emmadunnit Posted 7 May 2012 , 2:25pm
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Hi! I'm new to the forum and am looking for people to chat to about cake! I'm a beginner to cake decorating. Anyone got any basic tips to share?x[/img][/url]

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heartsnsync Posted 7 May 2012 , 4:34pm
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Make some simple decorator's icing and practice, practice, practice. Use the back of a baking pan and pretend it is a cake to practice borders and flowers. When you are done scrape it off and use the same icing to do it again and again.

Practice is the key. Even skilled decorators lose their edge in certain areas if they do not do that skill often. Good luck to you!

ChiWOWa Posted 7 May 2012 , 5:56pm
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Hi and welcome from another newbie icon_smile.gif

I just joined this site too and know almost nothing about cake decorating, other than that I love it and am already addicted!
There are hundreds of tutorial in the "How Do I?" forum and "google" has become my best friend icon_biggrin.gif I spend half my time reading and the other half "playing" with gumpaste etc.
It is a real learning curve but sooooo much fun.

Cheers
Terry

jgifford Posted 7 May 2012 , 6:08pm
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The best thing you can do is mess something up. That will teach you more than if it turns out perfectly the first time. Don't be afraid to try something you know nothing about. If you want to do it, just do it. I learned so much out of simple ignorance - - I didn't know something couldn't be done. icon_rolleyes.gif

This is the best place in the world for inspiration and help. Just sing out if you need to know something - - these ladies - and gentlemen - are the best!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 7 May 2012 , 8:17pm
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I second "jgifford" on everything (she? he?) said. And to amplify the "don't be afraid to try" part, as long as you're not doing anything that would give you a toxic or pathogenic cake, there probably isn't a single rule that you can't break, given a good enough reason.

e.g., "Always use a loose frosting or gel for writing"? Not if you have to do it on the side of the cake, in which case you want it so stiff that you have to really squeeze the piping bag hard. (Hmm. I wonder if anybody's ever figured out a way to use a caulking gun to pipe frosting).

One thing I found: the heels of a loaf of bread make a decent enough surface to test how a material is going to perform when piped onto an unfrosted cake (e.g., a pound cake); that's how I tested the extra-stiff buttercream cited in my example of breaking the rules.

jgifford Posted 7 May 2012 , 9:40pm
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[quote="hbquikcomjamesl"]
(Hmm. I wonder if anybody's ever figured out a way to use a caulking gun to pipe frosting).

thumbs_up.gif This is kind of like my squeegee for smoothing bc. Great minds think alike. icon_lol.gif

And it's "she" - Thanks.

arlenej Posted 8 May 2012 , 12:03am
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Welcome to the zany world of caking! After CakeCentral, Your best site should be Youtube! Alan Tetreault, Tonedna, Mayen and Aine2 and who you'd want to start with. Then continue to explore!
Globalsugarart.com, Jesterscakesupply.com and Sugaredproductions and great sites you should visit....

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