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Self Taught Decorators Club

For the free spirit cake decorators who had no formal training. Share you journey and what new things your still learning. What resources do you use to gain knowledge?

Members: 675
Latest Activity: Aug 23, 2016

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Introcuding Myself-Laura

Started by Laura Guynup. Last reply by Laura Guynup Aug 23, 2016. 2 Replies

Hello my name is, Laura.  I am a stay at home mom with two sons ages 10 and 13. One grown daughter age, 34 and one grand daughter age 8. I have been learning about baking and decorating cakes for…Continue

Carving Problems

Started by Lydia Beier. Last reply by Laura Guynup Aug 21, 2016. 15 Replies

I am so glad I am doing a practice run of my purse cake.  I am following a video tutorial (using my own pattern), and that doesn't seem to be the problem.  I used my chocolate cake recipe and have…Continue

Victorian plastic cake stand??

Started by Melanie. Last reply by Melanie Nov 19, 2013. 5 Replies

Ok Ladies! I need some help! Anyone know where I can find this stand or a stand like it? I tried to search eBay, but didn't know what to type in to search it? Check out attached photo! Thanks!!

Favorite fondant

Started by Deborah Martin. Last reply by Ricardo Cancino Nov 18, 2013. 13 Replies

I want everybody's thoughts on what their favorite fondant is and why.  I have done Satin Ice, Duff, and I recently saw a video on utube which adds Wilton to MMF.  Just want to hear some opinions. …Continue

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Comment by Daisy Brown on June 16, 2010 at 11:08am
Oh Denise I did it on Monday and it actually works! There is a video tutorial here that is really simple. Just like everything I learn wants you get the basics tweak it to suit what want to do with it.
Comment by Daisy Brown on June 16, 2010 at 12:48pm
Denise the things you can use this technique for are endless :).
Comment by Lori on June 17, 2010 at 1:02am
Greetings everyone, I just joined the group.
Comment by Pamela P on June 17, 2010 at 3:39am
Hi everyone! I just joined the group! How did you all get started at baking?
Comment by Daisy Brown on June 17, 2010 at 9:11am
First let me start by welcoming all the new members to the group. I'm a natural cook and didn't do much baking growing up. As an adult i baked for fun but never cake decorating until......"Duff". I fell in love with his work and love of baking when he took on cake challenges on th"Food Network".
Comment by Theresa Happe on June 17, 2010 at 12:40pm
I, too, started with an Easy Bake oven. One day, my mom let me make up my own cake recipe and I used safflower oil. It was disgusting. My parents were into health food, so the only way to get anything sweet was to bake. Been doing it ever since.
Comment by Rosalie on June 17, 2010 at 3:58pm
I've been baking and decorating cakes, cookies, and pastries for thirty years and taught myself by following wilton's annual cake books. I've also used their instruction books as well as purchasing similar instruction books at our local colleges and our factoryoutlet bookstores. I'm still learning, as fondant is new to me and I'm not experianced enough to make perfect sugar flowers. I try, but I always seem to roll the fondant or gum paste to thick to make a perfect flower. I'm still learning.
Comment by Daisy Brown on June 17, 2010 at 4:02pm
OOOh Pamela I want to do blown sugar so badly. I figured like everything else I have learned...as long as you have the right tools and instructions anything is possible. I've watched a few video's and plan to look up supplies needed for this technique next week. I will put a list together and post it.
Comment by Rosalie on June 17, 2010 at 4:08pm
I just finished my first pair of baby sneakers, they are cute but I need more practice. It is so helpful to watch the videos on cwb, but I haven't seen one for the baby sneakers or high heel shoes. Do you really need a mold for the high heels or can it be made without one. For the sneakers, I didn't know which piece to put on first after you make the sole; so it was a little sloppy.
Comment by Jennifer Carter on June 17, 2010 at 9:32pm
I got started decorating cakes in high school. I went to a rural high school and our Home Ec classes were divided into Foods and Clothing. When you got into Foods 3, you learned basic cake decorating - stars, borders, drop flowers, roses, etc. In Foods 4 you learned other flowers, basket weave, etc. I took through Foods 3, and that was it. Then I forgot about it for 19 years, until my 3 year old wanted a Disney Princess Cake for her birthday and it cost $60.00. I decided to try to make it myself - it was just vines, drop flowers and a few roses, after all - there's a picture of it in my photos ("Confectionately Carter). I bought the plastic pieces at the local grocery store. The rest, as they say, is history!

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