Diy Desserts "expert Advice"

Decorating By fcakes Updated 29 Apr 2013 , 11:11am by iCookiBake

KathleenC Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 10:24pm
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http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/make-a-homemade-wedding-cake
This one gave me the giggles!!!

 

OK...that belongs on Cake Wrecks.  Oh my goodness.

owatto Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 11:44pm
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HAHAHA seriously! That cake just looked all kinds of horrible. And the rosemary... I can't even.

But it only costs $20 to make! Just imagine traveling with it, those tooth picks aren't going to do much! I just saw that it says to use 11, 8 and 4.5 inch pans, that seems like odd pans to use together

vgcea Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 1:18am
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Originally Posted by owatto 

http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/make-a-homemade-wedding-cake
This one gave me the giggles!!!

LOLOLOLLLLLOLOL!!!!!!! Tooth picks and "Extra Smooth" icing. Total Cake wrecks candidate. If a bride must make her wedding cake (and I have nothing against this) I totally would not recommend that tutorial. There are better ones on YouTube.

ellavanilla Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 4:15am
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what keeps your guests from getting a toothpick in the soft palate?

 

What keeps the layers from sinking?

 

what keeps your friends from laughing at you when you seriously present that as a legitimate cake?

 

what i love the most is that these sites aren't really trying to save money, they are setting unrealistic expectations and creating this idea that there really isn't anything good that a professional offers. There is more than one way to provide a high quality wedding experience at an affordable price. I think it starts with setting realistic expectations and prioritizing your wants and needs, not by busting out toothpicks and cake mix.

 

harumph!

 

"edited to add" did anyone else notice that the $20 doesn't include the cost of the pans???

MeghanKelly Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 4:40am
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I feel bad for the poor bride that will be going bonkers the night before her wedding because she's making her own (terrible) cake.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 12:26pm
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AElla, I agree with every single word you just said.

What I really don't get is the blind brides. There were seriously comments from people who saw the photos!!!

I really wish someone would offer some legitimate options for brides on a tight budget.

1. Cut your guest count 2. Go with something that really is simple but beautiful (Swiss dots, simple scrolls, just plain). 3. Choose a candy bar & no cake 4. Hire a culinary student, but be sure to view many examples of their work so you know what to expect

DeliciousDesserts Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 12:29pm
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AAlso, I think I'm going to start writing these bride magazines & try to educate them on the reality.

1 dummy cakes don't save much unless you are renting the whole cake. In that case, you have to pick something they already have. It won't be custom made for you. 2 cupcakes are often more expensive 3 I you serve a regular ole sheet cake, people will know. It looks different than a 4 layer cake 4 before you agree to an unknown baker or culinary student or grocery store, view cake wrecks to see what can happen.

costumeczar Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 12:53pm
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ANow, now, ladies...the monkey-iced cake isn't something that we'd do, but the people who do this kind of thing aren't our customers anyway. Honestly, you can easily stack three cake layers ( and those are layers, not tiers) and ice them all and they're not going to shift or sink. There's no law that says a wedding cake HAS to be torted and stacked, or that you even have to have a cake. I did a dessert buffet for my wedding (yes I was a DIY bride) and amazingly it didn't curse our marriage. If you're having a small wedding and that little cake with the rosemary on it is fine for your needs then have at it.

She definitely didn't need those toothpicks, though, that's just dangerous.

If you're bitter about losing the business of the DIY crowd, figure out a way to get it. I sell gumpaste flowers and decorating supplies in my Etsy shop, and I do a good business selling to DIY brides who want to put a flower on their little cakes. The DIY bride will never hire us to do a cake, but they might hire us for something else. I've actually considered running a class on how to put a cake together...it would either teach people that it isn't as easy as it looks and they'll end up hiring a pro, or it would get me paid from someone who wouldn't have hired me otherwise.

liz at sugar Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 1:03pm
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I agree - wedding DIY'ers are usually that way out of necessity - not as an outlet for all their creative energy.  They may have a $1000 or less total wedding budget, and as costumeczar stated, they weren't going to be calling a pro anyway.

 

I did happen to make a rosemary lemon cake last weekend, and it was pretty good!  I did not however lay fresh springs of it all over the finished cake. :)

 

Liz
 

DeliciousDesserts Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 1:08pm
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The DIY bride will never hire us to do a cake,

Exactly! I'm not bitter about it. I understand it. I preach all the time to know your client.

I still get aggravated by magazines & blogs that give poor advice & bad information.

costumeczar Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 2:37pm
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Exactly! I'm not bitter about it. I understand it. I preach all the time to know your client.

I still get aggravated by magazines & blogs that give poor advice & bad information.

They suck...there are about ten pieces of bad cake advice that they just regurgitate over and over, but that will never change while they have space to fill so that they can sell wedding dress ads.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 2:56pm
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ASo true & so sad.

fcakes Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 3:13pm
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great points everyone!! And love Kara's ideas about helping the DIY bride make her day special, even if we don't do her actual cake!

remnant3333 Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 3:19pm
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I think toothpicks are very dangerous!!!! No comment on the cake itself. Words can not describe it!!!! LOL!!!

