WINNER!!
Dena (#1258) who said: Hi Mel! I believe that I am a professional cake decorator hiding in an amatuer’s body just waiting to bust out! I would love some tools of the trade to boost my skill level. I just love your website. It has helped me in so many ways to prepare new and exciting foods for my family. Thank you for all your help!

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Usually, January isn’t my favorite of the 12 months. Just not a lot to look forward to, if you ask me, with the holidays over and spring still months away (at least in my neck of the woods). But this year, I’m actually excited for the dreary, blustery month…because…for the next two weeks, sprinkled amongst the new, fantastic recipes I have to share, I will be hosting giveaway upon giveaway. Oh yes! And I can’t tell you how excited I am to give away some of my favorite things. I purposely avoided the blog giveaway craziness and fun over the last few holiday weeks in order to selfishly save the giveaways for now!

A moment of heartfelt sappiness: I really, really adore all of you. I know, you are rolling your eyes, but it is true. I wouldn’t have the continual energy and motivation to keep up this here food blog if it wasn’t for all of your comments and support. It keeps me moving in my lazy state, so seriously…thank you! These giveaways are for you! So may the force be with you and your entry(s).

Tomorrow I promise you a new, delicious recipe. Promise! But today I want to give away something I’ve been so very excited to put together.

I am by no means a professional cake decorator, but I have somehow developed a tradition of taking birthday requests from my kids and decorating things like snakes, sharks, bats, monsters…you know, boy cakes. I gladly took on the challenge last year to decorate two more girly cakes for my sweet neighbors:

Completely self-taught (and it kind of shows, I know!), I have a habit of pulling all-nighters to finish the cakes (like I said, I’m not a professional and have to redo things, like, 20 times to get them right sometimes), but I have loved learning little techniques.

What makes my life easier? This Wilton Tool Caddy that my fabulous cousin (and long ago roommate!), Camille, gave me years ago when we went to an amateur cake decorating class together (um, I was the only one that left class each session with frosting stuck in my hair).

I have loved this caddy and have gradually added supplies to it over the last ten years as I’ve ventured out trying new cake styles. Besides my loving husband who graciously stays up late with me every time I take on a cake project, this caddy is my #1 partner in crime when it comes to cake decorating. We’re tight, me and my caddy.

I want to give away ONE of these awesome tool caddies (yes, they kind of look like an old school plastic makeup carrier I had when I was, like, 13, but oh well) filled with many of the same things I have in mine – my favorite gel colors, no less than 15 of my favorite tips, decorating bags, couplers, and lots of other goodies, including an offset spatula or three. I’ll put it all together and ship it off to you lickety split!

To enter, just leave a comment on THIS post telling me what kind of cake decorator you are (professional, slap on some canned frosting to a cake mix kinda person, experimenter extraordinaire) – whatever the case may be! I’ll announce a winner before the next giveaway goes up, probably in a day or two.

{Giveaway and details and opinions all sponsored by me (a.k.a. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe), like it or not!}

1,476 Responses to Giveaway Bonanza!

  1. Audrey Griffith says:

    I am not a professional but I love to cook and bake for others. I have always wanted to take a cake decorating class but had never done so until last February, it was a birthday present from my sister. We both enjoyed it very much. I love to try new things. I’m always checking out Pinterest to find new ideas for things I think I can do. I have notebooks of ideas ready and waiting to be used.

  2. nikki bex says:

    I need more information on how I can get signed up to compete in the cake contest 812-797-9444 thank you

  3. Kim Scarbrough says:

    I’m an amateur decorator. I love to decorate my 3 girls’ bday cakes every year and try to do one for my hubby too. This kit would be wonderful!!

  4. Breanne says:

    I am not a professional by any means, but like you I have made my children’s birthday cakes every year….and usually they turn out pretty cute!! My husband has actually tackled a few of them himself and though I hate to say it, his are usually better than mine!!

  5. Stacey says:

    Well lets just be honest. I didn’t even know that you could make a cake from scratch until I was in college. My mother in law taught me that. It’s still a huge family joke. I have three little girls now and tried for my oldest to make her one of those barbie cakes. I just used frosting from a can and so it slid off of the barbies dress when I tried to make flowers. Good thing she was only 2 at the time and didn’t care that her barbies dress was a mess. So for sure for me that was my last attempt, but in my heart of hearts I believe that someday I will become a super chef , my family is still waiting.

  6. Melissa says:

    I am kind of a make-my-own-frosting-and-plop-it-on-sloppy person. I’ve taken some cake dec classes in the past but I’ve forgotten much of what I learned.

  7. SamanthaR says:

    I am an amateur. I love to make cakes for my family members…haven’t branched out much beyond that yet πŸ™‚ I would love to take a class someday!

  8. alyssa says:

    I am a college student trying to go to medical school that started my own cupcake business to add a little extra income to the already slim funds/accruing debt πŸ™‚ I experiment but am a huge perfectionist (it’s the future doctor in me) so I do not put anything out that is less than my best!

  9. Ashley Savage says:

    I’m an amateur, but love to plan and make a fun cake for the kid’s birthdays!

  10. Coryn Smith says:

    If you’re talking baking cakes from a box, I’m your lady. But how boring and lame is that? I’ve always had an interest in baking sweet looking cakes to show off to my friends and family but have never had the guts to get started! I’d sure like to though.

  11. jess says:

    I just fishing a decorating class!

  12. Eric says:

    I like to experiment for sure. It does not come out as what I am trying to replicate, but at least I am trying and practice makes perfect!

  13. Doris says:

    I am an amateur for sure! I am more of a baker, so I am learning the aesthetics of it now! lol

  14. Geneve Fallon says:

    I’m an experimenter, that’s for sure. I’ve made a spaghetti cake – that was fun. But most of the time I just slap on some frosting (from a can…:( ) and call it good.

  15. DeRae says:

    I’m lucky if I can make a cake from scratch and open a can of frosting. However, I would love to learn how to make them a little more interesting. I love your ideas!

  16. Nic says:

    I am a cake decorator wannabe. πŸ™‚

  17. Beverly Groberg says:

    I love to experiment and find ideas online! I would love some tools to make it easier!

  18. Barbi says:

    Though I do try to decorate my cakes, I end up being a slap on some frosting kinda girl. I definitely need to work on my creativity!

  19. Amy M says:

    I’d love to decorate cakes but I’ve only gotten as far as learning to make a scratch made cake. I can make something that tastes good but it doesn’t look pretty. lol

  20. Julia says:

    I too took a Wilton class YEARS ago! I do make all the birthday cakes for my 3 boys though.

  21. Karri S says:

    I am new to decorating cakes, but I try. They don’t look the best, but I know if I practice it will get better.

  22. Courtney Calderon says:

    I am most definitely a trial and error cake experimenter…and I love it!

  23. Angie says:

    Ohhh, Mel! It’s sad, really. My cakes taste good, but rarely look good. I really do try, but they are always a little off. “A” for effort!

  24. Luda says:

    You got skillz! I have never done any decorating with cakes. The only cake I’ve decorated was a diaper cake and I use my “decorator tip” to stuff cream puffs (whenever I make them, which is about never) and do something cute on cupcakes. I am absolutely impressed with your ability to pull this off with 4 kids. How do you do it??? Can you make a post about that?

  25. Stephanie C says:

    I just started about a year ago decorating cupcakes and have loved it and would love to start trying on cakes.

  26. Natalie says:

    Right now I’m definitely a cake mix/canned frosting type of gal, but I would so love start really baking from scratch. Wining this giveaway would be great, because I don’t own any of those neat tools that I need to get started!

  27. Wendi says:

    Definite amateur but something I love doing for my kids. I always think a homemade cake tastes better than a bakery-bought one even if it doesn’t look as good!

  28. Anna says:

    I don’t even consider myself an amateur cake decorator. More like a wanna-be. I mostly just play around, watching online videos and such to learn techniques and get ideas. I would love to take a cake decorating class or better yet, go to culinary/pastry school! Thank you so much for this wonderful collection of recipes, techniques, tips and tricks that you have put together here for us.

  29. April says:

    I’m definately an amateur but I really have fun trying to improve and create some fun and tasty cakes! My mom always made me really cute cakes when I was little and I want to be able to do that for my kids one day! (I’ll continue to practice on my husband until then!)

  30. Natalie Wilkins says:

    Melanie,
    I can’t decorate cakes. I have tried. And tried. And then failed and failed and failed again. Oh, well!! But I’d love to see what makes your tools so awesome and maybe I’d have a success to rave about πŸ™‚

  31. Jordan says:

    I do a lot of wedding & birthday cakes but I always need new stuff πŸ™‚

  32. Aussiemuminthekitchen says:

    I would say I’m an amateur experimenter. I do my best to try and make fun cakes for my little guy on his b’day but I am far from great. I would love to learn how to use fondant…that is on my list of things to figure out in 2012!

  33. Evonne W says:

    Amatuer for sure! For me, a cake that is not served in the 9×13 pan is fancy. But, I have started dabbling in decorating cookies and I love making things pretty!

  34. Carolyn S says:

    I am a slap it on canned cake frosting kind of gal….would love to be able to do more than that though someday!

  35. Nicole says:

    I am an aspiring-beautiful-cake maker. I love to make my own frosting, but I’m still trying to perfect my buttercream! So, if I’m ever rushed, I’m an “out of the can” girl.

    FINGERS CROSSED that I get lucky for this!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  36. Lauren N. says:

    Amateur for sure! I like making my own cakes and frosting from scratch (my friends call me a dessert snob)

  37. Jessica G says:

    I’m definitely an amateur, but I love to plan and make fun cakes for my kid’s birthdays! I am slowly getting better and trying new things but I have a long way to go. πŸ™‚

  38. Lisa says:

    I decorate cupcakes for my Toddler Story Hour @ the library.

  39. Tanaya says:

    I own half a bakery, (not the half that does the cake decorating) but I love to pretend that i can decorate.

  40. britney basting says:

    I love making and decorating cupcakes for my girls on their birthday. Then if I mess up on one I just toss it and start on a new one! That kit would be super helpful!

  41. Mandi says:

    We love all your recipes! Thanks so much for the giveaway. I am definitely an experimenter. πŸ™‚

  42. Megan says:

    I am definitely a “slap on some canned frosting to a cake mix kinda person” but I would love to be more of a real cake decorator! Yours are so good!

  43. ashley thompson says:

    well i thought i was decent enough for a mom who only decorates a big cake for her kids birthdays. then i saw yours, yikes, mine are put to shame!

  44. Cyd says:

    What comes before amateur…never attempted. We usually do favorite desserts, not birthday cakes around here. Last year, my 8 year old said all she wanted was a cake with her name on it…deprived child. Would love to attempt a fun cake, only with the right equiptment, of course!

  45. Stephanie says:

    I am pretty amateur. I have made some impressive cakes for my kids birthdays though, the things we can and will do for our little ones. πŸ™‚ I have seen this bucket of goodies and it would be fantastic to have!

  46. I am a cake DREAMER extraordinaire! Don’t know what that means??? Well, it means that I LOVE to look at blogs, magazines and books but I hardly ever bake. I love to see everyone’s creativity but when it comes time for me to try something new, I just freeze up and panic. I am trying to coax myself into decorating cupcakes instead of big cakes to get my feet wet!

  47. Amanda M says:

    I’m an experimenter….. my vision is great; the execution is often found to be wanting. I love the idea of this cake caboodle and LOVE the recipes from your site!

  48. EmilyF says:

    What a fun giveaway! I would love to break out of my cake decorating comfort zone and these items would be motivating. Thanks for spicing up an otherwise dull January!

  49. Christina says:

    I’m more of a salty-snacker, so I’m of the slap-on-some-frosting variety. However, I hate canned frosting – and all of the fillers that are in canned frosting. So if I’m icing a cake, it’s going to be with homemade icing. And my daughter loves to experiment with designs on cakes, so we make a good team. I make the frosting, and she makes the cake look pretty.

  50. Brenda says:

    I am definitely a cake mix, tub of frosting kind of cake lady…however, with three children and losts of birthdays still to come, would love to advance my skills.

  51. Dionne says:

    I take requests from my boys and we have had fun experimenting — sometimes even successfully!

  52. amy b. says:

    I’m as much a beginner as is possible. My saying to my daughter is that if you love someone, you buy them a cake and spend the money on them. I tell her that because I have no skills when it comes to cake decorating!

  53. Amy Steffes says:

    I am a total just slap on the frosting girl!!! I have attempted to make cakes…..I get frustrated easily and its time consuming!!!

  54. Ela says:

    I am an experimenter! I love to bake cakes and I always look forward to the birthday requests I get. I am by no means a pro but I still love it… It might not always look perfect but it sure tastes good πŸ™‚ My little boy just requested a dinosaur birthday cake complete with a volcano. Wish me luck!

  55. Kristen says:

    So far a cake mix and canned frosting decorator. But I have two girls (oldest is 3) and another baby on the way so I know the demand will be high to make creative cakes. So far I’ve only tackled flower cupcakes, and a butterfly and carousel
    Cake! Would LOVE tools like this!

  56. Kenita Lynn says:

    I am a beginner, and I don’t have much decorating talent.

  57. Tricia says:

    I’ve taken one Wilton cake decorating class, but I mostly figure things out as I go. I would like to do it more!

  58. Gina B. says:

    I’m a just-breaking-into-the-business cake decorator.

  59. Sherri Beattie says:

    I am a lasped cake decorator. Took a class 20 year ago when I got out of college. Time to get back in and teach my daughter and I sure do miss my friend the star tip!

  60. Kristen says:

    I am an experimenter, and my results can vary dramatically. The most “professional” looking one I have made was my eldest son’s first birthday cake–a two-tier monstrosity with intricately decorated jungle-animal cookies parading around the two levels. My latest was for that same son’s 8th birthday party: two 3-foot long light sabers, the chocolate one frosted red for the Dark side, the vanilla one frosted blue for the Force. A huge hit with the kids!

  61. Debbie J says:

    The kind of cake decorator only my kids appreciate! haha. Very Amateur but trying.

  62. Aubrey says:

    I’m totally an amateur but would love to get better because I really love decorating cakes.

  63. Mrs. Sheen says:

    I usually buy store bought cake mix, and make my own frosting if it is a traditional iced cake. If they want a specific kind of cake, like cheesecake, I make it from scratch.

  64. Laura Hodgins says:

    Experimenter. I really want to try one of those ones that look like the henna designs I do. I think I could do that whereas, I cannot make a frosting flower.

  65. Anita Derringer says:

    I am a real beginner. I usually just slap on some frosting and go with that but would love to learn how to make beautiful cakes in time and with a lot of practice. I am a diamond in the rough and would like to get a headstart on shining thru with this give away!!

  66. Cindy says:

    I’m a bundt cake drizzler, it’s just too easy, but lately my daughters and I have tried some sugar cookie decorating but we are very amateur and could definetly use some help.

  67. Brenda N says:

    I just enjoy making fun cakes for my family on special occasions. I’m an amateur ready to learn:) That tool kit looks fabulous!

  68. Beth in PA says:

    Amateur but have a lot of fun with it! I’m gearing up to make a Mickey Mouse cake for my ds in a couple days!

  69. Lauren says:

    I love baking, but I’m not very good at decorating. I’ve always been interested in it, but alas, my skills are laking in that area.

  70. Michelle M. says:

    I’m definitely an amatuer, but I love to make fun cakes for my kids’ birthday parties!

  71. Nicole Peck says:

    I am generally a canned frosting to a boxed cake mike person, but I have always used the frosting in a pressurized can to decorate with names in cursive and some sprinkles. I did make a cake and frosting from scratch once, but it didn’t go so well. It was a bad day. I need to try it again.

  72. Becky says:

    I am a complete beginner at cake decorating but my new year resolution is to be better at meal planning and trying new recipes and thankfully yesterday I stumbled upon your blog. I’ve pinned close to a dozen of your recipes to my pinterest board and would probably have scores more except that we are gluten free here at our house. Thank you for all your efforts in posting good home cooked meals that everyone in the family can enjoy. I am so looking forward to trying your recipes!

  73. Terri says:

    An amateur…for sure….but all my cakes are from scratch…so that should count for something! LOL!!

  74. Britney says:

    I am just a beginner, we just had our first baby boy about 10 months ago; and I really want to make all his birthday cakes. His birthday is coming up and this would be awesome and a huge help!

  75. Tisha says:

    I’m a ‘stick- to- the- box- but- will- try- a- recipe- kinda- girl’. I will try recipes if I think my family will like it, but I mostly follow the box. LOL

  76. Liz says:

    Total amateur! I once did a snake cake similar to the one you pictured for my son…stayed up WAY too late on that one! I love how excited my kiddos get when they see the finished products, so it’s worth it!

  77. Yvette Bowman says:

    I have always enjoyed cake & cupcake decorationg. In an effort to improve I have taken a class at Hobby Lobby, I am an amatuer for sure!

  78. Shante says:

    I am definitely an amateur experimenter. The worst was my Star Wars cookie cake. I seriously spent 7 hours on it….and I was sooooo frustrated the WHOLE time. I turned out alright, but I may have let a few not so nice words slip during those 7 hours.

  79. Bill Baughn says:

    I am just like you started out making a nemo cake for my sons first bday to making, blues clues and magenta, scooby doo, Dora etc. Etc. To now for the rest ofmy friends and family. A championship giants hat to frontierville cakes. I am just an electrician who has found extreme joy in designing these cakes and making so many people smile. Please choose me for this giveaway, it will be used and appreciated.

  80. Jen says:

    amateur! amateur! amateur!

  81. Katie says:

    I am for sure an amateur, but honestly I LOVE decorating cupcakes more than cakes themselves! For a baby shower I made pink cupcakes with candy google eyes and candy pacifiers and made little baby faces which is a great accomplishment that they even turned out lol. Your cakes are great though, I’ve just recently begun to be more daring on the cooking front.

  82. Katherine Cole says:

    I am definitely a beginner! πŸ™‚

  83. Audra says:

    I took my first cake decorating class this year and really enjoyed it! It’s fun to create little “art” that you can eat too! So, I’m still an amatuer, but better than slapping the frosting on!!

  84. Jen says:

    I am a jewelry artist by trade & often find my way into the kitchen. I have three little kids and we love to bake! I have to admit, tools are everything!! I have been using quart bags and I snip the corner… It actually works…sometimes! What an awesome way to ring in the new year!! These tools would really improve my current arsenal of ziplocks! =β€’)

  85. Becky L says:

    I am the swirl frosting on cupcakes kind of decorator. I am loving learning though!

  86. Becky says:

    throw it together is my way of doing it, but I’d love to get better!

  87. Keshakeke says:

    I am an expierimenter definitely! I love to see some of the creations my 10 year old daughter and I come up with! Not beautiful by no means, but we always have so much fun! I would love to win this to help further our cake and cookie decorating adventures!!!

  88. Jeff B. says:

    I’m kind of a knife wielding spreader…no decorating here. It’s time for a change.

  89. Spendwisemom says:

    I am like Darth Vader when it comes to cake decorating. I destroy everything I touch at this point. But, I believe there is hope for me just like him!

