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From Wannabe Cake Decorator to Wannabe Hubnugget

Updated on October 14, 2009

The purpose of this hub is to provide all hubbers intending to vote for the Hubnugget Wannabe competition a bit of background information on how I came to write the hub " Cake Decorating Techniques - How to Cover a Cake with Fondant Icing" This hub is now one of the thirteen nominated hubs in this week's competition.

Firstly I am not a prolific writer. In fact I have not always considered myself a writer. If the sole criteria for nominating hubs for the Hubnugget Wannabe's Competition was writing excellence, I know that my hub would not have been nominated.

I have tried to fathom out why this particular hub was selected and have come to the conclusion that it is based on the content of this hub.

Many topics that we write about in hubpages is basically just another version of what we have read somewhere, be it on internet, a book or a magazine. It is seldom that we are able to create a hub providing useful information based on first-hand knowledge.

Jenny's First Fondant Icing Cake

My Introduction to Cake Decorating

My interest in cake decorating actually started when my daughter decided to try her hand at cake decorating with fondant.

Jenny has always been my arty child with a keen eye for detail and an obsession with colors. When she was first introduced to fondant icing she could hardly wait for her daughter's birthday to try her hand at fondant icing.

Her first attempt was astounding and even though there were finer details that could have been improved upon her cake was a masterpiece.

At this stage Jenny was very busy with other activities and she made no further fondant iced cakes until her daughter's fifth birthday in February of this year.

Her daughter ordered a barnyard cake and as usual Jenny produced

Birthday Party That Brought In The Orders

What happened next

We spend a lot of time together as Jenny is a single mother and most of her fondant figures where made over weekends at my house. I love watching her make these cute little figures out of lumps of fondant.

When Jenny started doing her cakes she obviously did not have any of the basic cake decorating equipment and had to improvise where she could. We have used various different things to mold and form fondant - and as you can see with success.

In any case in March of this year Jenny made a fairy cake for her niece for her 1st birthday. This was a huge gathering as Debbie, the mother of the birthday girl and my youngest daughter, has a very large circle of friends.

Naturally the guests were very impressed with the cake and orders started coming in.

Definitely Not A Wannabe Cake Decorator

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Wannabe Cake Decorator to Wannabe Hubnugget

I have watched Jenny creating these magnificent cakes so many times that it just seemed natural that I do a hub about cake decorating. It was my one chance to do a hub using knowledge I had gained from experience as opposed to reading.

When judging my hub against the other nominees judge on the value of the information provided and the layout of the hub.

I will always be a wannabe cake decorator as I do not have the capabilities to turn a piece of fondant into anything resembling a fairy, a lion or Spiderman.

What I can do is to share my knowledge with other people. Please give me the opportunity to call my hub a Hubnugget instead of a Hubnugget Wannabe.

I could really do with the votes so please take the time to visit the nominated hub and if you find it informative take the time to vote for me.


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    • Laura du Toit profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura du Toit 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      I am actually very involved with Jenny's cake decorating and she is 30 years old. She has the artistic flair that I lack but sometime I come up with a practical solution for some designs (being a more practical person).

      Thanks for READING!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      loved the cakes, its a wonder you didnt start doing it too. I had a go at it, went and did the course at tech. But could not stand the icing itself. Too sweet for me so didnt bother once the kids got older. Thanks for ssharing that. We do so much with the kids then we age and its not the same anymore.

    • Laura du Toit profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura du Toit 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you very much. I can't take the credit for the cakes - my daughter does the cake decorating - but thank you for all the compliments.

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      11 years ago

      you are so modest, obviously a genius, who has had to come on hub pages to be found..... your cakes are lovely, your writing wonderful, your contribution to hubpages well you tell me a word to use i do not have your vocubalary. A word that means; someone wonderful to have around, talented, humble, pretty and communicative in a kindly way. Is there a word for that...

    • Laura du Toit profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura du Toit 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Cosette

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      11 years ago

      omgsh! her work is GENIUS!!! so cute :)

      congratulations of a wonderful, entertaining and heartfelt hub, and on your nomination.

    • Laura du Toit profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura du Toit 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Paradise

      I am so glad that you enjoy the hubs and am so honored to be nominated.

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      11 years ago from Upstate New York

      Congratulations on the hubnugget nomination. I believe I posted that someplace else, on a different hub of yours, but it can't be said to often.

      Nor can it be said to often, these are lovely cakes and lovely hubs!

    • Laura du Toit profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura du Toit 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you Catherine R.

      Watch out for my next hubs. I am going to do a step by step detailed hub on how to make a spiderman cake. I will follow these up on a regular basis as Jenny makes her cakes and we take photographs each step of the way.

      These will be easy to follow instructions for people like you who feel that they have a long way to go.

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      Catherine R 

      11 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      They are beautiful cakes! I love the Noddy especially. Well done on your nomination. I like to think of myself as an aspiring cake decorator but I have a way to go yet......


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