Peer Review Cake Club!

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shake n cake Posted 9 Sep 2013 , 8:24pm
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Hi everyone! This is my first wedding cake. Looking at the picture now, I can see there are areas that could be a lot cleaner (especially borders!).. Let me know what you think!


Marissa :)

manicgeisha Posted 10 Sep 2013 , 4:27am
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Took your advice and it really helped make the cake look complete!    Sadly, I got a late start and ran out of time on this one.   I had ZERO time to to do touch ups to the painting.  Towards the end I was even rushing just to slap the paint on there and stop smoothing it :-(    But the cake board, haha, the cake board took me forever to cover but it was worth it!    Its my 2nd cube cake, and my 1st hand painted cake.  Its a cake meant to look like a traditional pacific native american art called "bentwood boxes."

4chaos Posted 10 Sep 2013 , 2:15pm
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So glad I stumbled on this thread today!  This is exactly what I need!  


Not sure I have much to "critique" but I know I am WAY open to suggestions. ;-)


Here's a go:  This was my first (and so far only) pillow cake:

celiazumbach Posted 10 Sep 2013 , 9:05pm
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Maybe the top tier could have been a paler shade of the green. Other than that its an awesome idea I love it.

KarenK55 Posted 11 Sep 2013 , 12:51pm
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Hi Celiazumbach,  Love this idea, so crisp and sharp. Thanks for sharing

icequartz Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 2:59pm
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ACount me in

mandolinkitchen Posted 29 Sep 2013 , 3:35pm
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Here's my newest!


I feel bad that I'm not contributing very much in the comments to other peoples cakes.  I'm still pretty new, and don't feel like I'm in a place to be offering criticism, especially since most of the cakes posted here are way better than mine.  But I really do appreciate all the feed back and advice I've been getting here.  You guys are the best!

MustangMollie Posted 30 Sep 2013 , 6:27am
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AI'd like to join the cake club too :) I don't have photos for critique at the moment, but will post when I do. I'll also post feedback on the above links later tonight. Awesome idea to start the cake club!

luvmykids2bits Posted 3 Oct 2013 , 1:25am
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I've never posted for a review before, but this was my first time trying a hand painted design and I love the possibilities this has!  I would love to improve and would love feedback.  The cake is butter pecan with an almond buttercream and caramel filling, covered with an almond marshmallow fondant.  I used gel colours thinned with vodka.  I found that the brush strokes were quite visible, I played around with it but still had a hard time getting everything to blend.  The bushes are made from gumpaste.  Thank you!

BatterUpCake Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:29pm
post #462 of 768 this was my first truck. I know there are many flaws. Take a go at it! The cab was a 6" round cut into a sqaureand built up with cake pop material. It is sitting on a styrofoam support, held on with melted chocolate and 3 skewers. The box is 5"x12.5" of carrot cake with stiff crusting cream cheese. It is ganached (my ganache was not as firm as it should have been) It is held in place with chocolate and 4 skewers that go down thru the styrofoam and the board. The wheels are fondant and tylose. I used the clay extruder to make the lugs. They are held in place with melted chocolate and the weight of the cake.

BatterUpCake Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 10:54pm
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sixinarow Posted 6 Oct 2013 , 10:18pm
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I've never submitted a cake for review before, so I'd like your opinions on this extremely last minute cake, especially the flower. Thank you to JWinslow for all her help with the magnolia, it still needs refining!!  I posted it under the wrong place (bridal showers) but I guess the design could be used for that as well!

Thank you!

smittyditty Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 12:24am
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Waggs those are very pretty! The rules ask us to embed the link to your album here and we post our comments on the album picture.

waggs Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 1:29am
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AOh, I didn't know that. Do you know what it took just to post those? No very computer savy. My daughter posted those pics for me. I'll have to see if she could put them in my album.

waggs Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 1:37am
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AOk I think I did it.

JWinslow Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 4:18am
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Originally Posted by waggs 

Ok I think I did it.

Hi waggs,


Try this:  Go to your page and open up one of your photos.  At the top of the page you will see an address beginning with cakecentral.  Copy that link and paste it into this thread on a post.  That will give you the embedded link you need.

sugar_britches Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 5:47pm
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This is my first time uploading photos here. Did this on saturday:

smittyditty Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 8:29pm
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Here is my latest I realized after JW told me the flower petals are lined up.

Also the ruffles dry hard and I'm just thinking is that just how designs like this are supposed to be? You serve a cake that has dry fondant that cracks and people at that point have to pick it off? I mean I know with smooth fondant it doesn't dry so fast because of the BC but these kind of designs are thin and in the wind. Do you put another layer of fondant underneath?

keepingitreal21 Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 3:18am
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AHi guys, its been awhile. I'm still adjusting to having a little one around while working on a cake. It makes for a very tired mom/baker. Anyway, here's my first Icing Smiles cake. Despite the numerous amount of flaws, the young lady simply adored it, so that made me love it. TIA!

luckylibra Posted 10 Oct 2013 , 4:47pm
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This is a great thread, I love the talent and precision of the professionals who post here, I look forward to someday being that good. That being said, here is my photo for review. Thanks

mandolinkitchen Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 2:52pm
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Can we post figures to this?  She's not on a cake, since she was just practice.  This was my first go at figure modeling.  I'm really pleased with how she turned out, but could definitely use some feedback as I know there are things to improve on.

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