smittyditty Posted 4 Aug 2013 , 3:29am

Yes its that cake. Its hard to tell the bubbles in the top tier because I tried to squeeze them all out and its quilted. The second tier has ribbon hiding it but it wasn't as bad.

So yeah how the heck do you get them straight? Also how do you get crisp edges instead of rounded ones on cakes?

How do you all attach your fondant? piping gel just on the bottom was how I was taught
 

connie9003 Posted 4 Aug 2013 , 3:14pm

AOk I can't find the message again :( but someone posted about dry red velvet cake. They posted they gave up. I am not a red velvet fan however the recipe I found I have people coming back for more time and time again and I can promise you if taken out of the oven as soon as its done you will never have a dry RVC ! If you read this PM me an I will give you the recipe!

Lfredden Posted 11 Aug 2013 , 11:37am

AOk, I've uploaded a photo for review. I would appreciate your comments.

cazza1 Posted 11 Aug 2013 , 11:46am

Lfredden you need to post the link to the photo on this page.  We can then click  on it, go to the photo and comment.

sistersbakers Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:26am

Here is my link:

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3076499/princess-cake-using-buttercream-frosting-top-tier-is-strawberry-cake-while-bottom-cake-is-chocolate-used-a-diamond-impression-mat-for-the-design-and-bought-the-accessories-to-add-in-the-number-7-is-in-made-out-of-mmf/sort/display_order/

 

My sister and I just started the business 8 months ago so we're still getting used to techniques and getting better at things. It's not completely perfect but it was our first time doing this kind of design so we were happy with the end result :) Would definitely love your critiques!

HamSquad Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 5:08am

AI just made a Baby Bump Cake last week for the very first time. It was for a Dr. Seuss theme baby shower. My book was "The Cat in the Hat", the Mommy-to-be wanted her cake with strips on the shirt. I must of stressed out on this design for weeks searching the internet for anything similar. This is what I made: http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3070945/a/3385586/mommy-requested-a-funfetti-cake-made-with-mmf-and-my-butter-cream-frosting-tfl/ Please be gentle, I still look at the pictures and wonder should I've made the white stripes a little bigger. The one thing that I learned from doing her dessert table is - never do a cake like this and make other items to serve 100 people by yourself. To everyone who prepare dessert tables, you are really angels. Thank you!

just4fun26 Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 6:08am
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Originally Posted by HamSquad 

I just made a Baby Bump Cake last week for the very first time. It was for a Dr. Seuss theme baby shower. My book was "The Cat in the Hat", the Mommy-to-be wanted her cake with strips on the shirt. I must of stressed out on this design for weeks searching the internet for anything similar. This is what I made: http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3070945/a/3385586/mommy-requested-a-funfetti-cake-made-with-mmf-and-my-butter-cream-frosting-tfl/
Please be gentle, I still look at the pictures and wonder should I've made the white stripes a little bigger. The one thing that I learned from doing her dessert table is - never do a cake like this and make other items to serve 100 people by yourself. To everyone who prepare dessert tables, you are really angels. Thank you!

I commented on your cake and the whole set up. I am personally not a fan on bump cakes - something about cutting a "pregnant" stomach that weirds me out. That being said I love your set up, the theme is prevalent, I am also a BIG Dr. Seuss fan.  The dessert table is beautiful.

jennicake Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 11:43pm

I'd love some feedback on this cake :).  This was the first time I felt comfortable leaving my stacked cakes without a border to hide the join, and also my first attempt at handpainting.  Totally underestimated how time consuming that would be!  Painting the bottom tier took me at least an hour.  

 

Please critique away!    My hubby and I have conflicting thoughts about leaving the top tier blank lol.  http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3077345/a/3389164/baby-shower/sort/display_order/

mjbabycakes189 Posted 17 Aug 2013 , 2:20am

Hi All =] 

 

I'm in!! 

I just started teaching myself cake decorating about 6-8 months ago so I would be able to make cool birthday cakes for my son =] 

Friends and family are always really supportive and say great things, but you always wonder what a stranger would think! Any feedback is appreciated!




This was my first ever time working with fondant - just a birthday cake for a friend =]
http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079673/peacock-cake-this-was-my-very-first-time-working-with-fondant-i-wish-i-hadve-made-the-bird-bigger/u/925217/flat/1/

 

My next attempt - I made this cow cake for my brother in law's birthday

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079655/udderly-delightful-didnt-have-a-fondant-smoother-yet-https-www-facebook-com-mjbabycakes189/u/925217/flat/1/

 

Under the Sea cake for a friend - this one I ended up rushing quite a bit and it certainly shows with how uneven it was!

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079657/under-the-sea-https-www-facebook-com-mjbabycakes189/u/925217/flat/1/

 

This is my most recent cake - was made for my son just a couple of weeks ago =] Winnie the Pooh!!

