I've ordered the Planet Cake Book and also A couple of Wiltons Cake Decorating books, I already have some experience piping with buttercream. But I have never used Fondant. Like most of you, I am also looking for any excuse to test out my baking and decodrating skills, luckily I have 5 Birthday's in the next 3 months and then Christmas to look forward to!
Fuchsia - I've also taken a liking to cupcake decorating, I find it a little easier then decorating a whole cake!
The courses are expensive, I was quite shocked when I saw how much actually, I thought maybe around the $150 mark but the Company I am doing them through charge anywhere from $360 upwards
Maria02 - That is an awesome cake! My DS1 is demanding I make him a transformers cake now I'm actually ashamed to say that I have never baked any of my kids birthday cakes, but now that I have found this new hobby I can't wait!
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20-08-2011 18:33 #11-
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I love it. I don't get to do it often either and I'm not the best but I find it a good way to be creative. I've made hubby a guitar cake and dd1 a butterfly cake, I made my mums 50th birthday cake as a retirement village and golf buggy. I'm now getting more into cupcakes and experimenting with flavours. It's heaps of fun. I agree with pp's. The main things you need are a good palett knife, gel colours, disposable piping bags cause the others are hard to get clean, throwing out is much easier. I have also done cake and cookie pops recently... They are a new love of my life lol. I've got dd2 christening cake coming up next month and I'm going to try my hand at gumpaste for the first time.
20-08-2011 22:03 #13
I love it too!! I can't wait to get into it more this year and possibly start my own small business! I find it so relaxing!
Here is DD1's birthday cake this year.
here are a few more I've done in the last few months! It's very addictive and I love taking an idea and running with it!
I wouldn't be without my alphabet cut out letters and numbers...
My edible ink pens
marshmellow fondant (homemade)
and a small sharp knife for cutting out design pieces.
20-08-2011 23:17 #14
I enjoy cake decorating as a hobby. For me, it would be too stressful and full of red tape to do as a business from home.
I'm fortunate in that I have an aunt who is a pastry chef and has made and decorated cakes for years. It's through her I've learned to not attend the "you beaut courses for $$$$" that promise you everything, particularly a certain company that has two books out now (one on cakes, the other on cupcakes) who charge huge dollars for not a lot. eg. they use ready to roll fondant and you don't learn any traditional techniques, only a lot of short cuts. Unfortunately, I learnt this after I attended one of their courses. Even the TAFE courses are very light on for $$$. TAFE is not what it used to be
You might like to try the Australian National Cake Decorators Association who promote cake decorating without squeezing the financial life out of you and you learn a bit at their meetings too.
21-08-2011 05:55 #15
I've been really getting into cake decorating too. Just wish I had more time 2 do it!!! I could never have the patience 2 do it as a business tho!!! Lol
I haven't done any courses but learnt so much thru reading and online tutorials. YouTube is fantastic 4 cake decorating stuff!!! Also, check out Way Beyond Cakes by Mayen. She has a website and facebook page. She too is self taught but her cakes are amazing and the online community she has established 2 help other cakers is incredible!! She's in the US but has ppl from around the world all helping eachother with tips and advice.
Good luck ladies. Can't wait 2 see some of ur creations :-)
21-08-2011 06:14 #16
I love cake decorating! I've done a handful of paid cakes. Here are a few that I've done. Keep in mind I'm far from a pro and have only been doing it for a year..
Fathers day fishing cake for df
First real fondant cake I did for a 21st Hollywood party
DDs 2nd bday cake
Booby cake lol
Baby shower cake. These are popular. I've made 3 of these on various colors etc
3rd birthday cake for a fellow Hubbers son
Ds first bday
Christening/1st bday cake for again a fellow hubbers daughter
Angel made with gumpaste
Did they work??
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21-08-2011 06:55 #17
I have bought the planet cake book but have yet to try anything.
Does anyone know where I can get pre made fondant in brisbane? I am on the southside.
21-08-2011 07:05 #18
They work if you copy the words into the browser but not as a link. They are awesome! I'm like you! Self taught and been doing it for about 10 months.
I can't wait to get some more cakes done and think about making some to get photos of for my gallery
21-08-2011 07:25 #19
I love it and have done quite a few paid for cakes too!! I find it extremely relaxing! I have a Facebook page too!!
21-08-2011 07:40 #20
Wow all those cakes are brilliant Let's just say I'm a real amateur compared to you girls- I haven't graduated off butter icing
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