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post #16 of 23

For your third cake working with fondant I can see that you will be an expert soon enough. Do not be so hard on yourself!!! Keep practicing because I know if you keep your faith and don't give up you will soon be an expert. I think your cake looks good according to your experience and once you do more practice you will get better and better!!! I only work with buttercream or whipped frosting.


I have never tried fondant because most people in my family would simply peel it away from the cake and not eat it. For me, it would be a waste of my time since no one likes it. Mind you, I only do as a hobby for family and friends and never sell any cakes!!! Good luck to you and I know your decorating skills with fondant will only get better!!!

post #17 of 23

I believe that all cake makers are always the most critical of their work. It's true the great ones just know how to cover the errors. My cakes don't always look great in the beginning and sometimes at the end but we always learn from each cake and strive to  do better on the next. BTW great flowers. I've started making my own marshmallow fondant it seems to be more forgiving and smooths easier, at least for me.

post #18 of 23
Originally Posted by The Cake Shoppe View Post

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




I am super hard.  I expect 150% perfection.   Guess it's that Army thing.    I have hated so many of my cakes in the process...but I always somehow pull it off.   Now...I have many, many times as The Cake Shoppe said...covered my mistakes.    If my ribbon wrap is not lined up perfect...then a beaded border hides it.  Sometimes you can't "add" something...but figuring out how to fix is key.

Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
post #19 of 23

CAKE- first and foremost….it's food.  It’s not feed your family or they starve food.  It’s celebration, party, festival, event food.  I applaud every person who makes a cake for someone else to bring joy and happiness to their special day no matter how simplistic or flawed the cake is.  Make sure it taste good.


Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, and we will never ever please everyone. For every one of the eye-popping spectacular cakes made of fondant and gumpaste on CakeCentral, there are a million of others making a cake with icing and a few candles on top. (They are usually called Moms.)


However what you have discovered with this current cake is an important understanding of cake decorating. That it's easier to add a lot of decorations to cover up the normally (and often) flawed  icing /fondant base. That may be the most difficult part of a cake.  Making a super smooth Buttercream coating.  Making a super smooth fondant covering.  This separates the elite skilled decorators from everyone else.


You're now left with two choices.  Learn to make the super smooth professional fondant base with the least amount of visible flaws. Or don't, and continue making really beautiful colorful cakes that cover up the small visible flaws in your fondant.    FIX IT and FORGET IT.



post #20 of 23

You learn from your mistakes.  I might not be the best person to ask though lol.  I'm so hard on myself and its kinda an OCD thing.  If something doesn't turn out right it will bother me.  But I'm slowly learning that there will always be imperfections and that its okay. SOmetimes we spend so much time worrying about it and what others think and in the end it turns out that others don't even notice it.  :P

post #21 of 23


post #22 of 23
I am my own worst critic and agonies over everything I make. If it's not perfect to me I hate it and even more stupidly I look at the work of long time professionals and kick myself for not being able to match it.
I am 56 years old a granny and act like a spoiled teen when I don't think it's good enough. As everyone says the non baker sees only a pretty cake (and yours is gorgeous)
I really should lighten up but I suppose once an ocd sufferer always one lol.
post #23 of 23

I have been at this for 12 years and I still make mistakes and they drive me insane.  I just have to walk away.  I know I am the only one that even notices it.  I have a problem with pointing it out to everyone that looks at it though. I still get nervous on deliveries of wedding cakes.  
I think that when you think your cake is perfect that's when you will make mistakes.  When you stop being nervous you will make even bigger mistakes.  
I personally think you cakes looks fantastic.  Those flowers are beautiful. 

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