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079658/winnie-the-pooh-https-www-facebook-com-mjbabycakes189/u/925217/flat/1/

 

 

 

This cake I made for a friend's engagement party - she had said she had lace and burlap to put on it at the event so it was finished there - I just so wish I had've had it prior as I have some changes I would have made and had it looking a lot neater and more finished. ahh wel. 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079682/a/3390566/i-made-this-as-an-engagement-cake-for-one-of-my-best-friends-a-peach-coloured-ruffle-rose-feature-tier-between-2-ivory-tiers-trimmed-with-lace-and-burlap-the-lace-and-burlap-were-placed-on-site-as-my-friend-provided-them-i-wish-i-hadve-collected/

FromScratchSF Posted 17 Aug 2013 , 3:03am
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjbabycakes189 

Hi All =] 

 

I'm in!! 

I just started teaching myself cake decorating about 6-8 months ago so I would be able to make cool birthday cakes for my son =] 

Friends and family are always really supportive and say great things, but you always wonder what a stranger would think! Any feedback is appreciated!




This was my first ever time working with fondant - just a birthday cake for a friend =]
http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079673/peacock-cake-this-was-my-very-first-time-working-with-fondant-i-wish-i-hadve-made-the-bird-bigger/u/925217/flat/1/

 

My next attempt - I made this cow cake for my brother in law's birthday

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079655/udderly-delightful-didnt-have-a-fondant-smoother-yet-https-www-facebook-com-mjbabycakes189/u/925217/flat/1/

 

Under the Sea cake for a friend - this one I ended up rushing quite a bit and it certainly shows with how uneven it was!

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079657/under-the-sea-https-www-facebook-com-mjbabycakes189/u/925217/flat/1/

 

This is my most recent cake - was made for my son just a couple of weeks ago =] Winnie the Pooh!!

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079658/winnie-the-pooh-https-www-facebook-com-mjbabycakes189/u/925217/flat/1/

 

 

 

This cake I made for a friend's engagement party - she had said she had lace and burlap to put on it at the event so it was finished there - I just so wish I had've had it prior as I have some changes I would have made and had it looking a lot neater and more finished. ahh wel. 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3079682/a/3390566/i-made-this-as-an-engagement-cake-for-one-of-my-best-friends-a-peach-coloured-ruffle-rose-feature-tier-between-2-ivory-tiers-trimmed-with-lace-and-burlap-the-lace-and-burlap-were-placed-on-site-as-my-friend-provided-them-i-wish-i-hadve-collected/

 

So, I only did your most recent cake because I don't see how I could be constructive critiquing your very first fondant cake!  Especially since you posted what you said was your most recent cake, and believe me, there are world of improvement from your 1st to your latest!  I think it would be most helpful to you if you focus on where you are NOW versus where you were then.  Know what I mean?

 

Because that Winnie cake is flawless.  Lets start there :D

AZCouture Posted 17 Aug 2013 , 5:15am

AHaven't popped in here in ages, sorry! Figured I better check in cause I recommended this thread to lots of people today. Ok I'll tackle mjbabycakes latest wedding cake too. I love the ruffly effect, you know that scares me, cause I'm not sure I would do it right. Yours is wonderfully done! May I suggest that you check out the dvds SugaredProductions, especially the butter cream one. I believe it's called Perfecting the Art of Buttercream. She'll show you how to avoid the lip on the top edges of your cakes, like I see on yours. Do you struggle with that usually? Anyways, that's what catches my eye.

mjbabycakes189 Posted 17 Aug 2013 , 5:28am

Thanks for the feedback! 

Ahh that dreaded lip is all I see when I look at the photo too! hehe! It was ganache under fondant - I was rushing to get it done and didn't have my ganache smoothed and finished properly. So annoyed at myself that I didn't take the time to really do it properly! 

 

Thank you for the links though - I haven't used much buttercream at all so I'm sure they'll be very helpful when I tackle it! 

 

I was terrified of the ruffle technique - it came about purely because I was wanting to see if I could do it or not and had a trial on a dummy cake, posted the results, and my girlfriend said that is what she wanted for her engagement cake =] The ruffle layer in that cake is actually a dummy cause I wasn't confident I'd be able to replicate it on an actual cake - so it's the top and bottom tiers that are edible and the middle ruffle is a dummy =]

mjbabycakes189 Posted 17 Aug 2013 , 5:30am

P.S: Also a massive thank you as I only found this forum through your facebook post this morning! hehe I was one who posted saying I was a newbie who has talked myself out of a lot of jobs ;)

AZCouture Posted 17 Aug 2013 , 6:44am

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Original message sent by mjbabycakes189

