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See, I would charge $90 for that cake, and it would cost me about $25, including overhead. I couldn't sleep at night if I only worked for an hour on the cake. It would be a mess! It would take me a good 3 hours. 

 

And the tappits...I despise them! It would take an hour or more just for the message. 


I got mad and sold my tappits on eBay, haha.

I have this adorable silicone mold from Martha Stewart, so much easier! I think I will actually go buy a couple more with a 40% off coupon at Michaels, in case something happens to it.

http://www.eksuccessbrands.com/marthastewartcrafts/Products/Alphabet_Silicon_Mold_43-00012.htm

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See, I would charge $90 for that cake, and it would cost me about $25, including overhead. I couldn't sleep at night if I only worked for an hour on the cake. It would be a mess! It would take me a good 3 hours. 

 

And the tappits...I despise them! It would take an hour or more just for the message. 


I got mad and sold my tappits on eBay, haha.

I have this adorable silicone mold from Martha Stewart, so much easier! I think I will actually go buy a couple more with a 40% off coupon at Michaels, in case something happens to it.

http://www.eksuccessbrands.com/marthastewartcrafts/Products/Alphabet_Silicon_Mold_43-00012.htm

I have those! SUPER easy to use! And SO CUTE! 

 

I think I cracked the tappits code, though. I use 50/50 or add tylose to fondant, roll very thin strips, then stick them to the edge of a very flat counter with shortening. Let dry for about an hour or more, then cut. Wiggle it around, then lift. Should be clean cut, and stuck to the counter. Let dry a bit more, and then lift with a razor blade. Pop right up! 

 

I am still dyslexic, though, and have to recite my alphabet for almost every letter I need, so I know where to find it on the little sticks, lol. And them being backwards outlines doesn't help, either. 

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post #18 of 38

That's awesome! My Michael's only has the wilton letter cutters which are crapola. I will have to check online for the Martha Stewart ones

post #19 of 38
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That's awesome! My Michael's only has the wilton letter cutters which are crapola. I will have to check online for the Martha Stewart ones


These are sold in the little Martha Stewart section, by all her overpriced glitters and tissue paper balls, nowhere near the cake section in my local store.

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Thanks...

post #21 of 38
Think like a mechanic. The labor hours are standardized.

My Michaels has 2 Martha sections. Those aren't in either of them.

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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post #22 of 38

Exactly. I worked in an autobody shop office and would fill out the invoices. If the customer had a fender removed and installed there was an inductry book Iwould look up the time in. We charged say 1.5 hours whether it took our experienced techs 15 minutes or a newbie 2 hours....Good way to look at it DD. The problem with this industry is that there is not a cheat book!!

post #23 of 38
Stitches I would have definitely appreciated the chance to learn, it's hard to find a job with a quality decorator! PS if any of you Houston bakers are hiring...
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post #24 of 38

Annabakescakes, have you watched " how to create cake font: The Krazy Kool Cakes way" on YOUTUBE? I was about to throw my stupid tappits out because I was tired of fighting with them. This video shows a great way to use them and now it only takes me a few minutes to write on a cake board or cake.

post #25 of 38
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I have those! SUPER easy to use! And SO CUTE! 

 

I think I cracked the tappits code, though. I use 50/50 or add tylose to fondant, roll very thin strips, then stick them to the edge of a very flat counter with shortening. Let dry for about an hour or more, then cut. Wiggle it around, then lift. Should be clean cut, and stuck to the counter. Let dry a bit more, and then lift with a razor blade. Pop right up! 

 

I am still dyslexic, though, and have to recite my alphabet for almost every letter I need, so I know where to find it on the little sticks, lol. And them being backwards outlines doesn't help, either. 

I watched a video on youtube by a cute little British lady that helped me figure them out. It's still every 4th one or so that gets mangled. Luckily, I don't use them that much!!

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post #26 of 38

I hope this doesn't sound too basic.....(for the people who say they are slow at modeling) do you all do some research online before you begin? That's VERY important. You cheat (simplify) where ever you can! If you can find a way to make that castle simply by finding what someone else has done previously, it saves you so much time trying to dream up how a castle looks.

 

Even though I've been a professional artist (in a previous career) and I can do just about anything art wise, I still have to cheat! I couldn't dream up a great looking castle off the top of my head either. It's soooo hard to re-invent the wheel every time you sit down to create something.

 

(Showing my age) Today, being able to do a google image search or a pinterest search is life changing!!!!!!!!!!!! In minutes you can see how dozens of people have already tackled the subject. Once upon a time I saved photographs from magazines of everything I thought I might ever need as references. My husband makes fun of that (and I still haven't gotten rid of many files) I have file upon file of cake photographs for instant reference. It's only been since pinterest began that I stopped saving and tearing apart magazines.

 

When you recreate items in 3D you need to think of the items as basic shapes and model them as such. Once you build your basic shape (a rectangle for the castle) your simply adding a couple cylinders (tootsie rolls) to each corner. The OP's design choice was PERFECT for her skill level! If she had chosen something more elaborate think of how many more hours she'd have spent on the cake. So when your looking for references pick designs that fit your own skill level. I could choose harder more time consuming designs myself and do them well, but WHY? Unless the client is willing to pay me for my skills, I don't have to give them the best thing I could ever do.....no I give them what they want to pay for and I adjust the design to that.

post #27 of 38
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I got mad and sold my tappits on eBay, haha.

I have this adorable silicone mold from Martha Stewart, so much easier! I think I will actually go buy a couple more with a 40% off coupon at Michaels, in case something happens to it.

http://www.eksuccessbrands.com/marthastewartcrafts/Products/Alphabet_Silicon_Mold_43-00012.htm

I love that mold! I use isomalt in mine too.

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post #28 of 38

Wow that Martha Stewart mold is less than $9 here....that's less than the Wilton molds

post #29 of 38
I have the Martha Stewart mold but I haven't had a cake where it looked right yet. I've ended up piping every time instead because I didn't like the way the mold or the tappits looked.
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post #30 of 38
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Annabakescakes, have you watched " how to create cake font: The Krazy Kool Cakes way" on YOUTUBE? I was about to throw my stupid tappits out because I was tired of fighting with them. This video shows a great way to use them and now it only takes me a few minutes to write on a cake board or cake.

*googling now...*

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