Let's See How Far You've Come! Link Your First And Last Cake

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springlakecake Posted 28 Aug 2007 , 9:00pm
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I thought it might be fun to show off how far you have come in decorating skill by posting or linking your 1st cake and your most recent creations.

Here was my final cake from Wilton 1 in Feb of 2006:

This one I just finished this weekend:

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wgoat5 Posted 28 Aug 2007 , 9:43pm
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wgoat5 Posted 28 Aug 2007 , 9:48pm
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Both of those cakes are beautiful!!!! Im faving your last one icon_biggrin.gif merissa

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ceshell Posted 28 Aug 2007 , 10:02pm
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How fun! Well I've only done about 8 cakes from first to last (wow, it's hard to believe it's been so few...because each one takes about 3 weeks LOL) but I'm going to cheat and show my first and one from last month. I just today posted a shower cake that I'm proud of but I think my July tea party cake shows my growth better, because they were both for the same group of friends, same size cake and even same cake and icing...but the decorations are like night+day. I feel like I owe the first gal a "redo" icon_smile.gif.

First cake http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=52979

Last month http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=727883

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Chef_Rinny Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:48am
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Well I couldn't find any pictures of my "first cake", I think I have gotten rid of those icon_smile.gif I did however find a picture of the first wedding cake type cake I tried for my J&W final in my first cake class. I warn you its awful! My last cake I was pretty proud of, it was done for a couple of close friends. I was rushing at the end and the little cakes didn't come out as smooth as I had hoped, but overall it looked nice.

First Cake: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=971453

Last Cake:http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=814113

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shalderman Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 1:13am
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I know I've come a ways icon_smile.gif Here is my one of my earlier cakes pre-cake class...before I learned the art of how to make smooth icing, how to make level layers and pipe well LOL

And here is one I made earlier this month for my daughter's birthday:

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Price Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 1:34am
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ericaann79 Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 1:51am
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I think all of you have done a wonderful job on your cakes...they are all amazing. Here are mine....

My first one was my first fondant...had many issues with it and not to mention that the poor babies faces look horrible! Oh well..there is a first time for everything!
First http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=620663

Most Recent:


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christeena Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 2:00am
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My very first cake was for my DD almost 8 years ago and then I didn't do any more cakes until my Wilton classes last spring. So all but that very first cake has been in just the last year or so. I can tell you that CC has been a blessing for learning how to decorate!! My latest cake was for my other DD that just got married Aug. 4th. I don't know how to link, sorry, so I'll have to post. icon_confused.gif

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iheartcakegf Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 2:24am
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one of my first cakes, during wilton classes
my most recent for my daughters 4th bday
i hope this works. i tried using img links from photobucket[/img][/url] since i deleted all other pics of my first cakes

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Cake-Happy Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 3:23am
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It's neat to see how far we've all come. I attribute a lot of my knowledge to the great folks here on CC. Thanks so much!

I've only been making cakes since I took cake decorating classes earlier this year.

Here's one I made in May (a little lumpy)... icon_redface.gif

Here's one I just made a couple of weeks ago...

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Brickflor Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 3:26am
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Merissa, you have the best idea's for fun forum posts! My first 'real' is from April this year. All butter buttercream, before I knew about Viva:


This is my next-to-latest one:


It's so cool to see how far everyone has come, you guys are doing an awesome job!!!

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zubia Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 3:41am
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Ok ,I'll take the leap and post mine ,I made this and my friends insisted that I take classes

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MiaT Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 3:48am
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What a fun topic!

Here's one of my first cakes, came out cute but that lovely messy foil covered board really adds something, doesn't it? icon_wink.gif

Here's the last cake I did, this past week. This site can take all the credit for the vast improvement:

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zubia Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 3:48am
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oh I forgot to add the new one .I made this on Saturday

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LaSombra Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 4:09am
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what a great post idea icon_biggrin.gif

I have a pic of my very first wilton class cake and I'll put it in the post and link to my newest cakes:
A sheet cake:
A small wedding cake:

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beemarie Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 5:57am
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I love to see all the improvement, and I am guessing most people learned most of their skill from CC?? I have learned so much here--so much talent!

