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post #136 of 23161
I have to agree with everybody else, sasporella! Your cakes are fantastic! I really understand how you feel. Sometimes I feel like that too! icon_smile.gif
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post #137 of 23161
Sabz your cakes look great! I wish I could do even anything with buttercream beyong cupcakes. Don't be so hard on yourself!!!! thumbs_up.gif
post #138 of 23161
Thanks for the comments on my mickey mouse cake......I told everyone about the crack, everyone said they wouldnt of really taken any notice if I hadnt pointed it out, I have a problem accepting that my work is any good thouigh so I tend to point out all the flaws of stuff before anyone else notices....guess I need to stop doing that, maybe once Im a bit more confident in my work thumbs_up.gif

Im going to buy coloured icing in future, sooo much easier, I HATE colouring my own, unless its the tiniest amount! Its more expensive to buy coloured though but suppose the little extra it is saves on hours of kneeding icon_biggrin.gif . I have a cake to do for a firends little girls first birthday though in 2 weeks, I think I will try the Covapaste for it, do you all buy it online for cheaper prices? (P.s Does anyone have any tips on how to cover a number 1, I found it so hard when I did the number 2 getting the icing in to the "bends" as it all started cracking!

I so Agree about the asda cakes as well. Everyone says my cakes are just gorgeous and what secret recepie do I use, how did I learn to bake like that etc etc they also RAVED about how good my cupcakes were but I like most of you use simple victoria sponge or a maderia recepie if i'm making one to scupt but I think its because they are so used to the rubbish dry tasteless mass produced Asda/Tesco etc ones!!

Oh and I think EVERYONE in this threads cakes are awsome, every single one of you, so can you all please give yoursleves a pat on the back as you are all brilliant in my eyes!
post #139 of 23161
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Originally Posted by olsjhs

Thanks for the comments on my mickey mouse cake......I told everyone about the crack, everyone said they wouldnt of really taken any notice if I hadnt pointed it out, I have a problem accepting that my work is any good thouigh so I tend to point out all the flaws of stuff before anyone else notices....guess I need to stop doing that, maybe once Im a bit more confident in my work thumbs_up.gif

Im going to buy coloured icing in future, sooo much easier, I HATE colouring my own, unless its the tiniest amount! Its more expensive to buy coloured though but suppose the little extra it is saves on hours of kneeding icon_biggrin.gif . I have a cake to do for a firends little girls first birthday though in 2 weeks, I think I will try the Covapaste for it, do you all buy it online for cheaper prices? (P.s Does anyone have any tips on how to cover a number 1, I found it so hard when I did the number 2 getting the icing in to the "bends" as it all started cracking!



I need to stop pointing out my flaws too! We probably all do it!

Covapaste is my favourite too, I'm lucky I can buy it in bulk from a shop close to my parents house so when I visit I stock up, Sugarshack sell it and if you spend over £40 with them (not hard!) then postage is free.

olsjhs I quite often buy small packs of the darker colours and mix them with white to make pastel colours, for example a small amount of the regalice bottle green mixed with white gives a really pretty pale green, you still have to knead a bit but much much less than if you added paste colour, so it works out cheaper than buying packs and packs of ready coloured.

I also just had to share this shop that I found yesterday, I haven't ordered from them yet, I'll do it later on today but their stuff looks amazing - has anyone used them?

http://www.littlecupcakeboxes.co.uk/index.htm

Sara
post #140 of 23161
Olsjhs, I buy my Cova paste from my local cake decorating shop. They have 5kg fro £13.50. I just checked Almond Art and they sell it for £14.80 and you also can buy 2.5kg for £7.85. Here is the link,

http://www.almondart.com/acatalog/White_and_Ivory.html

And I also checked Sugarshack and they sell the 5kg for £15.