  90. Sally Baird says:

    I love making homemade cakes but have never really tried my hand at making them look beautiful. I’d love to try!

  91. Jackie says:

    I would like to say I’m great- I really try hard, but my cakes never turn out quite the way I have invisioned.

  92. Erianne says:

    Love your recipes! I would love some better cake decorating tools too!

  93. Alison Hamilton says:

    I’m an amateur and always think that the right tool would probably make things so much easier for me. The hardest cake I attempted was a fire truck. It wasn’t too pretty but my son still loved it!

  94. denise mcentee says:

    I am an amateur. Worked for a cookie company and to my total shock discovered I was pretty good at decorating (before that my statement about my art was that I needed a ruler to draw a straight line). I find ideas on the web for inspiration and pick something I feel I have TIME for when my child’s birthday is near. Sadly it’s usually very little time. I always want to do so much more. But i do attempt just about anything, sometimes it’s disastrous and I make do, sometimes it turns out pretty good considering. My best cake was a chicago blackhawks jersey made with fondant. There were some ‘errors’ but overal it looked great and i learned from them. That’s the problem too, I don’t ‘repeat’ cakes, so I always know I can do it better next time but there never is one. πŸ™‚ BTW I have a caddy and some tips and deco bags, so if by a small miracle my name comes up (I rarely win anything)- and you think it would be better to go to someone with nothing- that is fine. Love your blog and wanted to share. πŸ˜‰

  95. Annie Nielson says:

    I’m an experimenter cake decorator! I think homemade cakes taste so much better than store bought and they mean so much more, too. SO, I try to make cakes for my boys’ birthday’s, too.

  96. Stacie D. says:

    I would describe myself like you (although you are much better!): I have an interest and will make attempts for my kids’ birthdays, but I have almost no experience. I do have just a few supplies, and this caddy would be perfect for holding and adding to them. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeves!

  97. Ellen says:

    I always have good intentions with the birthday cakes but it doesn’t always work out. I did make a delicious ice-cream cake for my daughter in November. Thanks!

  98. Cathy says:

    if it sounds good and not too hard a recipe..i’ll try it. I do love to bake. Not the best of the bunch, but i enjoy it…::::: πŸ˜€

  99. Caroline says:

    I’m an experimenter.

  100. Amy says:

    I am definitely an experimental baker!

  101. Janelle says:

    I’m certainly not a pro cake decorator but I love trying and experimenting! I just made a cake this week for my baby’s 1st birthday and it turned out ok but this kit would have come in handy!!! I would love something like this to help me out in my future endeavors!

  102. Carly says:

    I am a out of the can kind of girl, striving to become more πŸ™‚

  103. Kim says:

    Definately experimental. Sure wish I had more patience and utensils to be a Maryha Stewart, but I guess everyone learns one way or another!

  104. Liz says:

    I like to experiment, but I don’t expect perfection out of myself πŸ™‚

  105. Melanie Steiner says:

    Definietly experimenter! I also love getting reqests from my kids and just diving in! Good thing they are a thankful and non critical bunch πŸ˜‰

  106. Jaylene Mosley says:

    I love to decorate my kids birthday cakes as well but am very far from a professional. Luckily they are still young so they think they are great despite all the inperfections

  107. Abi says:

    I was just thinking about taking a cake decorating class — I haven’t done anything really since high school, but I thought I really had a knack for it.

  108. Shannon says:

    I am a stay up all night kind of cake decorator! I love it though!

  109. Cheryl says:

    Amateur experimenter. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes Mel!

  110. Tamara says:

    I am definitely an experimentor. I say I’m not going to take the time to try to make something awesome for my kids but then I don’t want them to feel left out of the awesome cake birthday that all their friends get. So, I try to do great things and luckily they are still little that they don’t know the difference. I would love to get better. I have years of practice ahead of me. I would LOVE the kit!

  111. Wonderful giveaway! I love cakes (from scratch!) and decorating, but I’m not so detail oriented. I prefer taste over beauty, but would love to improve my techniques!

  112. Cameron says:

    Amateur experimenter! I’m always looking for interesting recipes.

  113. Suzanne says:

    I took a cake decorating class several years ago. I’m still a novice, but have fun experimenting!!

  114. Donna A says:

    I am definitely an amateur but I like to do cut-up cakes and have tried the cake pops. I enjoy your site very much.

  115. Josie says:

    I am an amateur but would love to get better. Your monster cake is my favorite. But, shamu gets points for “How in the world did you make that?”

  116. Alysse says:

    I am a practicing cake baker… amateur completely but working on my skills.

  117. Tina says:

    I am totally an amateur, but I’ve been saying for a few years that I want to learn how to decorate cakes. This might just be my motivation.

  118. Tara C says:

    I am an amateur experimenter. πŸ™‚

  119. Kristin says:

    Definitely amateur, but having fun learning and trying new things!

  120. Jennifer Terry says:

    I am the same cake decorator as you. take requests from my kids on what they would like for the cake and make the whole party to that theme. Something so easy to make them happy. i love to decorate cakes and yes, my cakes are not the best either, but I still like it. I use whatever tools I can find around my house. I do not have an offset spatula I learned to use a piece of paper to make it smooth. I should look into one though. i love your cakes! Very Cute!

  121. I am an experimenter…but oh, how I love to experiment! (usually). Growing up, one of my favorite things about birthdays were the fun and creative cakes my mom would make for her kids. I have tried (though not always successfully) to carry on the tradition. A Shrek cake that looked more like a Hulk cake comes to mind. …

  122. Heather says:

    Definately an amature, but I do my best with whatever theme my son asks for his birthday cake. πŸ™‚

  123. Jane says:

    Total rookie here but would love to become an at home expert. Thanks for the chance!

  124. Joyzelle says:

    I am a lazy cake decorator as I usually make Lemon Cake with a glaze so I don’t have to bother with frosting. My daughter is fabulous and has fun with it though and she is who would get this from me (so she will keep doing the great stuff for me)

  125. Wendy says:

    just a beginner, but i love to decorate cakes for my kids’ birthdays.

  126. Amy Cocanour says:

    My husband and I make up one chef:) My husband loves to present the cake beautifully, and I like to bake it!

  127. Emily says:

    I am a twice-a-year for my kids birthdays kinda decorator. Took the Wilton class with a friend learned enough to try to do it myself, but definitely not quite enough to get a full night’s rest when attempting to decorate a cake. :o)

  128. Miranda says:

    Well, I have to say that I have been wanting to learn how (I think my daughter would love for me to learn also), but just don’t have the right tools to be able to do it. It could be the new hobby that I am looking for. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  129. Rachael K says:

    I am a terrible cake decorator, but I love doing it anyways. I know this caddy would help me big time. Happy new year!

  130. Beth says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful site and delicious recipes. What a nice give away. I am the kind of cake decorator who uses frosting with things sprinked as the decoration, no fancy cakes for me, but I can sprinkle on some nuts or chopped reeces.

  131. Julie in Edmonds says:

    I admit it. I used canned frosting. πŸ˜›

  132. adrienne says:

    I am a total amateur! I love decorating, but am not very good at it. Love one of these…

  133. Hannah says:

    Each time one of my kids birthdays rolls around I think I should make the effort to make a cool cake, but unfortunately, this hasn’t actually happened yet! We usually just make homemade cupcakes and decorate them ourselves and let the kids go wild, it’s fun and hands on, not very professional looking but fun!

  134. Lori H says:

    I took classes years ago (in high school) and loved it. I always swore my girls would always have a “mom” decorated cake — that lasted until the oldest was 4 — they did have pretty cakes every year – just not a “mom” one. Now I have 4 granddaughters that I’d like to make cakes with! What a neat giveaway! — I’m also an all nighter decorater πŸ™‚

  135. Kristina says:

    Cake Decorator? That may going a bit far when it comes to my talents with frosting! I am the the grab some powdered sugar, add some milk and vanilla, and slather it all over the cake kind of decorator. Of course, I use my spatula and knife to make sure the frosting is smooth and pretty. πŸ™‚ I’m sure I could shock my own amazing roomate with the birthday cake of the century for her 30th this year if I put a little more elbow grease into my decorating.

    Thanks so much for the amazing blog to follow! I cannot tell you how many recipes I have borrowed (read: stolen) from you!

  136. Shelli says:

    I am a total amateur… but I try, and try and TRY for my kids. The happiness on their faces when I have given them their requested cake is the best reward of all… even if my cakes sometimes turn out lopsided. πŸ™‚ We just turn that side AWAY from the camera! πŸ™‚

  137. Sheila Perry says:

    I thought I was going to be an awesome cake decorator when I was in my teens many years ago…I liked making really cool cakes like Holly Hobbie(you are too young to know her!), Sweet Sixteen and several other fun cakes with the whole cake decorated with the star tip…Now I am 51 I have not made another cool cake since…instead I buy most of my cakes! It’s never to late to go back to cake decorating…right??!

    BTW… I was in search of a great manicotti recipe and stumbled upon your blog just last week. I made it this weekend and it was sooooo good and everybody loved it!! I am so excited to try ALL your recipes. Also, Congratulations on a Baby Girl!!!

  138. Courtney G says:

    I love decorating cookies. I can duplicate any picture I see. It’s so much fun to bring a picture to a cookie.

  139. Apryl says:

    Depends on the day. Love homemade frosting but sometimes canned will do in a pinch πŸ™‚

  140. JaNae says:

    I am a beginner for sure!

  141. Toni says:

    I am an amateur but aspire to be great one day!

  142. Leah says:

    I took a class (and gained a lot of weight from eating a cake a week) before my oldest turned 1. Now it’s too much work to find the supplies I need so I slap frosting on. I make homemade frosting though so it still tastes yummy!

  143. Maresa says:

    I also am not a pro. I took cake decorating in 4-H when I was about 11, but now I am professional decorator mom for my kids b-days. All 4 of them try to see if they can stump me, but every year I am successful in cutting, piecing, and decorating some awesome cakes. I love the challenge and I totally sympathize with you!

  144. Mrs.S says:

    I just found out I am going to be having my first lil feller and have been sicker than a dog, but I guess I would say I am a budding beginner cupcake decorator. Nothing fancy. Bless you for your ambition and generosity.

  145. Debbie says:

    Total experimenter….I make it up as I go. πŸ™‚

  146. kelsey says:

    We live and breathe by the store bought frosting. You can nuke that sucker till it’s nice and runny, then a simply pour, and top it with sprinkles. Sure would be nice to know another way. πŸ˜‰

  147. Marcie says:

    I try to make cute birthday cakes for my three boys but get overly stressed about it. My husband has relieved me of that duty and taken over the decorating – he’d love this πŸ™‚

  148. Toni Larson says:

    I am a total amateur but aspire to be great one day!

  149. Michele Johnson says:

    I am definitely an amateur cake decorator but I would love to be able to do amazing cakes like yours! P.S. I LOVE love your blog. Just sayin’. πŸ™‚

  150. Whitney R. says:

    Amateur! I do make my three kiddos their birthday cakes every year.
    This would definately help! Thanks for the giveaway!

  151. Rebecca says:

    My cakes taste great (always homemade!) and look fine–but not awesome! When I used my friend’s cake decorating kit, though, I decorated some gorgeous cupcakes (If I do say so myself!)

  152. jamie says:

    i am a cake decorator wannabe. however, i don’t do boxed cakes or canned frosting. i have found a go-to chocolate and vanilla cake recipe and will never go back. still trying to find the perfect homemade frosting, but until then, i purchase it from a local baker’s shop. would LOVE to win this giveaway. thank you so much.

  153. Tamara Palmer says:

    I took a beginning class, but since then have only made a couple of birthday cakes for my kids. It’s fun, but I’m not very good!

  154. Amanda B says:

    and I forgot to mention that I am usually a slap some frosting on from the store…but I think it’s time to improve. One more new years resolution.

  155. Amanda B says:

    wow…1,321 comments. We’ll see what luck I have. This looks like a lot of fun!

  156. Camie says:

    Im definitely a box and canned frosting kind of cake maker but I don’t want to be! I made your coconut tres leches cake and will never use a boxed cake again! I would love to win and start making fun cakes!

  157. Cari says:

    I am an amateur for sure, although I’m all about HOMEMADE cake. One trick that has worked well for my kids’ birthday cakes: Frost it and stick toys on top! (I even let the kids pick the toys that go on top and that’s part of their present.) Make sure it’s plastic and washable, and wash/dry before putting it on top of your cake πŸ™‚ Mel, you don’t know how many times you’ve saved dinner at our house! Congrats on the girl – it’s a whole new experience to be a mom of a girl after a house full of boys. Bring on the PINK!

  158. Katie Russell says:

    I honestly I just beginning. I bought for first set of tips the other day to try to start learning how to start.

  159. Krinn says:

    I am the experimenter. I love to make the fun cakes but have never been taught “properly” so I have to figure it out myself–or ask my friend the professional πŸ™‚

  160. Kelly says:

    I’ve actually really recently wanted to take a cake decorating class and start making this my new hobby…so I guess I’m a cake decorator in training!! Thank you for all your amazing recipes…love them!!!!

  161. Ann W. says:

    I am an experimenter. Always made the kids birthday cakes when they were younger, and still try new things!

  162. Sarah L says:

    I’m an amateur, but I would like to improve!

  163. Megan says:

    I am definitely a beginner! I like to experiment with different pan shapes, colors of frosting, and decorating accents, but the base of every cake I make is a cake from a box and store bought frosting.

  164. Dinorah Robinson says:

    I am a professional. Not! πŸ™‚ I do like to make my cakes and frosting from scratch, though they don’t always turn out that great but that’s how I learn. I have never experimented with fondant but would love to, maybe this year.

  165. Amanda says:

    Seriously! You are famous! I cannot believe how many comments you have, I cannot believe that I know someone famous!! Hahaha!
    I am an amateur. Below amateur. If you saw Meg’s bday cake from last year, you would totally agree. It was a princess castle that fell over. Not kidding.
    Love you dearly!
    A

  166. Aubrey says:

    I would consider you a professional after seeing those cakes. Me… not so much. I love to make cakes and frosting from scratch and my cakes taste great so I’m the designated cake-maker in the family (both in-laws and my side) but my decorating is to be desired. Maybe with that cool kit I can learn! Sigh.

  167. Stephanie B says:

    I am a slap some canned frosting onto homemade cakes and quickly decorate the morning or afternoon of kind of cake decorator. This past year I bought some actual cake decorating supplies for the first time.

  168. Laurence GL says:

    I’m not so good at cake decorating. I try though !

  169. Melissa says:

    I am definitely a beginner when it comes to decorating cakes but love to learn new things and make something fun for my kids for birthdays! I would love this kit!

  170. Amanda A says:

    i’m a wanna-be cake decorator. i refuse to buy store bought cake mixes and frosting (yuck!), but my cakes are less than perfect. thankfully, they usually taste pretty good, though!

  171. melanie peterson says:

    Well Mel, I am commenter no. 1306…hmmm….I won’t count on winning! πŸ™‚
    I am definitely a cake novice…c’mon…I just started making all of my own breads a few months ago…I gotta take baby steps to becoming more like you!!
    Melanie

  172. Melissa says:

    I’m an amateur all the way, but tried doing more then the traditional rectangle cake when my daughter turned one. the lady bug cake turned out great and I’ve said to my husband many times after that, “maybe I should take a cake decorating class.” This would be a fun one to win. thanks!

  173. Jenny says:

    I have always wanted to learn the art of cake decorating. I did try a few years ago to make a Care Bear cake for my daughter, but it turned out less that stellar πŸ™‚ I would love this kit!

    And BTW, you NEVER fail me with any of your recipes! I LOVE everyone I have tried! Thank you soooo much!

  174. Elizabeth says:

    Amateur, and I love it. I love experimenting with new things. I had to change how I cook recently as I learned I was Gluten Intolerant, and most likely have Celiacs. So I have recently started baking again. It’s been so much fun after 1 year no cakes whatsoever to make them with new types of flour!

  175. Michelle T. says:

    Mostly a slap on some frosting right out of the can kind of girl. But my mom made A-mazing birthday cakes for me and my siblings when we were little. I want to do the same for my kiddos. Motivation to learn!

  176. Claire says:

    definetly an amateur and I have only really done one decorated to try but am planning on trying lots more.

  177. Karen says:

    I pretend I’m a cake decorator for my kids birthdays!!! I have made some pretty fun cakes. . . but all in the name of experimentation. πŸ™‚

  178. Aysha says:

    Wow, you’re cakes are awesome! I am totally an amateur. If you had a “buyer” that would be me. Last year I tried one for my sons birthday but due to complete failure I bought one this year! I would love to learn and maybe tools are one thing that I am missing!

  179. Ann Marie says:

    Amateur, but want to get better. A caddy would be so helpful.

  180. Sara says:

    I make my kid’s birthday cakes!!!!

  181. kjerstina says:

    I am a wanna-be. I really only make cakes for my kids or husbands birthdays, but I spend a lot of time trying to make something special. Maybe the more kids I have, the better I will be!

  182. Becca says:

    Definitely an experimenter!

  183. mck says:

    An amateur! Occasional experimenter, the concept and vision in my mind is much easier and with a much better result than the actual outcome.

  184. Maria says:

    I am a beginner. I gave a small decorating set to my daughter for Christmas a couple of years ago and we have fun adding a few touches to birthday cakes.

  185. Emily says:

    I am definitely NOT a professional…I try to make my kids believe I am because I do not like paying 25 dollars for a cake, so therefore I let them know that I can make them whatever cake they want…which is always very trying, but I do my best. I have 3 kids going on 4 and my oldest is 10 and I have made their cake every year. Needless to say this would be well used in our home and maybe give me a chance to create better cakes! I would love to use this!

  186. Shari says:

    Well….I try! My cupcake frosting is much better than my cake decorating.

  187. Marianne Hunter says:

    I am certainly no expert when it comes to cake decorating, but I give it a valiant effort. Like you, I try to let my kids choose their birthday cake, and have had fun trying to create them a masterpiece. I love your site and all your great recipes!

  188. Verene says:

    I love to experiment!

  189. Becky says:

    I love to decorate, but definitely not professional!

  190. Nikol Mitchell says:

    I am not a professional. All self taught from a long line of self taught cake bakers. In my family, store bought cakes are simply unacceptable. Somewhere along the line, 40 some years ago, a family tradition was born of making a 3-D teddy bear cake (the Wilton Panda bear cake pan) for everyones 1st birthday. Then, we set the finished cake (amateurly decorated, but made with love) on the table with the baby. So far, in 40 years of kids, all of us have reached over and pulled off the nose. My cakes may look homemade, but that doesn’t stop me from trying πŸ™‚

  191. Maria says:

    I am an experimenter…I like to try things and they don’t always turn out!

  192. Sheila V. says:

    The only cake I baked so far came out from a red box. This is one culinary adventure that I want to explore in the near future.

  193. Jamie says:

    I’m no expert but I took a cake decorating class last spring and love to decorate birthday cakes for my family.

