Houston Studios Photography) took these great shots of a simple little cake that I made a while back.
It's cute when a client calls you and says, "You have to make a cake, it's all she wants for her birthday. I'll be in the dog house!" Mike is much more proactive these days. Now it's a cake that stays on my calendar from year to year. This is such a simple cake with a #3 tip for grass, some plunger flowers, and a few gumpaste yellow flowers (plus a pretty purple ribbon!) I didn't love this cake until they sent me these pictures!
It's just amazing what a good photographer can do! I think it's the same with us cake decorators. We do things effortlessly, and make them look so easy. When I was teaching a cake class, I told the students that the hardest thing about decorating cakes was the most basic. Icing a cake smooth. If your cake is bumpy or humped on top no amount of great decorations will make a perfect project. There have been over 18,000 hits on my silly one-take YouTube video on icing cakes smooth. There are a lot of people that have a hard time. All I can say is that it takes a lot of practice and then you will also pick up some speed. I'm planning to make a video on how to ice a square cake perfectly. If you have any hints that help you do this well, PLEASE leave a comment or email me your suggestions.
Photos taken by and appear courtesy of Houston Studios Photography.