Peer Review Cake Club!

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JoliMarie Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 10:09pm
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First post here...hope I posted the picture correctly! Please let me know what you think of my cake :)

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2986871/hand-painted-tiers-with-gumpaste-flowers-and-royal-icing-and-fondant-gold-pearls-strung-randomly-along-critiques-welcome/

jiya11 Posted 21 Apr 2013 , 11:48pm
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Hello.. a beginner here. would love to have my recent cake (Bday cake for my daughter) critiqued..

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2985916/chocolate-cake-with-chocolate-buttercream-gumpaste-handle-and-flowers/

 

A few things I had on my to do list but never got around as I was pressed for time..

 

Cover the Cake drum

Use the Tappits instead of writing by hand on a  plaque

Use an edible ribbon

Make and use gp butterflies

 

Would love to improve and learn new things... TIA

morninglorie Posted 22 Apr 2013 , 5:48pm
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Hi all! I love this idea. I'm also a beginner, and would love some feedback/help. 

 

I started decorating last year, but haven't had very many opportunities to practice except what I can fit in on my own time, so pretty much everything I do at this point is the first time I've tried it!  But, I think the earlier I can start working on perfecting techniques, the better. :D 

 

Here are two of my cakes that I would love some tips on:

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2979021/a/3330377/top-view-of-final-cake-for-fondant-and-gum-paste-class-wilton-course-3/

(My first fondant cake with gum paste flowers--I need ruffle help!)

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2982638/a/3336099/another-view-of-my-first-hand-painted-cake/

(My first hand painted cake--this was also my first time trying ganache underneath, and making Michelle Foster's Fondant)

 

I really wish I had more for you guys to look at, because I'd love the feedback--I'm at a weird point where I want to practice and try new things, but feel like I'm relying too much on tutorials and work others have done rather than my own creativity.  I'm trying to branch out, so hopefully I'll have more for this thread at a later date.

 

Thanks in advance for all your wisdom! icon_biggrin.gif

auntginn Posted 25 Apr 2013 , 7:47pm
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Please help.  Need advice.  Recently started making sculptures to add to my cakes.  My niece said the eyes look scary.  Please tell me what you think I can do to make this better. 

 

 

Annabakescakes Posted 25 Apr 2013 , 10:14pm
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Please help.  Need advice.  Recently started making sculptures to add to my cakes.  My niece said the eyes look scary.  Please tell me what you think I can do to make this better. 

 

 

LOL, yes, they do! I think start by making the iris (colored part) a ton bigger. If you look at most eyes, it takes up the whole eye, top to bottom, and even is partly cut off. Then the pupil proportionately larger, as will. Then a couple white accents. They should be in the same place in both eyes, e.i. the top right of the eye.

NicciZ Posted 25 Apr 2013 , 11:31pm
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LOL, yes, they do! I think start by making the iris (colored part) a ton bigger. If you look at most eyes, it takes up the whole eye, top to bottom, and even is partly cut off. Then the pupil proportionately larger, as will. Then a couple white accents. They should be in the same place in both eyes, e.i. the top right of the eye.

I agree with Annabakesakes.  The larger the pupils the cuter the figure.  Also I would add eyelids.

auntginn Posted 25 Apr 2013 , 11:58pm
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Thank you Ladies.  Will try that next time.  Funny how it didn't look like that to me in person.  But they camera never lies.  rofl..  I appreciate your input.

Elcee Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 12:13am
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In addition to the above, if you have the eyes on your figures looking up and off to the side it helps, too.

Sweetface421 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 9:03pm
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I'd love to take part when I can :)  What a great idea!

amberlashell Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 9:39pm
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AI would love to have some feedback on my cake. This was my very first attempt to cover with fondant, and my second attempt at working with gumpaste, though the first time making flowers with it.

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2993379/chocolate-wedding-shower-cake-in-brides-colors/

Lovebug2867 Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 11:17pm
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Would love opinions on my very first fondant cake.  Trust me I've pointed out everything I did wrong on it but maybe I missed something and don't want to repeat it on my next cake.

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2993552/a/3342030/my-very-first-try-at-making-a-fondant-cake-design-is-based-on-a-cake-i-saw-on-pinterest/

flower457 Posted 29 Apr 2013 , 2:01am
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AThis is my first post but I have been lurking on this site for the last few months. I love the feedback provided by other cake decorators. Would love honest review of the cake with sugar flowers I made for my daughter's wedding. Been making a few cakes for family and friends over the last year to practice for making this special cake. [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/2993944/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

jiya11 Posted 29 Apr 2013 , 2:43pm
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Hello Peers.. Would love to have this cake critiqued that I made for my daughters' 6th Birthday..

The bottom tier shifted and I can see the bulging..The square house is dummy but the strawberry on top is cake.

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2994577/a/3342524/-/

 

Thanks!

LLBaker Posted 29 Apr 2013 , 3:02pm
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AI am only JUST starting out, I'm in! It's great to have honest opinions rather than from our lovely but loyally biased family and friends. :)

Hollybello Posted 30 Apr 2013 , 5:47pm
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AHello. I would love to be involved. I am a novice hobby baker self taught so far but about to do my PME diplomas to learn how to do things properly.