  194. Julie Gonsalves says:

    I’m a middle of the road-er. I took a cake decorating class in 4-H 100 years ago and I’m a snob when it comes to homemade frosting, but my creations are never very exciting. yet.

  195. Sara says:

    I have tried and FAILED many times!! Would LOVe this for my kids birthday cakes!! Love you and your blog!

  196. Brooke P. says:

    I always make homemade cakes for my kids and husband too and want to learn more…not professional around here and my patience runs out after a few hours of trying:)

  197. Elizabeth says:

    Complete Experimentor! I LOVE trying new things! I”m excited for the day when my baby is old enough to tell me what kind of fabulous cake she wants for her bday and I will be able to create it!

  198. Suzanne says:

    Definitely an amateur, but I have fun making my kids’ birthday cakes each year.

  199. Amber Gallup says:

    Definatley an experimenter. I love baking and cooking and making yummy things look so good!

  200. Lesley says:

    i have never decorated a cake in my life…but would love to learn and try!!

  201. Shanda says:

    I see beautiful cakes and they call to my inner creative side (I know it’s in there somewhere) but sadly…I must admit I am an amateur. An amateur who loves the idea of decorating one day like Buddy on Cake Boss.

  202. Audrey Lewis says:

    I wish I was a pro, but I’m not. I love to make my kids birthday cakes though, and they think they’re great, so that’s all that matters.

  203. Jody says:

    I am an amateur but I, too, love decorating fun cakes for my kids’ birthdays. I have even made some of the same ones that you have in your pictures!

  204. Laura Harper says:

    Total beginner that tackles cute ideas I find on the internet…my most recent was a dragon that was fun to try but the poor head kept falling off… πŸ™‚

  205. Stacey says:

    totally awful! but this kit will help be learn!!

  206. Amy says:

    Growing up, my grandma always made the two and a half hour trip to our house the night before our birthdays so she could make us a birthday cake -much like the pics you posted. . .such a fun memory and tradition! Since then I’ve always tried my hand at birthday cakes for my kids. I remain very novice indeed, but I’ve tried the monkey cake and snake cake you posted -along with other favorites like mickey mouse and rocket from little einsteins and cars. Love it. Love your blog. My husband always asks how I know you (since I talk about you like you’re my best friend I just called for a new recipe). He is convinced you were one of my many roommates back in the day. Thanks for sharing.

  207. Alex says:

    Definitely an amatuer

  208. Alex says:

    So cute!

  209. Carolynn Y says:

    I am definitely an amateur. I wished that the cake that I decorated actually looked like something, but I really should take some classes to improve.

  210. Julie says:

    Amateur, but hope when I have kids I’ll be able to make them some bday cakes as cute as yours!

  211. I struggle with decorating cakes! I love to do the baking & have the actual cake part down to an art. But when it comes to decorating, I just call my sister. I’m slowly learning to do things on my own though πŸ™‚ Each birthday the cakes look a little better.

  212. Ashley B says:

    I am a fun loving cake maker! I see things I like online, try to replicate them, and give them away to make others happy!

  213. Susannah says:

    No doubt about it, I’m for sure an amateur, but I would love to work on my cake decorating skills. Thanks for the opportunity!

  214. ooooh i would LOVE to own this! i’ve only recently ventured into cake-making, but i’m excited to keep learning!

  215. Jamie Walker says:

    Is an amateur and relative such as myself allowed to enter? πŸ™‚

  216. Chi Chi says:

    I am an experimenter. But I love adding things as decoration that would not normally belong on a cake. For a graduation cake a used a greeting card, a pretty silk flower and ribbon. It turned out great and was a lot easier than trying to work with fondant (for me).

    πŸ™‚

  217. Nancy Brown says:

    Amateur in cake decorating but learning!!

  218. Joanna says:

    I’ll have to admit I’m totally an amateur. [But at least I try!]

  219. Dena says:

    Hi Mel! I believe that I am a professional cake decorator hiding in an amatuer’s body just waiting to bust out! I would love some tools of the trade to boost my skill level. I just love your website. It has helped me in so many ways to prepare new and exciting foods for my family. Thank you for all your help!

  220. Amy Tong says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. I’m a experimenter extraordinaire. Still exploring the world of cake decorating and always wanted to learn more and try new things. πŸ™‚

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  221. Amy says:

    I’m not a great decorator but it is something I’d like to try more of.

  222. Christyn says:

    I am an absolutely amatuer cake decorator, but I love to try it, and when I have the time, the resukts ar eusually recognizable.

  223. Aubrey says:

    I am a beginning decorator. I have started decorating cupcakes and some have turned out ok and others no so ok, but I definitely love to decorate them. I have tried one cake before and that was fun too.

  224. Sarah says:

    I want to be an expert on decorating soooo bad. Maybe if I had the right tools….

  225. Beth says:

    I am completely an amateur at decorating but love making cakes. I have always wanted to be a mom who made and decorated my kids birthday cakes and I envy those who do. I do try and make good cakes though. I love your blog and I have learned a lot and become such a better cook because of you. Thank you for all your yummy recipes.

  226. Laura says:

    I love doing cute cakes/cupcakes for my kid’s birthdays! My daughter asked for caterpillars last year so I did cupcakes for her class with an individual caterpillar on each, made of home made fondant. They turned out cute, but lots of work for sure! But I have sooo much fun with it, I just can’t wait to see what they will ask for next year.

  227. Janelle says:

    I am an experimenter for sure. I generally end up going for taste over appearance, but i do love to make them pretty!

  228. In high school, I used to decorate cakes for Baskin Robbins, but I’m pretty much an amateur. I just do projects for family and friends.

  229. Maegan says:

    I am a total wanna-be. I try to be creative but end up just covering all my mistakes with extra frosting. Who can mess up with extra frosting?!

  230. Abigail Butler says:

    I am definitely a novice with frosting! I tried to make cupcakes for a church activity and it took me 10 hours to finish them (and they looked terrible!).

  231. Samantha S says:

    I am definitely a novice, but I’d love more practice. Love your blog!

  232. jellybelly says:

    I made a few fun cakes for my son when he was young and would love to make cute cakes for grandkids now.

  233. Marcela says:

    I’m definitely a slap on the frosting type of gal. But it’d be nice to have some tools to make them look better!

  234. Stephanie DeVault says:

    Definite amateur here, but always wanting to improve!

  235. Julia says:

    I am no professional by far, but I LOVE to bake and LOVE to pretend I know what I’m doing when it comes to decorating. I love to experiment and learn a little more for my girls birthdays every year.

  236. Candi says:

    I’ve tried to “decorate” my kids birthday cakes, but I am by far a professional. I usually just use canned frosting and call it a day. This kit would be fun to experiment on future cakes!

  237. Mickie says:

    WOWEE Look at all those comments! Boy do you get a lot of love from the commenters πŸ™‚ I am a make cakeballs and dip them terribly in chocolate kind of gal because I am that bad at decorating. I would LOVE to be better at it and try some new fancy things!

  238. Larisa says:

    Definitely an amateur experimenter. Love to play around and learn new tricks!

  239. Michelle Rocha says:

    I am definitely a novice cake decorator! I didn’t think I could do one for my son’s birthday so I got one from a bakery but it was gross!! Next birthday I am attempting my own!!

  240. Sarah says:

    I’m slowly becoming more of an experimenter. I used to be a sheet cake kind of gal but now that I have kids I’m trying to venture out and try cute ideas….it sure would be great to get some supplies!!

  241. Sophie says:

    I am definitely an experimenter! I have hopes of one day being great πŸ™‚

  242. Susan Matheson says:

    Very unprofessional, but have made many cut up cakes for my children and decorated them. Like to decorate sugar cut out cookies.

  243. tawny says:

    Woa! TONS of comments!! Well, it’s a one in a million shot but I sure do like to play with frosting. In a very non-professional way. πŸ™‚ But I try. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  244. Mimi says:

    I am an experimenter! I love to make my kids birthday cakes fun for them. My latest was an Optimus Prime cake for my son.

  245. Melanie A. says:

    Oh boy, I made my first race car cake for my 3 year old this year and after LOTS of experimentation it actually turned out alright! I’d love a few extra tools to help things go a little more smoothly next time around!

  246. Amber Andrews says:

    I’m an amateur cake decorator at best.. but definitely have fun decorating cakes!

    My son asked for a “Brobee” cake for his 3rd birthday. (his favorite character from “Yo, gabba gabba) I wanted to make a cake in the shape of the character, not just a small decoration of his face on a round cake, so I free handed his shape, and decorated from there! He was extremely happy with the end results, and that is the best part.

    Link for photo;
    http://i366.photobucket.com/albums/oo104/maysmom/brobeecake.jpg

  247. ann says:

    I’m an amateur and would rely like to learn to decorate this year!

  248. Kyla Tree says:

    I’m a beginner… definite beginner. (but a hopeful one!)

  249. Jennifer says:

    I really only decorate cakes for my daughters. 2 months before my first daughter’s birthday I worked in a bakery so I could learn some basics. The first day in the bakery they had me ice 220 cupcakes, so I learned quick on how to hold a decorating bag. My biggest downfall though is writing on a cake. My most creative birthday cake I decorated was a 3-d army jeep cake. My nephew still talks about it. 6 years later.

  250. Dianna says:

    I’m an amateur but I’m working on it. My goal is to start a home-based cupcake business in a year or so. While it’s not the same as full cakes, I’m still working on my decorating and making them look as good as they taste. I made a new recipe each week so I could find the right base recipes, now I’m working on improving them and the presentation aspect πŸ™‚ Next goal is to do full size cakes. Eek!

  251. Polly says:

    I am another amateur. I am lucky to get the base frosting on without other add-ons. I definaltey could use some help.

  252. Jolene says:

    I’m definitely an amateur. I used to make personalized cakes for my children when they were young and really loved it. I put lots of thought into them! Now that they’re older, I don’t do it as much, but now I have grandchildren to make them for!

  253. Christchanna says:

    Experimenter. My brother and I are always trying to ‘out cake’ each other with our kids birthday cakes. 2 years ago I got my brother cake decorating classes for Christmas — he thanked me for helping him become the best cake decorator in the family!

  254. Jennifer says:

    I’m definitely a wanna-be! I love to cook & bake but haven’t really ventured into the decorating arena yet. I’m hoping to in a few weeks b/c it will be my son’s first birthday! I need to come up with something good! I LOVE your site, been following it for awhile & haven’t had a bad recipe yet.

  255. Kim L says:

    Experimenter! I love the challenge of making my kids birthday cakes each year.

  256. Kim Springer says:

    Definately and amateur…but my kids love it and I’m learning to. πŸ™‚

  257. Dana B says:

    I just started really baking and purchased my first “round” cake pans LOL. I made a two tier cake (Red Velvet w/ Cream Cheese icing) totally from scratch and everybody SAID it was delicious HAHAHA! I have always been the cooker in the family so baking is my next venture. So I am a beginner when it comes to the decorating, will more than likely not take a class because of the cost but hey, with sites like these and the learning you can get from online, who needs to pay for classes πŸ™‚

  258. Traci Bryan says:

    I am a cake decorator wanna-be! I always say I am going to take some classes, but you know how that goes when there are a million other things calling.

  259. Liz says:

    I’m a novice in the cake decorating field, but I want to learn…especially since my baby boy just turned one. I see some cake decorating in my future πŸ™‚

  260. Sarah says:

    I am definitely amateur…….although to be able to make my own well designed cake would be simply fantastic!

  261. Definately a buy a boxed cake mix and slap some frosting on type of person. Haha. But when we need writnig or little flowers drawn on it I definately love the experience of experimenting. πŸ™‚

  262. Jill says:

    Wish I was a professional, but I’m still learning! Love, love, love your blog!

  263. Nichole says:

    Experimentor! I love pretending like I know what I’m doing while trying to put together birthday cakes for my kids and hubby, or decorating treats for the young women at church. Occasional sensations and often mystery tastes and almost recognizable decorations keep me going.

    Love your website! I’ve grown a love for cooking and experimenting while trying out many of your recipes!

  264. Anne says:

    As a beginner I am inspired to make cakes for my grandchildren.

  265. Lynette says:

    I’m a very amateur decorator … but I love attempting anything my kids request for their birthdays!

  266. Stephanie says:

    Well, I’m am amateur, but always admire the beautiful cakes I see others make. I’d love to give it a try!

  267. Ruth Ann says:

    I’m a wanna-be. I have decorated cakes for my kids in the past. I remember my hand cramping from doing a million little stars shapes on a Winnie the Pooh cake for my oldest son’s 2nd birthday. After that, life grabbed a hold of me and I had 2 babies in 2 years. Needless to say, cake decorating took a back seat with 4 kids under 7 yrs. old. Now I just pop a cake in the oven and it might get some icing slapped on it by my oldest daughter. This kit might inspire me again.

  268. ShelleyElli says:

    I’m an experimenter. My favorite is experimenting with whatever different flavors and colors I can blend together to create different tastes/experiences. Mmm, so fun.

  269. AbberJabber says:

    Definitely a novice. I LOVE making cakes for work birthdays, taking time to pick just the right recipe for the birthday gal. But I’ve only just started experimenting with using decorating tips and piping bags. Would love to have the skills you show in your photos!

  270. Mary says:

    I am a super amateur, but I made a monkey cake for my son’s first birthday and I really enjoyed it. I’d like to experiment some more!

  271. Emily says:

    Experimenter, but when that fails, frosting in a can saves the day!

  272. Jenn says:

    I definitely love to experiment! But it has to taste yummy-looks aren’t everythin
    g!

  273. Tara says:

    I never knew how hard cake decorating was until I had my own boys and tried to do something fancy. I was going to make a car cake and ended up making ONLY the wheel. I was going to make the wheel “really” cool and put some silver rims on it (yes… “a” rim on the “one” wheel). In trying to figure out a way to make the wheel spin, i dropped it. πŸ™ So… to sum up what kind of cake decorator I am? One that needs desperate help.

  274. Laura says:

    I’m an amateur, but love staying up all night trying to make something perfect. I make all kinds of cupcakes for the kids in my class (daycare class), to go along with the holiday, lesson, etc.

  275. Baker4Boys says:

    Experimeter. I, too, have never taken a cake decorating class, but I do have fun with it! I’ve never ventured into fondant – I just prefer the taste of buttercream. …I do have a question – how did you make that whale! One of my boys Loves whales and would love a cake like that! (I just “drew” a whale with frosting on his cake; 3D would make me an even “cooler” mom. =) )

  276. Marla says:

    Definite amateur here! With an anniversary and 2 birthdays in January, things don’t stop around here. My 8 year old daughter and I were experimenting with chocolate just yesterday for her cake this weekend. She really wants to decorate a fancy cake for herself this year.

  277. Jocelyn in Idaho says:

    I am good at the abstract designing but not perfect looking details. My daughter still loves what ever it is that I come up with anyway!!

  278. Jessica Z says:

    Definitely an amateur. After decorating the little man’s first birthday cake with ziplock bags a few weeks ago, I’d love to have this in my arsenal.

  279. Chelai says:

    I am a novice putting it kindly.

  280. Lacey says:

    Total amateur! I work full time so there isn’t much time to play in the kitchen! We have a baby boy on the way so I’m hoping that with the new addition I will be able to spend some time in the kitchen experimenting!

  281. I am a beginning cake decorator. I like you always made up a cake after hearing what my child wanted their party theme to be. I love your daily recipe.

  282. Heather P-W says:

    I usually throw some canned frosting on, but I did experiment with a Volcano cake when my son had a Hawaii themed birthday. It didn’t come out too bad for someone who usually throws a cake together!

  283. Kristy williams says:

    I’m not a cake decorator at all but I am going to try and make my daughters first birthday cake next month. It will be a monkey cake and the cake pan is from Wilton!!

  284. Brittainy McCane says:

    Slap on some canned frosting!!!

  285. Pam says:

    I am by no means a GREAT decorator since my “benign familial tremor” makes detail work near impossible, but I am very proud of the family tradition I have kept up in making my children’s first birthday cake… http://pcdub.blogspot.com/2008/07/big-oh-one.html

  286. JaNae says:

    Mel, I love your site! You have seriously change the way I go about making dinner. I am so grateful to have found you.

    I would consider myself an experimenter/professional. I’m always looking for cool new tools to help me. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway and Happy January!

  287. Lisa Hansen says:

    I’m a lot like you. I attempt fun cakes each year that my kids request. I love to try new things but I am by no means a professional!

  288. Katie Smith says:

    I’m a beginner but am so excited to learn more!

  289. Teresa says:

    I am such an amateur.Here’s a story, I made a Mickey Mouse cake, bought the MM shaped pan, all the frosting and coloring. Well instead of tinting the white frosting with chocolate, I started with chocolate frosting and tried to lighten it, never the less we ended up with a very dark complected Mickey, everyone loved it, I was still so proud though, it’s still one of the girls favorite pictures when they are going through old photos. Since then I use alot of candy and sparky sprinkles:)

  290. Sara R. says:

    I am an experimenter. I try to make my kiddos cakes each year for their birthdays, and I would say you can definitely tell that I do!

  291. Sara Adams says:

    I am very similar to you in terms of my cake decorating skills. I’ve been known to knock out a couple pretty good cakes for my kiddos b-days. But starting in two weeks I start a community college cake decorating class! I’m super excited, and then would be a fanstastic start to the semester!

  292. aaron says:

    Novice would be generous.

  293. Whitney says:

    If they had a Cake 101 class I would take it. I am soo just a beginner.

  294. Mary Beth says:

    I’m still pretty much an amateur cake decorator but I would love to get better! πŸ™‚

  295. Trudy says:

    I am an amateur, but getting better every year. I have three children, two boys and a girl, so every year I get at least three chances to work on my skills.

  296. Kate says:

    I make my kids birthday cakes every year! But I’d only consider myself a novice.

  297. Teresa R. says:

    Amateur, although I just decorated a Hello Kitty cake for my niece. I used a Wilton’s pan and it was recognizable, just not a very professionable job. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  298. Karrie says:

    I am definitely a beginner! I love to bake and love making cakes – sometimes from a box and sometimes from scratch. I’ve always been too afraid to try “decorating” because I know it would end up looking like a 3 year old did it. Fear! BTW, I love your blog and every recipe I’ve tried has tasted amazing! You are my “go-to”. THANK YOU!

  299. Krissy Thomas says:

    Ok. That’s funny cause frosting tip set was on my Christmas list! I generally stick to cupcake decorating cause if u mess up theres still a dozen or so to try again on ( ; I’d like to brave the picker cakes but need the right equipment ( wink wink )

  300. Lori P. says:

    I’m definitely in the amateur category. I took a cake decorating class at the community college a few years back and loved it! I’ve made a few cakes for close family and friends, but that’s about it. I thought about working in a bakery a few times, but that’d be way over my head and a huge learning curve. If I win (and hopefully I will!), I’ll have more things to practice with!

  301. Lauren says:

    Definitely a beginner at cake decorating, but love all the practice! Happy New Year!

