jenscreativity Posted 1 Oct 2012 , 11:02am
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I wanted to know if anyone feels like practicing cakes and if they do, what do you do with the cake itself? I want to practice and all, but I don't have many friends here yet to pass along,,and I don't have the finances to buy the dummies yet,,so what would be your suggestion? Thanks!

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AnnieCahill Posted 1 Oct 2012 , 11:18am
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If you just want to practice piping, that is easy enough to do with a piece of waxed or parchment paper. You can also stack your pans if you want to practice doing decorations on the side (although the lip of the pan might get in the way). About 15 years ago when I did the Wilton courses, they had little practice sheets that we laminated and used those to practice our piping.

Norasmom Posted 1 Oct 2012 , 11:54am
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You can donate your practice cakes to the fire department or a local shelter.

denetteb Posted 1 Oct 2012 , 4:29pm
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I used the bottom and sides of an upside down cake pan. Then after piping I would scrape it off and re-use over and over. I used the same container of icing a bunch of times (not eating it since it was left out for days and really abused.)

Bullymama Posted 1 Oct 2012 , 7:26pm
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When I want to try something new, like a new recipe or a technique, I make a cake and then take it to church and we have it for our fellowship time. They are my "guinea pigs", bless their hearts! And such good sports about it. And I've also made a practice cake and taken it to our elderly care facility. They love getting extra goodies! I live in a small, rural area, mind you, where that sort of thing is okay.

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 6:00pm
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I know this is an old thread but I have this question. I am dying to make a few different designs to see if I ca execute them properly before getting orders. I have given some to neighbors. I definitely don't want to eat them. I am doing a promotion right now to deliver a cake to a winner at work (want to do scrabble cake so I will incorportate the company's slogans and products into the word on the boards) Someone above mentioned fire departments...That's a good idea! Maybe battered wives shelters....although most likeley they will not become future customers. Any other ideas?

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 6:50pm
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake 

I know this is an old thread but I have this question. I am dying to make a few different designs to see if I ca execute them properly before getting orders. I have given some to neighbors. I definitely don't want to eat them. I am doing a promotion right now to deliver a cake to a winner at work (want to do scrabble cake so I will incorportate the company's slogans and products into the word on the boards) Someone above mentioned fire departments...That's a good idea! Maybe battered wives shelters....although most likeley they will not become future customers. Any other ideas?


Check in your area for any sort of children's charities, and ask them if they know of a place that would be OK with accepting a donated cake. Future orders are unlikely, but you get to practice and make some kiddos very happy.

There is a low income daycare in my area that I do a special occasion cakes for, (Halloween/Christmas/etc), the kids get so excited.

 

The senior home idea is alos great, I used to do that when my grandfather was in one, they gave me a list of birthdays on his floor and I would try out new techniques/recipes etc. Stuff I had to do anyway, so may as well let someone enjoy it.

 

You just have to check with anyplace you want to donate a cake to, to make sure they are allowed to accept it! I had a bride cancel her wedding last minute a few years ago, and the cake was already made, I tried to donate it to one of the local foodbanks and a women's shelter, neither were allowed to take it.

dawnybird Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:03pm
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Originally Posted by Bullymama 

When I want to try something new, like a new recipe or a technique, I make a cake and then take it to church and we have it for our fellowship time. They are my "guinea pigs", bless their hearts! And such good sports about it. And I've also made a practice cake and taken it to our elderly care facility. They love getting extra goodies! I live in a small, rural area, mind you, where that sort of thing is okay.


Haha! I'm laughing at your use of the phrase "bless their hearts"!! You have to be from the south! So am I - Louisiana, and we are so known for "bless their heart"!  (My laughter is good natured, not making fun of you!) I say it all the time myself.

dawnybird Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:05pm
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake 

I know this is an old thread but I have this question. I am dying to make a few different designs to see if I ca execute them properly before getting orders. I have given some to neighbors. I definitely don't want to eat them. I am doing a promotion right now to deliver a cake to a winner at work (want to do scrabble cake so I will incorportate the company's slogans and products into the word on the boards) Someone above mentioned fire departments...That's a good idea! Maybe battered wives shelters....although most likeley they will not become future customers. Any other ideas?


My son is a firefighter in Memphis. Believe me, those guys would be your friends for life and would happily scarf down your cakes for you!

taartenmaker Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:18pm

AI make my neighbours happy with a piece of cake

maggie1965 Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:27pm

I have 10 grandchildren so my practice cakes all find good homes but i donate to the local salvation army to help them raise funds, and also my neighbours love recieving little treats xx

ashya Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:39pm

I donate mine to homeless shelters.

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:41pm
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Originally Posted by scrumdiddlycakes 


Check in your area for any sort of children's charities, and ask them if they know of a place that would be OK with accepting a donated cake. Future orders are unlikely, but you get to practice and make some kiddos very happy.

There is a low income daycare in my area that I do a special occasion cakes for, (Halloween/Christmas/etc), the kids get so excited.

 

The senior home idea is alos great, I used to do that when my grandfather was in one, they gave me a list of birthdays on his floor and I would try out new techniques/recipes etc. Stuff I had to do anyway, so may as well let someone enjoy it.

 

You just have to check with anyplace you want to donate a cake to, to make sure they are allowed to accept it! I had a bride cancel her wedding last minute a few years ago, and the cake was already made, I tried to donate it to one of the local foodbanks and a women's shelter, neither were allowed to take it.

 

My neighbors must be sick of my cake ...they moved away in the middle of the night without telling any of us! lol I really like the prospect of making that dragon cake spewing sparkeler to the FD...lol

 

There is a very low daycare up the street from me. I live in a small nirvanna surrouded by Dates 7 levels...

