I seen this recently somewhere on here where someone had posted their first cake to show their progress and it prompted me to go back and find one of our first decorated cakes and thought I'd start a thread to see who would all share their first cake and maybe a most recent one. This was our family's Easter cake last year and it was also our first real crack at a cake with colored icing and fondant work. I'll never forget the comment I got about the raw board how embarrassing I could have dug a hole right next to the bunmy and buried my head lol. So we are almost at our year mark since we made this cake and we've said so long to raw boards (had no idea what the meant a year ago lol) and continue to learn something new everyday. I love being a part of cake central and read a least a couple of posts daily just to learn something I didn't know before. Hope to see what everyone else shares :)
This is a great idea! Our first ever order was a Thanksgiving cake, the icing surprisingly turned out smooth and I was so proud of my pumpkins back then haha
Alright, not sure why my post turned out that way, but the cake above was my final Wilton class cake. I hated how short it was lol
The Thanksgiving cake I was referring to was this one:
I don't think I have a picture of my first one, they didn't have digital cameras that long ago ;)
http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/1795110/teddy-bear the teddy bear was my very first cake.
And this one my latest
I took back to back classes so I could make a cake for our local corvette club's Christmas party. I was so nervous but very proud of it. Actually it was my second cake, first one was for my daughters birthday a couple weeks prior.
This was one of my first cakes. I didn't know how to smooth a cake, do a decent border or plan a composed look.
This is one of my recent cakes. I hope you can see some growth over the past 3+ years...
Very interesting and so cool you all are sharing! Mine was a few years ago, when I was fed up with my "life without art" so bad, I HAD to do something creative to break from routine, and have an actual sense of accomplishment. You know, like, laundry - is never an accomplishment. Or house cleaning. And such. Things that are frustratingly always, there no matter how hard you worked on getting them done. So... I did not have sufficient time to "waste" on painting, or other large project... Hell, I still haven't put back together any of my art supplies, after part of our house was destroyed in a tornado incident 3 years ago.
But a cake, I thought, may give me a satisfaction of a project completion, and the craving for efforts acknowledgement. :-) So I did this one for my bff's birthday. Yeah, I made her3 years old. That kind of stuck, so now she is that every time )))
Sorry for the long back story. )))
And this is the last weekend's cake. I am not sure why this did not go in the original post
@costumeczar I seriously lol'd at that.
@SweetShop5 those pumpkins turned out cute!! How long ago was that?
@DormCat that's a tall order for a first cake!!
@Pastrybaglady your writing was fantastic!!
@LelekBolek that's funny about the 3 candles we had a similar candle funny happen with my son's birthday one year and we used that candle for other birthdays too as a joke.
I can can see everyone's growth from the first to the most recent it's amazing!!! Just shows we all start somewhere. Thanks for sharing everyone. So neat to see!! For some reason my second picture didn't post either but I'll post it now. This was one of our most recent cakes we did as a practice on sculpting. I have to give 100% credit to my husband he's the one who does the smoothing and sculpting and I do the finishing touches flowers letters etc I hope to see others share too!!
@Webake2gether That is a cutest bear!
I think I recall you had the same "thing" as I do, about doing "living humans body parts" cakes (I'm okay-ish with doing zombie, or other un-dead human parts :-)).
This is the kind of cute and sweet design I would offer instead a "belly bump" cake, or a baby shaped cake.
@SweetShop5 wow that's awesome you got started at 16 can't imagine what the next 3 years will bring for you!!
@LelekBolek yes you and I share the same "body part thing" lol. It just creeps me out and I'm not sure why but it just does. I have a few themes I won't take orders for bc I just can't do it lol. I will only do tasteful versions of zombie cakes if there is such a thing bc I think zombies aren't supposed to be tasteful?!?! Not saying that amazing zombie cakes haven't been done but I can't do gorey stuff. Commercials for scary movies give me nightmares haha so scary cakes are off the table for us :) unless my husband does all of it and I'm not present then maybe but I'm out!!!
i hope we get better over the next year. I think the most progress we've made is in knowledge and business so I'm looking forward to progressing in the execution of our cakes and overall work. I've jokingly said we've had beginners luck and that the hard work is only beginning.
