Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Learning Something New . . . Works for Me Wednesday

I did not make this cake:


You see, decorating cakes is not my forte.  Exhibit A and B.

But, you're never too old to learn, right? RIGHT?!?

Have you heard of MyCakeSchool.com?  It is a beautiful site filled with videos and tutorials all about making gorgeous cakes.

Melissa, the owner of My Cake School, is a natural teacher. Watching her videos makes me think, "Hey, I can DO that!"  It's like having a personal instructor right in your very own kitchen.  (Even though, I think I'd trade my kitchen for hers.) 

For $30 a year, members have access to 100's of videos (don't take my word for it; here's a list).  Learn everything from a basic crumb coat to gumpaste to buttercream flowers.

The video on scrollwork alone opened up a world of possibilities!
 
(And I can't wait to learn to make a pretty ruffle cake. I've been thinking about Amanda's ruffle cake since December!)

Guess what?  Melissa is offering TWO Bake at 350 readers year-long memberships!  Yay!  Come learn along with me! 

To enter: 

giveaway closed! Congrats to Rachel & Chelsea!!!
  • Leave a comment with a technique you would really like to learn (here's a list with some ideas)

Let's make some pretty cakes together! Works for me!

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  2. I would love to learn Figure Piping. That would be so awesome. Actually, there are lots and lots of things I would like to learn from MyCakeSchool!

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  3. ooh, pick me, pick me!! :)

    We are always up for learning something new, and Melissa is a great teacher! We are really interested in gum paste and tall cakes!! <3

    ella.bees.bakery@gmail.com

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  4. I want to learn how to make homemade fondant! :)

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  5. I have been dreaming of joining MyCakeSchool for a while now- there are so many things I'd love to learn!!!

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  6. Sounds great! I would love to learn how to make fruit and veggies with marzipan

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  7. I have been decorating cakes with buttercream frosting for years and I would love to learn how to use fondant! I am just too intimidated to try and learn from a book. There looks like there is a lot more I can learn about buttercream on the site, too! What a great giveaway!
    shammroc@aol.com

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  8. I'd love to learn some more piping techniques, about cupcakes, and a whole lot of other stuff I'm sure!! Great giveaway!

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  9. I'd love to learn some piping and working with fondant!

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  10. THis is awesome! I would LOVE to learn gum paste and fondant!!

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  11. I want to learn about the marzipan, gum paste and more about fondant! it would me amazing to win these! so excited :)

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  12. tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/Laurel16/status/75688551181844480

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  13. I have been wanting to find a cake decorating class or something but it is just not in the budget so this would be wonderful! I would love to finally win one of these things.

    lindsayhimmer@gmail.com

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  14. Something or anything with fondant!

    kim DOT b DOT funk AT gmail DOT com

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  15. I am so excited about this giveaway! I would love to learn about stacking tiers and piping techniques.

    ljyoung85 at gmail.com

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  16. Id love to learn how to do the buttercream ruffle and more extensive work with gumpaste!

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  17. Id love to learn the ruffle cake pattern! That black scroll work is beautiful as well though!

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  18. I want to learn everything! But if I have to pick just one thing... ummm working with fondant.
    Thank you!
    Hannahdebie@yahoo.com

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  19. I love to bake and experiment with decorating techniques, but I have never tried to use fondant or modeling chocolate or those types of techniques.

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  20. I would love to do decorating basics

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  21. I want to learn how to make that delicate looking lace that drips off the bottom layer of a cake on a pedestal. I don't know how else to describe it. :)

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  22. I've always wanted to learn how to make a rose covered cake!
    Bianca
    bianca.x3@gmail.com

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  23. I tweeted about it, my twitter name is naangel55
    and my email is whiskmeawaycakes@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  24. I need to learn more about fondant and detailed decorations. Jessmcdonald15@yahoo.com

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  25. Wow, what a great teaching site. I would love to learn how to do a topsy turvy cake!!

