I'm not sure if I have ever really told my story on how I started off so here goes...about three years ago my mom, nana and I decided we wanted to learn how to decorate cakes so we signed up for a cake decorating class through Wilton. I made it to one class and had to drop out. Yes, I am a cake school drop out. :( School is cool right?! Well, not when you're 6 weeks pregnant and the smell, look, taste, thought of icing makes you sick sick sick! It was torture! I love cake, but couldn't stand it for the entire 9 months of Olivia's pregnancy. Isn't it crazy what pregnancy can do to you!?! So after one little class I dropped out and didn't look at a cake for another year or so.
Then Livie was born and Bailey's 3rd birthday came around. I revisited the idea of decorating cakes because my little girl wanted me to make her a cake...I practiced and practiced and practiced. I bought a couple cake decorating dvds. I googled about 1000 "how tos" and watched some You Tube videos on different cake decorating techniques. I have learned how to decorate cakes through a lot of trial and error and countless hours searching the internet for advice. But with no proper training, and lots of "holes" in my cake decorating education it hasn't always been easy.
Which brings me to my giveaway!!!
I so appreciate all your support so I wanted to host a fabulous giveaway that would be perfect for all my cake fans. :) I contacted the TALENTED and oh so WONDERFUL Melissa Diamond (my new best friend/hero) of MY CAKE SCHOOL. If y'all don't know about her site you NEED to check it out!
I found it about a month ago and I am SO HAPPY I did!!! Its full of great cake decorating ideas and video tutorials from basic buttercream decorating techniques to working with gumpaste and even chocolate. Its great for beginners and even experienced cake decorators who want to improve on their skills. I am particularly happy with the gumpaste tutorials as that has always been a big weakness of mine. But with Melissa's tutorials I actually ENJOY making gumpaste figurines! I'm telling you, I LOVE this website!
The giveaway is for one year free membership to My Cake School! ($30 value) You will gain access to decorating assistance, advice and 100s of cake decorating videos for an entire year. The $30 membership fee is a great deal on its own...getting it for FREE is even better!!! :)
To enter the giveaway leave a comment with your name and where you can be contacted. (You must be a follower) I will randomly select one winner on April 15th.
Stay tuned, good luck and Happy Caking!!!!
Oh how I would love to win this! I love MyCaKeSchool site too as well as yours! I love making cakes and want to get way better at it! I Just told hubby that I have set my mind to sign up for some cake decorting classes! Cool!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance!
Congratulations on your 300 followers :) And thank you for the giveaway. VeronicaReplyDelete
So I like you started decorating cakes for my kids!!
I think your work is amazing!! I'm so inspired by everything you do.
I again like you have never taken a class as I have 5 kids and NO time :)
Everything is self taught or learned AGAIN like u through the Internet!!!
Anyway thanks for the chance to win more knowledge through this great website!
Oh wow!! Such an amazing giveaway!! Happy 300!!ReplyDelete
WOW!-300 followers...I'm new to the world of blogging and want to say...I love your party ideas!ReplyDelete
Awesome giveaway! I just found her site last week and was debating it but was thinking I should take an in-person class first. Then again, what's wrong with being self taught? Such a great giveaway!ReplyDelete
I can be reached via e-mail on my profile or via my blog at http://howdidi.blogspot.com/
Just recently found you! Congrats on 300 followers! I'd love to win your giveaway! ThanksReplyDelete
Congratulations on your 300 followers! I have 15 and that makes me giddy with excitement! What a fun giveaway. I love making cakes and this would be so much fun to win! Love your blog by the way!ReplyDelete
Congrats on your 300+ followers. Your cakes are fabulous! I would LOVE to learn a few insider tips through My Cake School! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I started the same way as you did with cakes! Congrats on 300!ReplyDelete
Congrats on 300+ followers. I just found your site and would be excited to learn more tips through My Cake School. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing!ReplyDelete
hello Kate my name is Ursula when I read your story it was almost the same way that I started my cake decorating career, I star like you with videos and so many research because in the beginning I couldn't afford the class, so I star with my computer, books and a lots of trials.....congratulations for your 300 followers sure you will feel happy....I would like to win your giveaway because I feel very identified with your story!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
I hope you rich over 300...