P.S: Also a massive thank you as I only found this forum through your facebook post this morning! hehe I was one who posted saying I was a newbie who has talked myself out of a lot of jobs ;)

Ah, okx You're very welcome. Ok, so lots of great ganache tutes out there too. There's a popular technique involving acrylic circles.

keepingitreal21 Posted 20 Aug 2013 , 4:29pm

Hi guys, how's everyone doing? It's been a while since I've had a cake to put up for review, however, I've got one now.  It's for my mom's 52nd Luau themed birthday. TFL and TIA for the feedback!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3082871/a/3392094/this-cake-is-up-for-review-for-the-prcc-this-was-for-my-moms-52nd-luau-themed-birthday-the-cake-is-white-velvet-with-mixed-berry-filling-and-vanilla-bean-imbc-the-cake-is-covered-with-fondarific-fondant-the-trees-coconuts-tiki-man-and-pineapple/

smittyditty Posted 20 Aug 2013 , 9:21pm

Alright I'm ready for a critique on this one.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3077497/a/3389257/this-cake-was-banana-cream-flavor-with-2-layers-torted-with-buttercream-dream-frosting-all-the-shells-were-hand-molded-and-painted-the-cake-is-covered-in-7-different-frosting-colors-and-smoothed-with-bench-scraper/

 

This one I did for my SIL and I hate it so just know its not my fav or best work. She got a free cake. Part of my problem is no direction and this cake is an example of that.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3083173/a/3392230/birthday-cakes/

Rosegin Posted 20 Aug 2013 , 11:54pm

ACould I please have a critique of this cake? It's my second wedding cake.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3083203/a/3392262/round-wedding-cakes/sort/display_order/

AZCouture Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 1:18am

A

Original message sent by Rosegin

Could I please have a critique of this cake? It's my second wedding cake.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3083203/a/3392262/round-wedding-cakes/sort/display_order/

Well, the things that catch my eye aren't the decorating, but the plywood board and the plastic wrap, if that's what I'm seeing. Wedding cakes definitely need their own drum to sit on, rather than the setup here. Were you going for a "tree trunk slice" look with the plywood?

Rosegin Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 2:16am

AWell, that's what catches my eye, too. Lol

The bride had no plan for what she was going to display her cake on so it ended up being a last minute thing. There is a cake board under there, too. She had mentioned trying to find the tree trunk type thing that she had seen in photos but I guess it didn't pan out...

keepingitreal21 Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 3:17am

Thanks guys for the critique! Wow, the fact that you all loved the fondant work, I'm blown away. I was so frustrated with it. I worked really hard on that pineapple and tiki. I see what you mean by odd numbers bringing balance. I kept saying to myself, it's missing something. I'll definitely keep that in mind for next time. As for the coconuts, I did have some under the fronds too. The one on top ended up being cosmetic as suppose to accurate. I needed to cover the wires from the fronds. I learned a lot from the experience with modeling chocolate. Next time, I think I'll try it without wires in the leaves, since the pineapple leaves held up so well. I used the upside down frosting method to get my buttercream nice and smooth.

Rosegin Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 2:40pm

AThanks for the critique. I, too, was unsure of using those burlap flowers and had discussed it with the bride. But there they are!

As for comments about the execution of this style in buttercream, that is definitely what they wanted. I was given pictures of three buttercream cakes and asked to merge them into one, and so I did.

Thanks for all the tips! I learned a couple things (contact paper!).

smittyditty Posted 26 Aug 2013 , 11:14pm

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3087513/a/3394729/first-car-cake-ive-made-learned-a-lot-need-cake-that-isnt-so-soft-for-starters-i-used-gelatin-for-the-windshield-with-toothpicks-modeling-chocolate-over-oreos-for-the-wheels-toothpicks-for-the-grill-because-i-didnt-have-an-extracting-tool/

 

Ok here is my latest. I actually did two but the other was so bad I refuse to put it up. Two car cakes for my father and grandfather. I forgot to turn the A/C down and so the worst one melted. Learned my lesson.  So the fondant on this one is really bad.

Ok go critique instruct me in the ways of car cakes..lol...did I mention they take FOREVER>.lol
 

kaylawaylalayla Posted 27 Aug 2013 , 2:50am

AThanks for you review smitty ditty. That was the first time I used a round tip for a border I had no idea that pearl borders werent made the same as a shell. Which I still had little skill with shells at that time as well. I love pearl borders myself and I think I've been practicing a lot consistency wise. Thankyou for the tips on fondant I will use that especially since I stary from white often for coloring.

smittyditty Posted 27 Aug 2013 , 3:33am

It really makes a difference what kind of fondant too. I think the MMF is better than wilton but from scratch is the best! Takes a LONG time to dry out.

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