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  26. I would like to learn how to mold figures out of fondant and gum paste.

    stefb@comcast.net

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  27. Technique? Does getting the icing into a pastry bag without getting it all over your hands, the counter, everywhere in fact except what you want to ice, does that count as a technique, because I could use that one for sure.

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  28. I'd love to relearn working with fondant and that ruffle cake also!! Wow!

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  29. I posted a comment on facebook as well! Jessmcdonald15@yahoo.com

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  30. I'd be happy learning anything. I am the queen of ugly cakes and made it a point several years running to make my dad ugly birthday cakes.

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  31. I want to learn how to do the ruffle cake as well!

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  32. For me it's all about chocolate! I'd love to learn making fancy chocolate bows and ruffles, silky smooth chocolate transfer decorations too. So I can dazzle my (mostly French expecting wonderful patisseries) guests! Lol. Your site is a great idea, so I have tweeted about it too @lauremoyle

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  33. I would love to learn how to do the Petal Effect on the side of a cake!

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  34. I would love to learn how to make a fondant bow.

    navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. How can I choose what technique I want to learn? Can I say everything? :)

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  36. I would love to learn some more techniques for gum paste flowers!

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  37. I am currently trying to learn how to decorate cakes better than I have been. I finally got the basics down enough to were I can do a great crumb coat and not get any crumbs into my final layer of frosting. BUT I can't get it 100% smooth. So perhaps I'd like some help with that and with my piping skills (flowers, decorating, etc) but fondant and gumpaste is something I'm interested in too!

    jpinnick86 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  38. I'd love to learn to make the ruffle on the ruffle cake and how to make homemade fondant....and that's really just the tip of the iceberg.

    jen.ziegler@sbcglobal.net

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  40. sculpting... I wish I could make people and things to go on my cakes!
    simplelilcowgirlATyahooDOTcom

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  41. I tweeted this giveaway using your retweet button :)

    jpinnick86 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. Posted on FB as well!

    jen.ziegler@sbcglobal.net

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  43. I know it's basic, but I CAN'T get a smooth final coat on my cakes. I'd love to watch that!

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  44. I would like to learn piping techniques and to work better with fondant and gum paste!
    Love your blog, thanks for sharing.
    gabitagliabue@hotmail.com

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  45. I would love to learn some new piping techniques and I would also love to see some of your fondant figure tutorials! I might try to do the farm cake this weekend!

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  46. I would love to learn how to make cake figures with Rice Krispie treats!

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  47. I keep seeing these gorgeous ruffle cakes and have been dying to try it, but I am soooo scared! lauwil07 at gmail dot com

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  48. I would love to learn how to shape fondant and gum paste into figures and animals! I would love to learn anything from MyCakeSchool! :)

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  49. Oh my gosh, I would looooove that! I've just started with fondant and want to learn so much more. This would be amazing!

    brooke.kingston09@gmail.com

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  50. I know NOTHING about cakes, so anything from frosting to decorating would be interesting to me!

    alittlenosh AT gmail.com

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  51. I've followed her blog but have subscribed. I would love to learn how to the ruffle and to work with fondant. Fondant scares me.

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  52. Shared your giveaway on my Facebook page, Cookies in the Cupboard! Thanks so much! What a fun giveaway! Kara at cookiesinthecupboard@hotmail.com

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  53. I'm always fascinated by intricate piping- I would want to learn tricks to keeping a steady hand, and making the piping consistent

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  54. Any technique would be more than I know!

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  55. Ooh! What a great giveaway! I would love to learn any decorating technique starting with a crumb coat. I am horrible at cake decorating, but I love to bake so this would be great! Thanks!

    slynh@windstream.net

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  56. I need to learn the basics and then I would love to learn how to work with fondants.

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  57. Fondant figures, I would love to learn that.

    bldeck@live.com

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  58. I tweeted about this too! I am slynhiggins on twitter.

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  59. I have had my eye on the ruffle cake too! debbmarie@me.com

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  60. Woo Hoo! I would love, love, love to learn some new techniques. Lets' see, I want to learn the jungle animals, ruffle frosting design, and the shaped cakes like purses, shoes, and the DRAGON! Please pick me! I will use these videos over & over again...Amy

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  61. That ruffle technique looks off the hook and I'd love to learn more about it.

