Getting Depressed?

Decorating By judyj2 Updated 30 Jun 2010 , 7:29pm by CrumblesConfections

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judyj2 Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 2:36pm
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I get so depressed when I look at all the beautiful cakes you cc'ers do. How do you get the fondant and details so flawless? No matter how hard I try when I make a cake the fondant is bumpy and when I try to cut details out of fondant to place on the cake they get all distorted and full of finger marks. Is it just practice, practice, practice or is it a natural born nack that some people have and some haven't got icon_sad.gif

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erin12345 Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 2:43pm
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Have you taken a class on working with fondant? It helps a lot to learn from someone experienced, some of the techniques for handling fondant and also what tools are useful when working with it. After that, it's just practice.

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aundron Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 2:46pm
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It's practice, practice, practice!! and throw in a couple of cake classes here and there!! icon_smile.gif

With the fondant details, for me, I let them dry a little bit before I apply to the cake. I used to do it immediately after I cut them but of course, they would be wrinkly with finger prints.

As far as covering a cake with fondant; I found something on youtube that helped a little bit, but what really helped me was taking a class at a cake decorating supply store.

Hope this helps a little!!

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all4cake Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 2:48pm
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Don't get discouraged...I've been decorating for over 30 years (pushing 40 actually), and I still ain't got it. The older I get, the less I'm stressin' and it seems the more they're being appreciated by their recipients. It's not that I don't care what my cakes look like...I do...rahlly I do's just that after so many years of freaking out over schit that I notice that no one else seems to see, has got me throwing my hands up...."geez, if you people can't see thaaaaaaat.....!"

Focus on the base/undercoat of icing, the consistency of your fondant. I've noticed that when my fondant is too soft, I maul the heck out it...stretch it, mush it...oh, it's ugly if the fondant is too soft....

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indydebi Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 2:50pm
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Judy, dont' get depressed. I'd been making cakes for 25 years when I found CC and *I* felt pitiful when I saw the awesome cakes on here, too! I'm thinking to myself, "Self, you got some nerve calling yourself a cake decorator, compared to THESE cakes!" icon_redface.gif

Just try one new thing with each cake and you'll be amazed at how fast your skills build up. thumbs_up.gif

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tracycakes Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 2:53pm
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Ditto! It seems every weekend I get depressed over cakes because they're not coming out right. But the customer loves them and they turn out alright after all. I try to take downtime in orders to practice things. I like to do competitions not because I expect to win anything, but because I learn so much while working on them. It's all about practice.

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judyj2 Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 3:11pm
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Thanks for all your encouragement and advice. I have taken the wilton classes, but as you say, I guess it is a matter of practise. It's mainly the fondant thing I guess. I have watched several good you tube tutorials but I still have trouble. How thick should the buttercream be under the fondant. Is it just a crumb coat or do you ice the cake just thick enough to cover all traces of the cake. My fondant is always bumpy on top no matter how much I try to smooth it. Is this because the buttercream is too thick or dry. Is it better to mist the buttercream first?

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CrumblesConfections Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 7:29pm
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I've only been making cakes for about 3 years and I continually stress over what I don't know (which is plenty). I LIVE on Youtube and I troll the forums a lot. I'm my own worst critic. My husband tells me that he only sees the mistakes when I point them out. It's practice, practice, practice though. I still can't write with icing and I've committed to practicing at least 3 times a week now to master it. But, Youtube is the best for me and CC.

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