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post #226 of 761

Finished a cake today for my sons 2nd birthday. Would love to hear some feedback. There are a few areas that I see lumps and bumps but overall I was happy with the way it turned out considering the size and very difficult shape of the cake. Thank you in advance!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3005824/a/3349086/made-this-dragon-from-doc-mcstuffins-for-my-sons-2nd-birthday-he-stands-23-from-his-toe-to-the-tip-of-his-antanea-he-was-a-big-challange-but-i-am-happy-with-the-result-and-my-son-loved-him/

post #227 of 761

This is awesome! I've always critiqued my own work and had my peers tell me i'm too hard on myself.. this would be great to get some real feedback! Thanks... Could you please give me some feed back on these cakes?

 

This one was first go at MMF...

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3005802/a/3349066/bottom-cake-is-french-vanilla-with-chocolate-ganache-and-red-raspberry-filling-top-cake-is-cherry-chip-with-buttercream-filling-cakes-are-covered-with-mmf-flowers-are-made-from-store-bought-fondant/#order=1&albumId=3349066&nextId=3005803&prevId=false&imageId=3005802&imageESOId=8374715&fullUrl=%2Fg%2Fi%2F3005802%2Fa%2F3349066%2Fbottom-cake-is-french-vanilla-with-chocolate-ganache-and-red-raspberry-filling-top-cake-is-cherry-chip-with-buttercream-filling-cakes-are-covered-with-mmf-flowers-are-made-from-store-bought-fondant%2F%2F&fullSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F6%2F65%2F900x900px-LL-653a03c7_002.jpeg&thumbSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F6%2F65%2F50x50px-ZC-653a03c7_002.jpeg&description=Bottom+cake+is+French+Vanilla+with+chocolate+ganache+and+red+raspberry+filling.+Top+cake+is+Cherry+Chip+with+buttercream+filling.+Cakes+are+covered+with+MMF.+Flowers+are+made+from+store+bought+fondant.&original=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F6%2F65%2F653a03c7_002.jpeg&setName=&urlSlug=bottom-cake-is-french-vanilla-with-chocolate-ganache-and-red-raspberry-filling-top-cake-is-cherry-chip-with-buttercream-filling-cakes-are-covered-with-mmf-flowers-are-made-from-store-bought-fondant

 

This one I know the nose is painted on a bit crooked but overall i dont think it turned out too bad...

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2994776/a/3342658/head-is-out-of-rkt-covered-in-fondant-and-hand-painted-antlers-are-gum-paste-cake-is-airbrushed-fondant-with-hand-painted-trees/#order=1&albumId=3342658&nextId=false&prevId=false&imageId=2994776&imageESOId=8284151&fullUrl=%2Fg%2Fi%2F2994776%2Fa%2F3342658%2Fhead-is-out-of-rkt-covered-in-fondant-and-hand-painted-antlers-are-gum-paste-cake-is-airbrushed-fondant-with-hand-painted-trees%2F%2F&fullSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F1%2F11%2F900x900px-LL-1146c9ae_005.jpeg&thumbSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F1%2F11%2F50x50px-ZC-1146c9ae_005.jpeg&description=head+is+out+of+rkt+covered+in+fondant+and+hand+painted.+antlers+are+gum+paste.+cake+is+airbrushed+fondant+with+hand+painted+trees.&original=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F1%2F11%2F1146c9ae_005.jpeg&setName=&urlSlug=head-is-out-of-rkt-covered-in-fondant-and-hand-painted-antlers-are-gum-paste-cake-is-airbrushed-fondant-with-hand-painted-trees

 

Thanks in advance!!!

post #228 of 761

Hi all!

 

I've learnt so much from this thread - the comments for my cake and for others' cakes as well...  Really great!

 

The 2nd one from me. Please let me know what you think of this one:

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3000249/this-is-my-entry-into-a-local-cake-show-i-entered-in-hobbist-division-and-won-the-first-place/#order=120&albumId=84&nextId=3000250&prevId=false&imageId=3000249&imageESOId=8327382&fullUrl=%2Fg%2Fi%2F3000249%2Fthis-is-my-entry-into-a-local-cake-show-i-entered-in-hobbist-division-and-won-the-first-place%2F%2F&fullSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F7%2F70%2F900x900px-LL-70874ad8_DSC_3368-.jpeg&thumbSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F7%2F70%2F50x50px-ZC-70874ad8_DSC_3368-.jpeg&description=This+is+my+entry+into+a+local+cake+show.+I+entered+in+hobbist+division+and+won+the+first+place.&original=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cakecentral.com%2F7%2F70%2F70874ad8_DSC_3368-.jpeg&setName=Rose+and+Ruffles+Wedding+cake&urlSlug=this-is-my-entry-into-a-local-cake-show-i-entered-in-hobbist-division-and-won-the-first-place

 

This is my entry into a local cake show. I entered in the hobbyist division and won the first place ....  I've heard lots of compliments from ppl. But I'd really love to hear some critiques! Anything I could improve on...

