My name is Liz and I love everything about decorating cakes, especially the old school method of using buttercream frosting for everything! I like the fondant designs too, especially the bright colors and crazy designs you can make with it, but I still have the most fun decorating with buttercream and parchment cones.
I grew up baking. My weekends were spent making my next greatest creation. I loved the look of a decorated cake, especially the wedding cakes. They were gorgeous!
I absolutely love the great things you can do with fondant, but I don’t want new cake decorators to forget about learning how to pipe string work, lattice work, roses and shell borders. It’s really very important. Why? Well, when was the last time you saw a wedding cake piped with beautiful detailed string or lattice work, roses, rosebuds, leaves and shell borders?
Chances are if you’ve been to any weddings recently, I’ll bet the wedding cake was gorgeous, but it was also very “simple” wasn’t it? It was most likely covered in fondant, had a ribbon wrapped around the bottom of each layer, maybe had flowers, and some swirls on the sides or a 3 dot pattern. That’s it!
And cake decorators are charging a fortune for them when they are fairly easy to make and don’t take that long. It’s not right. I’ve seen square stacked wedding cakes that looked like white boxes stacked on top of each other because there was no shell borders, no swags or stringwork, no flowers…just a little bit of a swirl design on the sides with the ribbon wrapped around the bottom and a letter stuck in the top with nothing around it. Come On! Where is the craftsmanship in that? What is our world coming to people? Sheesh!
I want to see wedding cakes with the amount of detail work that was done before fondant became so popular. I’d like to see the artistic quality in cake design that takes time and effort, and worth every penny that you charge. Don’t just slap on some fondant and stick some cut out flowers on there. That’s nice, yes, but certainly not worth what people are paying these days. If you’re going to have a hand in creating someone’s special memories, make their cake special too, and make it worth the money they’re paying.
Customers should still be able to buy birthday cakes with piped handwriting and buttercream decorations, anniversary cakes with beautiful roses and shell borders, and kids cakes with cute piped characters like clowns, teddy bears or baby booties made with a #12. Am I asking too much? I don’t think so. And so I hope that you, the cake decorator, whether a beginner or professional, will practice your artistic talents with buttercream frosting, the old fashioned way, and feel really proud to show off your creations.
That’s my 2 cents…I hope you enjoy the site and join our future conversations! Thanks for coming by, and please come back and visit again soon.