Peer Review Cake Club!

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bikemom3 Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 12:09pm
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Hi all! This is my most recent cake. It is not perfect....the somewhat ragged edge on monkey bugs me....but it was a work of love to welcome my first grandchild. TIA and TFL

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3089344/a/3395768/this-was-definitely-a-work-of-love-a-lemon-raspberry-baby-shower-cake-for-my-daughter-in-law-to-celebrate-the-upcoming-arrival-of-my-first-grandchild-d/

jennicake Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 4:13pm
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AAre the reviews only supposed to come from the experts or from anyone? I've gotten great feedback from here and would love to return the favor but I'm not sure if my opinion would mean much to anyone :p

BatterUpCake Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 4:15pm
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they are supposed to be welcome from anyone. But if a cake is way beyond my skill level I do not feel comfortable telling someone what they did wrong.

jennicake Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 4:17pm
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thats a good rule of thumb, thanks :)

smittyditty Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 6:38pm
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Personally I think you should critique away regardless if you can do it. There are two reasons I like critiques.

1. If you have done it you can give me a way to do it better.

2. If you haven't done it your eyes are as good as a customer and you can see what might be off. Plus you have cake eyes!! So please don't hesitate to critique on mine. I love all the feedback good or bad. That is the way I learn.
 

BatterUpCake Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 7:05pm
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AI'm the same way. Unless you are just being nasty about it

jennicake Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 10:14pm
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haha fair enough, smitty :).  I shall go critique now then.  It feels weird to not help others when I've been getting such great help from this thread!

Nadiaa Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 10:56pm
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I've just found this thread, what a great idea :) I'd love critique on two cakes, if that's okay. I'm just learning and trying to improve my skills so I can one day open a cake business. 

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3391651/childrens-birthday-cakes/

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3391654/birthday-cakes/

 

Thanks so much xxx

Elcee Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 1:25am
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I haven't posted a cake for review since this thread started. I'd really like feedback on this one. I'll tell MY thoughts on it after I have a few critiques icon_smile.gif. Thanks!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3089689/a/3395995/three-6-tiers-with-separators-all-covered-in-fondant-in-gradient-shades-of-turquoise-fantasy-flowers-in-fun-colors/

Nadiaa Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 4:01am
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I just wanted to thank everyone for their cake club comments on my two cakes. It's interesting for me to note that the cake that received the more positive comments was my latest cake, and the kitty cake was done back in May. So I think I'm improving! My piping control is much better now, so I'd like to try a ruffle cake again and see how I go. I really loved reading the comments and looking at my cakes more critically. I love how constructive the comments on the kitty cake are, and looking at it now I'd do things differently if I was to do it again. I didn't even notice the arms, lol! 

I have definitely learned the value of a decorated cake board since coming to CC, looking at my silver boards makes me cringe now, hahaha! The board on the rose cake was so big because it was supposed to be surrounded by cupcakes, but I changed my mind and didn't do the cuppies at the last minute. 

 

Thanks so, so much!! xxx

BatterUpCake Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 9:10am
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It's nice when people can take constructive criticism and want to learn....

 

I just went back to look at your comments and they were gone??? detective.gif

smittyditty Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 1:51pm
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BatterUp- A lot of people just read them then delete them. I guess so they know, but its not forever attached to their picture.

BatterUpCake Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 2:23pm
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AAhhhhh

Elcee Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 1:58am
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Originally Posted by smittyditty 

BatterUp- A lot of people just read them then delete them. I guess so they know, but its not forever attached to their picture.

Really? I had no idea!

smittyditty Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 1:09pm
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I found out early because I got to the thread late and went back through the whole thing..lol I was critiquing stuff months old.They probably will never go back and look at their pictures. Anyhow I noticed a lot of ppl deleted any comments.
 

manicgeisha Posted 1 Sep 2013 , 6:58pm
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Love this thread!   I`ve only had feedback from non-cake people.  Here is my first offering of a cake I made about a month ago.   I had some serious time issues with this one :-(   But interested in feedback on the cake, design, anything!   Having read through most posts, I have to say I`ll put more work into my cake boards!

 

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3091652/a/3397151/bottom-tier-is-dark-chocolate-cake-with-high-humidity-frosting-top-tier-is-rkt-all-decorations-are-made-by-hand-out-of-fondant-with-no-additives-i-didn-t-really-have-the-right-tools-to-make-the-roses-and-i-m-actually-surprised-they/sort/display_order/

manicgeisha Posted 1 Sep 2013 , 7:39pm
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And here is another one for critique:

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3091681/a/3397163/bottom-tier-is-dark-chocolate-cake-with-high-humidity-frosting-and-crushed-birthday-oreos-top-tier-is-rkt-i-wanted-to-make-a-colourful-and-different-cake-for-this-theme-most-i-ve-seen-are-earthy-and-neutral-the-colors-are-supposed-to-be/sort/display_order/


This one I know I hit the fondant right in the front with my nail :( and I definitely had a monkey issue...I said in the description I wasn`t too sure if my trees were falling apart or being picked at.  Well, I just realized that some of the acorns are upside down; so definitely little monkeys playing with this one!   Still I`d love feedback about the design.   I was making it for my girl who loves colour, sparkles and Totoro but didn`t want to make an overtly girly cake that still made sense for the movie.   ...something about the design bugs me...I think it might have been that by the end in the photos the colour is so wonky from what I intended.

