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post #1 of 39
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I CANNOT no matter how many times I try, do the "petal" effect on cakes!  My circles end up globbing together and they don't look anywhere near like what they should .. so frustrating .. everyone makes it seem so simple  yet .. it's not!!!  cry cry cry!!






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post #2 of 39

what's this? there is no crying in cake decorating.. unless you drop the cake. .icing falls off... okay...okay.. so there is some crying. lol..but it sounds like you just need a tissue.. a minute to scream and then back to practicing with all of us cheering you on.... go get those petals !!!! show them who's boss!!

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post #3 of 39
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hahah!! I am holding the white flag .. I am defeated in the petal department!
 






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post #4 of 39

oppss... I just burnt your flag... now go practice those petals.. icon_lol.gif

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post #5 of 39

I'm not even entirely sure what you're referring to as "the petal effect."

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post #6 of 39

Are you thinning the petals out with a balling tool 

post #7 of 39

practice making the petals on a practice board first.  You just have to get the feel of how big of a ball to pipe and then how much pressure you need to smoosh and drag.  You may want to play with the consistency of your buttercream as well. A stiff buttercream isn't going to drag out as much as you would like, but too thin is not going to hold its form. 

post #8 of 39
Ok I'm with james on this one, what is the " petal effect "??? And why have I never heard of it??? ( its making me feel kinda dumb )...
post #9 of 39
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Not even sure if I'm calling it the right name .. It's little balls of buttercream piped up in a single row, and then one at a time dragged by the round end of your spatula and then the next row of balls go into the fanned out area .. I'm sure I'm not explaining it right, but if you search for petal cakes you should see what I mean .. some of them are so gorgeous and mine looks cruddy!!  I've tried it three times on this cake alone today, and four other times in the past .. none of them were keepers!
 






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post #10 of 39

Lol...I think there are too many types of petals being discussed here...icon_wink.gif

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post #11 of 39
Ooooh you mean the "ombre effect", yeah I suggest that the consistency of the BC would be key here. Take your time and just practice,practice,practice!!! Don't lose hope you will nail it eventually!!
post #12 of 39

I make lines on the cake to follow for the first few rows so I get even spacing and like the others said practice,practice

post #13 of 39

Don't give up!!! Any cake we make mistakes on can still be eaten and tastes great!!! The more you practice, the easier it will get for you!!! You can do it!!! I know you can!!! Don't be so hard on yourself!!! Keep caking because I know in time you are going to do it perfectly!!! Hang in there!!!
 

post #14 of 39
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Thanks everyone, for the support!  See, I guess I was calling it all wrong too icon_biggrin.gif Eh, oh well .. you win some you lose some!!  Looks like a smooth sided cake with some flowers on top for mom's birthday!!
 






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