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Saturday, June 7, 2008

A sweet surprise from the past ~

I thought it would be fun to share some photos of what I was doing about 16 years ago. I took a Wilton cake decorating class and thought I'd try to earn a little extra income making and decorating cakes. Well, I made a TON of them, didn't make very much money, worked incredibly hard (because I am a perfectionist!) and grew tired of the entire ordeal very quick!

I always had to make my buttermilk/sour cream pound cake and for a long time made my own buttercream icing. There was a wonderful cake decorating store nearby though that sold commercial icing and I soon discovered it and liked it better than my own!

Here are a few photos from my portfolio. I didn't want to bore you with too many!!

As a creative person, I've gone through many different phases. Always wanting to learn something new or try a new project. It's so funny too, the first wedding cake that I baked and sold, afterwards I went straight to Sears and bought my first sewing machine and taught myself how to sew!! So one creative venture led to another . . .

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~ xxoo, Dawn






28 comments:

Ginny said...

Wow! Your cakes are beautiful!

Fran said...

You made some beautiful cakes! I am hungry now!

Frannycakes

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I'm impressed and now I also need a sugar fix ~ really soon!

Simply Me Art said...

Amazing Cakes... Wow Im not Suprised at all with your Creativity that you could Create such Gorgeous Cakes. I must comment too on the Previous post. Just Amazes me the kindness of People. It is so nice to hear such a Sweet and Giving story. Wow on everything she was Nice enough to send you .. Just Gorgeous. Have a Great Weekend, Jamie

Fete et Fleur said...

I'm stunned Dawn! These are all spectacular!! WOW!!!!! I seriously am in awe. This has got to be one of the most difficult art forms. You mastered it beautifully.

Hugs! Nancy

Shopgirl said...

Is there no end to your talents...these cakes are a delight and I would like alittle bit. I have thought about taking a class, but it just hasn't happened.
What a wonderful treat & beautiful.
I had two Birthdays at lunch group today, and then Costco to shop...
so I haven't done anything on my blog yet. Arney works this weekend, so I plan to get with it!
Big Hugs, Mary

Relyn said...

Beautiful cakes. Is there nothing you can't do, you talented lady? Your basket of strawberries cake made me smile and think of my mother. She took a cake decorating class when we were young because she couldn't afford store bought cakes and wanted us to have pretty ones. Isn't that wonderful? We always had the most amazing, beautiful cakes, custom made exactly to our current dreams. Thanks for the good memory.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Dawn, these cakes are so beautiful, you must feel so proud of your accomplishments. You are so right as a creative I love to try different things, it is as if once I have mastered a new technique I am off finding something new to learn. One creative stepping stone after another. Karen

southern queen bee said...

What true talent, I once as well thought I would take a class and make money making cakes...Well it is much harder than it looks..By the time I took the class and of course bought all the supplies I never made money, but I can say I tried...MISSY

Lori said...

Dawn, the cakes you made are gorgeous...i always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes, my mother took classes and her cakes were always so pretty!!!

Deb said...

Dawn, your creativity spilled over into cake decorating as well. These cakes are amazing!

Lauren said...

Your potter characters look incredible (thats my fave). They are all lovely!

Renna said...

Your cakes are GORGEOUS! I've often thought of taking a course myself, not to make money at it so much as to be able to show off a little at functions where I take a cake. ;-)

Renna said...

PS- I can't remember if I've already posted this before or not, but your dog, Ellie, has got to be the cutest thing I've ever seen (but I'll deny I said it if my dog asks)! ;-)

bluemuf said...

Oh My!!! Those cake are gorgeous.

Karen

LivingTheLife said...

Dawn....
Awesome cakes...and I KNOW how difficult they are to create! I never took classes...but I had all the Wilton goodies to create cakes, I mainly did it just for birthday cakes...which usually consisted of something odd...like the lilac colored "boom" box I created for my daughter...actually it was quite good...I also created other things...but again...NOTHING as beautiful as yours!! I never really got the hang of the roses...but funny thing...when our son was in culinary school at the CIA...he of course had to take a semester in baking...you should see him "whip" out one of those roses...or rose buds...it amazes me! Little stinker!

Blessings...and what a treat it was to see all these beautiful sweets!

Teresa

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I'll say that you're a perfectionist...those cakes are marvelous. I'm finding that I really want a piece of cake now, too. ;>

AT THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

Well Darn it Dawn! Is there anything you don't master?
Girl, when you've got it you've just got it. I am so impressed by everything you do.
Love Lisa & Alfie

Donna O. said...

Okay, now I'm really jealous! I can barely bake premade cookies from a roll without burning them! Amazing talent yet again!!
D.

Bebe said...

Hey Dawn!
Those cakes are absolutely amazing! Mmmmm..mmmm...mmmmm! They look delicious and you are so talented to be able to create something like that. They look so pretty ~ almost too good to eat, but I'm sure they were yummy, too!!
Hugs, Bebe :)

Julie - Pink Paris Match said...

Hi Dawn! How gorgeous are those cakes! What a talent you have!

Julie Bergmann

Vintage Tea said...

Wow! Those cakes are amazing! You are one talented lady!

And there was me all proud of my cupcakes I made today but you have to start somewhere I suppose!

Victoria xx

janie said...

Wow, these are great. Janie

Jen r. said...

Dawn, those are great and really professinal looking! i think it's funny beacuse I am the same way, I'll do one thing for a while and then move on to another. I think it's the artist's life! Jen R

Utah Grammie said...

Pretty, pretty pretty ! You sound like me though..want to learn..learn..do..done..what's next??
LOL
XXOO
Colleen

GardenGoose said...

those are all so very pretty.

Dana said...

You are certainly blessed with so many talents. Those cakes were each a beautiful piece of art. I've never seen such amazing work on a cake.

Jann said...

The first work that came to mind when I saw these photos was, "WOW!" You are simply amazing--so many talents!

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