The ugly stage : (

Forum: Cakes & Cake Decorating

Hi folks, so sorry I haven’t been on here much lately, I have been so busy (wedding cake season).
I am making another 3d cake today and I am sat here looking at it thinking, oh dear this doesn’t look great. I do this with most of my 3d cakes, they all go through THE UGLY STAGE! nothing looks right, even the dimensions look wrong. A few times I have been tempted to scrap it all and start again. Then all of a sudden it all comes together again phewww.
Why does this happen? It stresses me out so much. Why can I not learn to trust that it will be fine in the end lol.
Is it just me or do you have the same experience. xx

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Goreti ...

I think we are all like that. I’m that way with flowers. Sometimes I’m ready to just throw it out without finishing and then voila in the end it looks okay. This is what happened with my foxgloves. Didn’t help when hubby asked “what flowers are these supposed to be?” and when I told him his answer was “I just don’t see it”.

Ellie @ Ellie's Elegant Cakery ...

lol Goreti that is exactly what I mean. It is the same if I am making models, but I have learnt to just go with it and they nearly always come out ok. The good thing with models and flowers, you can just do them again but you have to get it right first time with cake :) x

June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

I know exactly what you mean Ellie. I’ve been working on a cake project. My hubby’s very, I mean very analytical. Hubby looked and said "What the heck ( ahh..not heck! ) is that supposed to be? Then I thought, is it that bad I looked this morning, and thought…I like it. You gatta trust the process, and trust your vision is going to come out when your finished…

CakeHeaven by Marlene ...

All cakes seem a total disaster at th beginning, but once I start adding things to them they start transforming themselved in the idea I had in mind during the designing stage!!! I think that this is something every cake decorator goes through!

Ellie @ Ellie's Elegant Cakery ...

So nice to hear i’m not the only one. Well my first 3d cake from this morning is now iced and looking so much better, Im now at the ugly stage with a house shaped cake :(. Thanks for chatting ladies x x

Alana Lily Chocolates & Cakes ...

Ellie, I go through the same process with my 3D cakes, I sit there hating it, then your right, something just happens and it transforms. Why do we always doubt ourselves!

Ellie @ Ellie's Elegant Cakery ...

I know Alana I’ve been doing this nearly three years now and I still go through it every time lol x

Alana Lily Chocolates & Cakes ...

Lol x

June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

Ellie
My nephew is an artist…and he throws out more than he keeps. I look at the discards and say…wow. He sees the mistakes that I don’t…I think we’re all critical of anything creative we do…it’s silly really, but that’s just the way it is…especially if you’re a perfectionist..

Ellie @ Ellie's Elegant Cakery ...

Yes June you hit the nail on the head, I am a perfectionist and my own worse critic but I wouldn’t have it any other way :) x

Calli Creations ...

I totally relate to you Ellie and all, I’ve actually chopped up a cake I had already sculpted, started the decorating, decided I hated it and so stripped off the decs, sliced it up and put the cake in the freezer!! That was two years ago.
June, I’m relate to your nephew, I chuck out sketches too, I have a friend in SA who has got a lot of my stuff as she insisted I throw it her way… Then my 8 year old grandson is an amazing artist, I keep everything he does, and as young as he is, he wants to throw it out!!
Hey, we’re never happy… It’s called “striving for perfection” it’s what creative people do, and we are all very creative here… That’s why we relate :)
😀😀

June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

SOoooo true Calli… 👍

Kasserina Cakes ...

It’s that being our own worst critic thing that drives us forward too though. There’s nothing better than that “nailed it” feeling, and nothing worse than persevering and finding that it really hasn’t come together as you wanted. The beauty of cake is that what you are beating yourself up over is invisible to other people, but we learn each time and after a while you look back on the photos and think… well actually it’s not as bad as I remember.

Tortebella ...

Hi Ellie, looking at your final products, I don’t think you need to worry about an “ugly stage”. The finish is so perfect that nobody would even guess that there ever was one. Your cakes are amazing.

SugarMagicCakes (Christine) ...

I do exactly the same thing Ellie, cos the end result is all about the prep underneath…….so I fuss and fuss over the ugly stage! :-)))))