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What a great story! Congrats on 300+ fans! I would love to be entered for a chance to win! My e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I love Melissa from My Cake School! And I am just lovin your blog and all your wonderful cakes. So Talented, keep up the good work!ReplyDelete
This is so exciting! I follow her blog but I'm not a member and would love to be! Your blog is so great too! I follow it through google reader and didn't realize I wasn't an official follower but I am now! My email is email@example.com :)ReplyDelete
Love all the stuff! would really love to have someone help me learn how to make people, find that the most difficult to do.ReplyDelete
my email is deniece655 at gmail dot com
Congrats on 300! Kristen Brown my email is firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Love your blog. All of your cakes and party decor is soooo AMAZING!!! Keeping my fingers crossed and I hope I win. My email is email@example.comReplyDelete
congratulations!!! (I bet you have WAY more than 300! I follow you on google reader, doesn't show up in blogger numbers). Here's to 300 more!ReplyDelete
Love to follow your blog, Jamie Shurtleff at firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I've never heard of My Cake School...so I'd love to win this!! Thanks for sharing! I always look forward to see what new creations you've come up with!! I follow you through Bloglines.ReplyDelete
Love your story. I too have been trying to learn by googling stuff so I would love to win this prize....her website is awesome!ReplyDelete
I love your blog! Even if I don't win, I still am a winner, because I get to access your blog with all the different cakes and party ideas.ReplyDelete
This is a great giveaway!!! I just recently found your blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! It has inspired me to try bigger and better cakes. I am a trial and error cake maker. I have never taken a class (always wanted to) but I always make practice cakes before making the final one. Thanks for the inspirations and your creativity!!ReplyDelete
Lisa - LisaJ11679@aol.com
I LOVE your Blog!! I think I've read every single entry... Ha ha! You're cakes are amazing and you're an inspiration! I would love to win this and learn more from Cake School! My e-mail is Krissy12052@aol.comReplyDelete
Happy 300 Followers!!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the giveaway, I would totally love to be a part of the Cake School!!!! I need all the help I can get, I too am self-taught.
THanks again. Love your blog!!!
Congratulations! I love Cake School! I follow her free blog :) I am a self taught caketista too, my mom walked me through my 1st cake over the phone (since she had taken a class and naturally I thought she could teach me :) and now I am OBSESSED!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on 300!ReplyDelete
I've been toying with the idea of a My Cake School subscription. It would be a nice treat to win one.
Congratulations on 300 followers! I started decorating cakes/cupcakes for my kids when we moved across the country and away from my "go to cake girl"! 3 years later and one Wilton class under my belt I am hooked! Thank you so much for the chance to win a year subscription to My Cake School!ReplyDelete
I would love that!!! :) Any help in that department would be great! My email is email@example.comReplyDelete
I started out with making my wedding cake because we couldn't afford to purchase one. Now I love doing this as a hobby! I especially love the research process, where I'm constantly learning new things! My blog (it's nothing like yours, as I'm just starting out!) is tastytreatz.wordpress.comReplyDelete
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congrats on the 300 followers! I would love this b/c I already do cakes similar to yours but could always use more tips and how to's! crystal email@example.comReplyDelete
Congrats!! I have been a member of My Cake School.com for about a month and LOVE IT. Melisaa is so great & talented, just like you. Again, congrats!ReplyDelete
I neeeeeeeed Cake School! My icing piping is not cute, but I am obsessed with figuring it out.ReplyDelete
I would love this!! I love your site and check it daily to see what beautiful creations you have made!!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful site! Congratulations on 300 followers! I love seeing your beautiful creations, and check daily (when I'm not neck high in projects). I got into cake decorating about 4 years ago, just for the heck of it, and my kids. I completed 1 1/2 of the Wilton classes, and have been self teaching ever since.ReplyDelete
I'm a doofus. I left a comment above, but forgot to leave a contact address. That's what I get for posting after being up all night.ReplyDelete
"Congratulations on 300!
I've been toying with the idea of a My Cake School subscription. It would be a nice treat to win one."