Here is one from my Wilton classes. My first and last cake covered in fondant (It is pretty lumpy!):

My latest cake from my first wedding I did last week--a very untraditional wedding cake, and I love how it turned out (although lots of work!):

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Luckylurker Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 6:10am
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This is too funny. The buggy is literally the very first cake I made. I made it in my first cake class.

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springlakecake Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 11:52am
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I just looked through everyone's pics! I have added several to my faves!

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kelly75 Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 11:58am
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Great idea for a thread! It's amazing how far we've all come!

My first decorated cake was for my DD's birthday 2 years ago. I had no idea about how to smooth buttercream or anything about crumbcoating (and it showed icon_lol.gif ):


I didn't make another cake after that for about a year, when my friend asked me to make her DD's cake, because she loved the Homer one. That's when I found CC, got the decorating bug and I haven't looked back! I've learnt pretty much everything from CC - there really is no better teacher than the combined talents of this site!

Here's my most recent cake:



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mgdqueen Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:12pm
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This is a really fun topic! My first cakes were too bad to even post, but even some of the cakes I was really proud of at the time are kinda sad now that I look back at them.

I was SO proud of this one:

But I can look at this one now and see how things have changed in two years:

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acookieobsession Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:14pm
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Here is my first cake...thomas the train. My then 3 yr did not even recognize it! In my defense I was doing it in my MIL HOT kitchen (who needs ac?) and using canned icing. Hopefully his standup rocket ship cake next week will be better.

The next one is my last...OBVIOUSLY I have been practing the last 3 years.

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sisita Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:18pm
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I can say this is my first cake, but not... this is my first photo of my cakes.....


I did this cake for my son's teacher in the last Easter.... She likes so much... and she gives me the idea of taking photos of my cakes....

thank you for looking...

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HeatherMari Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:27pm
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Okay, this isn't my VERY first cake, but it's close. It is the last cake I made for the Wilton Course 1 class.


And this is the last cake (well...cakeS) that I made two weekends ago. It is a collage of 4 cakes that I made for a Vegas themed home reception. The ribbons are real.


Thanks for looking,

*Edited because apparently I think a 1 and a 4 look alike! Sorry for posting wrong pic first!

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MikeRowesHunny Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:36pm
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Well this isn't my first cake ever, but one of the first I did after moving here (6 years ago).


This is the most recent cake I've decorated (last week):


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strawberry0121 Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:48pm
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My first cakes are regular photos and not scanned in to my computer, but here is one of my firsts.


and here is one of my more recent and most expensive, ones:


The professional photography doesn't hurt, either!!

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RitzyFritz Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:51pm
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Oh, my! Do I dare? LOL!

My first one is before I discovered CC (in fact, it was the very thing that drove me to the Internet looking for ideas and thus finding CC!). I knew nothing of smoothing or Viva at that point, obviously!

The first link below is the latest. I do not care for this cake at all! I'm posting the one before this one, as I think it turned out much better.



This is a really fun thread! Thanks for starting it!!

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strawberry0121 Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 12:58pm
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I think we should vote on who has earned the most improved CCer Award. What do y'all thiink??

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springlakecake Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 1:09pm
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That would be a great contest! In that case maybe we should start a new thread with the first cake to your BEST cake. Since maybe your last cake isnt the best. That would be fun. What do you think?

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ta2grl25 Posted 29 Aug 2007 , 1:13pm
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As I've been reading through all of your posts, I've come to realize that I am in great company! For me, it's nice to know that most of you started out with the same problems as I did. Of course we all look back at our firsts that we were so proud of and say, "Hmm. I'm so glad those days are behind me." Well, I hope to join most of you in that category some day. I've just recently decided to make the commitment to take the Wilton's courses that I've wanted to take since I was a kid. I am by no means a great talent like most of you, but hopefully with a little bit of training and practice, my cakes will be up in that prestigious Top Row on the home page.

Anyway, enough of that. Here's my cakes. The first one I did a couple of months ago before I discovered crumb coats and the correct way to position your tips.

Now, almost 2 months later, I'm going to officially complete Wilton's Course 1 tonight and here is my final cake that I made the other night.

Hope you all enjoy and can marvel at the little bit of improvement I've had since I started.

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