  302. Tina says:

    I would have to say I like to practice once or twice a year for my kids Birthdays. I’ve made a barbie cake, a puppy dog, a swimming pool complete with diving board, a princess crown and a Sponge Bob cake – all were pretty successful. Not sure wht is next. The girls seem to like cupcakes lately instead!

  303. Alicia says:

    I’m not the best at decorating, but I make all my own icing. I just have no talent for writing neatly or making pretty flowers.

  304. Mirien says:

    I like your term–experimenter extraordinaire. I love to get creative for birthdays and special occasions, just like my mom did. This kit would be wonderful!

  305. Kelly says:

    Definitely an experimenter-mostly with kids birthday cakes. I am better at decorating with candy than piping tips. I need to practice on some more grown up cakes!

  306. Sarah D. says:

    I have never really decorated a cake but I would love to try! It would be so awesome to make a cool birthday cake for my twin 4 year old boys!

  307. keri says:

    amateur… I am not very artistic and I always assume you have to be artistic to make beautiful cakes!

  308. Tina says:

    I am an amateur but cake decorating is something is have always wanted to learn how to do. My first adventure in cake decorating was in a high school home economics class. One of the things we were taught was how to make a rose using the nail thingie. Needless to say mine turned out as a frosting blob. Maybe a kit like this would help me finally nail the ever elusive frosting flower. Thanks for all of your delicious family friendly recipes.

  309. Kathy says:

    Would love to learn how to decorate. I usually just wing it!

  310. Loren says:

    I love decorating cakes and have some great tools but nothing to put them in. This little caddy would be a great item to store things in. I too am an amateur but it is fun to create something someone loves.

  311. Francesca says:

    Amateur, I’d say. Although I can decorate a layer cake with homemade frosting…pretty good for the most part. I’m not incredibly artistic….I’ve never made a cake like those you’ve done. One day!!

  312. Bonnie says:

    Experimenter!

  313. Rhonda says:

    The best word to say what I am would be SLOW ! The first one I did was a frog cake
    for my 13 th birthday made with the wiltons frog pan and decorated with mainly the star tip. Now I just do them for my kids birthdays. I love it until its time to wash all the bowls, bags, and tips…. =)

  314. Natalie says:

    Beginner!

  315. Lynda M. says:

    I am definitely an experimenter extraordinaire. I love trying new frosting recipes and trying out new decorating supplies. I would love this carrier!

  316. Lauren says:

    I am a home baker. I keep things simple!

  317. Kirsti says:

    This would be great for my 12 year old son. He wants to be a pastry chef. He has made some really awesome tasting cakes and this would help with decorating. Thanks for the opportunity Mel!

  318. John says:

    Although my wife is much better at baking cakes than I am, I definitely am one who crosses their fingers, hope it comes out of the oven alright, and then decorate it with whatever is in her cabinet. Once my graduate degree is over, I hope to be able to help her out a little more πŸ™‚

  319. Leslie CA says:

    Definitely an amateur but my daughter and I love baking and attempting fun decorations and new recipes! Love your website!

  320. Brittany Anderson says:

    Wish I had the guts to experiment more! But I try on occasion…experimentor.

  321. Kimberly says:

    I am a novice cake maker and decorator. I love making cakes for my kids for their birthdays. I try and be as creative as I can. We have the force with us, as we have made many a Star Wars theme cake! My kids are awesome and I love doing fun things for them.

  322. Amanda says:

    I have like no experience decorating cupcakes, but my daughter’s birthday is on Sunday and I am going to try really hard to do something that turns out really cute.

  323. Jackie says:

    Amateur. I go for the “it was supposed to look like that” approach. πŸ™‚

  324. doris says:

    I love decorated cakes. I’ve done a few that turned out great (fairly simple ones) but many others that were just ok. Cupcakes are my favorite for decorating. It’s eaiser to remove the mistakes.

  325. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    I’m definitely a beginner cake decorator but working on my skills! Happy New Year:-)

  326. Janel says:

    Haha – I love that you had frosting in your hair. I decorate for my children’s birthdays too – and frosting all over me is inevitable! I took the introductory class, but need much more help! It’s the love that’s put into them, right?!

  327. Kerry says:

    I am an experimenter!

  328. Barbara says:

    I’m a tried and failed more often than succeeded amateur. My four little boys have received many “balls” for birthdays, decorated spheres that attempt to be basketballs, baseballs and soccerballs have been the favorites. I got a sphere cake pan (like two small metal bowls) when my oldest son was a toddler, and they have been well used. He is now 21, but my youngest is still in the want-a-decorated cake stage. I have now started my hand at filling mini cupcakes with filling and putting a pretty swirl of frosting on top. But I am woefully unprepared with the proper equipment, so it is even more amateur than ever. This entry has gotten me super excited about using correct tools and having better results! And … thank you again for your wonderful recipes!!

  329. donna says:

    I am a mere novice when it comes to cake decorating. Happy New Year!

  330. Mary says:

    I am an amatuer cake decorator, but an expert cake eater! Have dabbled a bit in cake decorating, but it’s been a few years. Would love to give it a try again. Thanks, Mel! You make our mealtimes so much tastier!

  331. Andrea T says:

    I am definately an experimenter, but with 3 young nephews, I need to become more of a decorator! Something like this giveaway would go a long way towards helping me!

  332. mistee dawn says:

    I am an experimenter!

    misteedawnw at aol dot com

  333. Megan says:

    I gave up making cakes a few years ago after I realized I had too many kids to be baking their birthday cakes. However, my sister enjoys baking her childrens’ birthday cakes and likes to try interesting shapes and decor. She’s a big fan of your blog too so I’d love to win the kit for her!!

  334. Bonnie says:

    I’m an amateur.

  335. Julie Perez says:

    I am the most impatient decorator ever! I usually shy away from elaborate frosting techniques because I just want to EAT!

  336. Joanna H. says:

    Well, I wish I could be a cake decorator. We got a little fancy with our sugar cookies this Christmas and piped them with a star tip, but that is about the most exciting cake decorating I am able to do. I would LOVE this kit so that I could experiment and try to become a better cake decorator. I love your site more than you know. I have made recipe after recipe and there has not been one that did not turn out amazing. For Christmas, I made the cheesy potatoes without the cream of chicken soup (which my husband can’t eat) and they turned out so good. I love those potatoes and was so happy to find an alternative to the soup recipe since I can’t serve those. Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  337. Claudia says:

    I have zero cake decorating skills but I would honestly love to learn!

  338. Darcy says:

    I am amateur, very amateur. I love decorating cakes for my kids birthdays, but I also love the help of my mother who has all the right tools that I lack. I would love the right tools and a little more practice!

  339. summer says:

    I am an experimenter with a rather strict scratch philosophy. My cakes take too long to create and can be a disaster or a delight. So I guess I am an amateur with big dreams.

  340. auntiepatch says:

    At any time other than Christmas (I go all out then), I buy & use canned (gasp!) frosting ~

  341. Brittney B says:

    My cake decorating is experimental. Willing to try new things but not a lot of success.

  342. Sandra c says:

    I can’t tolerate gluten so I used to not bake as much. After having a little girl I started to reconsider. Now I just bake to relax and for friends and family they seem to enjoy it what I make. Cakes I would say I’m somewhat of a amateur. But I love to try new things in the kitchen!

  343. Lori jones says:

    Omg!!!!! There has been over 1132 comments!!! Wow I have always wanted to try my hand at making a fun cake !!!
    Thanks

  344. Jackie says:

    I’m a dreamer! Thinking of great ideas and then asking my local bakery to bring my dreams to life. However, my teenager daughter is a creator. She started a barbie cake, and when it didn’t work out she turned it into a shark eatting a barbie. Thanks again for all of your recipe help. I’m remebering how much fun cooking for my family can be.

  345. Kimberly W says:

    I would consider my skills to be similar to yours – mostly self-taught, but I also learned a little working at a bakery and ice cream shop a few years ago. I’ve only made 1 wedding cake which actually turned out really well but was super stressful to do. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  346. Karen says:

    Somewhere between amateur and wanna-be professional. I always decorate my kids’ birthday cakes, and since I have 7 , and m oldest is 17, I’ve had LOTS of practice. My techniques still could use some improvement, though… LOL

  347. Lizzy Stevens says:

    Definitely a beginner but would love to get better! I think your cakes are darling!

  348. Marianne says:

    I am a wants be cake decorator. I really would like to be professional and make amazing cakes but am only a beginner that make very fair cakes.

  349. Sarah says:

    I am now the mother of two little girls and ironically, I resolved this year to learn to make and decorate cakes so we can start having special birthday cakes (that cost a little less than an arm and a leg!) I have NO tools needed whatsoever and have been trying to scrounge up dollars and figure out what the most important purchases would be… What a cool giveaway this would be for me to help me get started!

  350. Julie B says:

    Would love to learn how to decorate better. This looks fun!

  351. Kath says:

    The rushed baker – Home brand cake mix + Betty Crocker frosting + a bit of creativity.
    About to change now that I just bought a KitchenAid Artisan mixer. I can’t wait to kick some butt in the kitchen and fatten up everyone at work.

  352. Rachel Russell says:

    I am (sadly) quite vile as a cake decorator, but am valiantly
    pressing on as somehow a homemade cake is set firmly in my mind as requirement for my kids b-days. I have cried bitter tears as my Seven Dwarves house grew a large goiter on the top in the oven (why oven?? WHY??) , as the icing slippped off my Mary Poppins carousel in a mucky river and then my personal fav nervous breakdown at 3 am- when the massive cotton candy poofy top of the big tree in the yard of my Villa Villekula Pippi Longstocking cake- shrank in shriveled horror into a tiny hunk of gross when I tried to cover it all with saran wrap (then spent hours trying to bake some kind of new top for tree, while weeping loudly into icing bowl from exhaustion). Happily- the Buzz Lightyear rocket was triumphant last year, but am currently clenching my bum in fear at the Captain Hook pirate ship cake I am attempting in 2 weeks and have happily decided to pretend it is not happening until the day before and then I will give one last hurrah at trying to bully the 4 year old into snazzy gold coin cupcakes instead?

  353. Sarah G. says:

    World’s worst cake decorator!

  354. Vicky says:

    I like to think I’m more than amateur, but that’s probably all I am. I do like to make my own frosting, though.

  355. Rachel Shaw says:

    I love baking & decorating! It is a fun & creative outlet that I have found I absolutely love. I am always looking up ways to do things on YouTube. πŸ™‚

  356. Kristi says:

    I love to decorate cakes for my kids birthdays, but I am by no means a professional. I have had my eye on this box for a long time. I borrow my friends when I have to do a cake, so having my own would be great!

  357. Jo says:

    Definately an amateur but would love to develop into something more!!

  358. amy says:

    Beginner! I actually just started to venture away from box mixes thanks to your blog!

  359. Debbie says:

    Definitely an amateur, but make my buttercream frosting from scratch and have fun experimenting.

  360. Lyndsay says:

    I’m an amateur. I love trying out new things when it’s birthday time. I love your website. So far I’ve just used some super yummy dessert ideas, but I haven’t been disappointed.

  361. Doretta says:

    I’m a mommy decorator. πŸ˜‰ When my kiddos birthdays roll around, they tell me what shape/character they want and I do my best to create it. I have lots of fun but no where can I claim professionalism. I’d love to have a setup like this to help me out!

  362. Kathy Erickson says:

    I am VERY inexperienced… more of a wannabe cake decorator:) I have two little girls that I would love to make fancy schmancy cakes for but I don’t have any tools and would LOVE to this caddy:)

    Have I mentioned that I have made tons and tons of your amazing recipes?!!!

  363. Ashley firth says:

    I think I will fall into the “let’s give it our best shot” category. I’ve had a few great successes and some sad failures ( sorry goes out to my niece πŸ™‚ But, it’s always fun to try.

  364. kbailey says:

    Definitely an amateur at decorating, but I can make some pretty great tasting cakes.

  365. Tammy says:

    I’m a super simple, can’t-really-decorate-a-cake, let my kids help, kind of girl.

  366. Ashley in PDx says:

    Im definitely an amateur… But something I’ve always admired

  367. Margaret says:

    Wow! What an incredible giveaway! I have used fondant (the marshmallow kind) exactly one time in my life, and it was quite the learning experience. All other decorating was just to cover up the cake, nothing more. This set is amazing!

  368. Gigi says:

    I have been cooking for years but never baked anything except chocolate chip cookies…. until i found your site.i have since become quite good using your recipes for bread, pizza,rolls etc.i have three year old twin girls and would love to start making cakes for them.love your site!

  369. Margaret says:

    Hi Mel! I love love love your blog! Every time I’m looking for something new to try I always visit your blog first.
    Technically I am a professional cake decorator, I work in local grocery store here in Phoenix, Arizona. I am pretty much self taught, just picked things up here and there while working in the bakery to put myself through college, until I picked up enough to be promoted to decorator myself. Lately I’ve really been trying to learn new and better techniques at home so that I can break away from the standard grocery store sheet cakes and make things that are more “cake boss style” for my family and maybe even to move my career into a pro cake shop. I’d love to win one of these kits as one of the biggest hinderences to broadening my cake horizons is not having all the tools I need. That stuff really adds up!

  370. Becky says:

    I’m totally a novice. I just made my first birthday cake for my four year old. It was a rainbow cake. It was pretty successful, but nothing tricky. Thanks for everything!

  371. Heather says:

    I’m about as beginner as you can get but I’ve wanted to try to learn a little more. I have absolutely no cake decorating tools so this would be awesome to win. Thanks for all the great recipes by the way.

  372. Jennifer says:

    Fun! I’m terribly afraid of committing myself to making an awesome cake, failure is way to close. I’m definitely a “call my friend Bekki and ask her to make the cake” kind of gal. But if I had a cool caddy I would totally give it a whirl!

  373. Erin says:

    I love being creative with my kid’s birthday cakes. Completely amateur but it is so much fun and the kids love it!

  374. Erika says:

    I am a cake decorater in training-just took a class, but still learning!

  375. Kelly J says:

    I am not very good at all, I do try. I have always wanted to learn though and this would be a great start!

  376. Leah T says:

    Definitely amateur, but love it! Made my little one a football cake for his 4th birthday and it wasn’t all that bad πŸ™‚

  377. Jaime says:

    The best cake that I have ever made was for my daughters 5th birthday. I made a barbie cake. Where the cake is the barbies dress. My daugther loved it and I was shocked that I pulled it off…..but like you it took me a late night!

  378. Stephanie says:

    I love to make birthday cakes and frosting from scratch (my favorite yet is your Unbelieveable Chocolate Cake w/ Magical Frosting). My cakes always taste amazing but unfortunately look like my 5-year old decorated them. We ended up calling my daughter’s last birthday cake “Earthquake Cake” because it looked like it suffered through a 7.0 at least. In summary, I’d call myself the “It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts” cake decorator. πŸ™‚

  379. Erin says:

    amateur…I ended up turning one cake into a trifle b/c it looked so bad, but I’m getting better πŸ™‚

  380. Shauna says:

    I would love that!

  381. Amanda says:

    I am a store-bought cake kinda person, but sometimes I’ll get the itch and attempt to decorate my own. Nothing great so far though!

  382. Malena says:

    I keep trying! An experimenter extraordinaire!

  383. Patrice Gerrie says:

    I am just a copier….thank goodness there are pro’s out there with great ideas and designs. Love making a great birthday cake for my grandkids.

  384. Rachel Jackson says:

    I like to think I’m a pro, but I’m totally not. Growing up I learned from my mom. Now when she does any cakes for weddings she bakes and I decorate and do the details!

  385. gingela5 says:

    Definitely an amateur. Actually probably less than amateur. But it’s the thought that counts, right?

  386. Alison says:

    I’m an experimenter. My MIL gave me a cake book a few years and now my kids think I can make anything for them. I try and to date have managed butterflies, a horse, a box of crayons, and a few other things. This would be so much fun.

  387. My mom used to make those cute princess cakes in the 80’s, but I’m not that talented. I’m more the slap it on from the container kind of gal. But, I love me some icing. Thanks for such a great opportunity.

  388. Alana says:

    I’m a used-to-be semi pro, but after six kids, medical school, and residency, I was demoted to a sometimes-when-there’s-time kind of cake decorator. Maybe I should take the hint to get back to it, when my kids ask for a store-bought cake over their mom’s!

  389. Veronica says:

    I am a self taught, try anything once, plan for weeks, not always turns out but I have a lot of fun trying, kind of decorator. But everything is from scratch!! No cans, no boxes. I have 2 tips and have no idea how to use them well, but I am getting better and better!!! Love your site. We eat so many of your recipes as staples…french bread rolls, chicken braids, meatballs, cupcakes. I have yet to find something I don’t like!!! Thanks so much.

  390. joanne says:

    hopeful…I am a hopeful decorator.
    Every time I set out to decorate a cake, winging it all the way, I have great faith it will be just as I imagine. I get close.
    sort of.

  391. A says:

    I took a cake decorating class years and years ago in high school. I learned a few tricks that have served me well over the years. There’s nothing better than a tasty and beautifully decorated cake! Thanks for the giveaway, Mel, and for getting me excited about 2012.

  392. Summer says:

    My kids have given me some strange requests for cakes over the years but it’s something I enjoy doing. I am for sure an amateur so I’ve pulled a lot of all nighters!

  393. Kari says:

    I am an experimenter – I received a few new decorating tips for Christmas and have tried them out on sugar cookies.

  394. Adam B says:

    I’d say experimental, definitely.

  395. Kelley says:

    The first cake I ever decorated was my brother’s wedding cake. Bold, right? I was so proud of it. He gasped when he saw it, and I just knew he loved it, too. 10 years later, I look at the pictures of this lopsided, girly-cued monstrosity of a cake, and I gasp, too. Ah… but it was scrumptious.

  396. Katie Bock says:

    I am just learning how to do this. I bought cake tips last year for Christmas and have been experimenting mostly on cookies so far. I would love this kit to get me going even further!!

  397. Tiffani says:

    I love to experiment with cake decorating for my kids birthday cakes. I took cake decorating classes at Michael’s years ago while I was in college, so I have some skills, but I definitely have a lot to learn still!

  398. TrishG says:

    I am an expirimenter extroidinaire. This year I made 6 cakes (from scratch) before even decorating them to do a butterfly cake for my niece’s 4th birthday. But it came out great and I even tried a homemade buttercream frosting for the first time!!

  399. janice says:

    this would help me with my frosting diasters i make

  400. Heidi says:

    I usually make some kind of theme cake for my 3 boys’ birthdays, but anyone could make them and it usually involves an idea from the Family Fun magazine/website. I’ve done trains, Indiana Jones, Blues Clues, Star Wars, Harry Potter’s Gryffindor house crest, etc. But the easiest one and the one that I think looked the coolest was a moon cake with gray Necco wafer craters and white frosting mixed with Oreos. This year I will probably have to decorate a Jupiter cake.
    I would love to win the caddy and goodies and take a real cake decorating class!

  401. Becky Graves says:

    My mom knows how to decorate beautiful cakes but none of that talent was passed on to me. I’ve tried to do a few birthday cakes for my kids but only after TONS of time on the internet and experimenting. Hope I win this set!

