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How forgiving are you of your own work?

post #1 of 23
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I'm just starting out and my parents requested a cake to be raffled of to the public for the 'club' they are involved in.

 

So I've baked my favorite Chocolate cake, ganached it, and put my fondant on.

 

This is literally the 3rd cake I have ever put fondant on, and I am on the verge of tears.  I am struggling with the silky smooth finish that a lot of people seem to achieve.

 

I can see every flaw, every pin prick (from air-bubbles), and not to mention every scour my sugar flowers made into the top.

 

The thing is I know this is far far far from great, but I know they will want to still take it and will only see the good in it.

 

How forgiving do you be on your own work with issues, and what do you do when it turns to crap?  Do you think allowing this into the public (for the raffle donation) could be detrimental to starting a business up?

 

Cheers for the vent!  Any words of advice would be extremely welcome.

 

The below photo shows one of the dents and petal gouging into the top.

post #2 of 23

I am new to decorating and I am hard on myself but I step back and move on. I used to point out my mistakes to people, only for them to tell me that if I hadn't said anything they wouldn't have known because they aren't cake decorators and they only see a beautiful cake. I learn something new with each cake as I go.I just submitted a cake to peer review cake club because I am interested in feedback, and pointers that they can share. 

 

I think your cake is very lovely. I love the dragees, and I know that if I had put them on the'd be all over the place.  Your flower is also very pretty!

post #3 of 23

Mistakes are what motivate me. Every single one of my cakes as at least 5 mistakes, if not more.. I am sure most decorators would say the same thing. That is all part of being a professional.

 

Don't be so hard on yourself though, the cake looks fantastic and the flower is gorgeous. Know your limits and appreciate the accomplishments along the way. That flower couldn't have been easy to make. I know it's hard not to compare your work against some of the AMAZING Cakes on here/internet but some those people have years of experience, schooling etc. And don't forget, those decorators started somewhere too. Their cakes didn't always look like that I am sure.

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.

 

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A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.

 

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post #4 of 23

I am new to this whole cake world too. I too am very critical of my work. I just made my first hat on top of a ball field and my hat brim is HUGE...well I think so...I think most other bakers would agree with me. But like the others stated, normal people who do not bake don't notice it. I also agree that you learn and you move on, when you have one under your belt, you know your strength's and weaknesses for the next cake. I think your cake looks wonderful, and your flower is gorgeous! I just think it's second nature for all of us to be our worst critic no matter what it might be for!
 

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post #5 of 23

Frencett, I think your cake is beautiful!!! Don't be so hard on yourself!!
 

post #6 of 23

I love the flower! I won't use fondant anymore, I hate it. It takes a lot of practice and I don't feel like practicing that particular concept...

so practice, practice, practice! The cake looks fine, no one will notice the imperfections.  Also, photos make imperfections more noticeable!

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. It's so hard to step back, but practice with hopefully make it better!
I will hopefully hear some feedback in the future - meanwhile the people running the group were really happy with it (visually).
Thanks again
post #8 of 23
Your cake looks great. Don't be hard on yourself, it just means that your next cake will be even better!
post #9 of 23

I read an article or something recently that said a great cake decorator doesn't make flawless cakes...they just know how to cover their mistakes!    :D

post #10 of 23

I am very critical of my work. I have made cakes that I was almost embarrassed to deliver  only to have them marveled at and even in the #1 most saved cakes of the day here on CC.

So I see flaws, but others do not. 

Your cake is great, beautiful flower and nice clean design. Be proud of it!

post #11 of 23

I think all artists are critical of their work.  I have to tell myself with every cake to "STOP".  I could smooth my icing for hours and never get it perfect.  It is disappointing to work so hard on something and still see flaws.  It's cake/icing though and we do it by hand and there will always be flaws. 

 

I have some hand painted pottery that helped me get over this.  The pottery is beautiful and always makes me feel good when I use it.  However, if you look closely there are many flaws in it. 

post #12 of 23

That is really good considering it's your third cake covered in fondant! If I was a not a cake decorator I would probably not even notice. :grin:

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post #13 of 23

I too am very critical of my work.  I think that is pretty normal for any "artist".  There have been many times that I've had to just walk away from the cake, because if not I would just continue to find things that I think could be better.  I have actually made little mistakes more noticeable because I keep "picking" at them.  I think your cake looks fine and your parents are obviously proud of you and your abilities or they wouldn't have asked you to make a cake for them to show off !

post #14 of 23

I got a fortune cookie at the Chinese restaurant the other day that said, " Don't judge a work of art by it's flaws".  Which came at a good time, because I was just really being hard on myself for the same thing as you are going through.

 

And as I always say, "Every cake has a back side". lol.

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I got a fortune cookie at the Chinese restaurant the other day that said, " Don't judge a work of art by it's flaws".  Which came at a good time, because I was just really being hard on myself for the same thing as you are going through.



 



And as I always say, "Every cake has a back side". lol.

 



Well let me tell ya John, I knew I had read that somewhere and it must have been you of course. I applied it last night when I was decorating a cake a friend at the office asked me to do, I was getting so frustrated because at the moment of covering it, I got an ugly wrinkle that ended up cracking... I concealed this as well as I could and then said "Every cake has a back side!" icon_razz.gif lol

The good thing was that even when I said "hey, this is what happened, I tried to make it unnoticeable" She was like "What? are you kidding me? This is art, and you're just starting, don't be silly! I love it!", so I was a lot more in peace after that than what I was feeling like last night. icon_biggrin.gif

And to answer the question, I am my own worst critic.
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