Peer Review Cake Club!

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soldiernurse Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 12:22pm
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AOk Pros...my daughter's wedding is over!!!!!!!!!!! Everything was beautiful and she loved it...was posted on Facebook within a matter of minutes. I did the bride's bouquet, the girls bouquets, mother's corsages, all centerpieces, blinged the flower girls's shoes, etc. Oh, and I was the wedding planner!! Unfortunately, I couldn't do the original design as planned, my avatar, because of skill level and time constraints. It was my first time workkng with ganache. I did a practice cake with ganache and a lot of tester cakes. I did do the decorations ahead of time and they were ready to go. Here is where I ran into problems: I knew that I was going to have a storage issue as I ony have a standard fridge, so I decided to freeze the ganached-covered cakes, alternatively. Some where in the freezer, some were in the fridge. I thawed at room temp. and covered with mmf..some with slight condensation underneath. The 6 in was perfectly ganached, perfect straight sides and everything (moist rvc..took mr forever though). Put this in freezer..took it out to thaw and ganache got soft....like fudge..covered 1/8 mmf..back in freezer..worried..took it out, it thawed and got really sticky..frustrated, I covered it with a thicker layer of fondant, which imo, worked ok since the original layer melted down from the cold thawing. I had covered the 16 in earlier with ganache and fondant the night before...woke up to an air bubble ths size of my head!!.omg!! Ripped that off, re-ganached, re-fondanted. By now, I do not feel like the intricate work of the other cake, so l decided to KISS. Sorry if I sound scrambled. Please critique me! Ask me what I have probably left out!! Hobby baker only..

[ATTACHMENT=1336]Kristen's Wedding Cake (166k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT]

****Let me know your professional opinions...I want to learn from you.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 5:22pm
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Originally Posted by soldiernurse 

Ok Pros...my daughter's wedding is over!!!!!!!!!!! Everything was beautiful and she loved it...was posted on Facebook within a matter of minutes. I did the bride's bouquet, the girls bouquets, mother's corsages, all centerpieces, blinged the flower girls's shoes, etc. Oh, and I was the wedding planner!! Unfortunately, I couldn't do the original design as planned, my avatar, because of skill level and time constraints. It was my first time workkng with ganache. I did a practice cake with ganache and a lot of tester cakes. I did do the decorations ahead of time and they were ready to go. Here is where I ran into problems: I knew that I was going to have a storage issue as I ony have a standard fridge, so I decided to freeze the ganached-covered cakes, alternatively. Some where in the freezer, some were in the fridge. I thawed at room temp. and covered with mmf..some with slight condensation underneath. The 6 in was perfectly ganached, perfect straight sides and everything (moist rvc..took mr forever though). Put this in freezer..took it out to thaw and ganache got soft....like fudge..covered 1/8 mmf..back in freezer..worried..took it out, it thawed and got really sticky..frustrated, I covered it with a thicker layer of fondant, which imo, worked ok since the original layer melted down from the cold thawing. I had covered the 16 in earlier with ganache and fondant the night before...woke up to an air bubble ths size of my head!!.omg!! Ripped that off, re-ganached, re-fondanted. By now, I do not feel like the intricate work of the other cake, so l decided to KISS. Sorry if I sound scrambled. Please critique me! Ask me what I have probably left out!! Hobby baker only..


 


****Let me know your professional opinions...I want to learn from you.


If you upload it into your CC gallery, and then link to that, people can critique it for you a lot easier :)

soldiernurse Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 8:10pm
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AOk. . will try when I get home.. how do I do that? Not tech savvy at all.

BatterUpCake Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 8:24pm
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Go to your albums under your profile and upload a picture. Click on the photo. After it opens highlight the address in your browser and paste here...WahLaaa!!

AZCouture Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 8:26pm
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Why all the freezing and refrigerating soldier nurse? 

LizzieAylett Posted 15 Oct 2013 , 9:04am
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Hi, here's my latest efforts.  I wasn't sure whether this should go here or in the cake disasters thread.  I am so disappointed with it.

