Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Take a Picture Before It's Done

For some of you this little tip may seem too obvious, but I was amazed at how long it took me to realize it.  Do you ever get a cake order and there's one part of the cake that makes it less marketable to other customers?  Not that there's anything wrong with it, and not that I expect people to only order cakes I have done before.  Take the cake above.  On the left was the finished wedding cake - the couple wanted a splash of their colors (hot pink and green) and a sign language topper.  The cake turned out beautifully and I was very proud of it.

As I was working on it however, at some point I had it all decorated except for the extra color and the topper.  So I pulled out the camera and snapped a few pictures of it in that pre-finished state.  If you're still trying to build your portfolio, this is a good way to get 2 pictures for the price of one!

So don't hesitate taking a photo for you before you finish making it for them!

For the record, this whimsical wedding cake went to Chattanooga's Creative Discovery Museum.


  1. Great tip Jenniffer! We all get so focused on finishing that this important step can be forgotten.

  2. Excellent point! Many times couples have their own cake toppers and my design style is to handmake toppers or flowers out of sugar. So I will always try to take a photo without the topper. It is good for other couples to see it without the topper so they can imagine their own personalized details.

  3. I often forget to take pictures, something about it being done - its just simply done and out of my mind. Thank goodness for Facebook, the pics now a days come back to you with a thank you -- always nice.

    What a great idea to take pictures at a point where you could be done. Thanks so much!! '

    your pics and story from the competition are fantastic thanks for sharing them!


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