Peer Review Cake Club!

Decorating By FromScratchSF Updated 2 Aug 2014 , 3:14pm by gscout73

DeniseNH Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 1:02am
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I had a good look and it must be the coloring.  No bulging from what I can see on my monitor.

-K8memphis Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 1:22am
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How do I hyper link guys?

 

 

do you mean place a link in the post?

 

i don't really know what hyper link is but someone else will if i get this wrong ;)

 

after you hit the 'post a reply' button

 

you will see up there on the bar bordering the top of the reply window all these little choices to edit your post 

 

click on the little blue/green rounded thing between the bulleted list option and the arrows

 

a box will come up and you can post a link in there then hit submit or whatever it says 

 

if that is what you mean?

Embles Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 2:12am
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AK8 thank you but im using my mobile only and it doesnt give me any options on dedktop or mobile site grrrrr id really value all of ur opinions though as you all have off the scale cakes. Since joining cc I feel like ive stepoed up a gear lustening to you lot and want to get better. I know its a pain in the bum but could u look at my ibory and bkack rose cake in my gallery and give me honest feedback on how I can improve my flowers. The black roses stayed soft and broke but the cream ones dried like china why is that?. Thank uouxx

bikemom3 Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 2:29am
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AOk here's my cake. I did it for a friend for her birthday. Wish my edges were a bit crisper but over all i think it was ok. This is just a hobby now, maybe one day I'll get brave.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2938784/hand-painted-1-4-sheet-cake-all-items-are-edible-gumpaste-tulip-notebook-tassle-and-pencils/

Thanks for any suggestions

-K8memphis Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 2:32am
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Originally Posted by Embles 

K8 thank you but im using my mobile only and it doesnt give me any options on dedktop or mobile site grrrrr id really value all of ur opinions though as you all have off the scale cakes. Since joining cc I feel like ive stepoed up a gear lustening to you lot and want to get better. I know its a pain in the bum but could u look at my ibory and bkack rose cake in my gallery and give me honest feedback on how I can improve my flowers. The black roses stayed soft and broke but the cream ones dried like china why is that?. Thank uouxx

 

 sorry--embles, buddy--the only thing i think you can improve is your photography!!!

 

your roses are very well done--the cake is decorated beautifully

 

the black versus the white is due to the food coloring--glycerine in the food color--didja use gel?

 

hey--i thought of something -- you could've added some tendrils ;) ???

 

very very nice work--

Embles Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 2:55am
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AThank you so much, the bride asked me to add a fluffy feather topper, painful and a teddy bear bride and groom, what the brude wants and all that ha yep ur right tendrils would have been cool to connect the gaps, photography is poo as I was v excited ( and due at my bread and butter job 20 miles away in 10 mins lol) I used regal ice with tylo but it never got truly hard?? Love ur car cake by the way nakes me think of transformers. Such clean lines

FromScratchSF Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 3:05am
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Just a reminder, please leave your comments/critiques on the photos, not here!  And please make sure you upload a photo to a photo album, not directly on this thread.  Thanks!

 

Great work, all!  I've been super busy so I haven't been able to keep up with everyone but I'm so glad this is still going!

auntginn Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 3:35am
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Oops, Embles I commented on the wrong cake.  Let me look again.  I'm not sure which cake you wanted help with.

ashleabrowncake Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 4:09am
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AI would love it if anyone would like to give feedback on this one for me. I would be really interested to see if the things I think need improvement are the same things others pick :)

http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3327366/casino-cake#

-K8memphis Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF 

Just a reminder, please leave your comments/critiques on the photos, not here!  And please make sure you upload a photo to a photo album, not directly on this thread.  Thanks!

 

Great work, all!  I've been super busy so I haven't been able to keep up with everyone but I'm so glad this is still going!

 

sorry-- i'm not an official critique-er--i'm a cheer leader--she asked me directly due to me trying to help her hyper link something

 

embles-- i only mentioned the photography because there was nothing else to critique--thank you about noticing my little car cake

 

and very good call on 86-ing the feathers!!! just say no ;) a teddi bear on that cake? yikes tendrils maybe-- teddi bear? uh ugh--far too sophisticated for a teddi bear

 

panda bear??? naw!!! icon_lol.gif

Embles Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 3:31pm
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AThanks guys comments are really helpful, so frustrating with the black roses I was putting more and more tylo in and just wasnt getting anywhere! Glad it was the food colourings faultx thank you so much

-K8memphis Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 4:04pm
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tylose is the best i think for keeping the ruffling quality like for petals and for the crispier drying overall so is essential in rose making

 

but for drying out like you wanted/needed here--maybe think of adding a nice chunk of cornstarch to help bulk it up a bit for you--where you wanted to add body as well as retain the ruffling quality tylose provides in super thin petals

 

just a thought

NicciZ Posted 1 Apr 2013 , 11:14pm
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AWould like to join the peer review team. Not ready to put a cake up yet, too many things to work on still. I'm going on my 5th month of decorating cakes but I love this opportunity to learn from everyone.

