Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Need some advice! :)

Hi friends!
 
I need your help!  
 
I usually only average a cake a month...or every other month...due to the craziness of being a mom right now.  I have several coming up this year that I know of (mainly my own kids/family member's birthday cakes) and I wanted to get your feedback on some ideas of things you'd like to see me do tutorials of here on my blog!!!  This way, I can plan the designs of these cakes around things that you all really want to see!  I know a lot of you have taken my Craftsy class and are excited to keep learning new things from me and I'm so excited to keep sharing!  I just want to make sure the designs I come up with will benefit the most people and if I can squeeze certain techniques in here and there, I will!! :)

SO, leave me a comment below and give me some advice about the following things:
 
*Perhaps you've seen a design you just love but don't know how to pull off (leave me a link)
*Perhaps you struggle with an aspect of cake construction, building or design that you'd love to improve upon but don't know how
*Perhaps you have a party theme coming up that you don't know how to pull off in a cake design
*Perhaps you'd like to have templates for certain things and you don't know how to create them

Whatever it is...leave me a comment!  
 
I'm not going to be able to get back to everyone, and I won't be able to answer all of these! - but perhaps there are a few common themes that I could help you all out with! :)  Plus, I'd love to see some links or pics or designs that you might want me to attempt this year!

Thanks everyone!! :)  I'm so excited to see what the Lord will do this year and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to help those I can! 

Blessings!

38 comments:

  1. O wow, what a brilliant idea, wish you all the luck in the world. And thank you soooo much for this amazing opportunity. You are a wonderful person indeed.

    I would like you to explain how the Building of extreme topsy turvy structures is done. Like multiple gift box shaped cakes falling everywhere.

    Btw could I add you to my facebook friends? :D

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  2. Modeling chocolate preparation and techniques, Thank you for sharing so much! =)

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    1. If you look under the "Most commonly asked questions" tab at the top right of my blog and scroll down to modeling chocolate, there are some tips and recipes and a link to a video on how to make it. I also show how to make it in my Craftsy class and how to use it for designs. It's only $20 for a 3 hour class...the 50% off link it at the top right of my blog. I hope that helps until I can get some more tutorials up! :)

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  3. Hi Jessica, pls show us tutorial on revolving carousel cake..thanks thanks

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  4. Hi Jessica, I love your wonderful designs. Absolutely love your Craftsy tutorial!!!!!!!!I Have been wandering though, how to make 'Vera Wang' ruffles on a cake, Also scrunch roses. How to apply Gold Leaf to a cake. I have seen cakes with metallic silver/gold on tiers, what product/application is used?
    I would love to see a tutorial on these if possible.
    So much to learn!!!!!! Please help!!!!!!!
    Regards,Wendy.

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  5. Hi Jessica. I just ordered your class on Craftsy. Can't wait to watch it. I would love to see templates for all your cakes if possible. Your work is beautiful. Thanks. Kathy

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  6. I would love to see a video tutorial of you covering a double barrel tier (or is it called a double stacked tier?). I understand the concept of how to do it but seeing it would really be helpful. By the way, I cannot believe the rude comments you get from people sometimes, especially about your faith. I am a Christian too and I am impressed by the way you handle it. If they don't want to hear about God then they shouldn't read your blog since you are obviously a Godly person. Keep up the good work!

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  7. I am in absolute amazement at your post !!! Talk about timing ! God is truly amazing ! Yesterday (March 5th) I had a pretty bad disapointment that left me in tears but a lot of good did come out of it ! I've made 4 cakes and have designed 5 so far. I've only fondant 2 of them and yesterday I wasn't able to put fondant on the cakes...but I was WAS able to cover all of my mistakes with 80 something fondant flowers lol. Whew ! lol :)

    If you can (if others are interested too)...could you please show us how to put fondant on a cake...step by step ?

    If not...no problem...I LOVE learning from you...you're a great teacher...trust me !

    Thanks a bunch !! MANY blessings to you and your family ! :)

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    1. Hey there! I actually show step by step how to cover a square cake in fondant and how to cover a round cake in fondant during my Craftsy class. It's 50% off right now, and has over 3 hours of instruction, tips, tricks, templates and more. I'd invest in it if you can...it will really change the way you decorate your cakes...here's the link:
      www.craftsy.com/cakedesign

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  8. So glad you asked! :)
    I have a cake coming up for my Dad's birthday. It's too late now for a tutorial , but I often struggle with cakes for guys! For this one I've decided to keep it very simple. I'm just doing a chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse, covered with buttercream and decorated with chocolate covered strawberries. I want it to have a classic bakery look like you'd find in the display case since he loves to visit bakeries and pick something new and yummy! :)
    But I'd love design ideas that aren't too feminine for next year and the other guys in my life! :)

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    1. I agree with this idea, I have a hard time designing masculine cakes that are not sports, beer, or grilling related.

