Bridgette1129 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 6:09am
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What are the top techniques that you want to learn and or practice?

Could be a certain swirl on a cupcake, learning to use royal icing on a cookie, or a complex design on a cake.

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Bridgette1129 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 6:27am
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For me it's:

1. Brush embroidery on cookies
2. Fondant on cookies
3. Playing with my gumpaste icon_smile.gif
4. Using my tappits

docofthedead Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:21am
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I would like to learn to make flowers, bows, butterfiles etc out of the gelatin! They look amazing!!

IvyCakes Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 8:36am
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Flowers, flowers, flowers! I want to learn each and every one, then improve until I can belt them out in no time flat. :3

Honeybees Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 8:46am
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I'd like to learn how to make more flowers and I'd like to learn how to make cool people characters. mine look awful! I have actually signed up for a class for characters, hopefully it helps!

Bridgette1129 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 9:10am
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I would like to learn to make flowers, bows, butterfiles etc out of the gelatin! They look amazing!!




Ooo, those are really neat!

Bridgette1129 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 9:11am
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Flowers, flowers, flowers! I want to learn each and every one, then improve until I can belt them out in no time flat. :3




Frosting or gumpaste? I want to make an anemone with gumpaste. Got all the supplies. Just gotta do it!

IvyCakes Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 10:22am
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Flowers, flowers, flowers! I want to learn each and every one, then improve until I can belt them out in no time flat. :3



Frosting or gumpaste? I want to make an anemone with gumpaste. Got all the supplies. Just gotta do it!




Gumpaste! icon_biggrin.gif Only thing holding me back is stupid veiners... I told myself I'd do one flower a month, to focus myself and limit my spending. Then I got all caught up on realistic veiners and chickened out of purchasing anything. >_<

You need to stop procrastinating! *cracks whip* Then I can live vicariously through you and pretend I'm doing my own goals. icon_lol.gif

QTCakes1 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 2:32pm
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I don't get every veiner for every flower. That would just really add up. I have some general veiners like the rose petal veiner and the corn husk. They blend in the veins just as well.

I want to learn sugar blowing REALLY BAD! icon_biggrin.gif

Bridgette1129 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 6:49pm
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Flowers, flowers, flowers! I want to learn each and every one, then improve until I can belt them out in no time flat. :3



Frosting or gumpaste? I want to make an anemone with gumpaste. Got all the supplies. Just gotta do it!



Gumpaste! icon_biggrin.gif Only thing holding me back is stupid veiners... I told myself I'd do one flower a month, to focus myself and limit my spending. Then I got all caught up on realistic veiners and chickened out of purchasing anything. >_<

You need to stop procrastinating! *cracks whip* Then I can live vicariously through you and pretend I'm doing my own goals. icon_lol.gif




Hahaha! you can practice without veiners. Someone experienced might disagree but I doubt they're necessary. A lady at a cake supply store said to use fake flower's from a craft store and press the gumpaste into it. Voila! Veining!

Bridgette1129 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 6:50pm
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I don't get every veiner for every flower. That would just really add up. I have some general veiners like the rose petal veiner and the corn husk. They blend in the veins just as well.

I want to learn sugar blowing REALLY BAD! icon_biggrin.gif




Oh yeah! And a corn husk!

Is sugar blowing like the sugar that look like glass?

milkmaid42 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:02pm

Ivycakes, I feel that veiners are what really give a flower realism. I have a few that I've purchased, but most of mine I've made using Make A Mold purchased at Michael's. I made them when the flower or leaf desired is in season and then I'd photograph them as reference to color and form. I keep the photo along with the mold in zip loc bags, labeled as to the variety.

As QTcakes said, so many of the veiners can be interchangeable. I just get caught up making them cause it is so much to have double-sided veiners at little cost.

Oh, and a corn husk is indispensable. One of my favorites.

milkmaid42 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:07pm

Ivycakes, I feel that veiners are what really give a flower realism. I have a few that I've purchased, but most of mine I've made using Make A Mold purchased at Michael's. I made them when the flower or leaf desired is in season and then I'd photograph them as reference to color and form. I keep the photo along with the mold in zip loc bags, labeled as to the variety.

As QTcakes said, so many of the veiners can be interchangeable. I just get caught up making them cause it is so much to have double-sided veiners at little cost.