  402. Natali says:

    Definitely an amateur, but I love to experiment.

  403. Janelle says:

    Cake decorator by experiment. Started doing the same for my son’s birthdays. I have accomplished his first two birthdays with a race car and a John Deere tractor with surprising good results.

  404. Tammy Francis says:

    Wow, there are so many entries. I love to make food look appetizing.

  405. Nancy says:

    I love the idea of making a birthday cake for my kids, but like you, have never really been taught professionally. In my mind, I thought that there was an unofficial rule made once that said, ” to be a good Mom, I was suppose to make all the Birthday cakes.” Ha Ha. I would love to learn someday how to make a real Birthday cake.

  406. Lana says:

    Mel,
    I love to bake but never have tried cake decorating. Could be a new skill for 2012! Thanks for your wonderful recipes. My family has enjoyed every one I’ve made.

  407. Jenn W says:

    I, like you, have 4 boys and they think my experimenting ways are amazing! I, on the other hand, know better…

  408. Claudia says:

    I’m a total amateur but love the challenge of making cakes for my 4 little monkeys.

  409. Louise says:

    I look to family fun for help and my girls love to help πŸ™‚

  410. Sabrina says:

    I’m like you, a self taught cake decorator. My mom never once made us celebrate with those gross store bought cakes, and I loved her for it. Therefore, I’ve decided that was something I wanted for my children as well. We love experimenting with new things each birthday. I LOVE your website. I have never made a recipe I didn’t like, thanks a million.

  411. Katherine M says:

    I definitely make everything from scratch, but I am in no way a professional cake decorator. I usually toss a bunch of colorful sprinkles on top of the cake to make it look fancier and to cover up the bad icing job.

  412. Sharon says:

    Well, I’m better at eating cake than decorating, so that probably makes me an amateur. πŸ™‚

  413. Hilary Jorgensen says:

    cakes are supposed to be decorated!?

  414. Natalie says:

    Far from a pro, but dedicated enough to not go near canned frosting or a mix….. pick me pick me!

  415. tasha says:

    I like to think I’m pretty amazing, then I get the cake finished, step back and take a look and realize no one outside the family can EVER see it! At least they always taste good lol!

  416. Kat says:

    My mom was really good at decorating fun cakes for us, so she helps me as I try my best to be creative. I’m always up for learning new techniques and getting new ideas.

  417. crystal says:

    Tradition in our house is that I pull out all the stops to make an unusual cake for each persons birthday. Some have been successful – Captain Underpants – and some have been a flop – a standing harp πŸ™‚ Its always a good time.

  418. Debbie says:

    Sometimes I get brave and experiment when I have time….mostly though it turns into boxed cake and a can of frosting!

  419. KS says:

    Amateur! πŸ™‚

  420. Doris Sommer says:

    This is fantastic site, I am an amateur cake decorator, but I am willing to learn to try to improve. I look forward to each time I get on hotmail, just to see if there is a new recipe, I like the recipes because they all have been tried. Keep up the excellent work!

  421. Jamie says:

    Definite beginner! I’m desperately trying to improve.

  422. Jill says:

    Beginner for sure, but it sure is fun to make a mess.

  423. Krystal says:

    I love to attempt to decorate whatever cakes the kids request…and am always up all night to do it too! your cakes look much more professional than mine, which never turn out even close to perfect, but I love to see the kids faces when they see them!

  424. Lisa E says:

    Amateur for sure! Growing up my mom used a cut-apart cake book to make all kinds of cakes, all from a 9×13 cut into different shapes and sizes to become something magnificent. I’ve done a couple of those, but that’s the extent of my experience.

  425. Alissa says:

    I am really good at picturing a fun, themed cake, but they very rarely turn out the way I want them to! So lately it has been just frosting and stacking a couple 9 inch rounds.

  426. Robyn Braswell says:

    I am a novice cake decorator. My kids and I love to watch HowDini to get ideas for birthday cakes. My three year old asked for an off set spatula this year! We would love to win your give away!

  427. Jaime Anderson says:

    I am an amateur for sure, but my daughter and I have been trying new things together. Recently, we made a spaghetti and meatball cake that turned out pretty good!

  428. Tiffany says:

    I just made a oreo ice cream cake for my husband, I enjoy decorating cakes. I took a class once and really enjoyed myself. Thanks Mel.

  429. Amanda says:

    Self taught amateur, I have been loving marshmallow fondant and have done some pretty fun birthday cakes with it:)

  430. Tammy says:

    I just found your website tonight. I have already seen so many recipes that I want to try. I am always looking for something new to jazz up our dinner table but I am partial to baking cakes. I am new to baking and cake decorating. I’ve had some success and a few disasters. I’d like to take a decorating class but I havent found one in my area yet so I do a lot of searching the internet and a whole lot of trial and error. I’m trying to learn more about how flavors, textures, colors blend to get just the right end result. I’m still searching for the perfect frosting recipe. I am excited to try some of the recipes I’ve found on your website.

  431. Dana says:

    I ADORE cake decorating! I am self taught and make my kids birthday cakes, have made baby/wedding shower cakes for church friends, and occassionally am asked to make birthday cakes for my friends children!

  432. jodi rose says:

    I am an experimenter. My 3 boys put in requests and I try to make it work. However, when I fail-then I go to the bakery!

  433. Tammy says:

    I’m a slap some canned frosting on a cupcake kinda gal. πŸ™‚ My kids always like it so it works for me.

  434. found you through pinterest! I am an experimenter all the way!

  435. Katy G. says:

    I want one!!! πŸ™‚ My favorite things to make are cupcakes.

  436. Melissa says:

    I’m definitely an experimenter–only for my kids, but they love it and so do I! Thanks for the great blog!

  437. Martha Artyomenko says:

    I am someone who tries to be clever, but the easier the better! It better go together fast and look nice! I am not a professional, but I would love to have fun with it! martha(at)lclink(Dot)com

  438. Alison Wonderland says:

    I love making cakes, but I’m kinda stinky at decorating. The inside is always terrific! I would definitely put this baby to good use! Fun giveaway!

  439. Allie says:

    I am a wannabe decorator! I keep saying that I’m going to get into cake decorating, but I have yet to make any cake look spectacular. I also keep meaning to ask for decorating tools for Christmas/birthday/anniversary, but my brains seem to be working against me and I keep forgetting.

  440. Shanna says:

    Very much an amateur but hoping to eventually get better.

  441. Jan says:

    Such an amateur, but I love the homemade cakes it is fun to try new things and of course my kids usually love them even when they don’t look perfect.

  442. Melissa H. says:

    I love to make fun cakes and cupcakes for whatever the event (kids’ birthdays, baby showers, etc). I would call myself an intermediate or thereabouts. Fun giveaway!

  443. Marilee Packer says:

    I am a “want to be a good cake decorator”!

  444. TyAnn says:

    I recently just made my little boys first birithday cake. I am definatly not a pro but i do enjoy it!

  445. Lindsay says:

    Amateur but learning!

  446. Jan K says:

    I am a novice cake decorator with big aspirations…….a lot of attempts at greatness (“attempt” being the operative word!!! Love your blog– many of your recipes have been rotated into our usuals!

  447. brittany says:

    definitely experiment, but mostly homemade.. not so much canned frosting πŸ™‚

  448. Katy R says:

    Just like you, I stick to only getting fancy with my kid’s birthday cake since I’m no professional. I find the kid character cakes are way easier to pull off than every trying to do lacey flowers lol.

  449. Stacy K says:

    I am an amateur but love attempting homemade cakes for my son’s birthdays. Thanks for the giveaway!

  450. Lisa says:

    I’m not very good at cake decorating, but definitely enjoy the process (and the end result)!

  451. Lisa sharp says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I started following your blog after coming across your San Francisco pork chop recipe on pinterest. It is totally my favorite, And all of my girlfriends are now making it too! I am a total amateur, but love to decorate cupcakes. I’m sure they would look so much better with some proper tools! Thanks again for your awesome recipes and the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  452. Becky Carlson says:

    Total amateur. But I love the blog, have recommended it to many friends, and we all trade recipes. I don’t follow any other food blogs regularly, I am married to yours. Thanks for your faithfulness, you equip exhausted moms like me!!!

  453. Ginger says:

    I am amateur. I have taken the wilton decorator classes, and loved them. It does get crazy to find time to keep working on my skills, however I really enjoy decorating cakes.

  454. Loralee Warner says:

    I am by no means a professional, but your cakes completely blow mine out of the water! I guess I could use a little more practice!

  455. Bethany Mongold says:

    Beginner, but hope to continue making my boys bday cakes! I’ve decorated one cake for my 2yr old son’s birthday – a truck cake. It was alot of fun!!

  456. Amanda says:

    I’m a glazer! Usually on angel food. I also take on the occasional birthday decorating challenge and could use the tools to expand my repertoire.

  457. Deanna E. says:

    I am an experimentor and willing to try pretty much anything. I always let my kids pick out any cake that they want for their birthdays and then I try to make it as best as I can. I’d like to get much better than I am!

  458. Kelly says:

    Currently i am a NON-cake decorator, but when i win this I will be all set to give it my very best shot! This is an AWESOME giveaway!

  459. Sarah P says:

    I’m no professional, but I have been experimenting more with different homemade frostings and decorating tips!

  460. erika says:

    I’m definitely an amateur/experimenter, and also someone who has to re-do things like 20 times to get it right πŸ™‚

  461. Magi says:

    Total amateur. But I’m picking up all the tips I can!

  462. Jennifer says:

    Definitely an amateur, but my favorite was a train I made for my then 3-year-old, now almost 10-year-old, train crazy son. I would love to have some new gear and experiment! Love all the recipes, thanks!

  463. Kristine E. says:

    I am more of a cookie decorator than cake, but willing to learn!

  464. Susanne says:

    I am not a cake decorator but would love to learn. Your cakes were absolutely darling!

  465. Julie says:

    I have dabbled a bit into cake decorating and would LOVE to learn more and what better way to learn than having the supplies to do so.

  466. Mary says:

    I took one class from a “Master Decorator” with the Wilton company, was pregnant with our youngest at the time and the smell of that frosting made me SO sick I could hardly stand it!! LOL. The youngest is now 35 and I have made lots of cakes for friends and family but I think the most rewarding is to do wedding cakes for young couples that really can’t afford an elaborate wedding – at least they can have pictures of a very special cake! I love trying new ideas and being creative … and I use a different frosting recipe!!LOL

  467. Lindsay says:

    I’m definitely a experimenter extraordinaire. I am trying to be like my mother, who made us all very cool cakes as kids. So far I’ve do Monster Tucks riding through ooey gooey chocolate hills, and a cookie monster cake with googly cake pop eyes. I think I have 4 wilton frosting tips…..and this kits looks awesome. I hope I get picked! πŸ™‚

  468. Jody says:

    I just like to do kids cakes for fun.

  469. Danielle H. says:

    It’s like a caboodle for cake decorating! Sweet! I’d say I’m in the intermediate category.

  470. Dominoe says:

    I’ve played around with decorating cakes a little bit – it’s fun!

  471. Chris says:

    OMG! How fun is this!? I used to love, love, love decorating cakes when I was a teen. Then I had a boyfriend who’s mom did professional style wedding cakes and my confidence took a dive – and I really haven’t done much with it since. I’ve only recently actually made some cakes from scratch again for birthdays just this past fall. Funniest part is, I’m a henna artist so you’d think it would be 2nd nature to at least do flowery, viney designs like I do in henna!

  472. Christina says:

    Definitely an amateur here. I have done a few I have been proud of, but am still in the learning process. Thanks for all you do!

  473. Lorie says:

    Definitely an amateur, but love doing it. Hopefully, I’ll be better some day.

  474. Karen Miller says:

    Either cockeyed cake or a boxed cake mix with homemade frosting. Yum!

  475. Rachel says:

    I am new to cake decorating. I love to experiment in the kitchen, and I would love to have some new tools to work on my skills.

  476. Jessica H says:

    I never never never use canned frosting, my cakes are like the rest of my cooking, it may not look pretty, but it sure tastes yummy!! But I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this to help me out!! Thanks!

  477. Erin Abrams says:

    I enjoy making fun cakes but I am definitely an amateur. I have all boys too so I usually make boy-themed cakes around birthday time. But they are no where near as cute as yours. Maybe this caddy would be just the thing to take me to the next level. πŸ™‚

  478. Liz K. says:

    I wish I was better at decorating cakes. I love to do it but I find I get so frustrated sometimes because the cake does not turn out the way I want it to. I really should take a class so I can learn the right techniques. This “caboodle” would be an awesome addition to my limited cake decorating supplies.

  479. Rachael Ritter says:

    I love trying new things — experimenter!

  480. sue says:

    totally and completely amateur…in fact my husband does a better job than I do. That could be because I take the kids to the park while he decorates though, trust me it’s more than a fair trade

  481. Stacey redford says:

    You make cooking fun. I look forward to your post. I would to learn how to decorate cakes.

  482. Sarawit says:

    Not too bad for someone who has never had a class:) Love doing it esp. for my two little girls.

  483. Sarawit says:

    Not too bad for someone who has never had a class:) Love doing it esp. for my two girls.

  484. Rachel Moody says:

    I’m kind of like you…just do what I can in my own kitchen. I don’t come up with my own ideas, but a good google image search and I can usually come out with a decent copy cat result in my kitchen.

  485. Adrienne says:

    I am a wanna-be! (though I’m getting comfortable taking orders) I’ve self taught a lot (internet, experimenting, and youtube) and have taken some Wilton classes. I have always taken orders from my kids and have gotten better over the years. I would love to win some new goodies! Check out some of my stuff at http://www.theabakery.com/index.php

  486. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    I’m definitely an amateur, but I try to be cute & original. For my son’s birthday last year I used a dinosaur chocolate mold to make dinosaurs for his cake since I knew I was not talented enough to draw them. I’m definitely interested in learning more though!

  487. Heather says:

    Amateur. Mostly a cake decorator wanna-be. Would love this caddy! Thanks Mel!

  488. Lindsey says:

    I’m a total cake decorator wanna-be! I love doing it and always am very excited about making my kids b-day cakes, but definitely no professional by any means. I will hopefully feel more accomplished in a few more years. πŸ™‚

  489. Whitney R. says:

    Well I would still say I am a novice. I always make all of my three littles
    Birthday cakes & I also work part time at my dear friend’s
    Dairy Queen to decorate their cakes. I have very basic tips but would Love to
    Have one of those caddy’s! Thanks for the giveaway, love your recipes!

  490. Carolyn says:

    I’ve just recently started to enjoy cake decorating!! Definitely an amateur, but trying so hard to not be! Ha!! Would love some great equipment to up my success rate!

  491. Leslie Perry says:

    What kind of cake maker am I??? Well, the kind that picks the cake right up from the bakery…cause it tastes and looks better that way. I have tried a couple for the kids birthdays…thank goodness they are too young to care too much, yet!

  492. Nedra says:

    After 40 years of making birthday cakes, I’m still not close to a professional. I do think that my Wilton tips and frosting bags (and other great Wilton products) make my life just a little bit easier.

  493. Hollie K says:

    I took a beginners cake decorating class to learn how to make cakes for all my little one’s b-days. I’m definitely still a beginner after 3 years though!

  494. JoAnn says:

    I am an admirer of cakes. I always have to check out the bakery at any store. My hubby bought me a four week Wilton cake decorating class for Christmas. I can’t wait to try out something new.

  495. Jolyn says:

    I am DYING to have one of those! I try to honor the birthday requests of my children, but often times find myself scowling…lacking the skills and tools but. MELANIE-cake making-goo roo-wannabe πŸ˜‰

  496. Joyce Kirk says:

    I am a novice cookie and cake decorator who enjoys spending time in the kitchen, with my family, and especially my dog poonko. My daughter showed me your site and I have been enjoying it ever since! I use your recipes often. Thank you so much for your efforts in sharing.

  497. Andria says:

    Wow. Your cakes are so beautiful and amazing. I’m a bundt cake kind of girl. They look classy and you don’t even have to frost them!

  498. Michelle says:

    Holy. Cow. You are popular. I am am no pro but I have adored making them my whole life.

  499. Ruth E. says:

    Amateur – like many just making fun b’day cakes for my girls!

  500. Becca says:

    I am, by far, an amateur. But, I love creating cakes for my lovely children. They get so excited to see their “requests” come to, and they can usually tell what it is!!(success in my books!!)This caddy would be very useful (I have a little birthday coming up soon!) Thanks for all your awesome recipes!

  501. Colleen says:

    I’m an experimenter that loves taking requests, usually stressing me out in the process πŸ™‚

  502. Angie says:

    Definately boxed cake mix and store bought frosting kind of cake decorater!

  503. Kasey Alder says:

    I have just started to try to get fancier with my kids cakes. Still learning!

  504. Kim R says:

    I am the “slap some frosting from a can onto a cake” kind of decorator. Lately I have been trying to experiment with making my own frosting, but haven’t ventured into the wonderful world of decorating with all the fancy tools. They look like they would be fun to use! I hope I win! By the way, I love all the fun cakes you have made! Way to go!

  505. Maegan M. says:

    I would love to be able to whip up a fantastic cake for any occasion. I’ve made a few for my boy’s birthdays, and have done the all-nighter thing too. I always think it will be so easy when I start, but it always turns into so much more of a headache than I was planning on. At least they are always greatful and act like what I made is the best thing they have ever seen.

  506. Amy Merritt says:

    I am a copy-cat amateur! I have to see something in order to make it and even then, I still need help. My husband usually ends up stepping in to help because I stress about every step. But he just throws it together and it looks good. But I am like you, I have to stay up late the night before the birthday to try to get it the way I want it. Thanks for your real-life experiences and for making us feel normal.

  507. Karen says:

    Amateur cake decorator but want to learn more!

  508. Shoshawna Bell says:

    definitely a experimenter but very much an amateurish experimenter:) Love your blog!

  509. Kim says:

    Not at all a cake baker – boxed cake and frosting from the can but who doesn’t love yellow cake and white frosting. (-: Every year my girls have my mother-in-law make their birthday cakes…so very creative. Maybe one year I could do it instead. (-:

  510. Brittany says:

    I buy cakes at Costco but would love to have something that would motivate me to be more creative.

  511. Emily H. says:

    I am an amateur, but like to try to come up with creative ideas for my kids b-days. I love to bake from scratch, though–none of that frosting in a tub!

  512. Lindsay says:

    I’m an amateur decorator, but I am working on my skills. I fell in love with cakes when I hosted my first family Thanksgiving. I do all of my god-children’s cakes (mermaid, little mermaid–without the pre-shaped pan, giant cookie, skateboards, cherries, etc.). I love seeing their faces when what they wanted is staring back at them. It is so much fun. I hope to start a small business someday, but for now I will just settle for family holidays and the occasional word of mouth referral.

  513. Briana says:

    i took a cake decorating class last year too! yours look way better than mine…

    also i saw that butterfly cake you made my mom last year– so cute! you are very good!

    so my cake decorator status is eager amateur.