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3120793/a/8/grey-cube-cake-with-chevrons-and-peony/

 

Something went weird with my buttercream, my fondant was too soft, I had to re-do the peony as the first one fell off its wire when I held it upside down, the royal icing started off to thick (on the back) so I thinned it down too much, somehow crumbs got on my stencil, I ran out of time and mucked up the board when putting the cake on...  I could go on!

 

At least it was just a casual cake for a friend.

 

Please can you give me pointers for what to do better next time?

Relznik Posted 15 Oct 2013 , 1:35pm
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Have replied x

LizzieAylett Posted 15 Oct 2013 , 8:52pm
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Thank you for the advice and encouragement, Relznik.

soldiernurse Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 1:01am
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A

Original message sent by AZCouture

Why all the freezing and refrigerating soldier nurse? 

I dunno:D....I think bcause I read somewhere that it was ok to do it and I was trying to keep them firm. I'm trying to upload my Gallery link here.. having some issues.

soldiernurse Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 7:40pm
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Originally Posted by soldiernurse 

Ok Pros...my daughter's wedding is over!!!!!!!!!!! Everything was beautiful and she loved it...was posted on Facebook within a matter of minutes. I did the bride's bouquet, the girls bouquets, mother's corsages, all centerpieces, blinged the flower girls's shoes, etc. Oh, and I was the wedding planner!! Unfortunately, I couldn't do the original design as planned, my avatar, because of skill level and time constraints. It was my first time workkng with ganache. I did a practice cake with ganache and a lot of tester cakes. I did do the decorations ahead of time and they were ready to go. Here is where I ran into problems: I knew that I was going to have a storage issue as I ony have a standard fridge, so I decided to freeze the ganached-covered cakes, alternatively. Some where in the freezer, some were in the fridge. I thawed at room temp. and covered with mmf..some with slight condensation underneath. The 6 in was perfectly ganached, perfect straight sides and everything (moist rvc..took mr forever though). Put this in freezer..took it out to thaw and ganache got soft....like fudge..covered 1/8 mmf..back in freezer..worried..took it out, it thawed and got really sticky..frustrated, I covered it with a thicker layer of fondant, which imo, worked ok since the original layer melted down from the cold thawing. I had covered the 16 in earlier with ganache and fondant the night before...woke up to an air bubble ths size of my head!!.omg!! Ripped that off, re-ganached, re-fondanted. By now, I do not feel like the intricate work of the other cake, so l decided to KISS. Sorry if I sound scrambled. Please critique me! Ask me what I have probably left out!! Hobby baker only..


 


****Let me know your professional opinions...I want to learn from you.

 

 

Ok, finally...I hope I got this right!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3415148/round-wedding-cakes/

Lolaparrish Posted 17 Oct 2013 , 1:03am
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I am writing an article for SheKnows Australia. On a really tight deadline and looking for some images of cute cakes for kids that I can use. I can credit the images. If you can send me a message along with a link to the photo I can use that would be hugely appreciated. Cheers

 

Lolaparrish

BatterUpCake Posted 17 Oct 2013 , 9:45pm
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I never get to do character cakes. My granddaughter needed to bring a cake to preschool for a cakewalk so I did the minion I have been dying to do. Here he is!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3122335/cake-for-my-precious-grandbaby/sort/display_order/

bikemom3 Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 11:39am
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here's my latest. it was fun to do and not as complicated as I thought it would be with all of those tiny squares! LOL! thanks for looking

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3124441/a/3417110/chocolate-cake-with-gumpaste-and-fondant-accents-thanks-for-looking/

BatterUpCake Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 2:10pm
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Originally Posted by bikemom3 
 

here's my latest. it was fun to do and not as complicated as I thought it would be with all of those tiny squares! LOL! thanks for looking

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3124441/a/3417110/chocolate-cake-with-gumpaste-and-fondant-accents-thanks-for-looking/

What size did you make the cake? I have to do one today and was going to do a 10"

bikemom3 Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 4:54pm
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ABatterUp - it was an 8" square

BrandNewCaker Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 5:29pm
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AI love all of your cakes. I am new to the forum and new to cake decorating. I am all self taught and still have a lot to learn. Looking at your cakes I am ashamed of all of mine lol

medal45 Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 6:49pm
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AI am in !

