Notice my contact info to the right, if you want to contact me with any questions. I would also like to say that I do attempt to give credit where credit is due. I do not make any claims to cakes in my blog except the ones in my slideshow. If I show a cake I will try to post some type of identifer with it, however, if I don't know who posted the cake it is impossible for me to do that. I am only using the cake to illustrate a specific technique.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Where do I go from Here?
This is the first question the new cake designer is asking themselves when they make the decision to try out cake designing. If you are fortunate enough to have the resources to take classes or attend some type of pastries/culinary institute, you are pretty much in there. But, if you just want to do this as a hobby for family and friends, you really don't want to invest that type of money into it. So you check the internet.
There are many valuable resources on the internet. Hobbyists have never had it so good. You can get information on virtually any type of hobby at your fingertips. You have access to social forums like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace. You also have access to specialized forums for cake decorating (my personal favorite: cakecentral.com). You can get online video tutorials via youtube. There are people willing to share their knowledge around every corner.
When I decided that I wanted to learn cake designing, I first went to google search. Through this search, I found various cake related websites, including cakecentral. I quickly realized that if I was going to get into this seriously, my most valuable piece of equipment was going to be a notebook with dividers. This will be more valuable to you then anything and probably the least expensive thing you will need to get started. This will help you mass your knowledge in one central location, so when you ask yourself "what was it that that said again", instead of having to re-search the web all you have to do is open your trusty notebook.
This website is an accumulation of some of the knowledge that I have learned in a very short time. Invite others that share your interests to a Facebook or Twitter account. Share the tidbits that you pick up here and there. Honestly you can learn loads from books from the library, magazines, the internet, cake designing clubs, classes and cake decorating conventions like ICES.
Whichever medium you choose to invest your time into, I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have. I've made a lot of online friends through this hobby...maybe you will be one of them. Feel free to friend me on Facebook at cabescakes, maybe we can teach each other something.
Posted by Cake newbie at Tuesday, January 03, 2012