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  62. I would really like to win this so I tweeted about it as well. https://twitter.com/#!/SeanPTdotcom

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  63. I would really like to learn different kinds of piping, especially that incredible ruffle cake. I have a friend who is obsessed with frosting and she would be forever in my debt if I made one for her birthday haha.

    aldertok@mail.gvsu.edu

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  64. I would love to learn how to do that ruffle cake in time for my daughters birthday!!

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  65. I reeeally want to learn to decorate cakes and need to start at the beginning, like making it flat and coating it nicely. I've only got the making it delicious down...

    tchnclrdharmony@aim.com

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  66. I would love to learn more sugar flowers - orchids!!!

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  67. Oh my goodness! I would LOVE to win this!!! I would love to learn so many things, but for starters...ball & bead border piping techniques, ganache drizzle, chocolate curls...and the list goes on and on! :)

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  68. Ooooh... sounds so great!! I would love to learn more about how to work with fondant. :)

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  69. Fun! I could always use help with flowers. But, working with molding chocolate, too...

    :)

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  70. I have been decorating cakes for a few years now, but still feel pretty amateur-ish. My best friend is getting married in July and has asked me to make her cake. I am super nervous and want to make it outstanding for her. I am sure that this website would help me to make her a better wedding cake!

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  72. I just decorated my son's birthday cake last weekend. Let's just say that it could have been featured on Cakewrecks.com. I would love to learn everything there is to learn about decorating cakes. Thanks for letting us know about MyCakeSchool.com. Looks like a great site!

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  73. I would love to learn how to wrk with fondant. Although I love baking and making cake pops, etc, I have never ventured into using fondant. This owuld be a grat way to start :)

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  74. I would love to win this! I'm a self taught decorator and I always like learning new things. I saw this cake school site before and wanted to join, but didn't have the extra funds for it. I'd love to learn anything about fondant & gumpaste...because I'm pretty clueless about that stuff.

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  75. I would love to learn how to master the art of making a rose even after 2 decorating classes i can't seem to do a rose! :/ grr it can get frustrating.

    orangesqueeze218@aol.com

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  76. I've always wanted to know how to make those gorgeous ruffle cakes!

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  77. I would love to win this for my sister and then we could both learn about how to decorate cakes. She's done a great job so far but we do very basic stuff. I'd love to learn how to pipe stuff well! :)

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  78. Oh...please pick me....please! I am a cookie gal, but just got asked to do small wedding...what was I thinking saying yes. I need some help with the basics and some piping.

    kkcredden@att.net

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  79. I would love to learn Corneli Lace for cakes but also want to apply to cookies. I also would love to learn the ruffle technique as well. salome78@aol.com

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  80. I would love to learn how to work with fondant!

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  81. I would love to learn how to make cupcakes look good. I am awful at cake decorating, but would love to learn!

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  82. I want to learn it all! But especially the scroll work. Thanks foe the opportunity :)

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  83. I also shared this on my Facebook page: Lorraine's Cookies:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lorraines-Cookies/103143609771261?ref=ts

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  84. I just shared the give away on my Facebook page...hoping to win!


    kkcredden@att.net

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  85. I need some help with flowers. they just don't ever come out right for me! I hadn't heard of this site yet and it sounds fun!!
    Thanks!!

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  86. First I would looove to FINALLY master buttercream. It intimidates me so much! Then learning how to get a nice smooth finish with that buttercream!

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  87. I also retweeted your tweet! Yay!

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  88. What a wonderful prize! I'd love to learn how to do that ruffle cake.

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  89. Oh my. This site looks amazing. Thank you for opening my eyes to this.

    -Stephanie

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  90. I would love to win. It would be fun to learn as much as I can.

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  91. All the different piping techniques! I love that ruffle cake too!

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  92. I would like to learn about her cupcakes....