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  9. Oh I loved your class!!!! I had read your blog before your Craftsy announcement and given your sticker technique a try on my own and had mixed results. After watching the class I now know I'm definitely a visual learner and your tips were without a doubt the missing ingrediant to my previous attempt!

    As for some ideas of techniques, I'd love to see what your process would look like for either the puffy quilting technique as can be seen on this fantastic cake:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/267893877806627926/

    I did a previous cake that I did the quilting on that you can see here, but it isn't puffy AT ALL in comparison! Of course this was only my second fondant cake ever so while not what I wanted, it turned out and my mother was thrilled!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/267893877805879218/

    I'd also be interested in seeing how you would accomplish the birch wood technique as can be seen on the following cake:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/267893877806627943/

    I've drawn several sketches that are fashion inspired cakes so I'm all for tips on creating ANY kind of fabrics!

    I know that was a lot, and I'm sure whatever you share will be just as fantastic as your class! Thanks for all your tips, and know that you inspired another individual to try her hand at creating cakes that are actually edible masterpieces!

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  10. I'd second Paula's suggestion on some tips on how to make and use modelling chocolate. It's something I've never gotten the hang of.

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    1. If you look under the "Most commonly asked questions" tab at the top right of my blog and scroll down to modeling chocolate, there are some tips and recipes and a link to a video on how to make it. I also show how to make it during my Craftsy class and how to use it for designs. I hope that helps until I can get some more tutorials up! :) It's amazing stuff! :)

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  11. I am so gald u r a christian, I dnt knw y anybody should ave a problem with it. I am a born again christian 2. I love ur teaching n methods. Wld love it if u could do a tutorial on a topsy turvy cake or d square cake dat look like they r falling off each other. Tank u. God bless u n strengthen u.

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  12. Birch tree technique would be great as mention.

    Also, something structure like for an standing dinosaur, person standing - seeing the hows to are allways great.

    I enjoy anything you share, I all ways find it helpful even if you show something I know but do it in a different is great.

    Big thanks and look forward to seeing your future posts.
    Leana

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  13. I too would love tips and tricks with modeling chocolate. I would also love a tutorial on how to use the software you use to design your cakes. And I also second the request on how to cover and work with a super tall cake layer of cake. :) Hmmm what else?? I feel so greedy lol. I'm sure I will think of something else :) Thank you for your generosity!

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    1. If you look under the "Most commonly asked questions" tab at the top right of my blog and scroll down to modeling chocolate, there are some tips and recipes and a link to a video on how to make it. I also show how to make it in my Craftsy class and how to use it for designs. I hope that helps until I can get some more tutorials up! :)

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  14. Hi Jessica, Juse purchased your Craftsy class. Was a bit hesitant, but took the plunge. There's always more to be learned! I second the suggestion for covering the tall cakes, barrel, double stacked, whatever you'd like to call it. Perhaps you've already done this on a past blog.
    I'm not professionally trained on this cake "stuff"...I see something, or a customer asks for something, I just do it. Your techniques should help. Just don't have me arrested if you see some similar looking cakes on my end. LOL!
    Thanks!
    Mark C.
    Stella! Baking Co.
    Sewell, NJ

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  15. You're so generous! I've been wanting to learn how to make a cutout effect using 2 layers of fondant like in this cake by the Cake Whisperer http://i45.tinypic.com/9sqa10.jpg I realize paneling using your wax paper transfer method might be one way, but that wouldn't achieve the seamless effect I've seen on some cakes (the whole cake is wrapped in one continuous piece of fondant). Based on my observation and what I've read online, the decorator actually covers the cake in 2 full layers of fondant then cuts out the top layer in certain places while on the cake. I guess my question is how they get most of the 2nd fondant layer to stick but the parts they cut out to come off without any color transfer and such a clean result. Thanks!

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  16. Wow, your up for a challenge then! I would love to learn how to make a floating cake, where a tier is suspended above the cake, like a hot air balloon held up by its four strings, or a ball on an elephants trunk xx

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  17. Thank you for your generosity.. I would love to learn how to make laces and drapped fondant cakes. I have my favorite niece wedding coming and I need some ideas about how to make this wedding cake. Like a 3 tiers wedding cake with a lace and flower lace top tier and a middle or first tier with some drapped fondant like the one they were in night dresses in the 50s.. Looking forward to any of your designs and tutorials..

    Thank you so much

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  18. Purchased your Craftsy class and LOVE it!! Love your blog and your work! Congtratulations and much success!!

