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post #16 of 35
Hi there!
I got into doing cakes on October 23, 2002. It was my nephew's 1st birthday and my sister couldn't really afford a cake for his party...sooooo I said I'll do it you are doing Scooby Doo Right? So I bought a scooby pan and I followed the directions for it. I thought WOW I can finally do something ARTISTIC! My whole family can either paint, draw, cut hair you know something like that...but me NO ARTSY bone in my body, I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler! So anyway, I thought I can do this, I LOVE TO BAKE, love to try new things I can really do this. So Along came one of my neighbor's kids birthday and she asked me to do the cake. I said sure why not. I made the cake that Amber "Amegamom" was referring to and everyone was like Wow you can work at wal-mart! I was so pleased with myself that I talked and talked and finally talked Amber into taking the classes with me. I also was looking for something to help me pass the time (My husband was doing a year Remote in Korea). I look back at that cake now and I can't help but laugh and think how pathetic it looks. I knew nothing about cake decorating at the time and I see now that it shows. Thank God for Amber taking the class with me. I would have probably never taken them if she hadn't agreed to take them too! That is how I got into Decorating and have loved it ever since!
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post #17 of 35
One day I had decided that I was too attached to home and the family. I did nothing but family things. No going out with the girls, nothing. So I decided that I really needed to get some business. So, I was in Joann one day and saw the classes and I signed up. Been hooked ever since. It was a refreshing change. Now I have something that I really enjoy and it gives me a break from the family.
post #18 of 35
icon_biggrin.gif Hey Ya'll,,
I have really enjoyed reading all of your stories. I am like many of you, I played with cakes here and there and then came my kids birthdays.. & that was it.. I built my daughter a Castle with stacked 9 in square cakes and stared Sugar cones.. and it had a level issue.. but it was CUTE dern it! hahaha. & the Very 1st cake I had ever tried to Stack much less get my super Fluffy Icing to smooth on.. but it was fun and She Just Loved it. & I made my son a Race Track Which he loved so Much he started driving the cars on it before it was even time to cut it. So I warned all the guest that he had already driven cars on the cake they may or may not want to eat it. Guess what.. that didnt stop anyone from eating it. Good thing I do both partys at once..
The Castle was Huge.. & I did it! icon_lol.gif
So that is when I decided to take the courses. and loved them. & Wooo Hooo I am not paying all that money for cakes that aren't worth it.. & My Kids Love that I do it too. they like to play with the icing, I give them a board and let them decorate or try doing boarders, stars and anything else they want to try. but I always remind them that their bag & bowl has to stay away from Mine.. hahah.. I know they lick their fingers,, and I swear I saw my 8 yr old squeezing the icing straight into my 4 yr olds mouth..hahaha.. & Hey I can level the cakes now!!!!!! Yayyyyyyy! I really Love the fact too that I can do extra special cakes for my kids birthday cakes. icon_twisted.gif & the Kids love saying My Moma Made that!
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post #19 of 35
Oh, cool, I opened a thread like this on another forum.... I almost did the same here but you all beat me to it...

I started decorating cakes merely by accident... I searched for a lady to do a cake for me with the theme of the Big Comfy Couch, a TV show for children. No one could do it. I went miles to a lady someone referred me to that did delicious cakes... but she still couldn't do what I wanted. I just told her to do the colors of the theme and I would come up with the cake topper.

After that, I said, the heck with this.... icon_lol.gificon_cool.gif I am learning this art and doing all of my kids cakes from now on...

So I have been... I took two of the Wilton courses and sometimes people ask me to make them cakes, but I don't do it as a business.

I like it more than I thought I would. I am really stuck doing this and I like it. I love to see other's people design and see cake decorators working their magic...
Its always about cake!!
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post #20 of 35
uggghh I think it wants me to Say HI Again! hahaha..
Have a Great Day Everyone!
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post #21 of 35
I had never made a cake except in a pan and covered it with store frosting...BORING. When I had my first child....Kiza, I wanted to make a special cake other than a regular plain store bought cake. Her birthday theme was Elmo so I got a Elmo cake pan, baked it, decorated it and surprised myself how good it turned out. I got so many compliments on it! Every year for her birthday since I have made her cakes...Nemo for her second, and Cinderella this last year. I have started making cakes for other peoples celebrations, and even got paid for my first customer order a couple months ago. I just love the hard work and dedication it takes to make it just perfect...the outcome of a finished cake is the best! I take a million pictures and look at them all the time to see what I could have done differently. I love that each time I make a cake I start getting better and faster at doing it. My new venture coming up is wedding cakes. Wish me luck! I had twin boys in December so making cakes is my time to myself. It is a lot of work...but as KATE39 said...it's quiet time. I love making other people smile and happy with my creations. Thanks to you all I keep on learning more and more!
Mom of Kiza 8, and my twin bubs...Dylen and Luke 6!
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Mom of Kiza 8, and my twin bubs...Dylen and Luke 6!
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post #22 of 35
I have always wanted to learn to decorate cakes. My uncle is a baker and he always told us (my mom, sisters & I) that they were always looking for cake decorators in the bakeries where he worked, and they started at 16$/hr, so it would be a good job for us to get into, since we liked to bake and stuff.

