Critique Me Please!

Decorating By lauralou2007 Updated 24 Nov 2014 , 12:49am by lauralou2007

lauralou2007 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 3:03am
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AI just started trying my hand at decorating cakes; I would love honest suggestions on this to see if I should keep trying at this. My friends and family always are so supportive and tell me it looks great, but I want to really know what people think. Thanks in advance! [IMG][/IMG]

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cazza1 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 3:09am
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It is an attractive, fun cake.  I would suggest that you practise your buttercream smoothing skills when applying it to the sides of your cake.  When you get this smooth you will have a lot more minimalistic options on how you decorate your cake.  Another suggestion would be to pipe a body in between your butterfly wings.  Keep practicing and enjoy.

MBalaska Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:16am
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What icing recipe are you using?

lauralou2007 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:23am
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A1c Crisco 2tsp vanilla 1 bag powdered sugar 1/2 c milk

Naivohw Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:26am
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As you get more advanced, you can work on your writing. Not that it is bad now, but you can work on adding flourishes to make it fancier. I used to practice at home on a small white board. Are your butterflies fondant? They look like they are molded out of something.

lauralou2007 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:37am
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AI think today was the third time I've ever wrote with icing, I thought it would be easier since in "real life" I have nice handwriting. I told my husband I definitely need to practice that. I agree, I want to make it nicer looking! I bought the butterflies from Walmart.

lauralou2007 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:39am
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AGrass was harder than I thought, any tips on making it more realistic? Or does that look okay?

Norasmom Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:42am
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It's a cute cake.  I agree the buttercream could be made smoother, but that will come with time.  if you want to try baking for people, you can keep it simple by practicing on friends, family and friends of friends and family.  Easy enough to legalize your kitchen if allowed in your county.  You will know if the business is for your or not if you start small.  I did it this way and I am so glad I stayed small…my day job is far more fun!

doramoreno62 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 11:08am
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For the grass, I would make shorter "pulls", not long spaghetti-like strands.

For a more professional look, Invest in a set of tappit letters if your writing is not up to par.

And definitely work on your buttercream smoothing skills.

The cake is not bad at all!

julia1812 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 2:46pm
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AAre you kidding me? You just started?!? Your cake looks awesome

lauralou2007 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:15pm
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AThis is the first cake I've made like this :) I did a 3 tiered wedding cake that was very plain back in August for a friend ( first 3 tiered cake I've ever made and it was a wedding cake!) i spent months researching online tips/tricks. I put simple rosettes all over it. That was a learning experience lol. Besides baking simple cakes like what my grandmother taught me (no real decorating), yes, I've just started. I wanted to try it so I did it! Thank you all so much for the support.

lauralou2007 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:18pm
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lauralou2007 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 4:22pm
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AOh! And no, the figurines are plastic I bought from a store. I've never tried anything with modeling chocolate or fondant yet.

Natka81 Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 6:45pm
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@lauralou2007 , I am new to cake decorating just like you.

I would recommend this book.

It teaches a little color theory and choosing your color palette and choosing color theme for your cakes. 

Also has 50 projects that you can practice.

I have this book and wasn`t sorry a bit that I spend money on it.


Also looks like people want "less is more" style right now.


When I see dark colored buttercream cakes. I always think if people eat dark colored icing or just scrape it off and leave it at  their plate.

 My hand writing is neat but not when it comes to do it with icing so, I am using tappit letter cutters.

DeniseNH Posted 23 Nov 2014 , 8:31pm
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A really great job for your first.  I agree with others, make your grass shorter and heat your offset spatula under really hot running water then shake it out once quickly then smooth the side icing.  Repeat for each area.  As for the writing, do what we all do, and stamp out each letter (extra thin gumpaste) for a really pro look.  Wonderful job!


lauralou2007 Posted 24 Nov 2014 , 12:49am
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AThank you for all the tips guys!!

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