Rodriguez-km Posted 7 Apr 2013 , 12:19pm
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http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2971408/birthday-cake-photos/u/909183/flat/1/

 

My latest project for my nephew. Could have done a cleaner job on the sides, but decorating with a rwo month old crying was not easy!! Overall I'm very happy, this is so far the only cake that looks more like I pictured it. Please give me your opinion and advice on what I could have donde better. Thanks in advance!

milkmaid42 Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 12:25am
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I just now finished a cake that looked a lot better in my mind. It is my first "exploded fondant" cake and this experience has taught me a lot. I thought I should roll the fondant thicker so the points would hold up better, but find that it was just the opposite. They were too heavy, even when supported while drying. Plus the thick fondant looks crummy. I really should have measured the shark's diameter to make the hole smaller, and centered the hole better. The effect of the shark exploding from the water is lost is lost with that error.

If any of you can think of what I should keep in mind for the next one, I'd sure appreciate it. I wish I had thought to ask before starting out here. Thanks for any comments.

 

<a href="http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2976525/a/3333317/the-birthday-boy-is-really-into-sharks-his-grandma-says-he-likes-to-grab-people-on-the-arm-pretending-to-be-a-shark-i-wanted-to-make-an-arm-and-hand-protruding-from-the-mouth-but-wiser-heads-prevailed-shark-is-rkt-and-fondant-while-the-teeth/"><img src="http://cakecentral.com/image/id/8136729/width/400/flags/LL"></a>

 

Jan

Bellatheball Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 5:22am
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It's been ages since I've posted but I remember the old group who used to do this. Like so many others, I am only able to do cakes once in a while so my skills often get rusty. It's good to hear construction criticism from those who know cake (rather than the blanket praise I get from well meaning and loving friends/family on facebook). 

 

Here's my most recent cake which I made for my daughter's First Communion: http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2974826/a/3332432/first-communion/

cazza1 Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 6:50am
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I am in the process of learning to play with buttercream  This is my second attempt at getting it smooth.  Last time I cheated and covered with lots of fondant decorations, this time I went for the more naked look.  I know the top edges are not crisp, nor the sides perfect (maybe this will come with more practice) but what I am really interested in hearing about is the flower placement.  I don't think it is quite right. What does it need?

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2977446/a/3333926/birthday-cake-photos/

DeliciousDesserts Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 11:03am
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ACazza, I can't reply on the photo but really want to help. I apologize for posting here. The top flowers are larger than the bottom. Switch them, & I think you'll like it.

cazza1 Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 2:21pm
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Thanks for the help.  I pulled the flowers off and tried putting the larger ones at the bottom and the smaller ones at the top and it didn't work at all.  I think next time I will maybe try Anna's suggestion and make a taller cake.  I know I can put the flowers in the middle but I am a bit sick of doing this and wanted to try something a bit different.  Oh well, you can learn from your mistakes.

biscuiteater Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 3:28pm
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AHere we go....my husband and I started selling our cakes 4 months ago urged by our friends to advertise. We are both teachers byntrade, but like to do this together. We've been very busy and everyone seems to like them. He does the detailed fondant work and I'm the baker. I do help with cutting out basic shapes and such, but i can't take credit for the figures in any way. Here is our first detailed baby shower cake. It is not our design..copied from a picture the mom wanted.

Be kind....

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2954649/a/3321181/babies-are-a-hoot/

Sassyzan Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 3:27pm
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AOk, joining the club! Here goes... http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2986459/a/3338270/anniversary-cakes/sort/display_order/

First time using sugarshack's buttercream. Gumpaste hydrangeas. First time putting wired flowers on a cake. (No I didn't stick them directly in the cke! ;) )

Thanks for looking!

ShannonDavie Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 3:43pm
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I would love some feedback so here goes! I didn't get this best picture because this poor cake was almost a catastrophe! I made this for Cakes Against Cancer For Kids and I originally had the head turned facing the other way but when I went to cover with fondant the head was too heavy and started tearing the cake!! This is also why poor Bambi has no neck...I had to do some major reconstruction!! I think I hid most of the damage but there was some still...especially on the back of the head which you can't see. Ugh I was so about to swear off making cakes after this one!!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2985977/a/3337978/my-cake-for-cakes-against-cancer-ran-so-late-on-time-i-didnt-have-a-chance-to-get-a-good-picture/

 

Thanks for any feedback :)

NiKiSweets Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 4:10pm
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AHey CC family...

I'm joining, so here it goes :D

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2986261/a/3338159/-/sort/display_order/

ashleyjoyk Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 5:02pm
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 I wouldn't mind a review! I am thinking of submitting this cake for a contest - what do you think?!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2986089/a/3338047/doctor-seuss-cake/
 

Elcee Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 6:08pm
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I'm really far behind in critiquing cakes! My apologies icon_smile.gif. I will come back tonight and get caught up.

ashleyjoyk Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 6:37pm
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Cakemommy2012 Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 9:03pm
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I don't mean to say this to be mean, however; I believe they have said in the past to NOT ask for them to "be nice." If you are wanting their proper review they are generally going to not hold back and actually critique your cake to HELP you improve! This thread is not to ooo and ahh over cakes, it's meant to be "brutally" honest and HELP us improve.  =-)

AmbitiousBeginner Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 9:57pm
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This is my first post on this thread.  I know there are several things wrong with the cake not looking clean, so no need to point all that out.  It's not that I don't want constructive criticism, but I know that would be a long list and don't want anyone taking up that much time.

 

 I would like critique on the painted rose.  Their are so many beautifully painted cakes on this site.  I would really like to improve my painting skills.  I do like it, but it's just not right.  I like the center better than the outer petals.  Please be critical/helpful!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2425350/a/2426350/12-10-8-cakes/

 

Thank you!

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