LizzieAylett Posted 1 Sep 2013 , 9:57pm
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Hi, here's my latest offering.  It was a lot of firsts for me :  first time doing a three tier cake, first time using ganache under fondant, first time making sugar roses and filler flowers, first time doing this kind of arrangement.

 

I had issues with smoothing the ganache, but have been told to use a hot knife for smoothing so hopefully it won't be so bad next time, and I discovered after I'd baked and iced all the cakes that my 8" tin is actually only 7"!  Oh, well.

 

I'd love advice on how to make this better for next time, please :-)

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3091769/a-three-tier-birthday-cake-with-sugarpaste-roses-and-filler-flowers-cascading-down-the-side/u/889618/flat/1/

Nadiaa Posted 1 Sep 2013 , 11:05pm
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake 

It's nice when people can take constructive criticism and want to learn....

 

I just went back to look at your comments and they were gone??? detective.gif

 

BatterUp - I can still see the comments on my photos. I definitely haven't deleted them! I think it's a good idea to leave them up in case someone else can get something out of the comments. 

BatterUpCake Posted 1 Sep 2013 , 11:27pm
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OK...I see them now!

manicgeisha Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 12:24am
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Originally Posted by Nadiaa 

 

BatterUp - I can still see the comments on my photos. I definitely haven't deleted them! I think it's a good idea to leave them up in case someone else can get something out of the comments. 



thumbs_up.gif   I`ve learned to put more thought into my cake boards from this thread, and a couple other things to try!

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 12:30am
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I did a cake board today for a cake I'm baking tomorrow. I got a last minute order today for a shoe and shoe box cake. This is the best board I have done. Black embossed floral paper and I glued diamond mesh  around the outside. Next time I am going with fondant...Here is my first shoe....not done yet...but would be happy for feedback

 

BTW, that is not the board I am using

smittyditty Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 12:43am
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Looks really good BatterUp!  I think the front part needs to extend up a little farther. Other wise it looks awesome better than all the shoe molds I have seen!
 

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 12:47am
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Thanks! I bought a cheapie pair of shoes at Ross's and cut it up....that was my mold for the sole. I did the heel freehand but you can't see it. I found some templates online for the back and top. Not knowing what size shoe they came from so that may explain why the top looks a little short. I want to put some trim on it. Maybe I can bring the top up more that way...

Nadiaa Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 12:47am
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I think people who make shoes are so great. It looks hard to do well and so I'm in awe of those who do them!! I love the shape of your shoe, the curve in the sole is lovely. The only thing I would say is that the toe looks slightly short and out of proportion with the overall length of your shoe. Apart from that, it's fabulous, and I can't wait to see the cake all done!! 

Hrudhi Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 5:15am
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I am new to cake central and would like the following done please. I'm just really starting out and this is my first 2 tier cake and my first attempt at hand painting.

would love to hear from you guys........

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3091900/a/60/cake-based-on-book-guess-how-much-i-love-you-first-attempt-on-a-2-tier-cake-and-first-attempt-on-hand-painting/

 

kelza Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 1:13pm
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AI ll join

Original message sent by FromScratchSF

Morning!

A few years ago there was a group of members that called themselves (I think?) The Cake Club.  They critiqued people's cakes if you asked for it.  I want to get it started again!  Who's with me????

In case you weren't around then, here's what it is all about:

[LIST=1] [*] Upload photos of your cake in the Galleries.  Please do not upload photos here!  

[*] Make sure in the comments under the photo in the Gallery that you describe the cake, techniques used, and that you are asking for critique from the Cake Club.  This will help us know that we have clicked on the right cake photos and also to confirm that you are asking for critique.   [*] Post in this thread to let us know you uploaded a new cake and post the hyperlink to your photoset.    [/LIST]

Those subscribed to this Cake Club thread would then pop over to your album and [I]give honest but encouraging[/I] feedback.  

Anyone can offer opinion on the cake, but the goal is to help decorators (new and old) improve and build on their skills.  If you see something that needs improvement please try to share tips on how to do something better.  And of course, if you see something done well, let that person know!

This is not a way to ask for pricing on your cake, and I ask any members participating to not answer pricing questions if asked.  

This is also not a way to get "favorites" so you can land on the home page.  This is only to get constructive feedback!

Your photos also have to be uploaded to the galleries HERE on Cake Central, please do not direct up to critique on your blog, Facebook or website.

If you want to sign up to be a member and are willing to critique, just post below!  Just make sure you are subscribed to this thread and you opt for immediate notifications.

If you want feedback on your cake, lets make sure we get more then a few people to sign up to be members,  I don't want to be the only one critiquing cakes!

Cheers icon_biggrin.gif

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 2:15pm
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I ll join

All you have to do to join is show up!

auntginn Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 2:45pm
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BatterUp, I love your shoe!  What did you use to get the texture?

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