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Cake Critiques | 10x Pro - Part 3
A Pastry Chefs View From Inside A Bakery
Swirls Whirls Cake
This is our Swirls Whirls cake. It is one of our more popular cakes. This is  a three tiered cake with a different pattern on each tier. We added a bow on top with shooting stars. Generally, we like our bows to match the cake but we did as the customer wanted and put a white bow on with stripes. We let the customer pick out patterns that they like and we offer our assistance along the way. Wit...
Engagement Ring Box Cake
People like to mimic non edible things with cake. Here is an example of a engagement ring box cake. The customer wanted everything made out of fondant, but once we told her the price she changed her mind. We did let the customer know that we never guaranteed exact color or design (they are copyrighted you know) We finished this box and were please with the outcome along with the customer. ...
Fondant Jungle Baby Shower Cake
Here is a fondant jungle baby shower cake that my bakery made. It is very simple and was easy to make. Here is what I did Everything on here is fondant, with the exception of the tree. We wrapped a pretzel rod in chocolate fondant so it would stand up straight and be edible. We are big on everything being edible. I mean who would want to bite into a plastic straw, wooden dow, or metal wire...
Barbie Cake
Oh barbie, how we love thee! Barbie cakes are a huge seller at my bakery. Every little girl wants one. Here is just one of the many designs we make of the barbie cake. We can do any design that the customer thinks of. The only thing that stops their imagination sometimes is the rising price of their detailed designs. Decorating Instrucions The cake consist of  four 8 inch cakes, stacked o...
Baby Bottom Cake
We call this cake our Baby Bottom Cake. This is a cake that I have been getting a lot of orders for lately. I do not know who originally designed it, but I do not like it! This cake is  basically made to look like a baby's bottom with a blanket over it. It would be cute if the rest of the body was with it, but nope it's just the baby's bottom. Directions We first start off with a iced 10 in...
NY Yankees Cake
So baseball is beginning again and I can only imagine how many of theses cakes we will get orders for. Here is a example of a NY Yankees cake that we made over and over again! The cake is entirely fondant with the exception of the writing and baseball laces, which were made with buttercream.
Personal Sized Tiered Cakes
Every bride wants to have something special at her wedding. Some brides opt for small personal sized tiered cakes for each guest rather than one large cake. These cakes are basically made the same as their larger version with the exception of them being tiny. Many personal sized tiered cakes are two tiers. You can have the cake decorated in any fashion you want. Make sure to remember that the mor...
Fake Cakes
Why would you want a fake cake when you can have a real one? I charge the same amount for both real and fake. I know that I have to do one less step when making a fake cake but the labor is just as hard. It does not take me any less time when I am decorating a fake cake compared to a real one. So why would I charge less? In fact it might actually cost me more, due to me having to buy materials an...
Christmas Tree Cake
It's that time of year again where everything is merry and bright. Here is our first Christmas tree cake of the season! Ugly and gaudy I know, but the customers just love them. How it is done This Christmas tree cake was made in a shaped pan. It only comes in pound cake. It is iced in a poured fondant icing, tinted green. We covered the stump of the tree in chocolate buttercream and add but...
Baby Butt Cake
I am not a fan of this baby butt cake. I get the idea that the decorator was going for, but it is still just a baby butt cake with no head. Directions In order to create this cake the decorator used 2 cakes and set it up like a tradition tiered cake. On the top tier the decorator tried to round the cake so it was shaped more like a baby butt. She iced it white to look like a diaper, added some c...
Halloween Cakes
I just love everything about halloween. The best part about it for me, is making halloween cakes. I'm so over candy, I just want cake! This is a holiday where you can let your imagination take you anywhere it wants to go. Ghost, goblins, tombstones, and pumpkins are all perfect things to put on cake. You can make scary cakes or kiddy cakes, anything goes. Below are two examples of halloween cakes...
Hot Dog Cake Anyone
MMMM Hot Dog Cake Anyone! That's right, someone wanted a cake shaped like a hot dog. I think this cake looks pretty good. However the paper plates stuck under I do not feel was such a great idea. I mean I understand why they are there but it ruins the hot dog bun. I would suggest that instead of the plates to make condiments and put them around the cake instead.
Pea Pod Cake
Oh, how it bothers me to see decorations on plain white icing. Just think how nice this pea pod cake could have looked if it had a pretty green airbrushed background?
Flip Flop Cake
Just one shoe, where is the other one?
New York Yankees Cake
Be careful when adding a marbilized fondant ball border to your cakes. On this cake the New York Yankees logo is low and the border could almost obscure it. You can always add your border first than add your decorations.

