Knowing When A Cake Is Finished

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emma_123 Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 12:31pm
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I'm not sure if it's just me (probably!) but lately I keep adding things or changing little things on my cakes after they've been 'finished', for instance last week I made a cake and when it was done I noticed a small dent on the side so decided (stupidly as it turns out) to try and smooth it out. It took hours to fix the mark it left as the fondant was too dry and although I did get it smooth for some reason it left a dark mark which I did eventually get covered but I wasn't 100% happy with it even though my lovely customer thought it was great.

So last night I finished a cake with a lancaster bomber on the top. I spotted a few bits which need more grass around the bottom of the cake this morning and then started to take some photos (its being collected tomorrow but wanted some time for the royal icing to dry). So I look at the photos and start thinking there is too much green and maybe I should put some more clouds on there. Now I'm worried I'm going to spoil it if I start fiddling around with it and need to learn when to stop. Does this just come with time or should I trust my first instinct that I've finished it? I'm sure its because I'm so keen on perfection but at the moment its just not helping!

Sorry for the long rambling post!

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AnnieCahill Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 12:35pm
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I think it looks great. And just like you, I always take a step back and see if there is anything else I can add to make it look better. I also sometimes ask my husband. But generally I can tell when it's finished.

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cakecraving Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 1:36pm
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I think it is finished and very nicely done. I think if you add more clouds you will take away from the square shape of the crops.

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milkmaid42 Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 2:17pm
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I would say stop and don't add anything else to it. Like was said earlier, the fields show up really well and more clouds would obscure them.

I have the same problem and often wish someone would have told me to stop before I went overboard. icon_redface.gif So often, simpler is better.

Although it doesn't necessarily apply to cakes, when I'm painting and have a question, I simply look at the work in a mirror. It is amazing what a reflective perspective shows.

Anyway, it is a lovely cake and I'm sure will be greatly appreciated.


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emma_123 Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 7:43pm
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Thank you so much for all your comments, I have left it alone and think I just need to learn to leave things alone once I've decided they are finished (the first time!).

Jan I used to always take photos to check my cakes were done but these past two times that method has failed me!

Fingers crossed they do like it, its for a lovely lady I've made cakes for before and its for her Dad who did 52 missions in a Lancaster during the war so I really hope I've done it justice and she likes it.

Thanks again for your comments and help x

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debidehm Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 8:21pm
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I really like your cake and think it looks great just as it is! I have the same problem with "when to stop"!! I have finally had to repeat this mantra "step away from the cake, step away from the cake"!!

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icer101 Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 8:48pm
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My teacher told my some years ago. "less is more" . I try to step back, also. and remember that.

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emma_123 Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 2:29pm
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I think less messing about is definitely in order so will try and remember that and to step away from the cake!

Well they picked it up this morning and loved it and its had a great reception on my Facebook page too. Thanks again for all your help x

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Relznik Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 2:36pm
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Step away from the cake!! It's fab!!

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cakecraving Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 5:27pm
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We new they would love it you did a great job

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DeniseNH Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 5:48pm
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Perfect amount of clouds and a beautiful cake. Great job. I think that any artist does the same thing. I once kept a cute joke about this subject. Shows an artist reclining in front of his newly finished painting eating a bowl of popcorn, studying the painting as if it was a Television. We do that too. Study it to death then try to fix something that isn't broken. One thing that helps is to take a picture of it before it goes out the door - download the photo and look at that to see if anything needs adjusting.

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