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GsMommy111:  Your creation is delightful BTW, really cute!:-)

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Shoot, since Pinterest is everyone's go-to for inspiration and ideas for everything under the sun, it's rare when a client walks into my bakery without a photo of a cake they want copied.

Very true!
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Thank you so much!
post #19 of 27
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That is exactly what happened to me with my friends daughters wedding.  She had two high end cake photos; one a 4 tier fondant and one a 6 tier fondant.

 

Then said she didn't want fondant.....just all buttercream, and her budget was $300 !!!!

 

My jaw dropped.  I said you're looking at least $2,000 cakes from fancy pants Big City Bakeries.

NO WAY can I make those.  Not even close!  not with Buttercream Icing & not with my skills.

I'm awarding you the first "No BS Baker" award for being honest and not promising someone something that you knew was beyond your ability. That seems to be a rare thing these days

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I'm awarding you the first "No BS Baker" award for being honest and not promising someone something that you knew was beyond your ability. That seems to be a rare thing these days

costumeczar:  I accept your award.

The cake I made for her is my current avatar.

( it's my first SMBC wedding cake & I'm embarrassed to see that the top is lopsy. As an expert your opinion would be helpful, could you pm me with some cold hard critique / feedback for improvement?)   thanks.

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costumeczar:  I accept your award.
The cake I made for her is my current avatar.
( it's my first SMBC wedding cake & I'm embarrassed to see that the top is lopsy. As an expert your opinion would be helpful, could you pm me with some cold hard critique / feedback for improvement?)   thanks.

Are you kidding?! I think that looks great!!
post #22 of 27

Thanks GsMommy111:  :)   Not being able to duplicate/copy high end professional cakes; I used them for inspiration & found the exact same fondant cutters that were used for snowflakes.

 

It's a start.......however it will never be more than a rookie cake If I don't learn to do better.  

  • The top tier should have been leveler.
  • Silver 'drums' would have looked better than skinny boards.
  • Bottom tier plastic 'Wilton' separator plate showing looks tacky.
  • more small sized snowflakes would have looked more balanced.
  • sparkles or pearl dust on the snowflakes would have been attractive.

 

Those are the things that I 'observed' and realized only After looking at the finished photos. Those were just the things that my rookie mind considered.  What else would a professional expert teach me? 

 

( I know it passed the taste test. they had a half sheet cake as well as the 10" & 12" layer cakes for only 50 people.  They devoured it.)

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post #23 of 27
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One thing I have learned is I am always my biggest critic! Also, people who aren't cake designers see the cakes differently. They don't see all the little flaws that you see. For example, when I got married 5 1/2 years ago, before starting on my cake adventures, I had the most beautiful wedding cake and the coolest grooms cake! My cake was 5 tiers and the grooms cake was a 3-D tractor that was a replica of one my husband had. We were SO impressed with both! Everyone was! I looked at pics the other day and realized my wedding cake was leaning pretty badly, which I never noticed and the tractor was a lot less impressive as the fondant was sagging and could have been sharper. It just made me realize that "non cake people" are so impressed because you did something they can't imagine doing themselves!

So I have tried to make sure I am not too critical of myself! You should do the same!
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I don't see anything wrong with the cake in your avatar, I think you're beating yourself up too much! I wouldn't do thicker boards on that stand, the top tier looks fine, and you're inventing problems that aren't there!

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Thanks GsMommy111:  icon_smile.gif    Not being able to duplicate/copy high end professional cakes; I used them for inspiration & found the exact same fondant cutters that were used for snowflakes.

It's a start.......however it will never be more than a rookie cake If I don't learn to do better.  
  • The top tier should have been leveler.
  • Silver 'drums' would have looked better than skinny boards.
  • Bottom tier plastic 'Wilton' separator plate showing looks tacky.
  • more small sized snowflakes would have looked more balanced.
  • sparkles or pearl dust on the snowflakes would have been attractive.

Those are the things that I 'observed' and realized only After looking at the finished photos. Those were just the things that my rookie mind considered.  What else would a professional expert teach me? 

( I know it passed the taste test. they had a half sheet cake as well as the 10" & 12" layer cakes for only 50 people.  They devoured it.)
I think the things you've pointed out are vaild, but overall it's a nice looking cake. I wouldn't pick at it. Your shell piping is better than I could do. I pulled some tips out the other day to mess around with piping, and I quickly learned I don't know jack about basic borders. Glad I don't have to do them on any of my designs, but it's probably something I should know.
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post #26 of 27

Feedback on this cake by you - The Professional Decorators - is truly appreciated. Thank you.

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post #27 of 27
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One thing I have learned is I am always my biggest critic! Also, people who aren't cake designers see the cakes differently. They don't see all the little flaws that you see. For example, when I got married 5 1/2 years ago, before starting on my cake adventures, I had the most beautiful wedding cake and the coolest grooms cake! My cake was 5 tiers and the grooms cake was a 3-D tractor that was a replica of one my husband had. We were SO impressed with both! Everyone was! I looked at pics the other day and realized my wedding cake was leaning pretty badly, which I never noticed and the tractor was a lot less impressive as the fondant was sagging and could have been sharper. It just made me realize that "non cake people" are so impressed because you did something they can't imagine doing themselves!

So I have tried to make sure I am not too critical of myself! You should do the same!

It takes great skill to copy a cake.  Especially the thousand$$$ ones like are posted here on CC. by high end professionals.

 

I have pondered the feedback you folks gave me.  It cheered me up and made me realize that I made for my friend exactly what she wanted -- SMBC with snowflakes & silver accent (the boards).

 

also for us non-commercial home bakers I accepted the fact that in my locality there are 3 big grocery stores and 1 small bakery business.  They all make cakes with icing from buckets & decorate with either paper, plastic, or rice paper printed sheets on them with simple piped roses, swags, & borders only.

 

So even a little bit of specially made decorations, whether BC, fondant, gumpaste, silk ribbon, or piping that I can do,  is more than the majority of people are getting from the local business in my town. I had kind of lost my perspective on that last cake.

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