Just A Thank You!

Decorating By hdurbin Updated 17 Feb 2010 , 1:31pm by hdurbin

hdurbin Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 4:32pm
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I have been a member and reading so much in the last two weeks my eyes are tired! I just wanted to say thank you, you ALL are so wonderful and so full of knowledge. I love the fact that you are willing to help everyone out. Most people will not give any advice out of fear I guess that someone could do it better than they can. I have never taken a class and did my first cake at the end of January for my son's b-day. All of the reading and help you all put out there is sooo much Appreciated! If it were'nt for like you, someone linke me could have never made a cake that my little boy loved so much..


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cownsj Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 4:56pm
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Well ok, so I'll be the first to say it. I officially hate you. A newbie with talent like this? You're a natural. (j/k) Wow, you have some talent there. Your cakes are absolutely fantastic. Your Thomas cake went right into my favorites. Keep up the fantastic work.

2SchnauzerLady Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 4:59pm
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Welcome to cc - now with your talent, people are going to be asking you how you did things! Are you sure you just started decorating?

hdurbin Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 5:28pm
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Thank you so much! Honestly before the Mario cake the only cakes I have ever made were a box mix and tub of icing lol. I have watched the cake shows for a long time thinking I would love to try it, but always figured there was no way some one like myself could do it.

I had so much fun with fondant. Waiting for the next occasion so I can try again. I dont think the piping and butter cream are for me. I have tried using the bag but end up with a mess. I want to go and take the classes at Michaels but my husband says why waste the money.

JGMB Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 5:32pm
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WOW!!! No classes, and cakes like those?? You certainly are a natural at this. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations! icon_smile.gif

metria Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 6:04pm
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don't give up on buttercream! here's a post that will help cut down on the mess:


Wilton classes go on sale frequently at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. You'll definitely learn something, so keep your eye out for them.

I am also very jealous of your talent! Keep it up and keep posting!

hdurbin Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 6:16pm
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Thank you and Thanks for the link, that might just help.

catlharper Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 11:03pm
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I, too, am self taught and this place is amazing to me as well! I call it "going to cake class online" LOL! I was always good at cakes but since joining this place my artistry has gone up by miles! I love that so many people are ready to help and give tips and flat out teach you how they did something. It's truly wonderful!

tesso Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 11:08pm
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hi. welcome. love the cakes. i agree this place is wonderful. I took 1 wilton class and it was a lot of fun. but almost everything i learned has been self taught. and the support here is wonderful when i run into a "cake emergency"

FromScratch Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 11:28pm
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I am a self-taught one too. This place is great for knowledge and a laugh when you need it. You are well on your way too... very nice for your firs few cakes. icon_smile.gif

susanscakecreations Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 11:28pm
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Welcome! I just looked at your photos, and you are FANTASTIC! The Thomas cake is incredible!!!! It's hard to believe you are a beginner!
You have quite a God-given talent! thumbs_up.gif

hdurbin Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 11:45pm
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Susan, thank you sooo much, your cakes are beautiful!!!!! Compliments from you make me feel wonderful!!!

GL79 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 11:53pm
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I just looked at your cakes and all I have to say is:
Wow, Wow, Wow!!!!!
I can't believe they're your first cakes. Keep up the good work

Cristi-Tutty Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 12:57am
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hello, wow nice work....

If you want to learn by yourself Professional Cake Decorating book by Toba Garrett is a great book


you can download for free...

keep up!!!!!

hdurbin Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 1:10am
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Thank you Cristi. Downloading right now!

LuvLyrics Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 2:23am
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Welcome to CC, and great job on the cakes!!! Are you sure you are a newbie...I am one too, but my work is not even near to what you are doing!! keep up the good job, and welcome aboard !!!

JustToEatCake Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 2:26am
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Welcome and I am with the others if those are your first cakes I can't wait to see more! Great job!

PumpkinTart Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 2:41am
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Originally Posted by hdurbin

I had so much fun with fondant. Waiting for the next occasion so I can try again. I dont think the piping and butter cream are for me. I have tried using the bag but end up with a mess.

I don't know if you've tried putting your icing or whatever you're piping with in plastic wrap before you put it in the pastry bag but it's made a WORLD of difference to me. You just roll it up like a tootsie roll, cut off one end and slide it into the pastry bag and pipe away.

First of all, it's so much easier to fill the bag this way. Secondly, and more importantly for me at least is the plastic wrap inside the bag just makes the bag easier to handle. Not sure why but it's incredibly easier for me to pipe this way. Not to mention, clean up is a breeze!

Keep up the great work! Your cakes are amazing!

luvmysmoother Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 3:19am
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The amazing cakes you created - omg - amazing!!!! Your fondant figures are totally pro too!!! The only thing that gives you away as a newbie is using a cookie sheet as a cake board - teehee - that was cuteicon_smile.gif

hdurbin Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 1:31pm
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luvmysmoother - ah the cookie sheet, yes I had nothing else around to put it on lol.

Thank you all for the comments.

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