I think that we are here to inspire eachother, and if someone were to someday think enough of me to replicate one of my creations, I'd be flattered.
As far as contests or shows, I don't know that I would enter a cake design that wasn't mine, just off of principle, but if someone is determined to do just that - then there needs to be a way to credit the original artist, which could very well drive business to them. :O)
Copying another artists work is called plagiarism. You have to do what you feel comfortable with. I will take inspiration from cakes I've seen but i wont usually copy it; Most cases I can't because cake decorating is very subjective stylistically.
I also find it a little insulting when a customer asks me to do that, it's like they're saying my own ideas aren't good enough for them.
Well, I guess if you find something on the internet, it could be from someone in another country for all you know. The cake I have up right now, some one sent me the picture and asked to make that cake. I am proud of it not for the design, but for the technique, it was the first cake I completely covered in fondant and think I did a pretty good job of it. Right now I have another cake that some one saw online and wants the basic design of the cake, but not all the elements on it.
I guess there are pros and cons to this.... Some feel proud and some feel insulted. I think I look at it as I can do that, more then I designed it. I can make that bow, make a vulcano, or sculpt those animals. I can make that, sure... But I certainly think having pictures and ideas help with things, and I can see where you would want to put your own touch on things.....
A couple of weeks ago I made a cake for a friend, we came up with how we wanted it to look, we didn't look at any pictures online. A few days ago I was looking at a local bakery website and saw almost the exact same design, she had made the cake 2 years ago!!! Sometimes we can "steal" designs and not even realize it! LOL!
I hope one day I am good enough that someone wants to copy my designs. If they give me credit, great, if not...not a big deal.
I agree with Holly. Competitions are for showcasing your own talent and imagination, not for duplicating another's, unless, as Holly said, you give credit where due. I think the judges are looking for creative, talent in expressions, imaginative cakes.
I too agree with Holly. But to add something, if someone brings in a design that another cake baker has drawn up for them in a consult., I won't use it at all. I start from scratch. You never know, they may like yours better anyway. Everyone has a different spin on ideas. But to use someone else's consult. design (cake shopping from locals), I won't do that. :)
must say, I like your better!
I personally don't feel there is any such thing as an original idea. In the case of the lingerie cakes - we should all be thanking the very first person who EVER made one. Each and every one after that, including mine, including yours, is a variation of that one and not an original at all. That's who we should be thanking. I have never seen my exact black leather lingerie cake anywhere - but do I claim the idea? Heck no!
Each and every example I've seen shown here, are all variations of cakes we've all seen before, not original ideas... including mine, including yours.
As for the Vera Wang example - it's called David's Bridal and other such shops. I paid $700 for my knock off $25,000 dress. I went in with a picture of a $25,000 dress and walked away very happy. 100% copy? no. 90% close. Yes! Perfectly legal. Everyone who shops at David's Bridal and other shops like it should be ashamed? Really?
Come on, people, let's get a grip. Not one of us has an original idea. We see things and spin it. I've seen many cakes like the Luck's image and red rose example. They are all over the place. How many draped cakes have we all seen (I've done 6 alone)?
The upside down icing method - as far as I know - we still know who created that. In 50 years we won't and it will be considered a generic form of decorating. If we do still know, it will only be because of the internet and documentation. Not because we remember.
Covering wedding cakes in edible clay - who knows what fondant was called back in the day- who invented that? Who was the very first person to do that? Who? and we are all copying that person each and every time we do that. Not my idea in the slightest. Putting stripes on a cake, clay flowers, edible images, and every decorating technique after that came from someone else. Not me or you. So, should we not ice a cake in fondant because we didn't think of it? Should we not put red roses on a cake in a cascade? Or drapes? Or white on white?
I come up with MY way of doing things - but not the idea to begin with: very few of us do.
And Vera Wang is also far from original!