I have done two No1 cakes and its in my photos. I rolled a big piece of sugarpaste and cover the whole cake and then tucked into the "bends". The other thing you can do is, measure around the cake, roll some sugarpaste and cut a strip to the mearsurements you took and cover around the cake first. Then roll another piece of sugarpaste and cover the top and cut the excess off with a sharp knife. To cover the seam, you can use a crimper or claygun to make a rope and go over the seam. Hope this makes sence!!!! icon_smile.gif
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post #141 of 23161
sasporella don't know what confidence you are talking about,your cakes are amazing,if you don't have the confidence now you will never have,i think you need to go back and check your gallery and compare to others.You have done cakes i haven't dared to do out of fear.I think you are great and don't need more bl$$$dy experience,charge what they are worth girl,you are good. thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif
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post #142 of 23161
newsums you also deserve to be slapped back to reality like sasporella, what exactly are you feeling sick to your stomach for.I always feel empty and like crying when a cake leaves my house,i'm like "NOOOOO DON'T GOOOO",come back to mummy. I don't even know where to start with your cakes,is it the Ben 10 or spiderman or that R2 robot thingy that looks alive and ready to take over the world.Well i know if i had the talent you girls have i'll be sooo happy.Your work is great.
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post #143 of 23161
bashini, I'm absolutely hopeless drawing! I don't have a claygun, but I downsized the template and made about 8 tiaras to fit cupcakes. But needless to say, I broke them all! I gave it another go and this time done 2 on clingfilm (read somewhere 'saranwrap' is better when working with tiaras). I'm gonna leave those for the whole day and see how they turn out tomorrow. Don't think I'll be doing them for that event, but just for trial.

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Originally Posted by eilidh

Sabz your cakes look great! I wish I could do even anything with buttercream beyong cupcakes. Don't be so hard on yourself!!!! thumbs_up.gif


eilidh, you're too kind! But I do aspire to be like the rest of you some day!
post #144 of 23161
Sabz, did you make them with Royal Icing? Have you tried using flower paste? I found this step-bystep on Sharon's (Sugarshack) blog. Just another idea! icon_smile.gif

Edited to add the link for the step-by-step!

http://sugaredblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/making-gumpaste-crown.html

Sorry about that ladies. icon_redface.gif
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post #145 of 23161
I too am a Yorkshire lass and live near Dewsbury ( not far from Wakefield).

Hi Sasporella

I'm not far from you, I'm in Bailiff Bridge near Brighouse. Your cakes are amazing and I love your name. You really should charge so much more and that's coming from the competition icon_biggrin.gif

Where do you get your supplies from? The shops round here are few and far between but I use the one in Heckmondwike mainly.

Claire
post #146 of 23161
Thankyou for the lovely comments, you all have certainly given me a much needed confidence boost. I have looked at all of your cakes and you are all very talented people and your cakes are fantastic thumbs_up.gif

I have just changed from supermarkets own brand icing to ready coloured regalice. It is more expensive but it seems to go on the cake a lot easier and also smooths out easier too. I was having issues with the other icing seeming to be quite dry, especially if i was colouring it green (for some reason green seems to dry the icing out more than other colours) i don't know if anyone else has noticed that.

Someone mentioned on an earlier post about larger wedding cake boxes for tiered cakes, well at my local cake decorating shop they sell cake box extenders in different sizes. These basically fit inside a cake box to extend the height of the original box so you can fit a tiered cake or a cake with a figure on top inside it. I have just measured the cake box extender and it is 14" high. So if you can't find taller boxes maybe something like this could be an option for you.
post #147 of 23161
Thanks JustDarling and hello. I also get my supplies from Heckmondwike as it is the nearest one to me. I think there may be a supply shop in osset somewhere but i have never been so i'm not sure where it is. Apart from heckmondwike i sometimes shop on the internet but once postage is added on it can be expensive, i usually check out ebay to see if i can bag myself a bargain (for books,new cutters and moulds any way).
post #148 of 23161
solascakes thanks for the kick up the behind or should that be the slap back to reality - lol
I think it comes from being self taught, still can't believe that people want me to make cakes for them.

I'm just like you when saying good bye to cakes, almost cried the first few times, how sad is that - lol x
post #149 of 23161
Hello,

Was hoping some of you could help me. I have been asked with a week's notice to do a Zippy (from rainbow) cake for a 40th birthday cake, there is only one on CC and not sure if it "enough" Zippy for the person ie it is just one little figure....any ideas much appreciated...I will be doing it in fondant.

Eilidh
post #150 of 23161
Hi, i don't know if it would work or not but could you do a cake like the elmo cakes on here but just change the face to be zippy. I think they may be near enough the same shape. Other than that i don't know but maybe someone else will know.
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