I would feel bad about delivering cqke to low cost daycare...My brain says fresh kiwis, papyas, banannas, strawberries....

darkchocolate Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:45pm
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake 

I know this is an old thread but I have this question. I am dying to make a few different designs to see if I ca execute them properly before getting orders. I have given some to neighbors. I definitely don't want to eat them. I am doing a promotion right now to deliver a cake to a winner at work (want to do scrabble cake so I will incorportate the company's slogans and products into the word on the boards) Someone above mentioned fire departments...That's a good idea! Maybe battered wives shelters....although most likeley they will not become future customers. Any other ideas?

 

With school starting soon (at least in my area), that might be a possibility with a lot of exposure for future customers.  Our PTO sometimes provides us a welcome back to school luncheon with desserts included.  Or just something to be in the lounge on the days they are getting their rooms ready for the new year.  The teachers I work with love sweets.

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 7:52pm

Unfortunately/(luckily? heheeh) My kids are 27 and 28. Not to mention with all of M Obamas new rules it had become difficult to feed tehem anything but carrots! lol

darkchocolate Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 8:02pm
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Unfortunately/(luckily? heheeh) My kids are 27 and 28. Not to mention with all of M Obamas new rules it had become difficult to feed tehem anything but carrots! lol

Believe me I know.  We have to eat with our students and they don't eat what they are now being served.  I wouldn't either for that matter.  I have teachers comment, "that is zucchini"?  I respond to them, that looks nothing like the zucchini I eat. haha   These kids aren't into 3 bean salad, succotash, squash, sweet potato fries and all the other vegetables they are serving.  I work in a primary school and those little ones aren't interested.  Actually, most don't eat their lunch so they are going hungry the rest of the day.  Anyway, back to the original topic.

 

I just meant maybe you could donate a cake to a local school, if you are wanting practice.  The school would give you a good base for future customers. I meant feed the teachers, not the students. haha

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 8:27pm

y 2 year old Grandaughter eats like this all of the time. She teaches me words like Quinoa. She boadens my horizon. I can't get  into the problems of Ameria's unhealthy eating habits and obesity here. Hell I myself gained 20 lbs post 2 surgeries since Sat....

smittyditty Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 8:36pm

BatterUp I wouldn't forgo idea of sending to a daycare. My last order was paid for by the stepdad since he wasn't the primary care giver. So ya never know. Plus just because its low income doesn't mean a grandparent or someone in the family wouldn't buy it. Or even the teachers.
 

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 8:50pm
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake 

 

My neighbors must be sick of my cake ...they moved away in the middle of the night without telling any of us! lol I really like the prospect of making that dragon cake spewing sparkeler to the FD...lol

 

There is a very low daycare up the street from me. I live in a small nirvanna surrouded by Dates 7 levels...

I would feel bad about delivering cqke to low cost daycare...My brain says fresh kiwis, papyas, banannas, strawberries....

I'm sorry, I must be missing something, (nothing new there, haha!) Why would you feel bad? Most kids I know love fruit.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 8:58pm

AIm think she is going with since it is low cost she thinks they don't get acsess to many nutritious foods and feels like shoukd would be adding to that with cake. Just a wild guess though.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 9:01pm

AShe not shoukd*** I swear my fingers are on a different planet than my brain sometimes.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 9:05pm

Ah, I see. Well 3 or 4 pieces of cake a year are going to do a lot more good for their little spirits than bad for their health, lol.

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jul 2013 , 9:16pm

good point

owatto Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 8:39am

I take mine in to work, and my boyfriend takes some to his work too. 

I remember someone who put on their facebook page asking for people who would post a picture and say it was for sale for a small amount (like say a 8 inch for $20) if someone would get it that day. 

sugarmagiccakes Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 11:58am

Hey guys, i cant really afford to buy dummies to practice at the moment, or just make cakes on a whim to practice and give away.

What ive been doing is reusing my icings to practice. You can practice piping with buttercream on greaseproof paper over and over.

Also i reuse my gum paste over and over practicing modelling figures etc. This really helps me perfect my modelling skills.

cakefat Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 12:33pm

My neighbors are about sick of cake too.  I give practice cakes to the workers (guards, cleaners etc) at our housing complex.

they like it but probably think it's strange that I'm giving them a 2 tier cake...I also give them paper plates and forks.

 

There's an old folks home/sr. citizens day care place down the street- I've given them a cake or two as well.  I used to make a birthday cake for whomever at work was having a birthday but I decided I worked with a bunch of weirdos so I stopped that last year. 

kaylawaylalayla Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 5:14pm

AI guess it depends on what skill you are trying to practice. When I was learning to ice a cake at school (I just couldn't get it). I would come in before and after class and use the same batch of icing and one frozen cake. My chef had would ice it, tell me as she was going, scrape all the icing off and then give the turn table to me and them I would "ice" scrape off and give back to her.

kikiandkyle Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 5:31pm

AMy kids have never been allowed to take cakes or treats into school, regardless of who was in office. It's more of a liability issue than a political one. At their last school they took a book in to donate to the school library on their birthday which I thought was great.

MeghanKelly Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 5:41pm

I bring them to work until they get sick of cake, then I feed them to my children until they get sick of cake, and then I alternate.  There is a firestation close- I'll have to hit those guys up.  Cute firefighters are my kryptonite :)

AZCouture Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 6:24pm

ADummies are super cheap, and you can reuse them. It's cheaper than buying ingredients for every cake you're making.

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