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  93. I would love, love, love to know how to get round layered cakes nice and straight and level!!!
    bncmaness@bellsouth.net

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  94. I would love to learn how to cover a layer cake with fondant and keep it smooth. On the same note, I still need help crumb coating and icing a layer cake so that it's TOTALLY smooth.

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  95. I go to the blog part of her site all the time! I would love a membership. I need to learn better piping techniques! What a great give away!
    AngieN24@facebook.com

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  96. I would pretty much love to learn anything! I am always trying to expand my knowledge base and wow people with cakes. Especially interested in fondant as it intimidates me! Thanks!

    -Ela

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  97. There are so many--I just want to make pretty birthday cakes for my baby boy and his future siblings. Nothing beats a mommy cake.

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  98. Oh my gosh, what an awesome idea! I would love to learn more about making things (animals, people, flowers, anything) out of gum paste or fondant. Such an awesome tool to be able to watch someone do something!

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  99. I would LOVE to learn how to make a tilting cake! I always see them on Food network cake challenges and they look so cool!!!!

    riecta23@gmail.com

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  100. I think I would love to learn how to work with fondant!

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  101. I love to bake, but decorating is not my forte. I really want to learn how to crumb coat and make a really good buttercream frosting.

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  102. what a great prize! i'd love to learn how to work with gumpaste and fondant.

    mrsjennylee@yahoo.com

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  103. Shut.The.Front.Door!! I was just talking my huzzband into letting me buy a year membership so I can get my cake on!! Maybe I'll win one?! Moment!!
    I want to learn how to make a super-smooth fondant and then properly cover a cake..ooh and scroll work!!

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  104. I would love to learn different piping techniques.

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  105. I would so love to win this, there are so many cake decorating techniques I want to learn! I love all the cakes on MyCakeSchool, I can't pick just one thing!

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  106. Just shared the giveaway on Facebook! Thanks Bridget!!

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  107. Ooooh, I'd love to learn how to play with fondant more; figurines, animals, something other than my go-to cutouts!! I've been dreaming about cake school for ages now! :)

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  108. I'd love to learn the basics and anything on top of that would be an added bonus!

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  109. I would love to learn how to do the ruffle technique. I saw a cake that was ruffle-y rainbow and was AH-mazing. Please pick me!

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  110. Oh pick me, pick me (waving hand around wildly)
    I would love to learn how to make figures and flowers from gum paste and most importantly, how to cover a cake in Fondant. My fondant always cracks n looks ugly =(

    blk_tinkerbell_07@yahoo.com
    Or twitter @celinadeniseflo

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  111. Retweeted the giveaway!

    @celinadeniseflo
    Blk_tinkerbell_07@yahoo.com

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  112. How can I pick just one technique that I want to learn!??! I want to be able to make beautiful cakes for my babies for their birthdays since this is something that my mother did for me growing up. I want those to be memories that my kids have about their birthdays...how awesome their cakes were :)

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  113. Oh my gosh, I had no idea that this site existed!! I would love to learn the tie-dye cake for my son's birthday next month!!

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  114. I Tweeted this giveaway too!! :) @homesweetshome

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  115. What a neat idea for a giveaway! I love those ruffles on the cakes also. i need to learn any cake decorating!

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  116. I would love win. I'm planning to start my own business and to bake cake for my family.
    Tania
    tancarv@gmail.com

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  117. I'd like to learn pretty much anything on MyCakeSchool. So many ideas!

    melisa93 at hotmail.com

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  118. i would love to start basic, a good technique for frosting a cake seamlessly. Then, i would like to learn basketweave, and other design techniques. I love, LOVE the ruffles!!! I agree with the others, this giveaway ROCKS!!!!!!!

    teinikat@yahoo.com

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  119. I would like to learn the piping techniques!

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  120. I would love to learn how to work with fondant (make people and animals out of it), gumpaste, learn how to do a crumb coat, make roses then decorate a whole cake in them. I did a retweet @faciee. I posted on FB and I also mentioned it ok my blog www.theculinarychic.blogspot.com

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  121. This sounds awesome! I would love to learn how to simply smooth out frosting...as well as other more complicated things!

