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post #16 of 25

Well, all of you have hit one thing or another that I'd like to improve on:  inspiration, piping, string work....I love to look at beautiful cakes and would love to make one that I feel that good about, but it doesn't happen.  And so far, I haven't had time to practice, which is what I know is needed.  I'm a hobbyist, though, so it's just something I'll have to work on as time allows.

post #17 of 25

I'd love a steadier hand when piping, and I wish I was just neater overall. And I wish I was better at managing my time...I spent most of my wedding anniversary last week doing a cake that was not for my husband

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post #18 of 25

Regarding my previous comment, well, I can pipe, but if you look at my Leland Awards cake,

 

Cake for 2012 Leland Awards

 

you can see that the lowercase "l" is quite a bit heavier than the stems on the other letters in "Leland," and the x-heights of the letters get shorter towards the end of the word (the "e" is taller than the "a," and the "n" and the bowl of the "d" get progressively smaller).

 

And I've yet to even attempt to learn how to pipe a rose; the closest thing I've done was to pipe the outline of a rose onto my Mother's Day cake from last year.

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post #19 of 25
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Regarding my previous comment, well, I can pipe, but if you look at my Leland Awards cake,

 

Cake for 2012 Leland Awards

 

you can see that the lowercase "l" is quite a bit heavier than the stems on the other letters in "Leland," and the x-heights of the letters get shorter towards the end of the word (the "e" is taller than the "a," and the "n" and the bowl of the "d" get progressively smaller).

 

And I've yet to even attempt to learn how to pipe a rose; the closest thing I've done was to pipe the outline of a rose onto my Mother's Day cake from last year.

 

Oh, come on - - I thought the writing was part of the transfer.  Just messy enough not to be too stuffy. 

 

I can't pipe my way out of a wet paper bag and my ds gave me a 52-piece set of Ateco tips for Christmas!  I still have hopes that I'll find time to practice enough to use them all.

post #20 of 25

Piping. Not so much designs but the writing...or stringwork. Ug. I need to practice but I would much rather be sculpting something.

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post #21 of 25
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Oh, come on - - I thought the writing was part of the transfer.  Just messy enough not to be too stuffy.

 

While there would be no trouble at all to add a background tint to edible hardcopy, I'm not sure I'd be able to match it to (or with) maple-cinnamon BC. And cutting and applying each letter individually would take longer than the piping did. (And you should be able to surmise from my having left the frosting around the images as "rustic stucco" that I was a bit rushed, towards the end; if I'd had time, I'd have either applied "The Family Pattern" around the edible hardcopy, [as I did with the 55th anniversary cake below], or at least done a better job of troweling it smooth.)

 

55th Anniversary Cake

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post #22 of 25

Absolutely, all of the above - piping and time management being my worst enimies....

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post #23 of 25
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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.

You prolly have, but have you checked out Edna's rose tute on YouTube?  Also, this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYkPhb-_gDg was REALLY helpful.  Haven't seen Mr Lodge's rose tute, but I did buy his Classic class and it was a-MAY-zing.  I don't feel like my roses are particularly realistic looking, but they def improved after a ton of trial/error and YouTube vids :).

post #24 of 25
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Oh Lawd, piping is another of my pet peeves.  I avoid it if at all possible.  I've invested in several sets of Tappits, letter cutters, ANYTHING to keep me from having to pipe something on a cake or board lol.

post #25 of 25

Oh my gosh, how can I stop at just one thing? How much space do I have to list all the things! Of course, I'm a hobby baker so don't get nearly enough practice. About The Mat: it has helped me with rolling out and moving the fondant to the cake, but it doesn't help with smoothing it. I can't for the life of me figure out where all of the folds and excess fondant are supposed to go! I chase them round and round the cake until they crease into permanent pleats at the bottom. I've watched videos until I'm blue in the face, and it looks so easy, but it never works that way for me!!

 

I would love to make a video of myself putting fondant on a cake and have someone tell me "What am I doing wrong????"
 

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