Would appreciate any feedback on this http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2995878/a/3343321/my-first-attempt-at-brush-embroidery-on-a-dummy-covered-in-blue-fondant-with-gumpaste-flowers/sort/display_order/

It is my first try at brush embroidery (and first time covering a dummy), I know it's not great but any tips on how to get better will be appreciated. I have since invested in some pme writing tips so hoping this will make things better next time! This is also the first cake I have kinda designed myself (inspired by several on cake central) so any tips on design/balance would be great too :)

auntginn Posted 6 May 2013 , 8:53pm
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Made this cake over the weekend.  Would love some feed back.  Please....    

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3000892/a/3346155/bottom-tier-is-chocolate-mudd-peanut-butter-bc-filling-dark-chocolate-ganache-top-tier-is-wasc-with-raspberry-filling-covered-with-white-chocolate-bc-ruffle-border-and-flowers-are-50-50-fondant-gumpaste-embellishments-with-silver-dragees/

ibeeflower Posted 10 May 2013 , 2:04pm
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http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3003749/a/3347901/tennessee-titans-cake-for-my-boyfriends-birthday/

 

I made this cake for my boyfriend's birthday and need some feedback. I know there are some issues with it, but I'd like some feedback. My problem is that I don't see the flaws until I finish and have photographed the cake.

 

What do you guys think about leaving the foil drum bare with only a ribbon? 

 

Also, any tips for the slight wrinkling at the bottom of the red tier?

 

Thanks, everyone!

ShannonDavie Posted 13 May 2013 , 4:29am
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Finished a cake today for my sons 2nd birthday. Would love to hear some feedback. There are a few areas that I see lumps and bumps but overall I was happy with the way it turned out considering the size and very difficult shape of the cake. Thank you in advance!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3005824/a/3349086/made-this-dragon-from-doc-mcstuffins-for-my-sons-2nd-birthday-he-stands-23-from-his-toe-to-the-tip-of-his-antanea-he-was-a-big-challange-but-i-am-happy-with-the-result-and-my-son-loved-him/

skyy815 Posted 13 May 2013 , 7:21pm
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This is awesome! I've always critiqued my own work and had my peers tell me i'm too hard on myself.. this would be great to get some real feedback! Thanks... Could you please give me some feed back on these cakes?

 

This one was first go at MMF...

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3005802/a/3349066/bottom-cake-is-french-vanilla-with-chocolate-ganache-and-red-raspberry-filling-top-cake-is-cherry-chip-with-buttercream-filling-cakes-are-covered-with-mmf-flowers-are-made-from-store-bought-fondant/#order=1&albumId=3349066&nextId=3005803&prevId=false&imageId=3005802&imageESOId=8374715&fullUrl=%2Fg%2Fi%2F3005802%2Fa%2F3349066%2Fbottom-cake-is-french-vanilla-with-chocolate-ganache-and-red-raspberry-filling-top-cake-is-cherry-chip-with-buttercream-filling-cakes-are-covered-with-mmf-flowers-are-made-from-store-bought-fondant%2F%2F&fullSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F6%2F65%2F900x900px-LL-653a03c7_002.jpeg&thumbSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F6%2F65%2F50x50px-ZC-653a03c7_002.jpeg&description=Bottom+cake+is+French+Vanilla+with+chocolate+ganache+and+red+raspberry+filling.+Top+cake+is+Cherry+Chip+with+buttercream+filling.+Cakes+are+covered+with+MMF.+Flowers+are+made+from+store+bought+fondant.&original=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F6%2F65%2F653a03c7_002.jpeg&setName=&urlSlug=bottom-cake-is-french-vanilla-with-chocolate-ganache-and-red-raspberry-filling-top-cake-is-cherry-chip-with-buttercream-filling-cakes-are-covered-with-mmf-flowers-are-made-from-store-bought-fondant

 

This one I know the nose is painted on a bit crooked but overall i dont think it turned out too bad...

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2994776/a/3342658/head-is-out-of-rkt-covered-in-fondant-and-hand-painted-antlers-are-gum-paste-cake-is-airbrushed-fondant-with-hand-painted-trees/#order=1&albumId=3342658&nextId=false&prevId=false&imageId=2994776&imageESOId=8284151&fullUrl=%2Fg%2Fi%2F2994776%2Fa%2F3342658%2Fhead-is-out-of-rkt-covered-in-fondant-and-hand-painted-antlers-are-gum-paste-cake-is-airbrushed-fondant-with-hand-painted-trees%2F%2F&fullSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F1%2F11%2F900x900px-LL-1146c9ae_005.jpeg&thumbSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F1%2F11%2F50x50px-ZC-1146c9ae_005.jpeg&description=head+is+out+of+rkt+covered+in+fondant+and+hand+painted.+antlers+are+gum+paste.+cake+is+airbrushed+fondant+with+hand+painted+trees.&original=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F1%2F11%2F1146c9ae_005.jpeg&setName=&urlSlug=head-is-out-of-rkt-covered-in-fondant-and-hand-painted-antlers-are-gum-paste-cake-is-airbrushed-fondant-with-hand-painted-trees

 

Thanks in advance!!!

viannescakes Posted 13 May 2013 , 7:40pm
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Hi all!

