Well, after several years of no cake decorating, I decided to give it a shot again with my niece's first birthday cake. Looking back, wth did I get myself into! lol! I had many challenges to overcome during the whole process because I had to remember a lot of stuff that I had learned years ago.
1.) used Sylvia Weinstock's original butter recipe and it was delicious! it's definitely a keeper!
2.) is there a way to not have "crusty" cakes? am I overcooking them?
3.) my cakes were still smaller than the cake boards I had purchased....12" cake pan to 12" cake board....should I be using a smaller cake board?
4.) rolling out fondant is harder than I thought! used crisco on my counter to avoid it sticking, but rolling it to an even thickness was quite difficult for me. I also experienced tearing and cracking in my fondant. I had to do a lot of patch work....
5.) torting and leveling with the Wilton leveler was quite painful! I ended up with uneven cakes!
6.) I used an all butter buttercream recipe and had problems with it melting off the cakes as I applied the crumb coat....anybody else had this problem?
7.) definitely need to let my royal icing writing dry for days instead of a few hours!
that's all I can think of now....thanks for reading! lots more to learn, but I do love baking and decorating for family and friends. below is a picture of my cake.