Originally Posted by GsMommy111
One thing I have learned is I am always my biggest critic! Also, people who aren't cake designers see the cakes differently
. They don't see all the little flaws that you see. For example, when I got married 5 1/2 years ago, before starting on my cake adventures, I had the most beautiful wedding cake and the coolest grooms cake! My cake was 5 tiers and the grooms cake was a 3-D tractor that was a replica of one my husband had. We were SO impressed with both! Everyone was! I looked at pics the other day and realized my wedding cake was leaning pretty badly, which I never noticed and the tractor was a lot less impressive as the fondant was sagging and could have been sharper. It just made me realize that "non cake people" are so impressed because you did something they can't imagine doing themselves!
So I have tried to make sure I am not too critical of myself! You should do the same!
It takes great skill to copy a cake. Especially the thousand$$$ ones like are posted here on CC. by high end professionals.
I have pondered the feedback you folks gave me. It cheered me up and made me realize that I made for my friend exactly what she wanted -- SMBC with snowflakes & silver accent (the boards).
also for us non-commercial home bakers I accepted the fact that in my locality there are 3 big grocery stores and 1 small bakery business. They all make cakes with icing from buckets & decorate with either paper, plastic, or rice paper printed sheets on them with simple piped roses, swags, & borders only.
So even a little bit of specially made decorations, whether BC, fondant, gumpaste, silk ribbon, or piping that I can do, is more than the majority of people are getting from the local business in my town. I had kind of lost my perspective on that last cake.