either paying customer or recipient of the cake as a free gift) be unhappy with any aspects of this cake?

Quote:
Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

I posted a cake to the PRCC and while all the comments there were all completely spot on (and very much appreciated), my friend who got the cake didn't notice a single one of the issues raised by the pros. We all hold ourselves to a standard that the average non-caker would just never expect. 

 

If you are doing custom cakes as a hobby, then by all means, fiddle with that cake and every little aspect of that cake until YOU are happy.    If you still don't like it, call it a practice cake and give it away.   Start over and keep going until you are happy.   That's how we improve our hobby cakes.

 

If you are doing this to earn income, ask yourself:

Will the paying customer be unhappy with any aspects of this cake?

If the answer is no, then put it in the delivery box and call it done.     The customer isn't paying you for a cake that YOU like, they are paying you for a cake that THEY like.

post #22 of 24

My biscuits last week definately fell in to that category.  I was trying to learn brush embroidery and do you think I could do it.  Not on your life.  They looked so awfu that I wouldn't even give them away and as hubby doesn't much like decorated biscuits because of their sweetness they ended up in the bin.

post #23 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Apti View Post

Perhaps you should ask yourself this question every time you are unhappy with a cake: 
Will the recipient (either paying customer or recipient of the cake as a free gift) be unhappy with any aspects of this cake?
If you are doing custom cakes as a hobby, then by all means, fiddle with that cake and every little aspect of that cake until YOU are happy.    If you still don't like it, call it a practice cake and give it away.   Start over and keep going until you are happy.   That's how we improve our hobby cakes.

If you are doing this to earn income, ask yourself:
Will the paying customer be unhappy with any aspects of this cake?
If the answer is no, then put it in the delivery box and call it done.     The customer isn't paying you for a cake that YOU like, they are paying you for a cake that THEY like.
[/quote
Well said!

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ Confucius

 

This is what I aspire to... 

Please come and be apart of my journey at www.facebook.com/DeeDeesSweetEscape

Reply

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ Confucius

 

This is what I aspire to... 

Please come and be apart of my journey at www.facebook.com/DeeDeesSweetEscape

Reply
post #24 of 24
Oh for sure I've felt lousy about a cake I've made. Every single one, in fact. There are levels of dissatisfaction with some ranking higher than others. I made a cake for my poor nepheew's birthday that I forbade posting on Facebook it was so terrible! icon_biggrin.gif But I know that the next one will be better so I dust myself off and keep on trucking. My biggest enemy is time, so I have convinced myself that given adequate time to actually execute a plan, it would be perfect. One of these days I will have enough time, though, and blow that theory out of the water.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Ever Had One of Those Cakes You Just Felt Lousy About?