Professional Critique

Decorating By jhines142 Updated 14 Jul 2013 , 12:48pm by SystemMod2

jhines142 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 2:21am
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AHello everyone. My name is Jason. I just started decorating at my local grocery store, and I have about 4 months of industry experience. I want to get better and expand my skills. Attached are a few of my cakes I did. I'm looking for professional criticism of my work. I went to art school so I can take the heat :)[IMG][IMG][IMG][/IMG][/IMG][/IMG]

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MimiFix Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 2:41am
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Welcome, Jason. Artists make the best decorators!

jhines142 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 2:44am
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AYes they do :)

MaurorLess67 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 4:25am
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AHi Jason- Welcome to Cake Central-- it is the best-- anything you need, it is probably here and if it isn't one of our fellow cakers will steer you in the right direction- everyone is so nice, helpful, generous and encouraging!

There was a thread going for Peer Review- not sure if it s still going- hopefully someone can "sticky" it or maybe the moderators can make a section just for that purpose-

I am not a professional cake maker/designer but have been hobby decorating for about 2 years-- here are my honest thoughts-

The sheet cake- Cow Jumping Over the Moon- wow!!!!! What an excellent job!! Sheet cakes are not always easy to get the "wow" factor from- that takes talent-- you definitely have talent!

The "80's" inspired cake- ( thats what it reminded me of-ha) is unique--one of the first things that caught my eye was the cake drum-- for a more professional, finished look- a thicker- covered (fondant ( the best way) scrap paper- or the similar) would have kicked up the level. I couldn't get the best idea about your top edges and sides- but the top edge looked a little rounded to me- I prefer shaper edges- (the upside- down technique created and shared by Jeff Arnett- is life changing!!-- if you aren't familiar- Jeff posted a tutorial on Cake Central) . Besides those two very minor things- I think its very well done!!!

The Minion ( I think that is what they are called) is excellent as well!!! Really well done!!

If this is what you are doing after only 4 months- I can't even imagine how good you will be next year!!!

Thanks for sharing your work-- you definitely have some natural talent!!


icewitch Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 5:34am
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I had been wondering how to put pictures up as well since I am fairly new to the site too. I put them in an album on my profile but don't know how to post them on a thread or in the gallery......I am sooo not tech savvy. I can save your life but can't run the tv if that gives you some indication lol. I love to see everyone elses creations. Jason, my friend would love Love LOVE the minion:)

Sweet_Cakes Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 11:05am
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Very nice work! I love them all!


(Just so  you know, the first words out of my mouth when I saw the first cake was HOLY CRAP!

BatterUpCake Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 1:09pm
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I love the cow/moon cake. The only thing I would have done differently is make the moon a tad smaller so your shell border was consistent all the way around.

dede57 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 7:42pm
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Love them all.  You are very talented!

Carrie789 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 8:35pm
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As someone who has been actively trying to improve her skills, these are the things I have found helpful:

    1.  Look at the new cakes on CC every day. You will soon learn what skillful decorating looks like and  what you would like to emulate.

    2.  Watch every tutorial you can find. There are excellent ones on CC. Do a search for them. In several threads members have posted links to their favorite outside tutorials. Google for other tutorials. There are lots of them. You can do a Youtube search, too. Don't limit your search to  English speaking tutorials. Some of my favorites are in Spanish and Italian. You don't need the audio to benefit from the video demonstrations. For written foreign language tutorials, there are translators you can add to your browser. All the tutorials and the translators are free.

    3. Practice a lot, and each time you do a new practice cake, make the design just a little more difficult than you think you can handle. Challenging yourself is the best way to get better.

Good luck!

ellavanilla Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 10:14pm
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great job!


i think the gold cake round is fine, you just weren't able to clean it well. just a tip, when you're doing the drizzle, put your cake on a rack or over parchment or something else so that the drizzle runs off, then put it on the presentation board. this means using two boards, one, the exact size of the cake and one a little larger. connect them with a little frosting for your glue. 

jhines142 Posted 13 Jul 2013 , 2:39am
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AYeah I know need to workmen a few things. Believe it or not the man in the moon one was hand piped with whipped icing. The other cakes were done in buttercream icing

cakeyouverymuch Posted 13 Jul 2013 , 3:50am
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The peer review thread is here:

lunawhisper0013 Posted 13 Jul 2013 , 5:01pm
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AAnyone who can rock the buttercream/whipped icing definately gets my attention. I started in a grocery store an it is primarily what I use. You have a good sense of composition and a pretty steady hand. It will only get better. If this is what you are doing after 4 months, I can't wait to see what you can do in a year or two. Best of luck!

jhines142 Posted 13 Jul 2013 , 7:51pm
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kakeladi Posted 13 Jul 2013 , 8:56pm
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You are doing *very* nice work.  I love this one :)

lunawhisper0013 Posted 13 Jul 2013 , 9:01pm
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AI love the colors but then again, I am bias. The cake is perfectly lovely supermarket quality. One thing I would suggest (and I have been given this advice myself) is to be mindful of the background when you are taking pics. Take it to a clean area and do your pics where you can better showcase the cake. I know decorators often work in chaos (me too) but you never know: someone may want to hire you at a custom shop and you wouldn't want them looking at your pics and think 'hey, this guy does good work but he's really messy'. Keep up the good work. I wish I had more talented decorators at my store.

jhines142 Posted 14 Jul 2013 , 10:56am
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A[IMG][/IMG]Here is a cookie cake I did for the Cincinnati reds opening day, for a customer. And no I did not have any reference. It's Mr. Red incase no-one knows lol.

SystemMod2 Posted 14 Jul 2013 , 12:48pm
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AJhines, please upload your photos to the photo gallery. You can enter a description, and ask for professional critiques as well. All new photos rotate on the front page the day they are posted.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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