I feel like I've improved as a caker so much in the last couple of years. Thanks to CC, YouTube, Pinterest, and dvd's (Sugarshack!), I feel way more confident and competent. But I know that no matter how accomplished I may feel in certain areas, there will always be others where I feel so intimidated and clueless. There are skills that I don't have that I don't necessarily want to perfect. For example, my figure modeling is pretty lame, but I'm not terribly worried about that. I don't really WANT to make fantastic life-like figures, kwim?
I feel totally confident that I can bake, level, torte, fill, and ice a cake perfectly smooth, I can stack tiers, I can apply and smooth fondant. But the one thing that scares me, the one thing I think I pretty much suck at, the one aspect of the whole process that makes me wish I could just take a pill and fix it is...design and inspiration. I feel like I can not, regardless of how I try to twist my brain, just come up with a totally original and awesome cake design out of thin air.
And I'm totally lost when I hear ppl say they got the inspiration for a cake design from a separate element, like a piece of fabric, the venue, a dress, etc. My thinking is so dang concrete that it's hard for me to see how others do that??? It's so frustrating to WANT to be better at something, but not know HOW to improve. Unfortunately, I don't think that there's a YouTube or dvd out there that teaches a person how to be inspired haha!
So, what's one area of caking that you REALLY REALLY want to be better at, but you still find challenging?