  514. Heather says:

    I am a self taught experimentor and just go with the flow, no redos here. Usually I just go really natural all about the not the desing

  515. Alyssa says:

    I have yet to get the courage to try anything yet but would like to learn how to decorate cakes.

  516. Jessica Allen says:

    I am NOT good, but i’ll keep trying!!! =-)
    -Jessica A

  517. Jen M says:

    I am definitely an amatuer experimenter, but nothing is better than seeing you kids excited faces when all is said and done.

  518. I am a really good copier. If I see a picture I can make the cake look the same. Not very creative on my own.

  519. Kesa says:

    I am a total amateur…I NEED this..hahaha!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  520. Aimee C. says:

    I’m mostly a can of frosting with sprinkles kind of decorator, but am going to try decorating my first real cake this weekend for my son’s second birthday!

  521. Kelly says:

    Definitely a beginner.

  522. Melody B says:

    I am an experimenter. I love making cakes for my son’s birthdays and other holidays.

  523. VickiT says:

    Oh my gosh, this would be so awesome to win. I am still mouring the loss of ALL, as in every single one of my Wilton frosting colors. I have taken all their cake decorating classes and love decorating cakes. I am nowhere near a professional but did find in taking the class that I have the knack for making awsome roses. My teacher actually gave Wilton my name telling them that when completed they need to speak to me about teaching classes. They actually did contact me and sadly, I had to turn them down at that time as my oldest son had just learned at the age of 15 he had heart problems and was needing some surgery.

    Anyway, I was going to make some cakes a few months ago and started wondering if those colors had any expiration date. I found no dates on the the little jars anywhere so I contacted Wilton and they told me that yes, they don’t last forever and that mine should be tossed. I felt like I’d lost my best friend. I had collected almost every single color in my stash. Now I have none at all. This would be great to help me begin building my stash up again. I want to teach my son’s fiancee how to decorate cakes since she is pregnant with her first child and I know she can save tons of money in making her own cakes for all those birthday parties she’ll be having soon.

  524. Danielle Marvel says:

    I’m a copy cat cake decorator who knows which designs to copy & which to skip. My 5 yr old twins got a killer pirate ship cake for their last bday. My Mom always made cool cakes for us kids & I enjoy doing the same for my kiddies.

  525. Jessica says:

    I am by no means a professional, but i have enjoyed making and decorating delicious and adorable cakes for celebrations of my close friends! I could spend a lifetime (not to mention a fortune!) on cake decorating tools and learning how to use them. this kit would be a great start to that collection!

  526. Emily says:

    I’m a mom-cake decorator. I have 4 kids and they all ask that I make a special cake for their birthday. I enjoy making them. I may not be able to give them huge parties but they always get an awesome cake. Thanks for posting those cake ideas!

  527. Karen says:

    Aww… Mel… that’s so sweet. This is one of my favorite blogs ever. I don’t even know how many of your recipes I’ve made… and they are among the recipes I go back to again and again. I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog all those months ago. πŸ™‚

    I love to bake, but other than piping on a nice border or some leaves and simple flowers…. I really haven’t tried anything too elaborate. Maybe it’s time to get adventurous and try a shaped caked!

  528. Missy says:

    I’m not good at cake decorating at all but I love to try! I’d love to take a class. Aaron’s mom is awesome though and she usually comes down and helps me on birthdays. Right now all my supplies are in a shoe box. I’ve gotta get me one of these!

  529. Kristi says:

    Definitely an amateur but still love decorating cakes and cupcakes! This would be an awesome kitchen addition!

  530. Denise says:

    I know nothing about makin cakes, but wanna learn!!love your blog and your talents!!

  531. Jennifer Bawden says:

    Amateur! But love to decorate for my kids!

  532. Linda says:

    Basic frost-and-eat type…with an occasional decorative experiment! Your cakes look so creative! Love that smiling monkey.

  533. What a fun giveaway! I’m a wannabe cake decorator – I want to be good, but I could use a lot of practice!

  534. wendy says:

    I am an amateur baker and cake decorator, but I am willing to learn!

  535. Kelly says:

    Definitely a pathetic amateur. I bake cakes from scratch (most of the time) and always make homemade frosting. Decorating is where I FAIL miserably!! I did manage to make my son a birthday cake that looked like his football jersey but only with the use of a Wilton t-shirt shaped pan, Wilton fondant and my good friend made patterns for his jersey number with her Cricket so I could lay them on the fondant and cut around them. I really have NO talent at all.

  536. Kelly says:

    I am a “wanna-be professional cake decorator.” For the last 4 years I have been doing Wilton cakes for my kids birthdays and they are getting better each year. I’m now also adding in cake pops as a take-home goodie and loving making these as well!

  537. Marcene says:

    a total non-decorator, but I’ve always wanted to try….and hopefully not become an addict because I have no time for a new hobby.

  538. Gaye says:

    I’m an amateur, but I’m a whiz with the Wilton shaped cake pans…my son has had a monkey, a star, a train, a fire truck, and a tractor so far for his 5 birthdays. I am a star-piping machine!

  539. Carol says:

    I’m for sure a wannabe!!!!! I love to bake, but I’m also really messy!

  540. Jen says:

    Definitely an amateur, but have experimented with fondant before. I need better tools!

  541. Melanee Walker says:

    I used to just slap some frosting on…until my friend asked me to make a wedding cake. ha! Now I’m a self-taught experimenter with some decent outcomes!

  542. Jen Ball says:

    I am a bit of a beginner, but long to be more pro. I can frost an adorable cupcake, but am definitely in need of a few new tricks as my daughters fifth birthday approaches and she wants a cake that looks like a teapot for her tea party birthday (not the political kind, the invite friends over for “tea” and pastries kind). πŸ˜‰

  543. Yvonne Ward says:

    I have been decorating cakes for so many years…cannot count how many I’ve made and decorated. I use an old rubbermaid container that holds all my stuff…your give away is much better! LOL

  544. Tammi says:

    Beginner – but looking forward to more practice!

  545. Jill says:

    I’m a beginner for sure…but dying to learn. Pick me!!

  546. Jamie says:

    I am not professional, but I love to try my best to be creative with my kids birthday cakes. I would LOVE new tools to help me with my experiments. And, I have 3 kids birthdays in January alone so it would be put to use immediately:)

  547. Jessica says:

    Sometimes my plain frosting looks terrible. My kids sure would get a kick out of some fancier cakes in their lives.

  548. Colleen says:

    I am an ambitious amateur. I’ll definitely attempt to fulfill wishes but sometimes the end result doesn’t match what I envisioned!

  549. Beth Johnson says:

    I have taken 2 classes at Michaels, years ago, but never got to the fondant class. Would love to eventually take more classes. I know just enough to have a little bit of fun!

  550. Michelle says:

    Amateur – I have decorated a few birthday cakes and even a wedding cake, but still have much room for improvement!

  551. rachel says:

    A beginner, but definitely thinking it’s a hobby I will continue!

  552. Jessica says:

    I love to try cakes for my boys on their birthdays, but I definitely keep it pretty simple. I have had a few flops too! I don’t have any “tools” for my cake decorating, so it would be fun to try some out!

  553. Kara Barber says:

    What kind of cake decorater am I? not a good one, I always have high hopes, but they never turn out good, maybe it’s because I use a ziplock bag and cut a hole at the tip!

  554. Pam Gustin says:

    I made a Perry the Platapus for my son’s birthday this year, but that took all of my limited cake decorating skills.

  555. Whitneyliz says:

    I have never won anything my entire life… But i really really really really really want to win this. I don’t quite pull all nighters… but i spend hours pulling my hair out trying to make my kids the perfect cake… last year my son wanted a cookie monster cake… I planned and planned for months… the morning of his birthday he decided he really wanted a mario cake…… We made it work! πŸ™‚

  556. Divya says:

    I’m a slap the icing on the cake and throw on a few sprinkles girl. i hope to be way more creative though and this should help πŸ™‚

  557. nicole says:

    i am an amateur but it is a tradition that I make all my kids birthday cakes I go all out, no canned frosting or anything of the sort and I really try and make the cake beautiufl. my next request from my soon to be five year old is a darth vader cake. that should be fun. great giveaway! I have always wanted to take a class. i am hoping i can do one that jo-anns offers this winter… thanks!

  558. Kathy says:

    I don’t really know what I am doing when it comes to decorating cakes. I do like to try to experiment with cakes and decorating, at least for my kid’s birthdays.

  559. Cori says:

    I love experimenting, I just don’t have the tools to do it more often. This would be BEYOND amazing.

  560. Elise Y says:

    I’m a decorator like you. Self taught and I love taking on challenges for my kids birthdays. The greatest joy is seeing how much they love their cake!

  561. Rebecca Seegmiller says:

    A novice at best, but taking some wilton classes over then next two months to learn a bit more. πŸ™‚

  562. amber says:

    Amateur for sure!

    thank you for this oportunity!

    πŸ™‚
    -a

  563. Nana Jan says:

    Amateur…I make a good effort, however, still need a lot of practice.
    I’m more comfortable decorating cupcakes and cookies!

  564. Jenn says:

    Oh, definitely amteur, but it is so much fun to be creative and then watch it disapear.

  565. Cherise Neal says:

    I am an experimenter. Always trying to be creative and out do what I am copying:)

  566. Neeley says:

    I am an in betweener! I usually use a box cake and then attempt something creative with the decorations and frosting. I would love a little assistance in this area!

  567. Kristen B says:

    I’m an imperfect perfectionist. I have these grand ideas and designs then have no time/no idea how to complete them the way that I would like to. I blame the artist in me. I figure if I can paint on canvas I should be able to get that same amount of detail with frosting on a cake. πŸ™‚

  568. Kelley says:

    I took a cake decorating class a long time ago and it has turned me into an experimentor extraordinaire! My sons birthday cakes have turned into all nighter experiences too, but I love it. His last cake was a 3 tier Mickey Mouse cake. I could definitely use the tool caddy and some of your favorite tools. You are an expert on MANY levels and in my house what you say goes! πŸ™‚ Thanks for this giveaway!

  569. Shannon S. in VA says:

    I am an experimenter extraordinaire! I love to come up with ideas and spend hours online checking out other ideas and figure out how can I do something like that. Sometimes successfully and others not! Love to make special things for my kids! Thanks for the chance to win, I have a few tips from a cupcake set bought years ago but would love more to experiment with!

  570. Marie says:

    I would consider myself an amateur but one with a lot of potential! I love baking and I love that the Wilton decorating set looks like a pink tackle box!

  571. Emy Porter says:

    definitely an amateur with ambitions of improving. This tool kit would be a great help!

  572. Katrina says:

    I am most definitely a beginner/faker. πŸ™‚ I really WANT to do some nice cakes though. I did some cute cup cakes for my daughter’s 1st birthday, and would like the tradition to continue. Thanks for the giveaway!

  573. Jules says:

    Totally a beginner! I love to bake cakes and would love to learn how to decorate them! I am the one who always brings the neat desserts to get togethers , and they are always wondering what I am bringing next! This would add to my wonders of cake baking!

  574. Barbara says:

    It is something that I would love to try. For some reason, I just never have done cake decorating. I have been looking for some large pastry bag tips – wanted to use them for deviled eggs. Can’t find anything locally, so I guess I will have to order online.

  575. Stefanie says:

    I have just started experimenting with baking and more specifically with cake decorating this past year. I am definitely still learning and tend to be more of the experimenter at this time.

  576. Heidi says:

    I am the type of cake decorator who has a cake turn out, feels pretty confident and then the next time I am up crying at midnight and have an emergency call in to the bakery the next morning. Your picture of the pirate ship reminded me of my pirate ship disaster. We laugh about it now!

  577. Jessica says:

    I’m a traditional layer cake girl. I usually use cake mix but mix it with my own fillings, icings, and toppings. There’s nothing like a pretty cake!

  578. Natalie says:

    Amateur, but adventuresome. Always use real, fresh ingredients so the result is yummy…not just pretty!

  579. Becky says:

    I am a wanna-be that LOVES to see what I can come up with!!!!
    Awesome giveaway that any baker would love!
    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

  580. Melissa Ott says:

    Definitely a amateur. The only cake decorating that I have done is slabbing frosting on at the last minute and then MAYBE putting sprinkles on top when I am feeling ambitious. But I would like to learn how to creative things sometime in the near future.

  581. Debbie Bray says:

    I am definitely a beginner!!

  582. Mandy says:

    I have taken a decorating class or two, but I am far from professional! Mostly just birthday cakes for my kids!

  583. Dani Rodriguez says:

    I’m a make it, frost it, throw on some candles and make a wish kind of girl, but I have always wanted to find time to make cake decorating a hobby. I definitely need some practice though:)

  584. kimberly says:

    I’ve taken a few classes so am somewhere in the middle of the decorating spectrum….

  585. Joy says:

    I love to decorate cakes, learned from my mom. I will attempt to make any cake πŸ™‚ My all time favorite success was making Tow-Mater. It was awesome.

  586. Days says:

    I’m the lazy canned icing and cake mix type but I’m trying to do better this year…

  587. VanessaGibson says:

    I am an amateur. I LOVE baking cakes and cupcakes. The cake I’m most proved of is my niece’s 1st birthday party. I bake alot of cakes/cupcakes for school (first grade teacher), church activities and parties, all the cakes for family birthdays and just because I crave them. My kitchen is cupcake theme and sooo cute!! My dream (for real) is to have my own cake/cupcake shop but I know that will never happen. However, if I win I will def. use the kit and pretend I have my own shop in my kitchen!! πŸ™‚

  588. Mandy W. says:

    I just spread the frosting on and hope that it looks okay.

  589. karla says:

    i am an amature, but i do enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  590. Valerie says:

    I have recently taken a cake decorating class, and am learning! I would love to win this kit!

  591. Sarah says:

    I am in a family of very creative cake decorators, myself not being one of them. When I have attempt something fancier than a box cake for a birthday – I end up finding that I need a little more know-how and definitely more time than I give myself! My sister has had to come over with her handy dandy toolbox to finnish my cakes like 20 minutes before the guests arrive. I would love to have those tips and tools to do my own cake – by myself!

  592. Jenn P says:

    I am definitely an experimenter extraordinaire. I have absolutely no experience but love to create cakes when an occasion comes around. Right now I am working on a cake for a baby shower this weekend. It would be so awesome to have a tool caddy, instead of the ziploc bag I am currently using to store my small selection of tips and my Dollar Store spatula.

  593. Kim Jones says:

    I am an amateur, but I have had my share of cakes that have turned out pretty good!! I love using marshmallow fondant on my kids cakes.

  594. Jana says:

    I’m between an amateur and experimenter I’d say. I’ve always loved making cakes, but have never ventured down the fondant road as yet. And I think your cakes look awesome!

  595. suenndy says:

    Awful I leave the frosting in the plastic tub and pass out knives.. You want frosting it’s do it yourself or eat your cake plain… On the rare ocassion I might slap it on the cake myself… But I would Love to make show off frosted cakes.

  596. Kira says:

    Taught by my mom. She is a professional – I believe – and has taught me all I know. I grew up with cut out cakes for birthdays and have continued the tradition with my own kids. Always asking her to assist πŸ™‚

  597. Adrienne Yancey says:

    I’m somewhere in-between! I’ve decorated a lot of cakes–even wedding cakes when I used to work as an assistant pastry chef. It’s been awhile since I was serious about it and my tools have slowly disappeared over the years with kids getting into drawers etc…I still love it though and decorate when I have the time. I definitely could use some practice because I’m rusty!

  598. Shawnie McGary says:

    Mel,
    I soooo need this!! I try to do the best I can with cakes, but I’m a mostly slap it on out of the can kinda gal, but I do have higher aspirations, and if I can get this caddy, il try harder, I promise!!!!

  599. Laurie E says:

    Experimenter..but I aspire to be an experimenter extrodinare! So far, I’ve mastered one lady bug cake..I need to add a new design or two this year!

  600. Heather says:

    Experimental! But I do take requests from my kids, husband and family too and I’ll try anything πŸ™‚

  601. Nancy says:

    I am an amateur cake decorator who would love to be better at it!

  602. Corina says:

    This cake-decorating tool kit looks SO helpful! I’m a busy mom that “attempts” to make cool cakes for my 4 kids’ birthdays. Sometimes they work…sometimes they don’t, like the castle cake that fell. I think I could really use this!

  603. andi says:

    I have been a “slap some pre-made frosting on it!” but since inheriting a kitchen aid…. I have been experimenting. I’m too broke (thanks, Sallie Mae!!) to actually invest in any cake tools… But i made a pretty awesome fancy cake for my nieces 4th birthday party!!

  604. Johanna says:

    I am a cake decorater wanna-be. I desperately want to create beautiful cakes… but in reality the idea is overwhelming and makes me sleepy! πŸ™‚

  605. Melanie says:

    Amateur. But would love to get better!!!

  606. Julie says:

    I am not professional, but love to experiment with decorating kids birthday cakes too!

  607. Jennifer says:

    I’m an amateur. I usually make the cakes from a mix and then I frost with Wilton’s buttercream frosting recipe. I’ve made all sorts of cakes over the past 15 years of mom-dom. I think my favorite was R2-D2. This year I branched out into fondant which my 12 year old daughter then painted with food coloring. Her little brother was thrilled with the results….the Death Star!

  608. Whitney says:

    I would love to get better but I haven’t had the time or opportunity to practice, maybe with more kids and time:)

  609. Judy McCormick says:

    Probably less than an amateur. Pathetic I believe would better fit my cake decorating attempts. Yep, I could certainly use it!

  610. TANYA MONEY says:

    I usually just slap on a can of frosting. I would really like to start experimenting with cake decorating but lack the tools to do it.

  611. Katie says:

    I am definitely the cake mix and canned frosting type of gal.

  612. Brittany says:

    I am definitely a beginner but would love to become more advanced! I always see cake ideas and think “that doesn’t look too hard” BUT 9 times out of 10 it is always WAY harder than it looks and I usually end up dragging my husband into it. I’m embarassed to admit it, but he is way more advanced than I will probably ever be!

  613. jan says:

    Amateur-dreaming to be more

  614. Dottie says:

    Definitely amateur, but loving every minute I try. I made a swimming pool cake for my sons years ago and they were thrilled. I neglected to tell them it had sunk in the middle and that was why it turned into a swimming pool cake. Another time I made a ship for my son’s birthday and took it to the beach where the wind blew sand in it. So, it was authentically a beach cake. Then another time we built a gingerbread village and all sat watching the walls collapse. Such fun! But we keep trying and now the grandchildren are the recipients of our “masterpieces”. Yours is my favorite go-to blog when when I want a good recipe that I know will work. Thanks for all you do.

  615. Katee says:

    I am a slap it on and hope it looks okay kind of cake decorator
    . But every so often I try to make a cool cake for my children with my meager cake supplies.

  616. Sueann Allen says:

    I am AMATEUR…I’m not even sure I qualify as amateur. In the future, after my kiddos are all in school, I plan to take a cake decorating class. I LOVE Wilton stuff!

  617. GI says:

    I think I just made a New Year’s Resolution to be a better cake decorator.

