Need Assistance With School Project Please

Lounge By derontyler Updated 4 Nov 2011 , 1:17pm by kakeladi

derontyler Posted 3 Nov 2011 , 11:22pm
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My name is Deron and I am a student at the midwest culinary institute. I have a project that I am working on the requires me to ask ten questions of someone in the industry I am hoping to work in. If any one here can help me out with these quick questions, I would really appreciate it. Must be a legal operation. Thanks again!


1.  What had gotten you interested in the Cake Decorating business
2.  Is it particularly hard to create cakes to a particular theme someone asks for?
3.  How tedious is it to get the frosting and sugars to more or less do what you want?
4.  Is it usually expensive to keep up on the supplies you need?
5.  Have you considered going into competitions like Food Network Challenges?
6.  Whats your favorite part of cake decorating?
7.  If given the chance would you make this a full time career instead of an at home side job
8.  How much time does it take to create a cake a customer wants?
9.  Were you always skilled with decorating cakes like this?
10.  Did you go to any kind of pastry school?

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gidgetdoescakes Posted 3 Nov 2011 , 11:47pm
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#9 I think you mean were not where....

gidgetdoescakes Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 4:47am
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I would help you but I am a hobby baker...

kakeladi Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 1:17pm
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1. What had gotten you interested in the Cake Decorating business
I actually started in decorating by teaching myself how to make Panorama Easter Eggs from a magazine article. I did that for some 10-15 yrs before my oldest daughter gave us 6 weeks to the day to plan her wedding on a VERY limited budget. It became a 'homemade' wedding: she made her dress; MIL made the bridesmaids dresses; all relatives pitched in w/food and I made the 4 tiered wedding cake - *never haveing made a decorated cake before*.

2. Is it particularly hard to create cakes to a particular theme someone asks for?
That certainly depends on the theme asked for. Some are very easy, others much harder.

3. How tedious is it to get the frosting and sugars to more or less do what you want?
I don't find it tedious at all - I learned decorating with buttercream. Changing to fondant and making it can be a problem depending on which recipe you use.

4. Is it usually expensive to keep up on the supplies you need?
Yes. With prices rising every day it does get hard to keep up.

5. Have you considered going into competitions like Food Network Challenges?
Considered it? Yes! Taken even the tinest of steps in that direction - no icon_smile.gif

6. Whats your favorite part of cake decorating?
The actual decorating. It can be *LOTS* of work but still fun to me.

7. If given the chance would you make this a full time career instead of an at home side job
I did. Over the 35+ yrs I have done this I've had 2 bakeries.

8. How much time does it take to create a cake a customer wants?
Again, it depends on the theme, size and special requests from the customer.

9. Were you always skilled with decorating cakes like this?
NO. I had to learn; attend classes, demonstrations, lectures and practice, practice, practice.

10. Did you go to any kind of pastry school?
Actual pastry school? No. As stated above, attended lots of classes, seminars etc

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