How Did You Get Into Cake Decorating?

Decorating By cshelz Updated 7 May 2007 , 9:16am by sweet_T7

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cshelz Posted 7 May 2007 , 12:40am
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I would love to hear your story on how you got into cake decorating. Did you get into it for fun, money, own your own business?

I just started decorating, I wanted to make my kids birthday cakes. I also was told by my grandma, that if I took classes, I could have all of her wedding pans, molds, everything she has collected over the past 30 years.

How about you?

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JavaJunkieChrissy Posted 7 May 2007 , 1:04am
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I have always dabbled in baking and was totally fascinated by cake decorating.

Last year I was sitting on the sofa with my MIL (we were in the midst of catering a wedding for 150) and we were watching food network! They were showing someone doing gumpaste flowers....this was the first time I had ever seen them. I was totally awe struck and new right then and there that was what I had to do!! I remember looking at my MIL and saying to her..." I want to do that...NO! I have to do that"!!!

I sign up for Wilton classes and took all three of them...anxiously waiting for someone/anyone to teach me how to do gumpaste flowers! But, I only learned hot to do the roses....they didn't have the gumpaste course then. So, I sat down with a book and some tool and basically taught myself. I've also PM'ed plenty of people to help me and of course I read alot of the web.

Hopefully sometimes in the very near future I will be doing this out of my home. I can not believe how much I love it. It like one of the best things that I've ever done for myself.

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Amberslilzoo Posted 7 May 2007 , 5:13am
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That's so funny... I just started a thread similar to this.

I was watching the Food Network, I saw Bobby Flay's Throwdown show. He was going to be baking a cake. He is a chef but said that he didn't have much experience with baking. I saw what he came up with and told my hubby that night that I was going to bake a cake the next day. From that moment on - I was addicted! I found this site right away and here I am now.

I am hoping that one day I will be good enough to start up my own business, how awesome would that be?! I finally found something (I'm a SAHM) that is a great hobby, I could make some money, and stay home with my kids. And maybe just maybe, I will mamke some money doing it too one day!!


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Ladyfett Posted 7 May 2007 , 5:21am
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I have always had an interest in cake decorating, but when I lived at home my mom wasn't too thrilled about me messing up her kitchen. So, I stopped. I eventually moved out and in with my husband (we've been together a total of 10 years icon_razz.gif ) Anyways, he made the mistake of encouraging me to take classes for my interest about 2 years ago, so I did at a local craft store. Poor guy, if he'd only known the addiction I would get to decorating cakes!!! icon_lol.gif

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doescakestoo Posted 7 May 2007 , 5:36am
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I was very lucky...I started baking when I was young. My mom asked a lady from church to teach me to decorate. She taught me on a 4-5 tiered wedding cake. I practiced for a while. Got better at icing the cakes. But didn't decorate much until I had my first son. After that I looked for every book on decorating I could get my hands on. Now I have an extensive library on cake decorating. And have instilled my love of sugar to both of my boys. Got to love it.

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MsRhonda Posted 7 May 2007 , 5:47am
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I got into it by accident. My former boss( I used to have an outside job, now I'm just a kept woman!!LOL) thought it would be fun to take the class. We just did it for something to do. I ended up really enjoying it and when I quit my regular job, word got out that I did cakes (I live in a very small town) and since then, I've been doing orders from home. I would love to have my own shop, but finances won't allow that right now, so for the time being I'm happy doing my 4 or 5 cakes a month.

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lynda-bob Posted 7 May 2007 , 6:14am
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When I was about 23, my grandmother told me she wanted to take the Wilton class. They had an offer for pay one/get one free for the course and she didn't want to go alone. I agreed just to make her happy and to spend some time with her; didn't really think I'd be doing it anymore after that. I fell in love. I don't think she ever decorated many more cakes after our class, but I could not stop! They didn't offer all the gumpaste and fondant classes then either. So I just kept on practicing and reading and teaching myself. There is sooo much more I want to know how to do. ( I just recently found Cake Central and am addicted.) I would so love to know how to work with sugar (pulled, blown and cast) and chocolate, as well. My grandmother isn't here anymore, but I thank her all the time for the gift she gave me almost 15 years ago. I hope she knows what she did for me...

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MissLady85 Posted 7 May 2007 , 6:54am
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Ive always been into cooking... my great grandmother and my grandmother were both decorators, my mom never took it up, my grandmother taught me and about a year ago i picked it up again ( as something to do while my dd slept) i still love it, i found this site and now if im not baking in my spare time my dd and i are lounging on the couch surfing this website

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kelly75 Posted 7 May 2007 , 8:57am
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I've always loved to cook and used to bake the odd cake, but really got started with the decorating when I did my DD's birthday cakes. Then one for a friend's DD, and that's when I found CC, which is probably what got me well and truly hooked on this!

Now I do all my nieces and nephews' cakes and am in the process of setting up my own business!


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sweet_T7 Posted 7 May 2007 , 9:16am
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I had just quit a grocery store bakery job (NOT decorating) when my friend asked me if I wanted to take Wilton course l. I did and so did my daughter. All 3 of us went together for l & ll. I started baking cakes for practice then giving them away. When I worked at another job I asked the boss if I could do monthly BD cakes for the store. He said. "Sure. Who'd turn down free cake?! Haha so true, right? That led to some orders and I am lovin' it!

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