Oh, and a corn husk is indispensable. One of my favorites.

jgifford Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:07pm
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Originally Posted by QTCakes1

I don't get every veiner for every flower. That would just really add up. I have some general veiners like the rose petal veiner and the corn husk. They blend in the veins just as well.

I want to learn sugar blowing REALLY BAD! icon_biggrin.gif




Are you saying you use a veiner to make a corn husk or you use a corn husk as a veiner? I've never heard of this, although it makes sense.

AnnieCahill Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:07pm

Lambeth.

milkmaid42 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:16pm

I do a lot of Mexican cooking so have dried corn husks on hand. I saw no point in trying to make a veiner from the husks, as they are dry and keep incredibly well.
(and why did I get a double post? I haven't seen that happen for a long while.)

jgifford Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:23pm

That's a fantastic idea! I live right in the middle of tamale country and I can pick up corn husks at the store down the street. Thank you so much. icon_biggrin.gif

soledad Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:25pm

Hello everyone!! I would like to learn how to use royal icing and glaze.Airbrush and use of luster dust.I would also like to have the nerve to make other flavors of cake.( I only do chocolate or vanilla) I want and need to learn everything!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

CIAO!

jgifford Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:35pm
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Originally Posted by soledad

Hello everyone!! I would like to learn how to use royal icing and glaze.Airbrush and use of luster dust.I would also like to have the nerve to make other flavors of cake.( I only do chocolate or vanilla) I want and need to learn everything!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

CIAO!




Just jump in and try it. You gotta be brave or you can't do cakes - - just kidding. icon_wink.gif Seriously, whenever you have the opportunity, just step out and try something new. That's the best way to learn. My first fondant and first multi tier cake was my daughter's wedding cake. Talk about a learning experience!

Now, I have to get corn husks so I can make something tonight.

bobwonderbuns Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:38pm

Well let's see, I would like to improve and perfect all the techniques I already know. That's first on the list. As for new things to learn, I really am into 3D stuff lately -- cookies and cakes. I want to learn how to do the 3D cakes (sculpted, standing, etc.) It just looks cool! icon_lol.gif

bellacakecreations Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 7:54pm

Lambeth definitely....actually just improve my piping in general. And I am totally into sugar work right now!!! It's just hard to do it at home icon_sad.gif

cai0311 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 8:04pm

Piping. I have no vision for it and really struggle making it "flow".

Rusti Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 8:06pm

Piping for sure. Wish Wilton hadn't take most of it out of their classes.

KateLS Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 8:15pm

Brush embroidery
gumpaste flowers

QTCakes1 Posted 19 Jan 2012 , 9:02pm
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Originally Posted by QTCakes1

I don't get every veiner for every flower. That would just really add up. I have some general veiners like the rose petal veiner and the corn husk. They blend in the veins just as well.

I want to learn sugar blowing REALLY BAD! icon_biggrin.gif



Are you saying you use a veiner to make a corn husk or you use a corn husk as a veiner? I've never heard of this, although it makes sense.




It's an actual veiner called a cornhusk and it looks like a small, rectangle shaped corn husk. It is a very general veiner that is quite versatile.

And YES, the blown sugar like sugar bubbles or you know, any blown shape.

funpets Posted 20 Jan 2012 , 12:42am
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Originally Posted by Bridgette1129

For me it's:

1. Brush embroidery on cookies
2. Fondant on cookies
3. Playing with my gumpaste icon_smile.gif
4. Using my tappits


The tappits are easier to use than you would believe!had mine for over 2yrs and I've tried using it so many times without success all I did wrong was not allowing the fondant to dry a little b4 cutting. Roll out the fondant/gumpaste thin,allow it to dry out a little,like2mins and cut.

bobwonderbuns Posted 20 Jan 2012 , 1:04am

I'll throw this out there for anyone who is interested: Autumn Carpenter just wrote a comprehensive cake decorating book that is really good for most of the things folks have listed here in this thread. Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1589236696/ref=oh_o02_s04_i01_details

Elcee Posted 20 Jan 2012 , 1:14am

I'd like to improve my piping, too. Also on my list is mastering the topsy turvy look and learning pulled sugar.

QTCakes1 Posted 20 Jan 2012 , 1:36am

The biggest thing I can say about topsy turvy to get that sharpness, as well as support, COVER IN GANACHE!

shanter Posted 20 Jan 2012 , 2:31am

Piping to the nth degree: Lambeth.
Bubbles: gelatin and then sugar.

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