 

I've learnt so much from this thread - the comments for my cake and for others' cakes as well...  Really great!

 

The 2nd one from me. Please let me know what you think of this one:

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3000249/this-is-my-entry-into-a-local-cake-show-i-entered-in-hobbist-division-and-won-the-first-place/#order=120&albumId=84&nextId=3000250&prevId=false&imageId=3000249&imageESOId=8327382&fullUrl=%2Fg%2Fi%2F3000249%2Fthis-is-my-entry-into-a-local-cake-show-i-entered-in-hobbist-division-and-won-the-first-place%2F%2F&fullSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F7%2F70%2F900x900px-LL-70874ad8_DSC_3368-.jpeg&thumbSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F7%2F70%2F50x50px-ZC-70874ad8_DSC_3368-.jpeg&description=This+is+my+entry+into+a+local+cake+show.+I+entered+in+hobbist+division+and+won+the+first+place.&original=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F7%2F70%2F70874ad8_DSC_3368-.jpeg&setName=Rose+and+Ruffles+Wedding+cake&urlSlug=this-is-my-entry-into-a-local-cake-show-i-entered-in-hobbist-division-and-won-the-first-place

 

This is my entry into a local cake show. I entered in the hobbyist division and won the first place ....  I've heard lots of compliments from ppl. But I'd really love to hear some critiques! Anything I could improve on...

 

The only thing I got so far is that I should have used a thick cake drum, and have it covered by fondant, which is the standard way for wedding cake presentation. Please, any critiques/suggestions/comments other than that... I would welcome it!

 

thank you all.

cazza1 Posted 15 May 2013 , 1:41pm
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Made this cake after watching Maggie Austin's Craftsy class on ombre frills and cabbage roses.

I made this after watching a craftsy class.  It will be interesting to see if you all pick the same problems with it that I did or if you will come up with new ones. Thanks. Oh, by the way, the cake is not lopsided.  It must have been the way I took the photo.

cazza1 Posted 15 May 2013 , 1:43pm
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Sorry mucked that up.  Here is the link.

http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3349248/mothers-day/

Homemadebytz Posted 15 May 2013 , 2:31pm
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Would love to join .. I am a hobby baker and just recently taking it a little more seriously ... have a LOT to learn and I hope this will help make me better. This is a cake I made for mothers day. My 1st topsy turvy and my 3rd MMF ...would love your feedback. http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3006429/a/3349447/lemon-cake-with-white-chocolate-filling-with-whipped-buttercream-covered-and-accented-in-mmf-my-first-topsy-turvy-cake-tfl/sort/display_order/

FromScratchSF Posted 15 May 2013 , 3:24pm
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Hi all!  So glad this is still going!  I've been really busy so I'm trying to backtrack and critique.  If I don't that's because I have nothing to add.  

cazza1 Posted 16 May 2013 , 3:27am
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I have a question relevant to this thread.  Does marshmallow fondant tend to be less smooth than normal fondant or is this just a measure of practice?

FromScratchSF Posted 16 May 2013 , 4:02am
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Personally, although MMF is easy and cheap to make, I actually think it takes a lot more skill to use and get a professional finish.  I frequently look at photos and tell when someone is using it because it's - I don't know how else to put this - but ripply and saggy looking.  Don't get me wrong, lots of high profile cake people use MMF, but they had to practice a LOT to make it look as flawless as they are able to get it.

auntginn Posted 16 May 2013 , 5:33am
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I think its because they don't put enough shortening into it and don't knead it enough.

ropalma Posted 16 May 2013 , 2:59pm
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I made this cakes last weekend for my grand daughter's 4th Birthday.  She saw it on the internet so I had to duplicate it.  All the decorations are made of MMF and frosting and piping is Buttercream.

 

 

 

cakeyouverymuch Posted 16 May 2013 , 3:13pm
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Originally Posted by cazza1 

I have a question relevant to this thread.  Does marshmallow fondant tend to be less smooth than normal fondant or is this just a measure of practice?

 

I've never used anything but MMF, and I think mine look as good as many using the bought stuff.  When I first started I had no clue where to buy the pre-made fondant.  Then I tasted a sample that a professioal baker had and swore I wouldn't ever use anything that chemical tasting on any cake I baked. 

 

I think the problems when you see seriously flawed MMF lie in a failure to understand the effects of humidity (the amount of water needs to be adjusted accordingly) and the refusal to add shortening (yes, its a fat and on its own it tastes pretty bad, but it has its uses (try a heaping tablespoon of ANY ingredient on its own and see how it tastes).  And then there is the need to practice, practice, practise. . . . .  .and then practise some more.

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