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  122. I just facebook-ed it
    amendelblatt at tampabay dot rr dot com

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  123. I've been dying to learn how to do the ruffles on cakes - they're popping up everywhere and look so deliciously beautiful!

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  124. I would love to know how to make roses and how to frost a cake the right way.

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  125. I would like to learn how to pipe royal icing flowers. It seems like it would be hard.

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  126. I'd like to learn the best way to "soak" a cake

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  127. Oh my! That ruffle technique is so cool! I would love to learn that! I would also enjoy learning more about carving cakes. I've been making my kids' birthday cakes (all 3-D) and would truly enjoy to learn some "proper" techniques!

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  129. I just facebooked the giveaway.

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  130. I would like to learn lots of fun cupcakes.

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  131. my son has asked for a triceratops cake for his birthday, i have a month and a half to figure out how i'm going to pull that one off.

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  132. i would also loveeeeeee to learn that ruffle technique!!! it is so beautiful!

    truleechels@aol.com

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  133. I would love to learn how to make a perfect rose. I know it sounds so basic and simple, but its just something I can't get down. I will conquer the rose someday!

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  134. p.s. i also tweeted about the giveaway! my twitter account is manda404. thanks for the chance to win!

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  135. I'd like to learn about modeling with gum paste!

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  136. I tweeted about the giveaway!! so excited!! :D
    @truleechelsea

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  137. I'd love to learn more detailed piping techniques.

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  138. Just posted your link on my FB page for a second entry. I don't tweet. Love her videos! Amy

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  139. I think the tutorial on making silicone molds sounds interesting. There are so many things I don't know.

    -chrisgelica@hotmail.com

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  140. I would love to know more about fondant. Plus everything else looks totally awesome too!

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  141. I just shared the good news on Facebook
    (Claudia De Santis - c.desantis@hotmail.com) ;)

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  142. I would LOVE to learn to decorate.. esp like that black and white cake at the top... all that curly black pipeing!!!

    my email is brndvnk@yahoo.com

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  143. I would love to learn more about making fondant and buttercream flowers.

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  144. I could learn SO much from watching anything here! I would love how to get a really smooth finish and to better my techniques with fondant. I would be like a sponge and absorb it all :)

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  145. I am a self taught baker decorator and I would LOVE to learn more. This is perfect, especially all the fondant videos.!!!!

    -becky@designercupcakesandmore.com

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  146. There are so many things I want to learn, piping techniques and making ruffles are just a few. I need to win this!

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  147. I would love to learn writing in various icing and techniques.

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  148. I tweeted about the contest @ momentsinalife

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  149. I would love to learn how to not let fondant intimidate me! :)

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  150. Definitely fondant and the ruffle! Thanks for doing this! Contact me at janet10@hotmail.com

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  151. I shared this on facebook (Rebecca Mockbee)

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  152. I also spread the message on twitter.

    -chrisgelica@hotmail.com

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  153. I left a post on facebook too!
    janet10@hotmail.com

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  154. I'd like to learn the decorating basics. And maybe the piping techniques. My decorating sucks. Wobbly cakes are all I can do.

    marie.remigio*at*yahoo.com

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  155. I want to learn all about chocolate fondant transfers!! That's where I would start, anyway!

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  156. I'd like to learn to use Gum Paste and Fondant! Ooooh especially all the pretty flowers I'd be able to make then! :)

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  157. That ruffle cake would be awesome! Count me in the drawing please... Bhcljc@gmail.com

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  158. I would love to learn a bunch of different piping techniques! Something I have always admired and wanted to learn!

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  159. working with chocolate! or gumpaste. always up for learning!

    zinger_17 (@) hotmail (dot) com

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  160. I would love to learn how to make a rose.

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  161. I would love to learn more chocolate techniques!

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  162. Oh! I'd love to win this year-long membreship! And I'd like to learn about piping techniques.

