How Do You Get "that Good"?

Decorating By pinkpiggie78 Updated 2 Feb 2009 , 4:00am by Cake4mykids

pinkpiggie78 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 12:49am
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I have been watching the wedding cake competitions on the Food Network all afternoon and I want to know, how do you get THAT skilled? I realize many of these folks have been decorating for years, but still... these cakes are AMAZING!

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sarahpierce Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 12:57am
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They're probably members of CC icon_rolleyes.gif . I know that's how I've improved so much icon_biggrin.gif .

indydebi Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 1:35am
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I know what you mean. I told my hubby that while I may dream someday of entering Okla Sugar, I then sit and watch one of these shows and think "who are you kidding? icon_eek.gif "

Wow. All I can say is just "wow".

(edited to correct a typo)

pinkpiggie78 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 1:40am
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That means a lot coming from you indydebi. Those cakes in the Okla Sugar Show make me speechless.

cookieman Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 1:47am
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Originally Posted by pinkpiggie78

I have been watching the wedding cake competitions on the Food Network all afternoon and I want to know, how do you get THAT skilled? I realize many of these folks have been decorating for years, but still... these cakes are AMAZING!




I agree that it is years of practice and skill, but what sets the very, very best apart from the rest is the God-(or who/whatver you believe in) given talent they were born with. Some people are just naturally much better at things because it is a talent they are born with. We all have this in one way or another. thumbs_up.gif

Chef_Rinny Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 1:53am
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I watched all the cake competitions today on TV and am in awe. I would love to be able to do work like that! Maybe with another 20 or so years of practice.

pinkpiggie78 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 1:57am
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I sat with my mouth agape most of the day. I watched all of these before, prior to my new found love of cake decorating, but now, knowing how some of these things are done... it's even more awe-inspiring.

bobwonderbuns Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 2:00am
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Once upon a time I took a class with a big name in the biz. I asked said big name "how did you get to be sooo good at this?" Big name smiled and said "practice." icon_wink.gif Now let me tell you, this person has a tremendous following and their workmanship is amazing. I remember in my very first cake classes (I took the Wilton classes at a local store several years ago) and the teacher had us practice that stupid shell border for 10 minutes before each class really got started. I protested and groaned every week, complaining that I can't pipe, my shells don't look like the picture, I'll never get this, yada yada yada... icon_rolleyes.gif Anyway, at the end of the 12 weeks guess what -- I was piping faster and my shells actually looked like the picture!! icon_eek.gif Who knew?? icon_lol.gif

summernoelle Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 2:02am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

I know what you mean. I told my hubby that while I may dream someday of entering Okla Sugar, I then sit and watch one of these shows and think "you are you kidding? icon_eek.gif "

Wow. All I can say is just "wow".




TOTALLY. I walk around OSSAS with my mouth hanging open thinking how on earth do they even make cakes like that? It is amazing! I also feel that way when I looked at Marina Sousa's cakes.

I think it is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. They have talent, but work very, very hard to get their skills to that level. I love cakes, but I am not sure I have the talent or dedication to take on drop strings. icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif

kellertur Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 2:24am
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Thank you for this post ~ I almost asked the same question.

An hour ago I was in tears (and I don't cry often). I only recently (last year) became licensed and that amazing show completely knocked the wind out my sails. I can't image ever being able to do work like that ~ it is almost other-worldly. I looked at my cakes and am now thinking I should just delete them all... icon_sad.gif My style is "all over the place" and the pretty, delicate stuff scares me to death....
It's frustrating because I do have a strong background in art, yet I can't pipe without shaking yet. Whoever said it was right~ drawing on a cake is WAY different than drawing on paper, etc.

My jaw drops on a daily basis, but that's also what keeps me coming back. The beauty of what so many people can do with sugar...

pinkpiggie78 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 2:30am
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I understand how you feel K2Cakes. I wanted to say, "I don't think I can do this, if that is what is expected of me" Granted I only started deocrating cakes in Aug 2008, but still. I know I don't have the patience for some of those skills.

classiccake Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 3:14am
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The decorators on the Oklahoma show are incredibly talented and their work is amazing. But you also need to factor in that all of them spend months on their entry. I am not trying to discredit anything they do, but time does help.

On the Food Network, obviously that is not true. It is alot of creativity, perseverence, and experience...and nerves of steel. Cudos to all of the decorators on TV today!

Cake4mykids Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 4:00am
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I watched those challenges all day and I could watch them all day tomorrow. They are so good. I love them.

I'm still new and learning (mostly from that talented decorators here at cc.) One dayI hope to THAT good.

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