Designing Cakes

Business By Elaine2581 Updated 25 Jun 2009 , 1:35am by niccicola

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Elaine2581 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:28pm
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I'm not very artistic when it comes to drawing a cake design. I can see it in my head but can't put it on paper. Does anyone know of a website or any computer software that I could purchase to help me out in this area? Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

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noyhoward Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:41pm
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I'm like you & would like to know the answer too.Bump

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cdent Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:44pm
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I DO!!! I just bought a fantastic one!!!

Check it out, it was worth every penny for me!

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indydebi Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:45pm
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I dont draw cakes. Closest thing I do is "stick people" cakes ..... boxes and lines in excel with the description of the decor written out to the side. Been making cakes for 30 years. Never even heard of sketching cakes until I came to CC.

My sister is a canvas artist and she and I were talking on this topic recently. I told her that she make paintings on canvas and I make cakes covered in icing. She draws .... I create. thumbs_up.gif

I'm like you .... I know in my head what it's going to look like and when I'm done, that's what it looks like. My sketch pad is in my head and that works just fine for me. I've never had a bride even ASK for sketch of the proposed cake.

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Mabma80 Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 1:07am
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I'm a pretty good artist and can totally draw anything I dream up. But that software that would help me think up even better ideas! It's a lot cheaper than I thought it was going to be! THanks for suggesting it cdent!!

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lamariposa Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 4:53pm
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I have really been debatin gon purchasing the program. I currently do sketches but I am definitely drawing-impaired! Maybe I will convince my hubby that it would be beneficial so he can purchase it for me (recent paycut in NC has me skirming for the next month).

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leah_s Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 5:12pm
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Wow Indy. ALL my brides expect sketches. But I draw stick cakes also. The real cake always looks better than my sad sketches. And I'm married to an artist/art professor.

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ccr03 Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 5:12pm
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Yeah, in my target market sketches are not the norm. I pretty much do them more for my benefit. My sloppy sketches help me better visualize the cake.

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Caralinc Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 5:22pm
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Thank you cdent!!

I am so happy I saw this posting today. I have been thinking the same thing Elaine2581. I cannot draw for the life of me. I have been trying to train myself to draw my ideas down and then make the cake. I have found this organization very helpful. icon_smile.gif

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mommyandmecakes Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 5:33pm
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I asked this question a couple weeks ago too. Cc's told me they used adobe, PowerPoint, etc. They also told me they used some templates from others on this site. I have used several of doug's templates ( I think he is in the spotlight) right now.

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J1977 Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 6:02pm
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I looked at the software in the past and thought it was a good idea until it looked like you had to purchase a lot of additional pieces to design more than one shape of cake?? Anyone familiar with that?

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cdent Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 8:17pm
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That software I use already comes with the basic shapes: 2 types of flowers, circle, square, heart. The only add ons I saw were for oval, square...some of the less used shapes. It has all I need icon_smile.gif

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aligotmatt Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 8:34pm
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I draw crazy looking pictures. Little circle swirl is a flower, any kind of flower! Then to the side I'll write out 5" red hibiscus or whatever... I have a small book with some pictures of sketches and the finished product that people can look at at a consultation.

My husband thinks I should use lined or graph paper so my cakes aren't crooked in my drawings... I always have people laughing during the sketching process because of how crazy my sketches look. They work for me though!

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Mindy1975 Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 9:25pm
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I have to draw out 3D cakes sometimes. And they have to be precise measurements too, especially if there are tons of details that have to be all in sync with each other. I have a 3D chevy crew cab truck I have to do for a wedding next week and lets just say that I have been drawing out the sides of the truck, and then matching up the windsheld diameter, and then drawing out the hood and the bed of the truck and making sure they all are the same width together, etc. That way, when it's time to carve, I have all these templates to guide me, and there is no question on how big everything needs to be. I work construction with my father, building log homes. I'd like to think sometimes I'm applying some good ol' carpentry skills to my cake work!

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niccicola Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 1:35am
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I use Microsoft Publisher

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