Sooo Disappointed..how To Do In Future ???

Decorating By nickymom Updated 17 Apr 2009 , 2:02am by bakingatthebeach

nickymom Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 2:25pm
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My first purse cake & I'm disappointed...sometimes I can pull this "cake decorating stuff" off and other times...well..... I end up wondering why I even try.LOL I guess I should be glad Im just an ameteur hobbiest.LOL

I've put fondant on round cakes in the past and it looked good but I could NOT get the fondant on this carved ovalish shapeed cake right at alll......it took me several batches of fondant to even get this fondant on and it bunched up on the carved corners.....can someone tell me how to keep this from happening?

This is Satin Ice fondant. I finally ordered some!!! I've only used MMf in the past.
LL

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stephaniescakenj Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 2:57pm
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Well it's certainly not as bad as I thought it would be based on your description! I think it looks great. sometimes it helps to just work with the mistakes, if you look at a purse, alot of them have that little crease as a natural curvature of the fabric in the bottom corners. In fact, if you had just done that on all 4 sides it would have looked intentional. Going forward though, I've heard that working the corners first works best. Also going sort of slow once you get to the bottom helps me. It's hard to describe, I sort of stretch and smooth as i go. I work quick toward the top part, get it all smooth but leave the bottom half inch or so and go back around slowly to finish there.

weirkd Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:08pm
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What works really good is if you think of it as a sewing project. If you have ever sewed you know that you have pieces that are put together like a puzzle and then you have a seam. With purse cakes, you can do the same thing. Make your front back and two sides and at the seams you can use either a piped line to cover it or if you have an extruder you can put fondant through that and use either a flat seam or a round tube to cover it. You can also use a stitching wheel to make sewing lines! THis gives you a very realistic look. I also think if you use either candy clay or something like chocopan for your handles and detail work, you can work with it easier. The chocopan noir is light brown and passes off as leather very well. Hope this helps!

CristyInMiami Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:08pm
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I just started using satin ice too and all I can say is that it took me a few trys to get it right. I was using mmf, then wilton fondant, and now the SI. Its not as bad as I orginally thought it was. it just dries quicker than wilton.

Your cake looks great and I'm sure the person it was for loved it! Keep it up!! thumbs_up.gif

tjrobin31 Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:13pm
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i think your cake looks really nice, i wouldn't have noticed the corner at all if you hadn't pointed it out, as one of the pp's said, must real purses have lil dents and creases and things in the fabric anyway, so i think you did a great job.

Cakeonista Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:15pm
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All I can tell you is practice, practice and then some more practice. I've only been doing this about a year and like you sometimes my cakes come out perfect and sometimes they look horrible. But don't get discouraged. Keep doing it and after some time I'm sure we will be able to do it with pur eyes closed. BTW your cake is adorable. Don't underestimate yourself, you did a fantastic job.

carros Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:30pm
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I agree with all the other posts here. You did a great job! I am the queen of cover up. I just would of found a way to cover it up. Like maybe adding some kind of fondant rope with a heart shape or a flower, it does wonders to cover up and maybe you could have used it to place a message on! I also have been decorating for a long time. I have my good days and than those dreaded off days! Just roll with it. Don't fret and have fun! Practice, practice.

terrylee Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:53pm
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Carros - you said it We all have our good days and bad....no matter how long we have been decorating. I used Wilton. (ugh) for a while and the found Satin Ice. It is so much easier to work with, so much smoother.

Anyways, Nickymom, you did a great job on your cake, we are always our own worst critic. Practice ...practice....practice... and take on new challanges when you are ready.

Happy decorating and have FUN.

Bluehue Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 4:15pm
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Actually, i have an overnight bag that HAS a pucker/crease in one corner (never noticed till i bought it home) so to me your bag looks authentic - thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif
As good as my *real* bag - except mine is cream with tan handles -
lol lol lol lol

Well done and have to say - love the colour you used - can i ask - what colour is that please?

Bh. icon_smile.gif

nickymom Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 6:02pm
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Well, thanks for being encouraging. Hmmmm your right about the creases that purses have in the corners-the other corners had them too but on the opposite side of the corner of the one you see in the picture. Y'all have helped me.....Weirkd I wish had thought of the "sewing" look and pieced the sides, front, & back like you suggested.......I actually did add the stitched look using the embosser thingy to the cornner covers and the side purse patches and to the "fabric" of the zipper part and the little zipper thingy....you can't see it in the picture though.

BlueHue I used wilton's teal/aqua with a touch of kelly green added.

SweetSweetCreations Posted 30 Mar 2009 , 3:37am
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I think the cake is very cute.

I know what you mean though I have been having a bad cake month but no one seems to notice but me.

Creative_chika Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 4:51am
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It looks reallyy nice.

solascakes Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 4:52pm
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It's not bad at all

LisaR64 Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 7:26pm
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I'm still learning to work with fondant also, but mine has definitely been better since I learned to kind of lift and pull (stretch) the fondant slightly when going over a corner, or at the bottom of the cake. It seems to kind of move the bulkiness off the cake and down on the board where it can be trimmed off.

cylstrial Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 1:59am
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I think it looks pretty good. Especially considering that it was an odd shape that you've never done before. It's hard work. =o) Give yourself some credit!!

springlakecake Posted 14 Apr 2009 , 5:10pm
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It's not so bad! I find it is best to get the corners first when smoothing the fondant. You just have to do a little at a time and keep lifting and adjusting the fondant before you commit to smoothing it down on the cake.

bakingatthebeach Posted 17 Apr 2009 , 2:02am
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I think you did a great job. With myself, I like to challenge myself to see if I can do something. Then I practice, learning something new or a new way to do something with each try. Made like 6 teacups out of gumpaste before I felt I did it right. Now Im burnt out on teacups lol!

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