Are you struggling with a new cake technique?
Or maybe you’re just not happy with how your cakes are turning out? I can wholeheartedly understand your struggles.
I remember when I first started studying graphic design (just over seven years ago)...I was so excited and full of motivation and energy. I was trying to find my way in the design world and I was absorbing all the information I could find.
Sometime after the honeymoon phase was over, there came a time where I felt like I just wasn’t getting anywhere. I felt like I was going around in circles and my work just wasn’t improving.
I started to become slightly envious of my more experienced co-workers and the self doubt started to creep in. “Why am I even studying this? My work is awful”, “Why can’t I get this technique right?”. I was pretty much giving myself a verbal beating which didn’t create a good headspace for me.
Then one day I stumbled on a piece of great (and slightly blunt) advice from a well experienced graphic designer. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find the original quote, but essentially he said something like this:
When you're first starting out, your work is going to be crap (it makes sense, you’re a beginner and you’re learning). You’re going to feel like giving up, but don’t. Keep pushing yourself, keep experimenting and keep learning. Push past that slump. Eventually everything will start to click into place and you’ll start to be something amazing.
That piece of advice really resonated with me and reflected the reality of the situation.
When you’re learning something new, you won’t be perfect and it can take time to truly grasp certain concepts and techniques. And you know what? That’s totally normal and ok.
Everyone starts the same way and we shouldn’t be comparing our failures to the successes of people who are more experienced.
His advice acknowledged my struggles, but it also showed me a light at the end of the tunnel - that what I was feeling was only temporary.
And you know what? His advice was right. I pushed through that slump and BAM - I found my sweet spot. Everything clicked into place and I could visibly see an improvement in my work (I was so happy!). It took time and persistence, but it paid off.
So just know that if you are in a rut, or not happy with your cakes, you are not alone, and it’s completely normal to feel this way. Learning new skills is a process that can take time, so please be kind to yourself, remain persistent and enjoy the new challenges and learning experiences that come your way.
You’ll soon be aceing those sharp cake edges or creating those gumpaste flowers like a pro!