 

The only thing I got so far is that I should have used a thick cake drum, and have it covered by fondant, which is the standard way for wedding cake presentation. Please, any critiques/suggestions/comments other than that... I would welcome it!

 

thank you all.

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post #230 of 761

Made this cake after watching Maggie Austin's Craftsy class on ombre frills and cabbage roses.

I made this after watching a craftsy class.  It will be interesting to see if you all pick the same problems with it that I did or if you will come up with new ones. Thanks. Oh, by the way, the cake is not lopsided.  It must have been the way I took the photo.

post #231 of 761

Sorry mucked that up.  Here is the link.

http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3349248/mothers-day/

post #232 of 761

Would love to join .. I am a hobby baker and just recently taking it a little more seriously ... have a LOT to learn and I hope this will help make me better. This is a cake I made for mothers day. My 1st topsy turvy and my 3rd MMF ...would love your feedback. http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3006429/a/3349447/lemon-cake-with-white-chocolate-filling-with-whipped-buttercream-covered-and-accented-in-mmf-my-first-topsy-turvy-cake-tfl/sort/display_order/

post #233 of 761
Thread Starter 

Hi all!  So glad this is still going!  I've been really busy so I'm trying to backtrack and critique.  If I don't that's because I have nothing to add.  

post #234 of 761

I have a question relevant to this thread.  Does marshmallow fondant tend to be less smooth than normal fondant or is this just a measure of practice?

post #235 of 761
Thread Starter 

Personally, although MMF is easy and cheap to make, I actually think it takes a lot more skill to use and get a professional finish.  I frequently look at photos and tell when someone is using it because it's - I don't know how else to put this - but ripply and saggy looking.  Don't get me wrong, lots of high profile cake people use MMF, but they had to practice a LOT to make it look as flawless as they are able to get it.

post #236 of 761

I think its because they don't put enough shortening into it and don't knead it enough.

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post #237 of 761

I made this cakes last weekend for my grand daughter's 4th Birthday.  She saw it on the internet so I had to duplicate it.  All the decorations are made of MMF and frosting and piping is Buttercream.

 

 

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post #238 of 761
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Originally Posted by cazza1 View Post

I have a question relevant to this thread.  Does marshmallow fondant tend to be less smooth than normal fondant or is this just a measure of practice?

 

I've never used anything but MMF, and I think mine look as good as many using the bought stuff.  When I first started I had no clue where to buy the pre-made fondant.  Then I tasted a sample that a professioal baker had and swore I wouldn't ever use anything that chemical tasting on any cake I baked. 

 

I think the problems when you see seriously flawed MMF lie in a failure to understand the effects of humidity (the amount of water needs to be adjusted accordingly) and the refusal to add shortening (yes, its a fat and on its own it tastes pretty bad, but it has its uses (try a heaping tablespoon of ANY ingredient on its own and see how it tastes).  And then there is the need to practice, practice, practise. . . . .  .and then practise some more.

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post #239 of 761
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Originally Posted by cakeyouverymuch View Post

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Originally Posted by cazza1 View Post

I have a question relevant to this thread.  Does marshmallow fondant tend to be less smooth than normal fondant or is this just a measure of practice?

 

I've never used anything but MMF, and I think mine look as good as many using the bought stuff.  When I first started I had no clue where to buy the pre-made fondant.  Then I tasted a sample that a professioal baker had and swore I wouldn't ever use anything that chemical tasting on any cake I baked. 

 

I think the problems when you see seriously flawed MMF lie in a failure to understand the effects of humidity (the amount of water needs to be adjusted accordingly) and the refusal to add shortening (yes, its a fat and on its own it tastes pretty bad, but it has its uses (try a heaping tablespoon of ANY ingredient on its own and see how it tastes).  And then there is the need to practice, practice, practise. . . . .  .and then practise some more.

I need to get caught up, but I saw this in my email and wanted to add in addition to grease, try a heaping tablespoon of vanilla extract or cinnamon on it's own, if you need a good way to cut caloric intake, AFTER you have already eaten it, if you know what I mean!!! lol!

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post #240 of 761
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Originally Posted by ropalma View Post

I made this cakes last weekend for my grand daughter's 4th Birthday.  She saw it on the internet so I had to duplicate it.  All the decorations are made of MMF and frosting and piping is Buttercream.

 

 

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ropalma, cute cake! I found your cake in your gallery but it will be a lot easier for people to leave you comments if you post a link to it here instead of attaching the picture.

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