What Frustrates You Most...

Decorating By mslesuer Updated 29 Oct 2010 , 5:28pm by Cakefriendly

mslesuer Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 8:35pm
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What frustrates you MOST about cake decorating?!?

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LindaF144a Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 8:37pm
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Yesterday was the very first time a cake left my house and it was a tiered cake also. I gasped at every little bump along the way.

tokazodo Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 8:41pm
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Icing. Trying to get that perfectly smooth flawless cover of icing. It stresses me out so much, that I'm hating the cake until it's finished. Then I step back and look and think, Hmmm..not so bad after all.

kristanashley Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 8:48pm
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Kiddiekakes Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 8:52pm
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actual baking of the cakes..making icing and definetly clean up!

MJTKNT Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 8:56pm
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^ Ditto.

DianeLM Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 8:59pm
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What "FRUSTRATES" me the most is when I can't remember where I stored a tool or mold or whatever - of if I even OWN the thing I'm looking for! Class case of CRAFT memory.

What I "HATE" most is delivery. I've never had a disaster, but I still sweat bullets every time - even with single layer cakes.

dreamdelights Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:07pm
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I hate getting the icing smooth and the clean up.

indydebi Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:16pm
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Icing 6" cakes. dread those because it's either a victory from the start or a disaster. No in between. It seems that I can ice four 14" rounds in less time than it would take me to get one 6" one right.

peg818 Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:30pm
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cheap people!! people want all these extravagant cakes, but how dare i want to get paid for them.

indydebi Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:32pm
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Originally Posted by peg818

cheap people!! people want all these extravagant cakes, but how dare i want to get paid for them.

and we have a winner already!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

HobbyCaker Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:36pm
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[email protected] cakes! Ooops meant SHEET CAKES!

That is 90% of what I do at my job. No airbrush, edible images or dec-ons. All done in BC or Better Cream. UGH!

Have to agree with the Cheap People too!

cookieswithdots Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:39pm
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Having a really great idea for decorating a cake and planning it out in my head................then nothing workds out and everything changes. I hate that! But at the same time it makes me think on my feet fast!

Oh-- I agree with the clean up too!


itsmylife Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:47pm
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I get real frustrated when I can't get a color to tint correctly (especially when I have to use a combination of colors because the particular color I need is not a 'standard' color).

Then, to add to the frustration, when I put together the wrong combination - or too much of one color, & I end up too dark - & it can't be undone. Grrrrrrrrrrr icon_mad.gif

KayMc Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 9:51pm
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My lack of skill. And the lack of time to improve those skills.

beesweetcakes Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 10:28pm
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I agree with HoobyBaker. Sheet cakes are the worst. I have to take that one step further....when I have customers that want it completely covered in fondant and are shocked at the final price.

Clean up too.

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 10:47pm
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I'm teaching myself how to make gumpaste flowers. And loving it. I look for every opportunity to be able to make a cake and decorate it with gumpaste flowers.

So what do family and friends request for their cake designs? "Could you make it like a burger? How about a book with a frog? Can you make it into a train?"

*sigh* That is what frustrates me the most. To have all these beautiful designs in my head that I KNOW I can do, but no one to do it for.

jenmat Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 10:56pm
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People. cheap people, rude people, people who want the world for nothing, people who have no concept of time, people who can't follow directions and get lost.

My favorite: "hello, do you still have time to do a cake for Friday?? (Its Tuesday)" me:"well, if its simple maybe, what would you like?" "Oh, a cake for 50 in the shape on a RV, your 3D cakes are $65, right?"

Its a VERY good thing I work by myself in a basement.

obsessed Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 11:02pm
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Most frustrating for me is the "prep"...the baking, making icing, etc....getting everything all ready to do the actual decorating which I love.

SillyJacs Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 11:21pm
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That caking is a very expensive hobby that I have to limit right now. I would love to bake & cake everyday but just can't afford too. Sigh...

emiyeric Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 11:36pm
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Oh, I HATE the "Billy loved your Yoda cake, can he have one JUST LIKE THAT?"s. I hate doing the same cake more than once, particularly if they're expecting it to look just like the first. I can pretty much play with any theme, but people want the same thing over and over icon_sad.gif.

noahsmummy Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 12:23am
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my teeny tiny kitchen making it difficult to get things done! clean up, making fondant and also my lack of skill...

the money thing is also frustrating!!

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 12:29am
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Originally Posted by emiyeric

Oh, I HATE the "Billy loved your Yoda cake, can he have one JUST LIKE THAT?"s. I hate doing the same cake more than once, particularly if they're expecting it to look just like the first. I can pretty much play with any theme, but people want the same thing over and over icon_sad.gif.

Oh me too! I feel like there's no room for error then! If someone is like "oh, just something kinda girly with some flowers would be nice" then it's nicer. You can ad lib. If something doesn't turn out quite right, you can just modify the design a bit. If it's supposed to look "just like that", then I feel like the pressure is really on!

christeena Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 1:17am
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It used to be delivery before I got my CakeSafe so now it is clean up followed closely by smoothing the icing, both BC and fondant!

crisseyann Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 1:33am
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Writing on a cake! I feel my cakes looks pretty decent up to that point, and then I totally blow it. LOL

infinitsky Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 1:41am
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I enjoy all the process of shopping, preparing the batter, baking the cake, making the icing, and the best part, putting everything together. Then it comes the C-L-E-A-N-I-N-G ........ cleaning is the first most frustrating part for me. The second most frustrating is that no one in the household (I am a hobby baker) notices my baked and decorated goods. (I will still do it because I enjoy it a lot, the noticing is just a nice compliment.)

VaBelle Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 2:02am
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Not having the time except in the middle of the night when I'm too tired to get my buttercream smooth enough or to even pull out stuff and practice.

sugarandstuff Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 2:33am
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Great post! I have to say the fondant and buttercream smoothing - although I got my SugarShack DVD's, so hopefully that starts getting better....I always have this..what I will call "pleats" when covering with fondant, I have no idea how to get rid of...another thing that completely frustrates me is finding the right size cutter to cut something out - and either not having it or having to dump out a huge container to find it.

Jenn2179 Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 2:44am
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Clean up and people with champagne taste and a beer budget and people who want me to price them like 20 different cakes and then don't order because they are all over their budget.

mfoxx9 Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 3:00am
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Ditto what itsmylife said - TINTING ICING! Also, smoothing buttercream, and not having enough room to work or store my supplies in my home kitchen.

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