I love these kinds of threads!!
the first cake was for my daughters 2nd birthday, and the second was for her 6th, the problem I have is each cake I do I feel needs to be better than the last!!! Lol
Fun thread! Thanks for starting it up @Webake2gether . It's fun to see how everyone has improved/grown with their skills. I would have to say though that everyone's first cakes look pretty good to me!
I can't remember what my first cake would be, some horribly iced one though I am sure! I was never great at piping and decorating with buttercream so when I discovered fondant it was a game changer for me :-)
I will share my first fondant covered cake, a Montreal Canadiens hockey jersey for my brother's 36th birthday (4 years ago this June). The stripes, number & lettering are done using sugar sheets. I didn't even use a cake board, just slapped the cake right in the container I was using to deliver it! lol
My most recent cake was BB-8 for my step son's 12th birthday.
For some reason BB-8 wouldn't load & I couldn't edit my post. Still seems to be some kinks every now & then. I'll try again.
I am totally blown away with the skill level of most of your 'first' cakes! Certainly not my 1st b ut early on in my decorating:
Couldn't get more on one picture per post so here is another one from my early decorating days: Though it says 2003 it was done back in about 1985 or so. Next I'll post one of my more recent ones - like one from just before I retiered.
Not exactly one of my last ones but a favorite of mine :) Everything hand made of sugar - all flowers, top vase and "S"s.
My very first decorated cake, a week before my first class in Jan 2014.
And my latest cake.
This was my very first cake ever..I was super proud of this believe it or not.
Oh I so wish I could show you my first cake I made as order. I was 14 and made it for my theatre croup . It was rich chocolate cake, with orange marmalade filling, it was thin layers both jam and dark chocolate ganache round and on top a small scene from the play we where doing, a tree and a starving man.. I remember the tree falling over and the head rolling of the man. But I was proud and everyone said it tasted good.
That was back in the days of analogue cameras. I know two people have picture of this cake but yeah they dont have scanners.
Can I show the last cake I made any way?
The Thomas cake for my son's second birthday. His first birthday cake was from a grocery store and was half frozen when we served it I decided after many hours of watching the food network that I could do something with fondant The Sephora cake is the last cake I made and the Bb8 cake is the last cake I made for one of my kids. Who knew 8 years after that horible Thomas cake that I would own a shop. Thank goodness for crappy grocery store cake....who knows what I would be doing now
All pictures are welcome @CatPoet So happy to see everyone participating and sharing!! What a neat story @hvanaalst I happened into baking by accident as well for my husbands nieces birthday. One thing lead to another and who knew we'd own a cake business a year later either. I figured since on of our first cakes was an Easter cake last year I'd share the Easter cake from this year.
I am proud of this cake, even if it isnt perfect. The sun made the kitchen so hot that the butter cream started melting with in 5 minutes. Piping was near impossible and we had use a tray of ice to keepo buttercream and tools to not be too hot use.
@CatPoet A tray of ice! Why didn't I think of that! I was pulling my bag in and out of the fridge. My sort of first cake is the only one in my gallery. I've only done one before it. It was my first time using ganache and making flowers. It was also rainy that weekend, so humid and hot. I usually just make drop cookies, box brownies, or lasagna. So any cake I do is a first for me. :)
And it didn't post the picture, I'll try again:
Of the 50 flowers I made, these where the only one that didnt melt , they looked really sad. It was minus outside but the sun hits that kitchen so it becomes a sauna, no heating needed at all in that house during spring month. Oh I forgot the inside picture.
None of the pix are showing for me. Not even the old ones posted weeks ago :(