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  163. And my e-mail is yardena@uol.com.br (sorry, I tryed to put it as a URL, but didn't work)

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  164. I would really love to learn more piping techniques. I'm also pretty clueless when it comes to using fondant and I would love to learn how to use it :)

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  165. I would like to learn how to work with gum paste :) ivetterodrigo@gmail.com

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  166. I would love to learn how to stack cake tiers - awesome giveaway by the way!

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  167. Oh. My. Gosh. I can't believe I didn't know about this site sooner, but I'm so glad that you're hosting this giveaway! However, How am I supposed to just pick ONE technique! I'm reading the list and thinking, OOH, I wanna do that. And that. And that and that. But If I had to pick just ONE, it would be:

    Gum Paste and Fondant molding.

    There are so many possibilities just from learning Melissa's techniques. Gosh, I hope I win this giveaway!

    bridgettegabrielle@yahoo.com

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  168. Jennifer RobinsonMay 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I think learning how to get the buttercream that smooth would be a start :)

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  169. I'm really interested in working with fondant, and just making beautiful cakes in general!

    scordell08@yahoo.com

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  170. To be honest I just want to learn how to do some of the basics, but do them well. Like make nice smooth frosting & fondant, and then embellishments.

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  171. I would love to learn everything! But in particular topsy turvey cakes and how to sculpt with modeling chocolate.

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  172. OMG I would love to learn any of these. They look great but I think to ruffle looks hard
    kellettsabrina@yahoo.com

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  173. I would love to learn everything! In particular Topsy Turvey Cakes & sculpting with modeling chocolate. What a great tutorial site!

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  174. I would love to learn how to make figures, but that ruffle technique looksawesome too!
    tovarmelissa@yahoo.com

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  175. Roses. I've tried and tried, I've read directions, but I've never been able to master a simple rose.

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  176. Any techniques involving chocolate: curls, ruffles shards. joan_trueblood@vmed.org

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  177. I would love to learn how to get the sides of my cakes that smooth and straight. My fondant work always has bulges and dips because my cake and buttercream work isn't as good as it could be!

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  178. I would love to learn how to make gum paste flowers and figures!

    dkbuster@austin.rr.com

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  179. I'm a beginner, so I would love to be able to create a nice, smooth finish with buttercream. The fancy stuff can come later!

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  180. This giveaway is just in time for my birthday! (June 4th). I would love to learn how to make a good buttercream and how to pipe lovely flowers. I'm hoping to make my own birthday cake this year and put some good techniques to use!

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  181. I'd like to learn to make peonies out of gumpaste! That'd be awesome

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  182. I'd LOVE to learn everything-- but the ruffles look awesome.

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  183. ooooh! I want to learn everything!! ruffles? no wait, gum paste!! No wait, roses! no wait, fondant!!!!

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  184. This seems really basic, but I would like to learn how to work with fondant. I've taken cake decorating classes before learned more about piping and flowers, but I've always wanted to use fondant but don't know where to start. I love the idea of the MyCakeSchool website...it's just what I need!

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  185. It's a toss-up between gathering tips on overall frosting techniques (I can never manage to achieve that perfect smooth coating) and piping without making my decorations look like a shaky-handed kindergartener did it. :)

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  186. I would love to learn stenciling and how to sculpt cakes! I have been admiring her site for a while now and her cakes are amazing!

    crave4cake@gmail.com

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  187. I'd love to learn more fondant and figure making :)
    I'm a beginning cake decorating teacher - so I'm always yearning to learn!! ~Megan

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  188. I would love to know how to put fondant on a cake so it looks pretty... I can do it and make nobody want to eat the cake...

    megbishop2@gmail.com

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  189. That ruffle cake is beautiful! Would love to be able to create one of my own. :)

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  190. I'd love to learn how to make gum paste flowers.

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  191. I really, really want to learn how to make THE perfect rose!

    lunar_embrace@hotmail.com

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  192. Roses. I can't even do roses! So, I'll start there and then move onto the harder stuff.

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  193. I want to learn how to make the stenciled damask cake! I'm a little bit obsessed with damask right now. :-)

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