My first decorated cake was the wilton teddy bear pan, and I used store bought icing, lol, and did the stars. It turned out ok, considering I had no clue what I was doing. I made it for my ds's 1st birthday. The next year I made the same cake, lol. The year after that, 2 years ago, I finally got around to taking the Wilton courses at my local Hobby Lobby store, 'cause I was determined I was going to know how to make my boys cool cakes for their b-days in Feb. I took course I in Jan, course II in Feb, and made the Thomas & Percy cakes (in my photos,) for my boys' b-days. I took course III in March, and the rest is history icon_smile.gif I am getting a few orders now, not nearly as many as I would like though. Hopefully it will pick up though.

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post #23 of 35
Great post!

For me it's something I've always wanted to do since I was a young girl. So I finally decided to do it. My friend took the classes and said they were so fun, and encouraged me to go too.
post #24 of 35
I started when my daughter was just a baby...she is almost 8 now! I always wanted her to have a special cake...and ended up doing her cakes myself. After I had my son...and being abandoned by my ex-husband...I decided to start up a little home business. It has been a lot of fun...and I get lots of practice!!!! My family has been really supportive of me...they even added a second kitchen to our house!!! Because my daughter was my inspiration...I added her name into my cake business..."Theme Cakes by Traci & Kasey." Last night we were online looking at pics of the barbie cakes that have the cake dress...I have to do one this weekend...my daughter saw a pink one and said, "That is really pretty...but we have do to a different one because they won't like the taste of fondant." She has learned a lot from watching me in the kitchen...someday I guess she will be doing cakes too!!! icon_smile.gif
traci
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post #25 of 35
I was fascinated by fondant and the way it looked. I researched online....saved my favorite cake photos and took a trip to a cake supply store. About $300 later I am armed and ready to decorate!!! I have found my niche. My bookshelves are jammed with books on every kind of craft you can think of that is done by hand including jewelry making, painting, mosaics, glass painting, stained glass....I've done it all....God blessed me with these hands and I need to use them for good! What's better than a cake????
post #26 of 35
I have been in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. I used to go to my grandmother's house and she would let me play with her kitchen gadgets and I would imagine I had my own cooking TV show. Between her and my mother, they taught me how to make all sorts of sweets and treats. I even still remember the first dessert I made: a Chocolate Souffle! Cake was a huge part of any occasion growing up, I can remember my mom's friend doing cake decorating, and she made me a First day of Kindergarten cake and my 5th birthday cake (Strawberry Shortcake)!
I have always been fascinated with the incredible things people do with simple things found in the kitchen. At Christmas '03, I received the Wilton Course I kit and the Wilton Decorating Cakes book from my BF's mom. I started making cakes for family and friends' birthdays, nothing too much. At Christmas '04, I got the bestest gift of all--a KA stand mixer! That sent me into high gear making cakes! I've taken the Course I class, but they haven't offered Course II for me to take yet. I would love to do this for a living, even though I still have a hard time charging people!!
post #27 of 35
I thought I was signing up for heavy engine repair.
post #28 of 35
After my pattisier training, here in Germany, I quit the job, because it wasn´t that "creative" as I thought. And then, now 13 years ago, my british girl-friend came to me and ask me to do wedding-cake (but please english not german icon_eek.gif ). As I havn´t heard of fondant, gum-paste, more colors then blue, green, red and yellow, she brought books from Uk and as I looked to this pages, it was like beeing in heaven - creative cake decoration. Ok her cake was decorated with fresh flowers, as I couldn´t manage to do any gum-paste, but it was covered in fondant and looked so much better, then all the cakes I´ve seen during my training. So after her wedding I took several courses in the Uk and started my business now 12 years ago. I still have problems getting all the stuff needed over here, but lucky me, there is online-shoping and a good postel service icon_biggrin.gif
Best wishes Tuggy

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post #29 of 35
Here is my story. My son wanted a sponge bob cake for his birthday (i don't even thing he ever saw the cartoon but he had the toy anyways) i went to the local grocery stores and they didn't have anything i seen that was worth what they were asking for price. so i went to walmart got a pan and the witon yearbook and that was that. And now that i am on the CC web site ALL THE TIME i found it to be somehing that i really enjoy to do.
post #30 of 35
It is great to see everyones stories.

To start with I use to decorate cakes with my aunt. She use to do my uncles cakes (One uncle is only 4 years older than me) I actually decorated one of his HS graduation cakes (I was so proud! everyone liked it.)

I thought after I graduated HS that I wanted to go to school to become a pastry chef. So I started working in a bakery b/c I wasn't ready to actually go to school yet. I started with Donuts, went to packaging and stocking the shelves then to baking. I had expressed an intrest in decorating cakes, however at the time there wasn't time to teach me properly. However one weekend our main decorater's MIL passed away and she went out of town. Our other decorater's we unavailable also. So I got about a 2 hr introduction to decorating cakes. I was taught base icing, a few different borders, and roses. And then I had another decorater with me for about another 6 hrs while we worked on orders together. Then I was on my own. It wasn't exactly the ideal way to learn... expecially in a grocery store setting. However it was a great start and it got me hooked.

5 years later I no longer work in a bakery after a career change, so I do cakes at home. It was quite an adjustment going from a bakery with most of the equipment I could want to having little at home and buying everything icon_sad.gif I always enjoyed baking everything growing up. Expecially breads, cookies, and cakes.

Every year I also try a new candy. Candies are something I like and want to learn so this is my way of getting to try new things. My family and my BF's family enjoy it for sure. They like trying something new every year. And then I have found a few things now that I have to make every year, Peanut Butter fudge is one, they just can't get enough of it.
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