Practice Cake: My turn

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Practice Cake: My turn

I made the marshmallow fondant, and I wish I had made it a darker green. I had A LOT of issues with the fondant. My kitchen is destroyed and I am so tired I feel like I'm going to pass out! I really don't like the way it turned out at all and now I'm thinking of doing something completely different.

Oh, and I'm aware that my innertube and person are green, but I didn't want to make a whole other batch of fondant just so those items wouldn't be green. It is just a practice cake after all.

The 'finished' cake.

PART of my kitchen.

The inside - Dark chocolate. It's very tasty.

Some things I think I'll do differently are: 1) Make it a double decker, 2) Darker green with more 'people' in the right color OR change the design completely, 3) Watch some more instructional videos on piping and writing, Geesh! I'm sure there's more, but right now I can't think of what else. I was hoping I'd only be doing one practice cake, but now I think it'll be more!

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For a first time cake, that looks AMAZING!!! I can only hope mine looks like that. Quick question....did you use a cake mix or make one from scratch? It looks very tasty.

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Anna, I don't know, I think it looks really good! I'm not really sure where exactly you think it is screwed up at. You're not a professional cake maker so it's not going to be "perfect". To me, it's more about being able to say you make your daughters birthday cakes and you will get even better over the years (especially now that you will have to do 2 a year Smile ). I think it looks great!

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It's great! I love it Smile

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"stacymh" wrote:

For a first time cake, that looks AMAZING!!! I can only hope mine looks like that. Quick question....did you use a cake mix or make one from scratch? It looks very tasty.

I make the cake from scratch. It's actually the recipe on the back of the Hershey's Dark Cocoa container. It's really good.

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"momW" wrote:

Anna, I don't know, I think it looks really good! I'm not really sure where exactly you think it is screwed up at. You're not a professional cake maker so it's not going to be "perfect". To me, it's more about being able to say you make your daughters birthday cakes and you will get even better over the years (especially now that you will have to do 2 a year Smile ). I think it looks great!

Thanks Christa. I am terrible at the piping. The writing sucks. I tried to put a leafy design on the outside edge, but I couldn't do it. The little 'flowers' just look like blobs. The person (there were going to be more) looks dumb, and the tube and diving board are completely out of proportion. It's all stuff I'll have to work on for next time. I may practice individual elements and then try another practice cake in a week or two, though I don't know who will eat that much cake!

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awwww I like it!! the little person is cute:)

What issues did you have with the fondant? it is super messy and you need a lot of shortening or else it sticks to everything and becomes useless.

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Thanks Christa. I am terrible at the piping. The writing sucks. I tried to put a leafy design on the outside edge, but I couldn't do it. The little 'flowers' just look like blobs. The person (there were going to be more) looks dumb, and the tube and diving board are completely out of proportion. It's all stuff I'll have to work on for next time. I may practice individual elements and then try another practice cake in a week or two, though I don't know who will eat that much cake!

Take photos of everything you practice!! I'm a bit of a cake-aholic Smile I love cake and everything about it. I can't wait to make Tobey's cake but I'm not doing any pratice (not that I think I'm hot at making cakes...I'm really not I just can't be bothered :lol:)) I'm making my MIL's birthday cupcakes over this next week and I'm stupidly excited

So yeah, ship the cake over here I'll eat it Biggrin

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"janijanis" wrote:

awwww I like it!! the little person is cute:)

What issues did you have with the fondant? it is super messy and you need a lot of shortening or else it sticks to everything and becomes useless.

The stickiness for sure, but I found it easier to work with it just using powdered sugar to keep it from sticking. I finally used butter on the top where I was rolling and the powdered sugar underneath to get it to roll out half decent.

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Thanks Christa. I am terrible at the piping. The writing sucks. I tried to put a leafy design on the outside edge, but I couldn't do it. The little 'flowers' just look like blobs. The person (there were going to be more) looks dumb, and the tube and diving board are completely out of proportion. It's all stuff I'll have to work on for next time. I may practice individual elements and then try another practice cake in a week or two, though I don't know who will eat that much cake!

I guess the details your pointing out don't show up well in the picture cause I really do think it looks awesome. Maybe try something a little easier this year and then you can hone in your skills over the years.