Victorian Bow Cake

Posted By: admin on April 29, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Victorian Bow CakeOh, how I hate stripped bows. There is always a a line that is not completely straight. I suggest taping the gum paste so the black line goes on perfectly straight and than removing the tape once the food coloring is dry. I would also measure out your cake so that your swag is the same distance all the way around the cake. They even sell a tool that will measure the swag out for you.  Also be careful of placing borders on the top edge of your cake, you want to make sure that it is even all the way around. Remember you are better off going a little slower so you get a better end product!

Black Flowered Cake

Posted By: admin on April 27, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

I’m always amazed at some of the things people order. For instance, this cake how much nicer would it have looked if the yellow and gray colors from the bow were on the black icing? I mean there are flowers on the cake. The customer could of had just the centers of the flowers gray and yellow and it would have brought the whole cake together nicely without taking away from them wanting an entirely black cake.

Marbilized Fondant Cake

Posted By: admin on April 24, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Marbilized Fondant Cake

The fondant looks very nice. I would not have added brown flowers though. In my opinion they look dead. I would have added a colored flower to compliment the cake.

Phillies Hat Cake

Posted By: admin on April 17, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: 1 Comment »

Here is another Phillies hat cake. See the difference with a smaller brim? It may be a bit to small but it looks better than being to big. Overall I think the cake underneath it compliments the hat and some how makes it look better. Check out my other Philadelphia Phillies cakes.

Philadelphia Phillies Hat Cake

Posted By: admin on April 16, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Isn’t the dot on top of the phillies cap blue? Hat cakes are difficult to make especially when they are not covered in fondant. It is kinda hard to hide the smoothing lines in this photo since there are no other detail than the P on the front. It is a shame that the brim on the hat wasn’t bent more to how the players are wearing them. If it was, we wouldn’t be able to notice that the brim is a bit to big.

Emperior Penguin Cake

Posted By: admin on April 15, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Emperior Penguin CakeHow cute, a penguin cake! I think this cake is well done. The decorator maximized the cake at the bottom  by adding what I believe is snow or ice. I would recommend highlighting the snow with some airbrush color (either gray or blue) to add some definition to they cake. That way the penguins white belly would be more defined from the snow.

Calla Lily Drape Cake

Posted By: admin on March 9, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: 2 Comments »

Emperior Penguin Cake

It seems to me that maybe the customer had an idea in mind and I’m wondering if it was achieved? A white iced cake, with a tan fondant drape, calla lilies with blue centers and no leaves. WOW.  I would suggest always adding leaves to a cake with flowers, because it just looks better. You can see the icing mound on the top of the cake where the flowers were placed which would have been hidden by the  leaves. In addition I would also soften the edges of my flowers, theses flowers seem to look a bit to straight.

Bassinet Cupcakes

Posted By: admin on March 8, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: 1 Comment »

Bassinet Cupcakes

Well these are just adorable! I probably would have used a smaller tip to make the facial expressions with. In addition I would have given the babies red or pink lips and all different facial expressions.

Phillies Logo Cake

Posted By: admin on March 7, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Phillies Logo Cake

I would ice the outside of this cake red instead of airbrushing it red. While airbrushing is usually much quicker, icing the cake red will prevent the over spray that usually comes  from airbrushing. In addition I would use a darker blue icing for the bell and maybe use that same blue for the pearl border.

Rubber Duck Cake

Posted By: admin on March 6, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Rubber Duck Cake

For this cake I would have gave the duck a more pointed beak. When I think of a baby duck, I think of it having feather. Therefore I would have piped on a ton of feathers with a leaf tip; that way its wing and tail would blend in a bit more but still be noticeable

Gumball Machine Cake

Posted By: admin on January 27, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »


Wow, a gumball machine cake actually made out of cake! I’m glad to see someone tried to do this gum machine entirely out of cake and candy, instead of putting a plastic bowl on top. I would have airbrushed the white part of the cake a light color than added some darker colored dots; this way when the gumballs and candy were put on the gumball machine it would look fuller.

Sugar Flowers

Posted By: admin on January 26, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

This cake is very pretty. I would recommend painting the flowers with an edible color dust rather than airbrushing them; it will give the flowers an overall better color.

Monkey Head Cake

Posted By: admin on January 23, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Monkey Head Cake

What a cute monkey! He just needs to be more proportionate so he doesn’t look so crazy 🙂 I would trim down his ears some and level out his eye area. This money cake was made from a 12 inch round and 2- 8 inch round. It was iced in chocolate buttercream. Than details were piped on using black, white, and tan buttercream.

Jungle Scene Cake

Posted By: admin on January 22, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Jungle Scene Cake

This is our jungle scene cake and it has a lot going on, it has a combination of airbrush work and different piping. What I would change about it would be small details. I personally like the placement of the animals on the cake.  However they should be hiding in a assortment of different green foliage. I would add more trees and maybe a different color shell border just so it all fits together better.

Butterfly on Flower Cake

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Butterfly on Flower Cake

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