Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Some of my First Cakes

A few weeks back I blogged about how I got started into cake decorating and how I wound up where I am today making a living doing something I truly enjoy.  Your comments were all so sweet with many of you expressing that you shared the same dream.

Since I did my buttercream smoothing tutorial I get maybe an e-mail a week from someone who has tried my method and still not happy with the way their cakes look.  I always tell them to keep practicing and keep decorating.  Just like any other artist, you will develop your own methods and your own sense of style over time.  And your cakes WILL get better!

So why am I saying all of this?  Well... I was going through some old photos the other night when I ran across some of the cakes I did when I was first starting out.  Chad and I looked through them and snickered and giggled at each one.  But, I was doing the best I could do at the time and I was really proud of them.

So for the novice bakers out there that see my current cakes and think "Wow, I could never do that", I wanted you to see that I didn't start out doing 5-tiered cakes or flawless buttercream.  Everyone else can just sit back and laugh like Chad and I did!!

Click on the picture for an even better look!

I know the firefly cake was one I recreated (I use the term very loosely) from the Whimsical Bakehouse book.  The rest I probably saw in a Woman's Day magazine or some such place.  That purple two-tiered cake was my Wilton final cake!  These were all giveaways, so luckily none of them should ever wind up on Cake Wrecks!  LOL!

Thanks for visiting!!


  1. We all have to start somewhere! I cringe when I look back on some of my first cakes - eeek! Practice, practice, practice.

  2. You are brave, I'm not sure I would want to post some of my first cakes.

    I second the practice. Also, the all butter icing makes a HUGE difference. People may also want to check the quality of their butter. I learned that my store brand is not equivalent to Land O Lakes. My cakes look so much better since you shared your method. I only wish I had learned that sooner.

  3. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jenniffer! I think it's beautiful that you have those old photos to look back at and see how far you've come! Even so your early cakes are super cute! I actually love that "Count" cake! (or Dracula?)


  5. LOVE IT!! It is comforting to know that the greats get to where they are with practice ... cuz I just keep practicing on anyone who will let me. Maybe someday I can do another "lessons learned" post and tell everyone that practice makes perfect :-)

  6. Jenniffer, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your old photos! And I totally agree that practice makes perfect! :D


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