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post #1 of 9
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Hi guys,

I just stumbled on this forum because I'm very interested in learning how to make my own cakes [IMG]
For a beginner like me it would be cool to have a section or sticky thread like "start here" that would contain all info for a beginner. Does it exist? If not, take it as a suggestion.
Can you recommend some initial thread?
Cheers!
 
Andre

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post #2 of 9

Unfortunately there's nothing like a 'Start Here' thread - although I think that would be a great thing for the mods to think about implementing (and if they do could they PLEASE include a link to jason_kraft's pricing post?!!! lol!) but this would probably be a good thread to read first:

http://cakecentral.com/t/117741/addressing-the-moderating-policies-at-cc

 

I would also suggest always using the search function at the top of the page before you post asking for advice since 9/10 your question has already been asked several times before. In my free time I tend to go back through the forum posts and read just about everything that looks like it might be of interest to me - I've learnt so much from this site without even needing to ask!

 

I would also recommend checking out lots of youtube videos, there are many excellent videos on there. Sometimes you can read something over and over and over and it just doesn't actually sink in until you watch it being done. But be warned, they make it all look so freaking easy!! Lol!

post #3 of 9

If you want to do cakes, then just get in the kitchen and do them.  Honestly, there are no shortcuts and no step-by-step instructions.  The trial and error method will teach you more than any thread.  Figuring out how to do something on your own will teach you more than the one thing you're trying to figure out.

 

There is no quick and easy way to become a baker/decorator.  Those of us who have been doing it for XX years are still learning, but this site is probably the best when it comes to information and finding help.  I've been baking since I was big enough to reach the knobs on the stove and I'm still tossing entire cakes when a new recipe doesn't turn out.

 

I'm really not trying to discourage you - I just want you to be realistic and understand that it will take more than a checklist to become a baker.

post #4 of 9

I'd suggest taking a basic decorating class.  Get the basics down and go from there.  Best of luck and most of all...have fun!

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Awesome, thanks for your thoughts.

Well, I was asking for some "beginner tips" and not "how to become a baker in 24h" :) 

@cutiger, thanks, I will look for a decorating class, maybe that helps to have a clear notion on the right learning path.

Thanks all!

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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by andrejord View Post

Awesome, thanks for your thoughts.

Well, I was asking for some "beginner tips" and not "how to become a baker in 24h" :) 

@cutiger, thanks, I will look for a decorating class, maybe that helps to have a clear notion on the right learning path.

Thanks all!


I get what you mean. You can't just get in the kitchen and start practicing when you don't know the basics yet. This site is full of "beginner info", just put your question in the search box in the upper right corner and when it gives you a menu, choose forums. People tend to get aggravated when you ask the same question that's been asked and answered every day for the past ten years! (not that a newbie to the site would have any way of knowing that!) Just trying to save you some grief. Good luck, and welcome to CC!

post #7 of 9

Beginner tips come in snippets on this website, so I spend much of my alone "down" time in the evenings reading posts.  It's quite helpful, but it's a huge, general website with advice on EVERYTHING.  As for the "start here," I wanted to make a small cake for my daughter's birthday, so I googled buttercream recipes and came upon this website.  Instant addiction and now I sell my cakes locally.

The best way to start is to bake cake, frost it, decorate it and figure out what you want to do better and what you want to learn the most.  Then, search this website for how to improve.  Was the recipe lousy...search recipes.  Was the fondant crumbly?  Search fondant.  Was the whole thing a disaster?  Take a picture, post it, and ask for input.  It's all trial and error and it all depends on what you need the most help with.

Have fun and enjoy the forums!

post #8 of 9
If u learn by reading sometimes in the wilton cake books they have things like how to flowers using fondant, how to do the piping, how to decorate using icing that has been helpful to me. And I am by no means an expert.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by andrejord View Post
 

Hi guys,

I just stumbled on this forum because I'm very interested in learning how to make my own cakes [IMG]
For a beginner like me it would be cool to have a section or sticky thread like "start here" that would contain all info for a beginner. Does it exist? If not, take it as a suggestion.
Can you recommend some initial thread?
Cheers!
 
Andre

Thank you for the great suggestion @andrejord I was just about to make a post about  a new user section when I saw your thread.  This is definitely something we are actively thinking about.

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