We all had to start somewhere. Let's see your very 1st decorated cake.......and then add the last one or the one you think is your very best work!
The first cake was back in the 1980's, piped with a star tip.
I can't get the image on here of my first cake as it is not saved to this computer, this is pretty close though. Haha - that fantastic cake display stand - still on the baking paper I decorated it on because I had no idea about cake boards and couldn't move it other than sliding it on to the box to get it to the table haha and the fondant straight from fridge to table sweating like crazy.
Second and third cakes were for my Grandma's last two birthday's.
This was my first cake:
I was living in Spain at the time and made fondant myself. There was no shortening available so I used lard! It smelled and tasted awful!! :D
I have only recently started to decorate cakes. I always loved to bake but rarely decorated the cakes I made beyond a piped border. I can't find my first cake that I made for my husbands 27th birthday (about 6 years ago) but it was a sheet cake with the Baltimore Ravens logo piped on. Sad that I can't find it because I was damn proud of that cake since that was my first true effort at an elaborate decoration.
This is the first cake/cupcakes that I was "hired" to make for a baby shower. Also my first time using fondant.
And these are the last two cakes I made for a joint birthday party/
MBalaska: just as I thought..........a HUGE improvement :) And actually for a 1st cake that star isn't all that bad. The pic isn't clear but it looks like the icing is smooth and the star work is very neatly done.
MinhCakes: That was some undertaking - making your own fondant - even if it didn't taste good. Really, for a 1st try it's not bad work.
Freckels: I don't have a pic of my 1st either :( Not the last one but one of my many favorites: hhttp://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/84663/romantic-wedding-shower-design
What a fun thread, love it!! :)
Haha, everything looks so very clunky on that first cake now! But I adore my two most recent big fondant wedding cakes.
Nice job everybody! I love when progress is so visibile :)
I've been baking cakes since I was 5 years old, but this was my first decorated cake since I started this hobby, my niece's wedding cake. The small cake with purple flowers was one of my last and the turtle is one of my sculptures.
Me_me: excellent 1st creation:) It facinates me to see such inprovement.
SandraSmiley: No way could that purple rose cake be your 1st! :) Much too good looking. And that turtle just blows me away. I didn't get much into sculpting - just did one or two. Tried lots of times but never even remotely happy w/results. Yeah, we almost always are our own worst critic.
Thank you, @kakeladi ! No, for some reason the pictures swapped places when they posted. The tiered cake was my first and the one with the purple flowers was one of the last. It is a good thing for me that someone invented gum paste and modeling chocolate because figures and flowers are what I do best. I am yet to master the perfect buttercream, ganache or fondant finish. And, oh how I envy anyone who can pipe!! I do love a beautifully piped cake!
And b'cream/piping is what I cut my decorating teeth on. For me it's easy:) Fondant wasn't much around when I started back in 1980. I didn't get into that until around the late '90s and never really did that much w/it.
@kakeladi , I just love your buttercream cakes! I guess I took up cake decorating a little late to master the exquisite flowers and string work possible with bc and ri. My hands are quite compromised from arthritis and it makes squeezing the bag difficult. Therefore, I just enjoy the work of others!
Freckles0829, evidently you were born with the "fondant gene" because your cakes look wonderful!
I tried to edit my post but it says it is locked.
The first cake was my sons first birthday 29 years ago.
The second is from a wedding this fall.
Ok, this is my 3rd try. I don't have a pic of my first cake, must have been poor image (began '91). I do have one of my first, DD 2nd bday all buttercream. The top is clear because it is a separator plate and I did not put a tier on top so I piped with butter cream. The blue hanging down is bc. Fast forward to present, my most recent cake (14" & 12") using buttercream, fondant, and gum paste. The bridge is rice krispy treat with marbled gumpaste/fondant to look like stone.
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Thank you, SandraSmiley, and my name is also Sandra.
Flamingomtn, I agree with SandraSmiley, what a huge difference in skill!! BTW, what was your first cake supposed to be, anyway?
I am just blown away with the HUGE improvements you all have had. See what practice, Practice PRACTICE! does? LOL