  618. Jessica M says:

    I am an amateur cake decorator. I have a friend who is very talented in this department who has been teaching me a few things. Mostly starting with cupcakes πŸ™‚ She is super great and I would love to give her this caddy for her upcoming birthday! She NEEDS and DESERVES it! πŸ™‚

  619. Lisha Hoopes says:

    Very much an amateur, but with four kids and zillions of birthdays ahead of me, I would love how to make and decorate my kids birthday cakes so I don’t have to buy them anymore!

  620. Kim says:

    I take requests and experiment (and sometimes I regret it). I slap canned icing on a basic cake when I’m desperate and I long to make prettier cakes every single time I bake one. Not sure what that makes me…

  621. Tanja says:

    I’m an amateur but I love to practice on my kid’s birthday cakes!

  622. Mandi says:

    I have just recently started experimenting with a pastry bag and different tips…exciting, I know. πŸ˜‰ I have fun with it, though.

  623. Brooke says:

    I’ve gotten WAY better at my cupcake decorating, but I am still trying to learn cakes. I’m not much of a steady hand! You’re cakes are always beautiful, you are no amateur!

  624. courtney says:

    I am by no means a professional cake decorator! I love to come up with fun things but they never turn out the way I imagine… Maybe it is because I dont have the right tools! This kit would help greatly! I love all of the recipes you post!

  625. mary kelly says:

    I have never ventured to cake decorating but I also have never had the supplies to get me started. This little kit would be a perfect way to start experimenting.

  626. Brye says:

    Barely a beginner. I have decorated my kids cakes and that is it but I enjoy it so MUCH!!

  627. Samantha says:

    Professional??? Absolutely not. But I always try to do my kids’ birthday cakes. Sometimes… okay usually… they flop. I’m sure this kit would fix all my problems.

  628. Juli Jones says:

    Oh i am totally a “slap the frosting on a cake” kind of girl….but i’ve been dying to try my hand at cake decorating. We have several places around here that offer classes and I may just have to sign up for one (and boy would this kit help! HINT HINT). thanks for the great giveaway and i love your blog!

    Juli

  629. Jill says:

    I usually eat all the frosting and then realize I forgot to frost the cake! Wishing I could have been a born Martha, I have to accept that I am a Jill with absolutely non-existent cake decorating skills. Winning you kit may inspire me to do and frost instead of daydreaming and eating as I read your blog!

  630. Beth says:

    I’m a baker on a budget. I’ve made the last few family birthday cakes from scratch (my first steps out of the boxed cake mix) but am always experimenting. I want to learn to decorate so the cake looks store bought. I would love to have the tools to work with.
    Thanks!

  631. Emily says:

    My three girls and I are decorator wanna-be’s! We would all love the caddy to add to the few decorating tips we own. I love your blog so much and I know I can always count on something good when I take recipes from your site! Thanks for sticking with it!

  632. ScottC says:

    I’m usually lucky to get frosting on the dessert, although I’m not afraid to occasionally try something new. My wife is a much better baker.

  633. Meghan Hanner says:

    experimenter, I love to decorate sugar cookies!

  634. Andrea R says:

    I am a VERY CLUMSY experimenter. Often my pieces of ‘art’ turn out quite tacky but until my kids get old enough to notice and whine about pitiful attempts, I’ll keep it up!

    Andrea

  635. Tanya says:

    Not a pro by any means but enjoy cake decorating.

  636. Stephanie B. says:

    I am an amateur experimenter!!!

  637. Jennifer says:

    Definitely an amateur, but I would love to take birthday cake requests from my kids and produce something fun!

  638. Paige Kerr says:

    Me and the crew /”mia familia” watch Buddy make cakes on “Cake Boss”. On my birthday my mom makes what kind of cakes I want. Like butterflies, princess cakes, rainbow cakes. She lets us help her & w make cakes for Uma, Johnny & My Dad. We even make 1/2 birthday cakes. For Christmas, my Dad & Mom are going to take classes so the cakes look better. They always taste sooo good! -Paige age 4 3/4

  639. Jennifer D. says:

    I am definitely a slap on canned frosting, but have always wanted to be an experimenter. I just haven’t had the tools. This looks really neat!!

  640. Susan C. says:

    I’m an amateur, but like to try! I like to start small, by frosting cupcakes… πŸ™‚

  641. Emily says:

    my usual cakes are just the “slap on some frosting” kind, but once i made a triple layer pb and chocolate cake that took me 3 hours to make. haha. it was delicious, but i’ve yet to attempt another fancy cake like that. haha.

  642. april kim says:

    I am an amateur! Luckily my girls are little and do.’t care too much about presentation, but I am working on getting better!

  643. Courtney Oliver says:

    Experimenter but the perfectionist inside me can’t handle it when icing does not cooperate!

  644. Jessica says:

    I am an amateur! I would love to start taking the Wilton cake classes at Hobby Lobby though. Just need some time! I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to go to these classes with me! Thanks Mel!

  645. Siobhan says:

    Amateur, but hoping to get improve with new tools and techniques! I love the recipes where you post step by step pictures, it’s a lifesaver! Thank you for all your hard work on this blog πŸ™‚

  646. ankerah05 says:

    not a professional at all! but I hate the stuff from a can so I like to experiment.

  647. kattie says:

    I would rate myself an amateur, but my 3yr and 2yr would consider me an expert since they dont have much to compare:) I will need to improve before they start to notice the cake barley resembles the creature they requested:)

  648. Tammy Francis says:

    I am a from scratch cake baker, and have been experimenting with coconut flour and rice flour. I love your web site and refer to it extremely often.

  649. Carol says:

    I have been making homemade frosting and cakes for years, but I sure could use some help on the decorating part. Amateur on the decorating!

  650. Jenn Patterson says:

    I started with Wilton lessons after my daughter was born. It was my one hour of sanity a week. I make her birthday cakes, some for others, and TONS of cupcakes. I am by no means professional. But, I love cake decorating.

  651. Sherry says:

    lots of experimenting and making silly cakes for friends and family. It’s a fun way to do crafts and be able to eat it at the same time!

  652. kimberly says:

    Definitely an experimenter extraordinaire. I love making wild and crazy cakes for my kids’ birthdays

  653. Melissa C says:

    Still a beginner…but would love to learn more! πŸ™‚

  654. Lisa says:

    I am an experimenter for sure, never doing the same thing twice! Thank Mel for all of your great recipes and tips. You inspire more people than you’ll ever know:)

  655. Heather Harper says:

    Cake decorating is not my strongest suit let’s say. I would like to do it better though. This gift would be awesome. My youngest child’s birthday is coming up at the end of the month.
    Your cakes look beautiful by the way.

  656. Katrina says:

    I would love to win this. My husband and I love the challenge of making our kid’s cake look like what they have asked for. We’ve made a tractor, police car, space shuttle, robot, and a baby. We use fondant but I love having tips for cupcakes and sugar cookies.

  657. Martha says:

    I love to cook and am branching out in the cake baking area. I am very much a beginner and it shows when I apply icing! I have mastered the drizzle technique, but that’s as far as I’ve gone. This kit looks like lots of fun.

  658. Cristal says:

    I am a experimenter extraordinaire! I love trying new things!!

  659. Jessica says:

    Im a beginner, but love to experiment.

  660. Maudie the Maid says:

    I’m an amateur but have fun making cut up cakes and decorating them for my kids and now grand-kids.

  661. Tracie T says:

    I work in a small Deli that has a very small corner for cake decorating. I was lucky enough to get to be the decorator at the store! I’m no where NEAR professional, but I LOVE it! I took a few cake decorating classes when I was in school and I wish I had taken more. I would like to learn a little more about fondant. πŸ™‚

  662. Jen says:

    I have just recently entered the world of making and decorating my own cakes, after being a cake mix and canned frosting kinda girl for years. I love all the possibilities and am looking forward to experimenting!

  663. laura says:

    Definitely an amateur and experimenter. And I definitely need to be experimenting more often, as my poor two year old had to have pie for his birthday.

  664. Patricia says:

    I would say that I am a step above beginner.

  665. Laura says:

    To say I’m a slap on canned frosting cake decorator is an understatement. Thanks to you and this wonderful website I did try the bat cake and it did turn out darling. I would love to learn how to be a better cake decorator and my family would love it too! πŸ™‚

  666. Tasha says:

    I’m stuck in a cake rut – I make the same recipe every time (it’s a great one, but still…) and if I’m feeling super fancy I add sprinkles. I need some inspiration!

  667. Tristan Kehle says:

    Experienced at making cakes, never enough time

  668. Regina says:

    Total amateur, but I still love to experiment!

  669. molly b says:

    I am a slap & dash type of froster who always wants to be a beautiful froster!

  670. Dwlisa Taylor says:

    I normally use a cake mix, add a little flavoring, pull out two can of frosting. Then, I finish it off with sprinkles. And, There you have it. My cake master piece!

  671. Adrianna says:

    I am an amateur! Would love to decorate cakes for my children but have been too scared to try! Maybe, with the giveaway, I would be able to over come my fear and run with it!

  672. Julie says:

    I’m an amateur, but I think decorating cakes for my family is a lot of fun! Yours are fantastic!

  673. marty says:

    thought about doing a cake class and this would be a great start and I could help my daughter with cakes for my grandbabies!

  674. Mandy Noland says:

    just learning and would love to do cakes for my kids birthdays and not have to buy them.

  675. Leah says:

    I am an experimenter. Some turn out great, some not so great. Either way, the kids always like them. My friend just signed us up for the Wilton class, this would be perfect!

  676. Emily Rogers says:

    I enjoy creating. I see a cake and think “I can do that” and it ends up looking nothing like the photo but at least it taste yummy.

  677. lindsey says:

    I am a novice, but have started to experiment with my kids birthday cakes πŸ™‚

  678. Heather Shannon says:

    Oh I wish I could design a fabulous cake for the girls birthdays, but I am terrible. This would help give me the push I need to learn.
    Mel you are so wonderful to do these. I have loved following you for a long time now and so thankful for the years of wonderful recipes you have given me!!
    Thanks for all you do!!

  679. Elise says:

    I’m an amateur. But I have fond memories of Barbie cakes for my birthdays that my mom slaved over.

  680. Allison C says:

    I am definitely still learning, but I love to experiment! Thanks for such a great give away!

  681. Naomi says:

    I’m definitely a beginner. Decorating my husband’s family fudge frosting recipe with sprinkles is my typical m.o. Now that my kids are 4, 2, and 7 months I need to expand my repertoire. πŸ™‚

  682. Sara Reagan says:

    Totally an amateur. Love cake decorating, but I have no idea where to start!

  683. Holly says:

    I try to make birthday cakes for my kids birthday but they usually don’t turn out very good! It is going to take a while to get good when I only do 3 a year! πŸ™‚

  684. Midori Nakano says:

    Not a professional, but I definitely like to make home made cakes, pies and cupcakes.

  685. Jennifer Hodges says:

    I used to be a buy the box girl, and would somehow always still manage to mess up the recipe. So I swore off baking. Now I have three little boys who don’t care about parties or presents. But the cake? It is their favorite! Their little faces just light up at the thought of birthday cake. So I have been digging deep within and baking more…and really enjoying it!

  686. Kim Anderson says:

    An amateur, in the sense I have not taken on any projects, as my mother in law always offers to do my kid’s cakes. It is time for me to tackle one myself.

  687. Cecilia says:

    Love making my own homemade cakes and frosting, now if I could just decorate them!!

  688. AmandaH says:

    Slap the frosting on the cake mix cake. I would love to learn to decorate cakes though. I am constantly checking the county class listings to see if they have a class at a time that works for me. I will say that when I worked outside of home I was the resident write–on-the-cake person at my job. Ha ha!

  689. Brianna says:

    Experimenter all the way. I recently discovered how easy it is to make a cake from scratch and vowed to never again buy a boxed cake mix.

  690. Emily says:

    Well I’m no professional, but I’ve kicked out a couple wedding cakes that did look pretty darn good if you ask me. I’d love a great place to store my small collection of supplies!

  691. Kathryn says:

    I’ve been trying to get into cake decorating(for fun) for a long time, just don’t have the tools. This would be awesome!

  692. Kari says:

    Definitely a beginner, but want to try more!!

  693. Bri says:

    I would love to get this. I am your very beginner, but would love to get good at it and have all the tools. Your cakes turned out so cute. LOVE the monster!

  694. Kimberly says:

    total amateur. I do usually make my own frosting, but I don’t consider myself in the least bit artistic. However, I’ve found that when asking little ones what kind of cake they want for their birthday, the answer never is Chocolate. It’s always something like dinosaur, or pirates – not a flavor but a theme. In trying to please them, I have experimented some. All I have to say is good thing I have boys. They aren’t too fussy in the quality of my attempts.
    Thanks for the idea of the caddy though. I love it. I’m going to look into getting one. I was just looking at my cupboard wondering how best to arrange the new gel colorings I’ve recently started collecting. Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  695. Karen says:

    Excited to learn. For my sons first birthday this past summer I made a volcano cake. It was so much fun. Excited for many more birthdays and many more cakes.

  696. I absolutely love to bake, but have not done very many elaborate decorated cakes. Your awesome blog is my favorite food blog, Mel! Thanks for all the recipes, photos, and inspiration!

  697. Becky says:

    Like you, Mel, I am completely self taught. I love making fun cakes for my girls and would love to take a real cake decorating class in the future. So put me down as an amateur. πŸ™‚

  698. Lauren says:

    I’m a newbie. My friend has been getting into it more and she tries to teach me some things every now and then. I’m still on cupcakes though. haha

  699. Crystal says:

    I usually bake a homemade cake and sometimes make frosting. I rarely decorate them cute but I want to try something fun for my son’s 4th birthday! Yours look amazing!

  700. Andrea S. says:

    I am an experimenter. I make the cake the day before and hope it looks alright or I’m in big trouble.

  701. Marlene says:

    I am an old experimenter!!

  702. Melanie S. says:

    Great giveaway, Melanie. Your cakes look great. Might I direct you to the site of an old friend of mine, Karen? She has some awesome tutorials and recipes. Trust me, take one look at how she keeps pastry bags clean and you will agree–THE WOMAN IS A GENIUS! You can find her at http://www.karenscookies.net/Cookie-Decorating-Video-Color-Mixing-Bag-Filling_ep_74-1.html. P.S. edited to add that I have no affiliation with her website–I just think her ideas are absolutely fabulous! Thanks again for the giveaway!

  703. Victoria says:

    Amateur. I took a basic class in another lifetime and proceeded to make a bunch of cute things and now have forgotten how to do anything. I managed to make some peppermint meringues this past holiday season, but the stars were shameful.

  704. Abigail says:

    Cake decorating is a hobby — it’s always fun to be creative and add a little pizazz to something delicious.

  705. Lisa says:

    What a cute giveaway! I am definitely a novice in the cake decorating department and could use any help I can get. Thanks for the chance! I love your blog, and my family does too!

  706. Julie says:

    I have just been teaching myself and experimenting as I go. I too let my kids choose what kind of birthday cake they want. I hope to take a class someday!

  707. Tamsen Keyes says:

    I took the first Wilton class several years ago which gave me a good basis. Really though I just love to experiment and am glad that my kids are still young enough that they don’t notice the flaws:) If you saw my cake decorating drawer you’d probably want to give me two of these caddies!

  708. Kris says:

    I’m amateur for sure, but that doesn’t stop me from having fun with it and trying new things!! Sometimes they come out great, other times I end up smearing another layer of frosting over the top of my creations so I can “start over”!! I once did a cake with no less that 4 layers of frosting, each taking nearly an hour, so I totally know what you mean about pulling all nighters in the kitchen LOL Thanks for rescuing my family from dinner boredom with your awesome recipes!!! Keep it up!! πŸ˜€

  709. Ruchita says:

    Definitely an amateur decorator. I like decorating cupcakes, but I haven’t tried a full size cake yet.

  710. Jamie says:

    I am a complete beginner at cake decorating but would love to learn the beautiful technique!

  711. tonya sanders says:

    An experimenter. I love to make my kids cakes and try new things, the “caboodle” of cake tools would be so fun.
    Thanks!

  712. Vera says:

    Not a professional. One who also pulls all-nighters to get the cake right. But love it!!!

  713. Claudia says:

    I have great ideas of what my beautiful cake will look like, but mostly it looks like I just slapped the frosting on. I will persevere!

  714. Maddi says:

    Amateur but working on it!

  715. Erin says:

    I am a beginner. I like to say it is because I love the look of old fashioned cakes, but really, any time I try anything beyond simply frosting a cake, it looks like a 2nd grader did it.

  716. Lorelei says:

    I’m just a wannabee!

  717. Tami says:

    I am a no-shame Betty Crocker girl, and often I mess that up, too!

  718. Andrea says:

    I have just started getting into cake decorating now that my little boys want themed cakes that can’t be purchased or are too expensive!!

  719. Brianne says:

    Definitely a beginner. I like to make my own frosting, and have tried some shaped cakes, but nothing fancy yet!

  720. Melanie says:

    My mom always decorated great cakes for us. Now I want to make great cakes for my kids. The kit would sure help!

  721. Mary Arntson says:

    My decorating skills are very minimal—I need lots of help!!!

  722. Clare says:

    I took the first Wilton class, and then when I tried the second one right after, I got burned out. But I think we have the same cake decorating theories and styles – though, from the looks of it, you have more talent and/or practice. πŸ™‚

  723. Gwen says:

    I’m kinda where you are. I love making cakes for my kids, and have fun experimenting; but time and money prevent me from going all out. Maybe by the time grandkids roll around in 10 or 15 years.

  724. Cookies4kids says:

    I like to tinker around and learn new things from all you professionals so one day I can make that claim. Happy New Year!!

  725. Marie says:

    Amateur! The only shape I’ve ever made was a heart. (My birthday is in February) So while they don’t look exceptionally beautiful, they do taste amazing!

  726. Katie says:

    I’m definitely a novice cake decorator, but I’d love to use this kit to experiment more!

  727. Teresa says:

    I love a good experiment!!

  728. Lisa says:

    Love baking cakes from scratch, but am terrible at decorating them and making them actually look good!

  729. Cassi says:

    I’m a total amateur. But, I’m really good at copying and following steps. Even though I don’t have a creative bone in my body, most people think I’m really creative because I’m so good at stealing ideas.

  730. Christine W. says:

    I love to try! For sure amateur, but it’s so fun to try different techniques and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to take a cake decorating class! Thanks for the giveaway!

  731. Laura P says:

    Experimenter…just started trying to make my own cakes and so far so good. A lot easier than I thought it would be.

  732. Allyson says:

    Definitely an experimenter…..kind of like you I take my cake requests from my kiddos for their birthdays……some have turned out amazing, some just okay!

  733. Audrey says:

    fairly amateur but wanted to branch out a little more!

  734. I used to decorate cakes for baskin Robbins when I was in high school, but now I am just a lazy expiramentor!

  735. Julie Rust says:

    I love making my kids cool birthday cakes or at least I love the idea of it and the finished product. Often during the process I think to myself “what am I doing?”. Mostly I just experiment and try things until I get them the way I want them to look. Taste is most important anyway, right?

