I just signed up for this site, because I come out here often when I am researching cake ideas, and I think this is a really great and creative community. So first of all, HELLO!
I have been cake decorating for over 10 years, but I just did it occasionally for friends and family up until last spring. I am self taught - no formal training - and I learn everything by trial and error. Last spring started selling my cakes because everyone tells me that I am really good at it, and honestly, it is my stress relief. I love the creativity and I am just a happier person when I am making cupcakes or decorating a cake. I am losing my day job soon, so I am thinking about a career change.
But, of course, when you are doing this for someone who is paying you, its much different than doing it for family. I am very hard on myself, and I have high standards. Within the last 6 months, I've done two cakes that I was very disappointed in - one was really bad because I overcommitted myself (3 cakes and 4 dozen cupcakes all on the same day!) and nothing went right with that one cake. The other two turned out awesome. Yesterday, I delivered one that I didn't hate - but I certainly didn't think it was up to my standards. There are things I would definitely do better. I don't think the customer was happy either, although she didn't say anything. I've been really depressed about it since, and I am thinking that maybe I'm just not cut out for this. Of course, not working full time, and having a bigger kitchen would help!! Anyway, I was wondering if any of you had any similar stories, or advice. I'm sure that not every cake can be incredible, and I've seen some cakes that people have bought that I couldn't believe they actually paid for them. But it really stinks to not do a great cake every time.
Have any of you had similar experiences, or should I just give up on this dream (I could just stick to cupcakes - I'm really good at that!)? I really value your opinion!