My Dirty Little Secret

Decorating By frankandcathy Updated 28 Aug 2008 , 3:36pm by levinea

frankandcathy Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 4:29pm
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Okay, I'm out of the cake business but I just did a cake for a friend and I have a dirty little secret.

After decorating for over 10 years, I STILL can't make drop flowers to save my life.

Doesn't matter which tip. They never turn out right.

Sigh.

Anyone else have any dirty little secrets??? icon_surprised.gif)

62 replies
leah_s Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 4:41pm
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I share yours. I can not make drop flowers. DH can make them, and he has no training, never even seen them before. I was struggling with them, cursing probably, so he picked up the decorating bag and said "like this?" Yeah, perfect.

mkolmar Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 5:46pm
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I can only make roses out of buttercream. No other flower, just roses. No matter how hard I try they just don't turn out.
Also, My DH is 100x better at rolling out fondant than I am, so he does it for me now.

foxymomma521 Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 6:10pm
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I can't make a star covered cake... They never look right, so my Mom had to do the stars on the small Wilton Cars cake in my pics... (good thing I'm not a fan of character pans, huh? icon_wink.gif )

PinkZiab Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 6:43pm
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I have tons... but if I told you all they wouldn't be secrets anymore lol

Maureen1954 Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 6:55pm
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I can do drop flowers but I don't think I can pipe a decent rose.

Maureen

wildflower Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:03pm
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hehe
i cant do drop flowers for the life of me either
yet my 12 year old sister who has no training does them perfectly
go figure

pinklesley1 Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:04pm
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i cant do any star tipped cpvered cakes, they look like retard versions of the real thing...

i hate making buttercreme roses, drop flowers, which is why mine are always gumpaste...

and my DH is 1 million times better than me at rolling fondant! so he does it...

my grandmother who is 96 taught me how to make gumpaste flowers out of bread clay!

Cakebelle Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:10pm
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Me too- can never make them buttercream flowers look good! icon_sad.gif
All I do is gumpaste now, IMO they look better too.

pinklesley1 Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:13pm
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i think that they look a million times better, and since they are gp you can let them dry and touch them unlike the buttercreme ones... i cant stand those things... grrrrrrrrrr

murf Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:22pm
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Does it have to be cake related??
When I was 5 and my sister 3 we shared a bedroom while our parents were having a party. I was bored so when I found some nail scissors, I cut an inch off my fringe. Then turned my head on the other side and realised it wasn't straight. So I cut another inch off it, then tipped my head straight, cut off a bit more etc etc and so it went on til I was left with about 1/8th inch. Whe mum came in in the morning I blamed my sister (she got a smacked bottom!) he he he he. I finally confessed when I was 29.................................

pinklesley1 Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:26pm
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i did the same thing... my mom wanted to take me to take pictures (we used to do it every year) i was 5 so i wasnt in school yet... so pre school pics i guess

i didnt want to go (never liked cameras)

so i sat infront of her floor length mirrors, and cut my bangs in a wave pattern... to say the least i know this - not bc i remember the beating but bc i have the pics to prove it.. i have been cutting my own hair for years, and my mom says that it all started when i was 5...

Cakerer Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:41pm
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My buttercream roses look like little cabbages....I haven't tried to make a fondant or gumpaste one yet... icon_cry.gif

I like making fondant but rolling fondant is a pain if it's more than 1 'piece'. My husband doesn't get involved. He's screwed up too much before and won't dare offer to help now.

Lastly, I enjoy hearing that someone enjoyed my cake... icon_redface.gif but not only that they enjoyed it, I like to hear the details. What did you like? The flavor, the buttercream, the appearance. I like specifics. Sorry, but it's the truth... icon_lol.gif

Tashablueyes Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:47pm
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I can't make a decent buttercream to save my life!
Sure, it tastes delish, but I can't get it smooth and no matter what recipe I use it turns out greasy and grainy
ugh

MacsMom Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 7:57pm
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I can't decorate in BC whatsoever! I even a difficult time getting it smooth as a crumb-coat under fondant, lol.

EnjoyTheCake Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 8:14pm
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I have a very hard time with the Wilton rosebud taught in Course 2. The instructions just don't match the picture. and mine never look like anything of interest.

mellormom Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 8:18pm
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Glad I'm not the only one who can't do butter cream! I know all the tricks too but it still never turns out. I guess I'll have to stick to fondant. icon_smile.gif I at least can butter cream a cupcake though. icon_smile.gif
This a fun thread. icon_smile.gif

marknelliesmum Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 8:49pm
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For a hobby baker i think my cakes are not too bad. My avatar is one of my most recent cakes for my DS birthday - I can't however manage to set a jelly (jello?) and poured the jelly I made for his party down the sink icon_eek.gif despite putting in less water than it said on the pack - i'm sure it must be bad jelly karma icon_lol.gif

LisaR64 Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 11:11pm
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I can't pipe a simple shell border. I just can't seem to get the shells consistent in size and shape. Strangely enough, my BC roses are pretty good. Go figure...