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 4:18pm
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Originally Posted by ellavanilla

 

harumph!

My thoughts exactly, lol.

ellavanilla Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 8:04pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 

Now, now, ladies...the monkey-iced cake isn't something that we'd do, but the people who do this kind of thing aren't our customers anyway. Honestly, you can easily stack three cake layers ( and those are layers, not tiers) and ice them all and they're not going to shift or sink. There's no law that says a wedding cake HAS to be torted and stacked, or that you even have to have a cake. I did a dessert buffet for my wedding (yes I was a DIY bride) and amazingly it didn't curse our marriage. If you're having a small wedding and that little cake with the rosemary on it is fine for your needs then have at it.

 

 

I don't think it's bitterness, for me. It's frustration that the focus isn't on prioritizing what is important. I dunno, I guess I think you should focus on the most important part of the day, which is really making this significant change in your life and  celebrating it with your family. The whole wedding fairy tale fantasy thing is just obnoxious IMO. So you don't have a huge budget, but a giant family? Get married on Saturday afternoon and then throw a mother of a party in the evening. Everyone feeds themselves, and changes their clothes and comes back for a fun gathering. I mean how many sit down dinner weddings have you been to that you remembered for the dinner? 

 

For me, personally, I'd rather have 10 great parties, than one gigantic fantasy ball that leaves you with a lot of debt. Does that make sense? So don't teach people gimmicky ways to have a three tiered cake, teach them ways to get good quality out of the money they do have. 

 

Jen

MeghanKelly Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 8:25pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 

Now, now, ladies...the monkey-iced cake isn't something that we'd do, but the people who do this kind of thing aren't our customers anyway. Honestly, you can easily stack three cake layers ( and those are layers, not tiers) and ice them all and they're not going to shift or sink. There's no law that says a wedding cake HAS to be torted and stacked, or that you even have to have a cake. I did a dessert buffet for my wedding (yes I was a DIY bride) and amazingly it didn't curse our marriage. If you're having a small wedding and that little cake with the rosemary on it is fine for your needs then have at it.

She definitely didn't need those toothpicks, though, that's just dangerous.

If you're bitter about losing the business of the DIY crowd, figure out a way to get it. I sell gumpaste flowers and decorating supplies in my Etsy shop, and I do a good business selling to DIY brides who want to put a flower on their little cakes. The DIY bride will never hire us to do a cake, but they might hire us for something else. I've actually considered running a class on how to put a cake together...it would either teach people that it isn't as easy as it looks and they'll end up hiring a pro, or it would get me paid from someone who wouldn't have hired me otherwise.

I just get frustrated that they pass it off as just as good as a custom made cake from a bakery, which implies by suggestion that bakers who charge to make tiered cakes are ripping them off.  My wedding was also DIY- but I appreciate the effort of professionals.

ellavanilla Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 8:30pm
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Originally Posted by MeghanKelly 

I just get frustrated that they pass it off as just as good as a custom made cake from a bakery, which implies by suggestion that bakers who charge to make tiered cakes are ripping them off.  My wedding was also DIY- but I appreciate the effort of professionals.

 

I agree. That's what I meant when I said that they make it sound like a professional has nothing to offer. You just said it better. :D

costumeczar Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 10:05pm
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AI think it's a matter of realizing what's important and putting your money into that. For some people the monkey-iced cake is as good as one from a professional because it's not a priority. They might have had amazing photography, or an amazing caterer because that was more important to them. These threads usually devolve into people just complaining that there are people who don't hire a pro for their cake, but not everyone gives a rat's patootie about a cake.

Personally, I made sure to pay for a humorous Elvis impersonator/drunk Elvis parody act and an open bar. Our friends were grad students and musicians, so the booze and entertainment were what we were thinking about:)

iCookiBake Posted 29 Apr 2013 , 11:06am
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Originally Posted by ellavanilla 

So you don't have a huge budget, but a giant family? Get married on Saturday afternoon and then throw a mother of a party in the evening. Everyone feeds themselves, and changes their clothes and comes back for a fun gathering. I mean how many sit down dinner weddings have you been to that you remembered for the dinner? 

 

For me, personally, I'd rather have 10 great parties, than one gigantic fantasy ball that leaves you with a lot of debt. Does that make sense? So don't teach people gimmicky ways to have a three tiered cake, teach them ways to get good quality out of the money they do have. 

 

Jen

Can I agree times 1000% !?! 

iCookiBake Posted 29 Apr 2013 , 11:11am
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Originally Posted by MeghanKelly 

I just get frustrated that they pass it off as just as good as a custom made cake from a bakery, which implies by suggestion that bakers who charge to make tiered cakes are ripping them off.  My wedding was also DIY- but I appreciate the effort of professionals.

THIS. They try to make it seem like what all of you amazing bakers do is just as easy as baking some cake, jamming it together with toothpicks, and slapping frosting and herbs on it. I think that's why everyone gets frustrated at articles like that.

(but c'mon you gotta admit, that cake does look pretty silly!)

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