DH and I have decided that we aren't doing a typical birthday cake for Clara for her 1st. We have quite enjoyed doing regular cakes (german chocolate, pineapple upside down, carrot cake) for birthdays so we are going to make it a tradition and skip ordering cakes (NO way I am talented enough to make fondant) and just make a "regular" cake for everyone's birthday's. I'm actually super excited about that. I get to make my kids' cakes and we'll actually eat them (neither of us is a big fan of birthday/wedding type cakes).

ETA: as a funny side note. For DS's birthday a couple weeks ago I forgot to buy a tractor at Walmart to put on his cake as the "decoration". I piped his name onto it with a ziploc bag, wasn't great, but wasn't terrible. Anyway, I snatched two of his tractors from the floor, washed them up real good and plopped them down on the cake and ta da, it was perfect Lol So, take my cake advice with a grain of salt, I'm the kind of person that uses used toys as cake decoration Biggrin

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"momW" wrote:

ETA: as a funny side note. For DS's birthday a couple weeks ago I forgot to buy a tractor at Walmart to put on his cake as the "decoration". I piped his name onto it with a ziploc bag, wasn't great, but wasn't terrible. Anyway, I snatched two of his tractors from the floor, washed them up real good and plopped them down on the cake and ta da, it was perfect Lol So, take my cake advice with a grain of salt, I'm the kind of person that uses used toys as cake decoration Biggrin

ROFL

Actually it's not a bad idea!!

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Christa you crack me up! Lol

Anna, that is a GREAT first cake! I have no art skill which is exactly why I decorated Aiden's cake with M&Ms. And writing with icing? Definitely not happening!!! WTG Anna, you're super talented!

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Anna I have a pool cake in my cake book if you want to look at it. I had it for one of my birthdays. It's a round cake with some of the middle scooped out with blue jelly for the water and choclate biscuits around the side as a fence.

This is a tv show making it

http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/coolest-swimming-pool-cake-26.html

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I think it looks great!
Ok, really, am I the only one that isn't making a fancy cake for my LO's bday? I may get as far a carrot or apple muffins but that is it. You ladies impress me!

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:lurk:

I think it looks great, the fondant is very smooth. If you want to practice writing flowers just get some icing in a pipping bag and practice on wax paper, that way you can keep scrapping it off and put it back in the bag and try again, so you wont have to make a whole cake. The cake looks nice and moist. I find the wilton gel colours great for colouring, makes it bright without needing a lot. If you don't want to write you can get small letter cookie cutters and cut the letters out of Fondant and put them the cake.

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I think it looks really cute! Letters are hard, I have decorated cakes for family birthdays for years and still can't do good letters. I think yours look really good and the fondant is so smooth!

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Great cake! What an awesome idea!!!!! Great job!

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

I think it looks great!
Ok, really, am I the only one that isn't making a fancy cake for my LO's bday? I may get as far a carrot or apple muffins but that is it. You ladies impress me!

Me and you Joy, we're the underachievers here Smile

"mama22Girls" wrote:

:lurk:

I think it looks great, the fondant is very smooth. If you want to practice writing flowers just get some icing in a pipping bag and practice on wax paper, that way you can keep scrapping it off and put it back in the bag and try again, so you wont have to make a whole cake. The cake looks nice and moist. I find the wilton gel colours great for colouring, makes it bright without needing a lot. If you don't want to write you can get small letter cookie cutters and cut the letters out of Fondant and put them the cake.

Those are some really great ideas! I like the idea of the letter cookie cutters.

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That is the part about baking I dont like.. The mess before, during and after!!

I think it is cute!

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"mama22Girls" wrote:

:lurk:
If you don't want to write you can get small letter cookie cutters and cut the letters out of Fondant and put them the cake.

That's what I do Smile free hand writing is way beyond my ability!!

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Great job!!:0) Nice fondant work too!!:0)

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Man....all you guys and your making cakes.

Smile I just love it. you did a great job Anna

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Ok, I haven't read all the posts yet, but I had to say that this cake looks YUMMY!! I love a good looking cake, for sure, but dammit they gotta taste even better - and this one looks like it passes!!! LOL!! I want some!! I think I'll do a practice cake, or buy a practice cake - lol - just so I have an excuse to eat cake!! LOL Smile