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  • Anyone else into cake decorating?

    I though I would get back to some hobby stuff - just for something different!
    Coming from a large family who celebrated lots of events, cakes were always an exciting part of our lives. Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Mother's day etc,etc., had a cake to share as the centrepiece.

    Because of this I suppose, I became very interested in decorating at an early age. But it wasn't until about 13 years ago that I decided to have formal lessons. The local council offered classes rather cheaply, so, I'd drop one at school and the other in the daycare attched to the classroom and had myself a high old time.
    Then I became the official "cake maker" of the family. At one stage I decided tha I would make money out of this hobby and was getting a few return clients but the my wrist packed it in and now I just do it for friends and family.
    Anyhoo, if you're interested I've put picture up of some of the cakes I've done.
    http://community.webshots.com/user/gypsyrose52

    Does anyone else do this sort of stuff? I'm always looking for new ideas and often have problems that I could use some help with.
    Rosalie


    http://community.webshots.com/user/gypsyrose52

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    Well well, we meet again..haha...
    I dig those cakes! I especially like the first one posted--its simple and elegant.

    Since getting older and more into the food thing, Ive thought about attempting cake decorating , however its looks very tedious and one must have great patience i would think---not me at all...mine would end up as a big heap of crumbs..haha
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    • #3
      Anyone who slaps a bit of icing of the top of a cake is a cake decorator.They can be as simple or as complicated as you like.
      Rosalie


      http://community.webshots.com/user/gypsyrose52

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      • #4
        Those cakes are absolutely gorgeous! You are soo talented in many different things! I'm not exaggerating one little bit when I say that I have never seen such beautiful cakes in my life - homemade or bakery! I have made the Barbie one before for my daughter's birthday, but it didn't look anything like the one you made with the lovely flowing dress. Wow!
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        Karma

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        • #5
          Thank you for the compliments Karma. I am hoping that someone else will put up some photos. I love going to shows to see the work others do, and I love getting to know people on these boards too. I have made some very good friends here.
          You know I have gathered a photo board of IC members and you are on it! It sits next to my computer while I'm on the ICN.
          Rosalie


          http://community.webshots.com/user/gypsyrose52

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          • #6
            I'm very impressed! You do a beautiful job.

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            • #7
              Those are great. I decided this summer that character cakes couldn't be that hard and bought the pans and tried. I decided the bakery really isn't that exspensive after all. I threw in the towel and said forget it. I can't imagine trying some of the ones you did.

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              • #8
                Leslie, all of these cakes just have a little trick to them. Having someone teach you is the key.
                So many times I would have a lightbulb moment and think "is that all that is?" If you still have the tins, have another go and I will help you if you like.
                Were you trying to pipe directly onto the cakes or spreading the icing with a knife? There is a little trick to either way.
                Rosalie


                http://community.webshots.com/user/gypsyrose52

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                • #9
                  Such beautiful cakes Rosalie. I'm so jeaulous. I took a very basic cake decorating course eons ago. I took it before my son's 1st birthday when I thought about how many birthday cakes I would be needing to buy throughout life. My son is now 29 and I also have a daughter, so I use to do their cakes every year. Also did cakes for family members birthdays & for baby showers in the family ect., but nothing near to what you do. Looking at your pictures makes me want to play with the cake decorating thing again. Now if I actually motivate myself to do that is a whole nother story.lol Will you share your secret to what kind of icing you use on your cakes? It's so smooth and flowing. I'm just sitting here shaking my head as to how talented and creative you are.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you Karen. I posted a reply a little while ago but am having problems at this end. So if two responses pop up its not necessarily because I'm getting dotty. Hahaa.
                    If you enjoyed doing the cakes before don't stop now. As the kids get older we have a bit more time for ourselves. I really loved the course I did on making sugar flowers.

                    And, you know, there may be engagement and wedding cakes to be done in the future. And if you follow that through, you might be called on for cake for the grandchildren! What do you think! Hehehehe!
                    Rosalie


                    http://community.webshots.com/user/gypsyrose52

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                    • #11
                      Okay Rosalie, you're making me tired. LMAO My daughter got married last year and every time I look at the picture of her cake I get ****** off all over again. Could have done better myself. Well that may be a big over exaggeration.lol She had a big cake with the fountain and the step things and all the layers. Told them I would get the ribbon to match her colors and so they could match the frosting for the roses to the ribbon color. Called to take the ribbon to them 2 weeks before the wedding and they said they didn't need it till the day before the wedding. Well to make a long story short, apparently they had already done all the frosting flowers and had them on the cake and they were so much darker than the ribbon that matched her colors. I could have choked them when I saw the cake when I got to the reception. Of course it was way to late to do anything about it. Another story was the cake my sister had done for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Nothing like it was suppose to be and UGLY.
                      I'm going to have to check out the sugar flowers. I've never seen them and they sound so pretty. If I start playing with this cake decorating stuff again I'm going to blame you every time I'm cleaning up the mess from it.lol

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                      • #12
                        Just wanted to say thank you, Rosalie. That was sweet.
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                        Karma

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                        • #13
                          Rosalie, I really enjoyed seeing your work. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us. Your cakes are absolutely beautiful!!! I, too, enjoy cake decorating and took several courses. We are retired now and travel much of the time, so I don't have the time to do much with decorating right now. For the time being, I only do cakes for special occasions for close friends and relatives. I hope to get back to doing more of this once we move and are more settled. I specialize in decorating with gum paste (sugar dough). For those in the US interested in learning the art of creating sugar dough flowers, many places (cooking schools, cake decorating supply stores and even some craft stores) are now offering classes in this "almost lost art". One of the best-known masters of gum paste creations in the US is woman in NYC, Sylvia Weinstock. If you Google her name, you will find her website. It really isn't terribly difficult to learn and is so much fun! It can be quite lucrative, too, as cakes decorated with handmade sugar dough are very pricey. If you are looking for something to earn a little money while at home and enjoy cake decorating, it might be worth looking into taking a few classes.
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                          • #14
                            Karen anytime you make a mess just give me a call and I'll pop over to clean up for you.LOL
                            It really is worth the mess and do look into some classes if you are interested. Being able to decorate a cake just the way you want it is much better than paying through the nose for something that dissappoints.
                            Annie, do you have any pictures of your cakes? I would love to see them.
                            Once, when I was looking for a piece of equipment ,I rang a large art store in the city.
                            This snobby lady told me "Oh no! we wouldn't carry cake decorating lines, We only deal in ART"
                            Well, I gave her a piece of my mind!
                            Rosalie


                            http://community.webshots.com/user/gypsyrose52

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                            • #15
                              Way to go Rosalie, giving that lady a piece of your mind. I can't afford to give to many people a piece of my mind because I don't have much of my mind left.LMAO I'm so glad that you will come and clean up my mess though because I can be awfully messy.lol My kitchen is small so I end up having to drag everything into the dining room to work on it.

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