Texas_Rose Posted 24 Aug 2008 , 11:56pm
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Originally Posted by EnjoyTheCake

I have a very hard time with the Wilton rosebud taught in Course 2. The instructions just don't match the picture. and mine never look like anything of interest.




icon_lol.gif Me too...I never took the class but I have all the books from the class and never managed to make that rosebud.

Then again, I tried to make the buttercream rose for about 10 years and it turned out that I needed to put the middles in the freezer for a few minutes before piping the petals on. Now that I'm not using Wilton's buttercream recipe, though, I don't have to freeze it first...but I haven't done much with buttercream since I started using fondant. My husband calls the buttercream the "spackle" because it's just to get the cake ready for the fondant now icon_biggrin.gif

tracycakes Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 1:35am
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I'm afraid. I'm afraid to try stringwork and swags. Don't know why, I just am. I'm not a newbie, I've been decorating since 1990, off and on, mainly off from 1993 - 2005 though.

But, I've set several goals for myself and that is one of them - learn better piping skills including stringwork. I may be getting older but I'm still learning new tricks.

frankandcathy Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:00am
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Well I for one am really enjoying hearing about everyone's little secrets. It makes you feel better when you realize that most of us can't do EVERYTHING right! LOL.

frankandcathy Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:03am
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Well I for one am really enjoying hearing about everyone's little secrets. It makes you feel better when you realize that most of us can't do EVERYTHING right! LOL.

frankandcathy Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:03am
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Well I for one am really enjoying hearing about everyone's little secrets. It makes you feel better when you realize that most of us can't do EVERYTHING right! LOL.

sarahnichole975 Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:17am
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Oh I am definitely with you guys on the butter cream roses. I just can't get it right. I mean they're okay at best. And they always have frayed edges. Drop flowers I can handle. But honestly, with the exception of daisies and sunflowers, I can't really pipe any flowers.... icon_sad.gif

liapsim Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:22am
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Okay, well, my dirty little secret is I only use box mix cake batter, and everyone thinks I bake from scratch!

I used to bake from scratch when I first started but with 2 kids and me in school...it was just too hard and time consuming! I can however, make a wonderful buttercream and a pretty decent rose.

I only bake for family and close friends so, it's not all that bad right?

Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!!!

mrsscholler Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:27am
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i have to admit i share the same secret i use only boxed and everyone thinks that i bake from scrtch as well . I do add my own touches to the box mix but its definitely not from scratch.

nickymom Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:29am
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I can't make any BC flowers. icon_sad.gif

GenGen Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:33am
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Originally Posted by mkolmar

I can only make roses out of buttercream. No other flower, just roses. No matter how hard I try they just don't turn out.
Also, My DH is 100x better at rolling out fondant than I am, so he does it for me now.


i can make drop flowers but for the life of me.. i can't make bc roses.. i guess with patience and practice (ack the dreaded P&P Lol) i could... but its so much simpler to do silk or real lol.. (Hides head in shame)

i did buy some premade bc roses till the cost got too much and that was rarely done even then

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Originally Posted by sarahnichole975

Oh I am definitely with you guys on the butter cream roses. I just can't get it right. I mean they're okay at best. And they always have frayed edges. Drop flowers I can handle. But honestly, with the exception of daisies and sunflowers, I can't really pipe any flowers.... icon_sad.gif




I hear ya there gf! icon_smile.gif lol

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Originally Posted by mrsscholler

i have to admit i share the same secret i use only boxed and everyone thinks that i bake from scrtch as well . .




who are we to argue with greatness? hehe.. i get compliments too and i freely admit to the mix... and inform them right away the frosting was from scratch.

Texas_Rose Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:40am
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One time my mom wanted a cake covered with flowers, like her mom used to make for her. This is what she got:
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I couldn't make any flowers except drop flowers and they didn't feel fancy enough, so I used the flower cutters from the Wilton gumpaste set (which I hadn't been able to make flowers with either icon_lol.gif ) to make sugar cookies in different colors and set them on the cake.

The next year she bought a grocery store cake with a top covered in buttercream roses icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

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