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post #1 of 20
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hi everyone, about 4 months ago, I was ready to start taking orders and finally making some money doing cakes. But the last few that I have done seem to trouble me. I am having a hard time smoothing the frosting and sticking my finger through the fondant on my first wedding cake (I will attach a photo)

so tell me have you been ready to take orders, then re-think that your not really ready.

after the last b-day cake I did, I got four calls inquiring about cakes, I stated that I am not taking new orders for the next few weeks.
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~Gwen
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~Gwen
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post #2 of 20
I'm having the same problem, things going great until I'm ready to jump in, then start having issues. My first wedding cake is in a month, so i've been practicing every weekend, just hoping it pays off.
Also, I look at the pictures on here from other people and feel like I'm way out of my league, but I'm just gonna keep forging ahead and see where I end up.

Good Luck and keep your chin up.
post #3 of 20
Id say go for it your cakes look good enough to me.
The one thing about decorating is we see all our flaws and question ourselves but no one else seems to notice the more cakes you do the better youll be at it. Got to start some where.
post #4 of 20
I agree completly..we see all the flaws that others don't see! Also, as you take orders, you will learn new techniques that you just don't learn when you are just making a cake now and then.

also, there is nothing like seeing people smile when they see your cakes, I have had a few cakes where I thought man, the cusotmer is gonna hate this and they LOVED it!

And you will never know until you just jump in!!!
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post #5 of 20
Absolutely.. They're right.. I actually made that exact comment somewhere else on the forum- about how we all see things that no one else sees, just cause we have a different eye than they. They see something that they could never have done and they don't see your mind's eye. That makes a big difference.
I have not had the courage to start my business yet for this reason- feeling like i'll get in way over my head and people will be ordering stuff that I can't fulfill. Or when I try, not being satisfied. It makes you vulnerable. You just have to bite your own bullet and keep on keepin on, and like cakesondemand said- the more you do the better you'll be.
And practice in the mean time! (I'm sure you do, but it has to be said icon_smile.gif)
You'll be ok icon_smile.gif It's juse part of the business icon_smile.gif
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post #6 of 20
Your cakes look terrific! I say "hold your breath & jump right in." I'm REALLY new to decorating, but starting my own business anyway. What keeps me from totally freaking out is remembering who I'm really competing with: not the incredible people on this website (whose ideas I need like I need oxygen), but the local grocery & discount stores. Now I KNOW I can do better than Costco - if only because I'll custom design every cake instead of making a cookie-cutter, same-old, same-old kind of thing. I'm not doing wedding cakes for a while, though - that still scares the heck out of me. It just seems that a wedding cake needs to be absolutely perfect since it's (hopefully!) a one-time only thing. Of course, I can't remember what my own wedding cake even looked like, so maybe I'm overstating things . . . In any event, GO FOR IT! You're definitely your own worst critic.
Life itself is the proper binge - Julia Child
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Life itself is the proper binge - Julia Child
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post #7 of 20
I've lost my confidence, I just re bought a usb cord so I can now post my pictures, but please believe me when I do you'll see why I have no confidence. My first two wedding cakes were decent, my third and fourth were diasters. I did both in square pans and for some reason they looked a mess. My first square pan cake I couldn't get the corners smooth, then my last cake I did was for my cousin's wedding and I ended up giving it to them for free. I worked soo hard, but the cake was lopsided and I couldn't get the icing real smooth. Sometimes I get soo upset and say I'm selling all my stuff on ebay-I quit.
post #8 of 20
Missmelbox, please don't give up! Like others have said, you WILL get better with practice and experience. I am having the same problem with my decorated cookies. But I am going to keep at it because I get so much advice and encouragment from these boards. You can too!!
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone! sorry for the late response but I had an emergency out of town, everything turned out ok!

I think I am going to stick with family cakes for a while, maybe when school starts I will start sells. I have a REALLY small house and it is hard to decorate when you have two big wheels running over your toes every 35 seconds! icon_wink.gif
~Gwen
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~Gwen
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post #10 of 20
Don't give up! Strive for the best and prepare for the worse. That is my motto.
Everyone experiences difficulties. Everyone!

Just relax...and start enjoying the creative process. You'll hit your stride again in no time!
post #11 of 20
Gapger- we all go through those down swings. I was ready to throw in the towel a week ago, and again when I was working on a new kind of icing and my gumpaste creations were breaking!!! Just remember we all go through this - and people are asking for your cakes because they've seen what you do and LIKE your work!!! Keep at it!!
"My friends are my estate."
Emily Dickinson
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"My friends are my estate."
Emily Dickinson
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post #12 of 20
I think it has to do with being a perfectionist. Everytime a client picks up a cake and tells me how great it is, I find myself telling him/her all the things I did wrong and how something could be better. I can't seem to stop myself. I have been decorating cakes for almost 20 years and I still get overwhelmed when someone asks me for something new. I decided when I first began taking cakes orders that I would not do weddings, because of the time involved on weekends, time taken away from my family. But now that my son is going to college, and I will have an abundance of free time. So, in the past year, I have purchased wedding cake pans and stands and stuff so I can now do weddings. And after saying no for 20 years, I have to tell each and every client "yes, now I will do wedding cakes." But I am scared to death someone will order a wedding cake. Isn't that just silly? icon_eek.gif
Anna (105 lbs lost since June 1, 2009)
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Anna (105 lbs lost since June 1, 2009)
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post #13 of 20
I hope you don't quit, either one of you. Just take a look at the "post your worst cake" thread. We all have cakes that we wish we didn't. Practice, practice, makes all the difference. And a good pat on the back here at CC is worth its weight in gold. Hang in there and be patience it will come like all good things it just takes a while.
post #14 of 20
You should look at Martha's first books. Her basket weave was way off. Kinda like mine! It is really not a good idea to compare yourself to others. It's O.K. to copy and learn. But to compare can be pretty destructive. It is the road to the loss of objectivity and that can quelch your creative juices. So just keep going and learning and yearning to do your best. Going to other cake sites help too so you can see all levels of acheivement. Some great and many more like Martha's first published cakes.
post #15 of 20
Don't give up!!! Your cakes are so beautiful!!! The key is to practice and practice!! I even practice some cakes when doing a simple dessert for my family, and my kids love the practice cakes!!! Sometimes I'm not pleased, but that's why I keep practicing!! I know that some people are better than me (actually a lot of people) but hey, that's not a reason not to go on with that!!! Practice makes perfect!! don't give up!!!! we're here for you!!!

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