LizzieAylett Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 6:59pm
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Medal, those are lovely bright cakes!  If you post the link to your picture in your gallery, then we can put our comments for each individual cake there.

Petitefleur1 Posted 22 Oct 2013 , 2:49am
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Ok so here is my fist Wedding Topper cake and first attempt at Gum paste Flower! Any feedback would be much appreciated !!! My *smooth fondant* on the cake needs a lot of improvement! Also I noticed I can see the buttercream I used to hold the petals together is quite noticeable.....?

charsbakedtreat Posted 22 Oct 2013 , 10:11am
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AI have been a frequent visitor of this site for a long time. I love this thread!! I'm a fully qualified chef but this will be my first tier cake. Mine will be different from the original I will have 3 tiers instead of 2. My daughters party isn't until the 2nd of Nov so I won't have a pic to post till then but I would greatly appreciate and advice/critique you can offer on my little owl

http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3417559/3d-figures# I hope the link works I using my phone

Edited to add: I have made the owl out of fondant only

Cgoch Posted 24 Oct 2013 , 5:59pm
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ASounds awesome! I've only been doing cakes for a short while and I'm always looking for constructive feedback.

Cgoch Posted 24 Oct 2013 , 6:06pm
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ACharsbakedtreat I think your owl looks very cute! I really like the addition on the whites in the eyes. It gives it more character!

Elcee Posted 26 Oct 2013 , 3:29am
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Originally Posted by Petitefleur1 
 

Ok so here is my fist Wedding Topper cake and first attempt at Gum paste Flower! Any feedback would be much appreciated !!! My *smooth fondant* on the cake needs a lot of improvement! Also I noticed I can see the buttercream I used to hold the petals together is quite noticeable.....?

Petitefleur1, it's easier if you post your pictures in your gallery and then link them here. Your flower is beautiful. I'm not seeing the buttercream you mentioned?

cak3m0m Posted 26 Oct 2013 , 3:45pm
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I would like to join! Here are my three of my most recent cakes. Please let me know what you think.

 

Pokemon cake - figures made out of MMF, cake is a 6" cake ball chocolate/vanilla striped cake covered in MMF. Board and name prepped the day before with more fondant.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3127333/a/3418966/pokemon-cake/sort/display_order/

 

Monster High cakes - I made these for a twin girl's birthday. Buttercreme frosted with fondant pieces and fondant toppers. Boards are also fondant covered.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3127341/a/3418966/monster-high-cake-twin-girls-birthday-party/sort/display_order/

 

1969 Chevy Camaro topper - this is made out of pound cake. My first sculpted car piece. If you have any ideas on improvement I am all about it on this one!

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3127355/a/3418972/1969-chevy-camaro-this-was-my-first-ever-sculpted-car-cake-it-came-out-decent-but-i-have-learned-what-to-do-next-time-to-make-it-more-streamlined/sort/display_order/

milkmaid42 Posted 26 Oct 2013 , 7:12pm
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Petitefleur1, I looked for your cake in your profile and didn't see it posted. So, I'll comment here. I, too, think the flower is beautiful. And I cannot see the BC you are mentioning. It looks well done and I love the dusting you did. Gumpaste is a lot of fun and I think you'll find almost everything you see you will want to re create in GP. I know that I do!

 

 

Jan

milkmaid42 Posted 26 Oct 2013 , 7:18pm
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Here is the cake I made last night for a church Fall festival. While I love the cake board, I am not thrilled with the actual design. I wanted a random look, but in retrospect, should have planned it out.

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 

<a href="http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3127546/pumpkin-spice-cake-i-made-for-a-church-fall-festival-it-is-torted-and-filled-with-pumpkin-mousse-and-cream-cheese-fillings-covered-with-white-chocolate-ganache-and-topped-with-white-chocolate-cheesecake-mff-all-the-leaves-are-gumpaste-which-i-made/sort/display_order/"><img src="http://cakecentral.com/image/id/9375965/width/400/flags/LL"></a>

 

Jan

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