    Here are some ideas for future tutorials/videos ;) - Making a ruffled rose tier: http://thecakeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/vera_wang_cake.jpg and using silver and gold (and how to explain to someone that it is not edible and must be removed before serving - or would you just avoid using anything not edible?), adding a buttercream damask pattern /stencil to a round cake (how to move template and not smudge, how to fix mistakes) like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativecakedesigns/5394807548/ , leopard print cake (on the inside using batter) http://api.ning.com/files/x-N6XfFRe-SVvO893UmvNjI8F9XWYQKw9qfUWIbatV0N06laP9qozsVOQvZk0MhI1oB1XLHx3xjWcks2OAX3V6f05fCnYbFj/July2012007.JPG?width=737&height=552 , cascading ruffles and ruffle flowers http://corinavphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/duo_caketresscakeaw.jpg , how to crumb coat or prep cake for buttercream or fondant if using mousse or berry fillings (ie stop it from sinking or bulging out), covering a tall cake (for example 8-10" tall or more (using barrel and draped method), adding fondant (i think they are fondant) scallops like on your white Vintage Wedding cake. And, how you come up with your 'design' - ie deciding what to include and what to leave off - less is more ;)

    -Maria5983@hotmail.com

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  19. I am currently struggling with making giant gumpaste flowers. I know modeling chocolate is your favorite but not sure if it can be used to make giant peony or dahlia blooms. Oh and placing them. Also lace I would love to learn. And maybe some baking stuff! I am scratch only and am always trying to get more info on enhancing white cake. They are most challenging to me! Thanks for asking! Look forward to whatever you strum up! Gabe

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  20. I love the "one eyed monster" cake (as your Dad called it), and would like to learn how to do that.

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  21. Hi Jessica,
    I love your blog! I am so happy you are sharing your secrets in your Craftsy course (which is superb by the way). I would be interested in this technique (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hdfwCQBwgm0/ToYpfU-M8tI/AAAAAAAAEJI/eQiC4Whyy_8/s1600/6162684338_5e86f4a459_z.jpg)which is both bubbly and sophisticated! I hope you pick this technique! I will be using it to make my brother's wedding cake this summer and could definitely use any trick you may throw my way!!
    Charlie

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  22. Thank you Jessica for all the wonderful tips you provided on the blog and in the Craftsy course. It would be greatly appreciated if you could show how to create and wrap a double barrel cake. I have not had much success on the internet for a tutorial. Thank you for allowing us to provide suggestions! God bless!

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  23. Your ability to teach complex designs simply, is such a tallent.
    I would really like to know how to do one continuous spiral cake - the majority of tutorials I have seen sort of do the cheat version where its two tires and non continuous. I just cannot get my dyslexic cake decorating head around it :/
    Many Thanks
    Shaunna
    x

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    1. Thank you! What do you mean one continuous spiral? Like the cake is carved into a spiral, or the spiral is the design on it? Do you have a link you could post? SO excited to see it! :)

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  24. I would like to see a tutorial on making fondant 3d people :)

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    1. Anne Heap just released a Craftsy Cake Toppers class where she teaches how to make 3 different people!!! :)

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  25. Hi Jessica, I loved your class it was great. If you are looking for new ideas how about teaching how you figure out how to implement a graphic design on different size cakes. Also, I'd love to see you tackle a really great circus cake. I think of it being graphical shape, colorful and incorporate some how the acts, clowns or animals. I know you'd do a terrific job designing one. Thanks for asking for input on what we'd like to see from you. Keep up your great work!

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  26. Hi Jessica, I have been following your blog for a while and loved it. I purchased your class and love that too. Great job!! I would like to see how to stencil on a cake, such as this one. I tried it once and the stencil messed up the buttercream that I spent tons of time getting perfect!!! http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/creativecakedesigns/5394807548/

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  27. Hi Jessica, i absolutely love your blog. It is my happy place, lol. It's like a spa for cakesters :-). I would love it if you could do a tutorial on this fondant rosette technique like on this cake by pastrychick: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151947492106165&set=a.10151947492066165.469944.88114206164&type=1&theater

    and
    how to achieve this gorgeous sequins look like this: http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2011/12/gold-wedding-cake-ideas.html

    thanks in advance and thank you for being an inspiration and such a positive person. I appreciate how you infuse your faith into your posts. God bless!

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  28. hey Jessica , I just purchased your class on crafsy and I cant wait to see it, I have got a pic but with no link. I will forward it to your email .God bless

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  29. Hi Jessica. I absolutely LOVE your Craftsy class! It's PACKED full of really great material. Well done and congratulations on doing so well and breaking a Craftsy record! You remind me of something my Pastor once said that stuck with me - "Your level of fruitfulness is related to your level of intimacy with God". I believe you are evidence that that is true.

    So onto your question - I have this cake I have been eyeing and wanting to make but with no clue where to even begin trying to replicate the design. It may be the spiral that Anonymous is referring to. Here's the link to Cake Central where I found it:

    http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2854518/birthday-cake-photos/

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    1. What a SWEET note! Thank you so much for your encouragement!! I'm so glad you're enjoying the class! My heart's desire is to walk steadfastly with my sweet Jesus and to be a light because He has done so much for me! I know I fail constantly, but He knows I desire to please Him with everything...and I am thankful for that! Many blessings to you!

      Love that cake too!! Thanks for sharing it!! Amazing!

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