Trial and error is the way to go! At least that's how I do it too :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on 300! I love baking and would LOVE cake school!ReplyDelete
Love your site! Would love "cake school" Going to check out this site!ReplyDelete
LOVE you site! Such talent! Would love...and I need "cake school"! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Oh My Goodness Cake!!!! What a fantastic giveaway! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE To win this one. I have been decorating cakes now for maybe about 6 months and am getting hooked. I have learned all I can from, like you, the you tubes tutorials and looking at everyone else's amazing blogs and creative ideas. I would be honored to be able to take the online cake classes!!! Thank you.ReplyDelete
Congrats! Your blog is fantastic and a new addition to my list of frequently viewed sites!ReplyDelete
What a great idea! I've really enjoyed looking at your cakes...thanks for the chance to learn more!ReplyDelete
I love coming to your site for party ideas! I LOVE all of your creations!ReplyDelete
<3, <3, <3 all of your party ideas...awww!! Sooo super cute!!! =) email@example.comReplyDelete
Congrats on your followers! Thanks for the chance to winReplyDelete
Just found you blog - I love it!ReplyDelete
Jenniffer White (jen [at] cupadeecakes [dot] com)
Kate, I am a huge fan of your cakes! LOVE every one that I've seen! I also love your party ideas! Your giveaway is a great idea.ReplyDelete
Love the blog!ReplyDelete
I am also a huge fan/follower! I love your cakes and your parties, I am throwing my hub a Trophy Husband themed party this year! I love it! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I love your blog! Pick me:)ReplyDelete
Love your site and hope to win!ReplyDelete
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Grrreat site....very inspiring!!! Would love to win the gift membership to take up some time while my husband is overseas!!ReplyDelete
This is awesome! Thank you!ReplyDelete
What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!! :o)ReplyDelete
Loren @ The Baking Sheet
Wow Congratulations on your 300 followers. I started decorating cakes,cupcakes, and making lots of cookies and cake poops to pay our bills specially in this economy, but we made it through, in the same time it was fun and i loved it because i would have my daughter Leila help me make them that way it gave us time to enjoy each other's company and spend time with her. I would love to get your membership as it would give me more ideas and learn how to. ThanksReplyDelete
Hello,I love your site and I am trying to make cakes to have a little money coming in.I lost my husband and found out I have MS.Baking cakes is one thing I still can and enjoy doing.I would love to win.Thank you LisaReplyDelete
I would love love love to win a year worth of time with My Cake School with Melissa! Her site ROCKS!!! and i am so happy I found your site as well. I just started my own business in Alaska making custom design cakes. i would love your feedback on my cakes and my site. check it out at www.cakesinlove.com thank you and have a "sweet" day!ReplyDelete
Just became a follower today! Can't wait to read more of your posts, your blog looks great! I too took a Wilton cake decorating class with our first (also named Olivia) but I was nearly 7 months pregnant when I did! I would LOVE to win, I've been a follower of Melissa's cake school just in the last few months, and I LOVE that sight!! You can reach me at my email: email@example.com I have a cake blog at www.angelabartonscakes.blogspot.com Take care!! And Good Luck to whoever you pick to win!ReplyDelete
I, too, took the Wilton class, but want to learn so much more. Besides, my hubby wants me to to use the cake decorating stuff I have that is starting to take over my kitchen!ReplyDelete
Hi! Congrats on 300 and I've just become a follower! I've been wanting to subscribe to mycakeschool.com, but there's just so many 'cake' things I want/need, there's just not enough $$ to go around!ReplyDelete
Hi! Congratulations on reaching 300! Nicole firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Great giveaway for tax day! ThanksReplyDelete
I am SUPER excited about this giveaway!! I want to take cake decorating classes and we don't have anywhere around here to take them. It would be so awesome to win! I really want to make my children's cakes this year... and if I am able, I would like to make our Easter cake... OK, I can find any reason to make cakes!ReplyDelete
Congrats on your 300+! Here's to more!!
oops, here is my email:ReplyDelete
WOW!!!! I would be thrilled to win this giveaway. I've tried to decorate cakes and cupcakes but they never look professional. I would love to have the opportunity to expand my decorating skills. Thank you for being so generous and keep posting those amazing cake pictures.ReplyDelete
Love your blog & creations!ReplyDelete
Samantha @ randomlycrafty.blogspot.com
What a cool prize! I'd love to win - i'm also teaching myself how to do things and i've joined a Cake Decorating Guild.ReplyDelete
I am just starting a cupcake business and would love to be able to take a few lessons! I think it's so awesome you are offering this. I have been make cupcakes for friends and family forever and they have encouraged me to branch out. Winning this would be a God send, thanks for the chance.ReplyDelete
I have a small home based cake business and would LOVE an opportunity to win you giveaway! It is great that people like you recognize your followers. It is very much appreciated. I can be reached at ToniMarie3171@comcast.netReplyDelete
I joined some online training for this and I like itReplyDelete