OK...well I'm probably going to say some 'jr high' dissing comments. That cake was embarrassing and should have been on Cakewrecks! I feel for the photographer who tried their best to put a good visual spin on an awful project. Poor construction, bulging, smeared buttercream showing behind the bling...obvious seams...well the list goes on and on! I say the bride got what she paid for and I for one am glad she did!
This is slightly off-topic, but it's a perfect example of a couple of things. First the bride who thinks anyone who decorates cakes can produce an identical work of cake art for a cheap, cheap price. And second...the 'decorator' who probably has never done a wedding cake, has limited skill set, and who agrees to take on the project. THESE are similar to many of the CC 'newbies' I see posting on here who have no idea of what something like this entails and yet take on the job, come to this website and expect to see all kinds of rah-rah encouragement (which they get) and then produce a disaster like the one posted.
I love CC for the help I've received over the years...I've learned a TON from the many talented decorators who offer their insight and expertise. But I've also learned that just saying you want to produce a wedding cake does NOT mean you're ready to do it. I guess that's why it irritates me when I see so many 'you can do its!' given to those who have serious issues...like zero experience and lack of skill!!
Everyone has to start somewhere, true...but before I'd take on such an important cake, I'd make damn sure I had the basics down and just have to ask about new techniques and how best to approach a different structure and not expect to produce a miracle just because I want one. Encouragement is all well and good but sometimes I think when everyone jumps on the 'rainbows-and-puppy-dogs' bandwagon, it does a disservice to a bride who thinks she's going to get a Ron Ben Isreal cake for a Walmart price..and the no-clue decorator who thinks they can produce one.
So there! I'm the meanie who will tell someone if I think they need to question their decision to go forward with a cake that may be beyond their skill. This cake was beyond that decorators skill and guess who was stuck with the result? Brides beware...and decorators speak out!