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What's the one thing you don't do so well, that you wish you did?

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I feel like I've improved as a caker so much in the last couple of years.  Thanks to CC, YouTube, Pinterest, and dvd's (Sugarshack!), I feel way more confident and competent.  But I know that no matter how accomplished I may feel in certain areas, there will always be others where I feel so intimidated and clueless.  There are skills that I don't have that I don't necessarily want to perfect.  For example, my figure modeling is pretty lame, but I'm not terribly worried about that.  I don't really WANT to make fantastic life-like figures, kwim?

 

I feel totally confident that I can bake, level, torte, fill, and ice a cake perfectly smooth, I can stack tiers, I can apply and smooth fondant.  But the one thing that scares me, the one thing I think I pretty much suck at, the one aspect of the whole process that makes me wish I could just take a pill and fix it is...design and inspiration.  I feel like I can not, regardless of how I try to twist my brain, just come up with a totally original and awesome cake design out of thin air.  

 

And I'm totally lost when I hear ppl say they got the inspiration for a cake design from a separate element, like a piece of fabric, the venue, a dress, etc.  My thinking is so dang concrete that it's hard for me to see how others do that???  It's so frustrating to WANT to be better at something, but not know HOW to improve.  Unfortunately, I don't think that there's a YouTube or dvd out there that teaches a person how to be inspired haha!

 

So, what's one area of caking that you REALLY REALLY want to be better at, but you still find challenging?  

post #2 of 25

The thing I don't really care about is air brushing. When it's done well, it's great and I admire the skill it takes to do it really well but it's just not for me.

 

What I'd really like to be better at is piping. Right from the get-go, I struggled with icing consistency, it always seems to be too stiff or too thin. I'd love to pipe writing and beautiful scrollwork. I know I need to practice but never seem to get around to it.

post #3 of 25
Figure modeling and procrastination kill me! If I could just get on a schedule and follow it, I think everything else I do would fall right in line, because I would have plenty of time. I have never practiced anything in my life! If I need to pipe a design on a cake I have never done before, I scribble on my table really quick, see what NOT to do, then whack away.... If I need a figure, I bang it out real quick, dry it in a warm ish oven and Plop it on the cake! It is lucky that I am as good as I am, but I know I could much better. I am doing myself and my clients a disservice, for real.
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post #4 of 25

I would love to be able to  make a realistic looking rose.  I can make passable roses but they always look a bit strangled, with the leaves too tight.  I have bought the Nicholas Lodge Craftsy class but I don't hold high hopes.

post #5 of 25

I wish I had better vision.  If someone designs a cake and asks me to make it, no problem!  But if they just have an idea and I need to come up with something creative, I'm in need of serious help lol

post #6 of 25

Up till Feb this year i had only been baking very basic sponges.

In Feb i decided i wanted to do more and made my grandson the number 1 cake all by hand, this weekend i done a makeup bag cake for my daughter.

 

I wish i was better at covering cakes with fondant/icing, though now have brought "the mat" so fingers crossed things will improve icon_biggrin.gif

post #7 of 25

I meant to say petals not leaves above.

 

Tanya my coverings improved out of sight after I bought the mat.  I love it.

post #8 of 25

I wish I had better butter cream piping skills.  Making pretty scrolls (mine are wonky) and writing on cakes is difficult for me.  Currently you won't find either on any of my cakes.  I would love to know how to use all those tips I have.   It makes me feel inadequate cause I have problems with the basics :(

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post #9 of 25

I'm not super good on the inspiration side either, but I usually see the work of others and take elements of that work for my own design.  So I don't copy the work of others, but that's where my inspiration comes from.

I wish I were better at pricing!  I'm getting there though!  

post #10 of 25

I want to work on more sugar stuff, blown sugar etc. But it's not like people want to pay for that kind of thing, so it's an on-my-own-time activity.

post #11 of 25

I wish I was better at getting my BC smooth and flawless

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post #12 of 25
Structure. My cakes are wonky no matter what I do. Crumbly, uneven. And this an instance where practice isn't making perfect it's making bigger britches.
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post #13 of 25
Put me down for piping as well.

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post #14 of 25

I would have to say piping as well. I have absolutely no skills in piping!! I also just wish that I was faster. I feel like no matter how well I plan and try to make things ahead of time I am always scrambling until the very last second to get things done!

post #15 of 25

I struggle with inspiration as well.  That is why I love Cake Central.  I am truly amazed at all the ideas fellow decorators come up with and their skill levels.  The one thing I would like to perfect is stringwork.  Some of the stringwork I have seen on cakes is very challenging to me.  I don't use it on cakes because I just can't seem to make it look professional.

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