  736. My Cake decorating is actually quite simple, but my sister in law recently asked to if I would make her wedding cake. I haven’t exactly said yes yet (mostly because I feel she deserves a much nicer cake than I could give her) but I am considering the possibility of making a wedding cake. I could use all the help I could get :).

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  737. Patricia says:

    experimenter extraordinaire! I have never decorated a cake but would love to and with this kit I might just become a semi-‘good at doing it’. Thanks for the op.

  738. Amy says:

    I am an amateur, but I love it. When I was in college I worked in a bakery and started just decorating cookies. I love decorating cakes for my family (trying anyway) this would be great to help me practice some more.

  739. Jessica F says:

    I am a slap some frosting on and throw a crap ton of sprinkles on top to distract my horrid icing job!!

  740. Jenny says:

    I’m an amateur. I have two boys and have made them a new fun cake each year for their bdays (one is 5, the other is 2). They pick the theme of the party and I find the cake pan to match. I bake the cake and then pretend I’m a cake decorator! They’ve all turned out pretty great though. I haven’t tried shaping anything myself yet though. It’s been all about the icing and decorating so far!

  741. I am SO not a cake decorator. I have a problem with patience and that is the number one thing needed when decorating cakes! As much as I love baking and can make some mean cakes, I fall short with the whole decorating thang (even with taking classes and being ‘taught’ in one degree or another by a pro). With that being said, I constantly have visions of these beautiful cakes I would love to make and have even attempted them a time or too. So with decorating cakes I am a work in progress! I do have a lot of the tools, although they are stored haphazardly in several bags in my pantry, so I would love this thing to get me organized better and maybe even baking and decorating more!

  742. Tara F says:

    I am a beginner when it comes to decorating cakes. I have two girls and i love to make their birthday cakes. I have made a ladybug, a flower, and a rainbow cake. I would love to have the tools to do more creative things.

  743. Diane K says:

    I used to be an experimenter, but have since regressed to slapping frosting on… even occasionally canned frosting. I always used my mom’s supplies, and it has been several years since I’ve lived at home for any length of time.

    Those cakes look fantastic, by the way. Have you ever done a post on how to, umm, sculpt cakes like that? (I’ve only been following a month or two.) The only two attempts I made were messy. I’d love to see your tips!

  744. Meredith Hall says:

    Experimenter, and always looking for ways to get better!

  745. Nichole says:

    Betty Crocker mix & frosting – but have been learning new things!!!

  746. Jenny says:

    I used to love cake decorating – in the amateur way, of course. I got married, had a couple kids and -wham- crockpots took over instead of homemade cakes. I still make homemade cakes for baby showers, but even then I never decorate it. I think, however, if I had your fancy-dancy container I would be highly motivated to try things out again. Hopefully, however, not all night long. πŸ™‚

  747. Lorie says:

    I usually get somone else to frost my cakes!

  748. Carlin says:

    Amateur. I love decorating cakes, though, for my boys’ birthdays! I too am self taught and would love proper tools to do the cakes right! I have always worked with fondant, but I would love to do frosting. The tips would be so fantastic!

  749. Kelly says:

    I’m totally an amateur, but am very much looking forward to tackling my son’s first birthday cake!

  750. Amy says:

    I’m such a beginner, but I keep tryin’

  751. Michelle says:

    Total wannabe- but I love using Wilton products!
    It took me something like 10 hours to make a ladybug cake- and my wrists hurt for days afterwards!

  752. Michelle says:

    I am definitely a cake mix kinda girl, but I have decorated some of those cake mix cakes with some fun themes for my boys’ birthdays. Like a treasure box cake and basketball cake. So I do like to try my best at decorating and having fun with it. This prize would definitely help out with the fun!

  753. Sarah A. says:

    I am an amateur, but love creating fun cakes for my kid’s birthdays.

  754. allison says:

    I’m definitely a big experimenter! The reason I looked forward to birthdays growing up was so I could pick which kind of elaborately decorated cake I was going to have!

  755. Brianna says:

    totally a novice! I’ve dabbled in using pastry bags, but I’m not very good at it yet. I want to learn!

  756. Tobi says:

    i guess i’m a wannabe cake decorator πŸ˜‰ i manage to create a birthday cake for each of my kiddos every year that manages to impress the 8 and under demographic at least lol!

  757. Megan says:

    My mom is an awesome decorator, and she has taught me some, but I would love to do more experimenting!

  758. Cara says:

    I would say I am like you, I also have spent all night making cakes for my girls, wouldn’t have it any other way!!

  759. Emily says:

    I am a believer that it must taste even better than it looks, so my decorating has been pretty basic. However, I am a mother of three kiddos, ages 7, 3, and almost 1. My older two now have opinions about their birthday cakes, so I better find some skills! This kit would be awesome! Thank you for the giveaways… And mostly THANK YOU for all of the wonderful recipes. If I mention the “new food” is from Mel’s my kids actually get excited to try it and they usually LOVE it!! Thank you!!

  760. marcus s says:

    I love to experiment

  761. brittany says:

    I am also a wanna-be. I have wanted to start decorating cakes for a long time, maybe this can give me a little help!

  762. Lilah says:

    I am definitely an amateur, but I love to decorate cakes! I haven’t had any classes or anything, but have created some cute cakes for my kids’ birthdays, if I do say so myself!

  763. patintx says:

    Not a pro by any means….but love to experiment!

  764. VickieB says:

    What kind of cake decorator am I? The kind who whines until my daughter does it for me:)

  765. Marilyn Anderson says:

    I have really only decorated one guitar cake for my sons first birthday but it was oh so fun!

  766. Kelly S. says:

    When it comes to decorating cakes I am an amateur, just slap on some frosting, but i would like to take a class now that i have kids…

  767. Cheryl Newton says:

    I’ve done some very minor cake decorating, for my sons’ birthday cakes. Everyone who saw them was enthusiastic (even people not from our group but who happened to see them). So, I’d say I’m an experimenter, as long as I have good, clear (talk to me like I’m 5, I say) directions. I have been wanting some more cake-decorating equipment; this giveaway is perfect. Look at you, Mel. Only the second day in the new year, and you’re already reaching perfection!

  768. Chela says:

    My mom makes the most amazing cakes. I am trying my best to learn from her. I would have to say I’m a novice but with great hopes to inherit my mom’s amazing skills.

  769. emily salway says:

    I am an amateur cake decorator! I love decorating cakes for my kids birthdays and for others when they ask, but am no professional!! πŸ™‚

  770. Gretchen says:

    Definitely an amateur.

  771. Bethany Allen says:

    I am a “took decorating classes ten years ago and forgot everything, but trying to re-teach myself to please my kiddos” type of cake decorator! πŸ™‚ Cute and crazy cupcakes are my new very most favorite thing to do!

  772. Katie says:

    I’m a newbie cake decorator, but love to make cakes from scratch. My daughter’s first birthday is coming up in March and I’m make a creative, but do-able special cake!

  773. matt says:

    Amateur for sure. I am terrible, but love to do it for my kids.

  774. Marilyn says:

    I have taken a few classes, and can do a decent job – if I take my time with it. I would love to take it to the next level with some new supplies.

  775. Michelle says:

    Love making cakes and decorating them. I want to believe that I am a fantastic decorator, but once I am done, my cakes turn out looking OK. My visions never seem to make it onto the cake. I could use some help for sure.

  776. Aubrey says:

    Beginner for sure but I have always wanted to take cake decorating classes and open up my own bakery!!

  777. Emily says:

    I’m totally an amateur. My husband does most of the baking because he’s rather picky. But I’d love to get this and show him I’m not half-bad in the kitchen myself! Love your blog!

  778. kara says:

    I just experiment with different cakes…. I haven’t made a lot but it’s something I’m very interested in getting better in! Baking is fun! Thanks for all your yummy recipes!

  779. AmandainAB says:

    I make the cake and icing from scratch, but the decorating is pretty basic. I’ve been known to put toys on my kid’s cake…is it a present or is it a cake? It’ both.

  780. Brandie says:

    I have always marveled at beautiful cakes people make. When our first son turned one I decided to decorate him his own little cake. Since then I have vowed to make their birthday cakes every year. Much like you I redo and redo and redo it until I am satisfied or exhausted and sleep deprived. Some turn out better than others. So here is to all of amateur moms out there. Happy New Year!

  781. Krista says:

    I am a wanna be with absolutely no training.

  782. Crystal says:

    I used to make cakes all the time…now my favorite things to decorate are cupcakes. Lots and lots of cupcakes. But I’m just an amateur for sure.

  783. Erica says:

    I would love to learn to decorate cakes for my two little girls! I did amatuer cupcakes for their first birthdays, but left it to the pros once we started to do theme parties. I keep hoping I can do better for them someday, but I definitely need a class… and the right tools!!

  784. Jennifer says:

    Amateur…. But I love to experiment!!

  785. Rebecca says:

    Total armature but I love it seeing what I can come up with. Love to use toys on the cake to add pizazz that I myself can’t do, example barbies, dinosaurs, zhu zhu pets, etc. Always practicing and hopefully improving my skills.

  786. Ashley says:

    I am a wanna be professional cake decorator. I try…. but they don’t always turn out the way I want! πŸ™‚

  787. Kitty says:

    I’m a wannabe cake decorator. I’ve never decorated anything too fancy.

  788. Amy G says:

    Oh I’m for sure an experimenter extraordinaire! I have the desire and the want to be a good decorator…just not quite there yet!

  789. Peggy says:

    I took cake decorating classes many years ago and did several cakes over the years for our two oldest and nieces and nephew. We now have two younger girls and while I have some tips, I haven’t done much decorating. That case and its contents would help fuel the fire again!

  790. Amy says:

    Oh, I would love to win! I am definitely a self-taught experimenter — but have fun seeing a creation come to life!

  791. Lala says:

    I’m an ameteur and a beginner. I’m so excited when I saw this giveaway. I took Course I decorating class in Michaels about a year ago. I’m contemplating on enrolling again and these gadgets will help me a lot budget wise. I need it badly. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to win it.

  792. Cassie W says:

    I am definitely in the expermintation phase…my 14 year old would l-o-v-e to start decorating!

  793. Andrea says:

    I’m a dreamer… I watch Cake Boss and get inspired to learn how to make cool fondant cakes, but when push comes to shove my wants turn into far away dreams and I end up slathering the frosting onto the cake from the can.

  794. Janice says:

    I am an ametur but I love to make my kids birthday cakes. We have had Hello Kitty, butterflies, race tracks, pirate ships, flip flops, etc…

  795. Amy says:

    I am a TOTAL inexperienced amateur, but I got some cake decorating stuff for Christmas, so hopefully I’ll be better at it soon!

  796. Anjeanette says:

    I’m an amateur experimenter. I make cakes for my kids birthdays, but usually find something on-line to copy. I haven’t created my own design yet, but I’m a good copier!!

  797. Lindsey says:

    Haha! I’m definitely an experimenter extraordinaire! I’ve attemped a few fun cakes. Some come out ok. Some not so much!

  798. Rachelle says:

    I’ve never really been a cake decorator at all. Ever. Then 3 years ago I met the man of my dreams who just happened to have sole custody of his 4 kids. Then we added one more for good measure. So in a period of 14 months I went from a career lady to a stay at home mom of 5 kids. Now I decorate cakes. So far I’ve made a tinkerbell, Lego, bride of Frankenstein, princess, panda, flower, angry birds (cake balls), angry birds (cupcakes), and a couple of cheesecakes for my 10 year old with a remarkably refined palate. I’m a self-taught baker and I love experimenting. Here’s to a good 20 more years of learning to decorate some of the most random cake requests I’ve heard of…

  799. ChrissieK says:

    673 comments?! Wowsers, woman … what a following! I am the must-put-together-a-creative-cake-to-impress-my-kids kind-of decorator. I pull all nighters too … and usually am quite proud of my accomplishments… I think I need to look into this kit thing — looks quite delightful! Blessings to you…

  800. Kerri says:

    I would say I am pretty Amateurish (if that is a real word). Although I am trying to experiment more then I used to. I have really gotten into making homemade cakes and frostings within the last year or so. The best cake I have made is my sons 3rd birthday cake. It was a big chocolate rectangle with homemade chocolate frosting and I put construction vehicles on it that were scooping up brown sugar, driving over crushed oreos and lifting chocolate chips. He loved it and that was all that mattered!

  801. Serena C says:

    I am a frusterated beginner – I have great ideas, and no real talent! This giveaway could really help me!

  802. Kim says:

    I, like you, love to take requests from my kids for their birthdays. We like to experiment and try new things, but we always have fun.

  803. Amber Anderson says:

    Amateur!! I love to decorate and make cute cakes and cookies but I’m not very good at it. πŸ™‚

  804. I’m a “slap on the frosting” kinda girl, but I do make my own!

  805. Amy S says:

    Intermediate depending on my mood. Sometimes I like quick and easy and used boxed mixes.

  806. Jeannine says:

    I am a slap on a can of frosting kind a girl

  807. Laura O. says:

    Definitely an amateur. Though the first cake I decorated was a 3D bear when I was little!

  808. Mindee B. says:

    I LOVE to make and decorate cakes! Growing up in a big family provided me with ample opportunity to experiment on my nieces and nephews. Now I get to make them for my hubby and daughters. And just like you, they sometimes require all nighters. =) Your cakes look great! I love the creativity of the monster one! I have wanted to purchase this exact cake caddy for over a decade. Currently I have my tips, bags and food colorings shoved in a too-small bin of sorts. It would be wonderful to finally have a proper place to keep my ‘tools’ safe and sound.

  809. Annie says:

    I am definitely a newbie! The fanciest cake I’ve ever made was your unbelievable chocolate cake with your magical frosting, but it has inspired me to make more delicious and beautiful cakes!

  810. Katie says:

    I’m not that great. I should experiment more than I do.

  811. Desiree W. says:

    I wish I was a great cake decorator but alas, I must rely on the cake in a box or even costco!

  812. Jodi says:

    I like to use candy to decorate my kids cakes because the last time I went with “frosting only” it was an epic failure! I could use some serious tips in the cake decorating catagory! Congrats on the girl – I have 5 (no boys) and life is a blast!!

  813. Courtney Mac says:

    I am an “improving amateur” and would love to expand past simply slapping buttercream on a cake, thanks!

  814. Rachel says:

    I love to make my own frosting (and cakes) from scratch so that I can make an extra big batch. In my house most of the frosting & batter get eaten before they become a “masterpiece”. I do very plain presentations right now as I’m very, very amateur at this. I mostly a “Where did that spatula go? Oh there it is! Oh no, that’s not the right one, oh well this will work!” kind of decorator.

  815. Barbara says:

    Mid-level but an experimenter – always have to add an ingredient or touch of my own,

  816. Sara Hansen says:

    I really like to decorate cakes but I am an amateur for sure. I did one wedding cake, once, for some very kind and understanding friends.

  817. Sherri says:

    I’m a total beginner with cake decorating, but I made a mean homemade german chocolate cake (once a year for my husband’s birthday).

  818. Kami says:

    Sounds just like me… all night or very late night finishing cakes for my kids!! I’m definitely not a pro or it wouldn’t take me so long. Love the look of fondant (not the taste), but haven’t yet tried making it on my own. Hate my small frosting bags so if that kit has some nice big ones I’m all for it!! I do love the look on my kids faces when they see their cake, makes it all totally worth it. Thanks for all the work you do to keep your site running. We love it. Whenever I want to try something new or need an idea this is definitely my first stop!

  819. I am an experimenter!!

  820. Amy says:

    I am a beginner- I have picked up a few tools but I need to practice! If I won, I could try to make some cute Valentine cupcakes!

  821. Lorrie says:

    I have just started in cake decoration. Thank goodness for kind family and friends that always tell me that they look good (even though i know they barely look like what they are supposed to) Practice makes perfect and I will keep trying.
    Love the blog made so many recipes for Christmas!

  822. Priscilla says:

    I’m a buy a boxed cake mix and add store bought frosting but I want to get into making my own cakes!

  823. Emily w says:

    Amateur for sure but very enthusiastic!!

  824. Angie says:

    I am a beginner thats for sure. I love doing fun ideas for our kids birthdays. Ive done a couple homemade cakes, just dont have all the tools. I would love to start doing more though! Would love this starter kit!!!

  825. Jamie says:

    I am somewhere between the slap on kind and trying other things besides cake. Your cakes are beautiful however!

  826. Shawna says:

    I am definitely a expert-wannabe. I love to bake, and have tried to decorate cakes, cupcakes, etc. to the best of my ability. My coworkers love my experiments!

  827. Erika says:

    I LOVE baking, and always pick a tricky cake to make for my husband’s or kid’s birthdays. I’m completely self thought, faaaar from a professional and I can never remember why on earth did I want to make ‘ this’ cake while in a process of baking/decorating said cake but I’m always proud of the result. And I’m always looking forward the next time I’ll get to challenge myself again :).
    Up next: my daughter’s 3rd birthday next month! Bring it on πŸ™‚

  828. Amanda says:

    I dabble in theme cakes (castles and fish), but lack any real tools. Love the blog!

  829. Maria says:

    I love homemade chocolate cake and homemade icing. Part of the fun is licking it off the beaters.

  830. Michelle says:

    I like the idea of cake decorating, but I’m not so good yet. The right tools would help!

  831. Brooke says:

    I’ve definitely been a cake mix and canned frosting girl until the last couple birthdays around here. I’m still very basic, but I have started making my own frosting and using ziplock bags with the corner cut off to draw some pictures on the cake or write “happy birthday!” Pretty easy, but the kids still love it!

  832. Carolyn Johnson says:

    I’m an amateur. I like making frosting, but I don’t do much beyond that. My only experience decorating cake was helping my uncle decorate my cousin’s wedding cake, so he taught me everything I know. πŸ™‚

  833. Felicia says:

    a complete novice, but this would give me some motivation!

  834. Emilee K. says:

    Kinda a like you. I decorate cakes for my kids birthdays and I have taken a couple of the wilton classes.

  835. Libby says:

    I have no cake decorating skills but am eager to improve…i did once make a cake in the shape of a nose for a friend…it was a little gross.

  836. Kari says:

    I am a terrible cake decorator. I tend to focus on making yummy cakes and not so much on the decorating part, my kids cakes usually have an action figure or something thrown on top πŸ™‚ Im ready to take it to the next level.

  837. Hannah says:

    I’m an amateur … usually I’ll call my friend / sister who is a professional and have her make the cakes. One day, I’d like to do them on my own.

  838. Rebecca Taylor says:

    I’ve started making homemade cake and frosting, but the decorating includes slapping the frosting on the top and hiding the sides with crushed nuts. I would love to learn how to decorate. I love your recipes.

  839. Jana T says:

    I am also a mom of boys – only 3 of them but all under 5. So I’ve also tried my hand at decorating boy cakes. (also my true confession is that I don’t really cook – at least I didn’t until I found your website – so I’m primarily a cake-from-a-box kinda girl). I made my oldest son’s 1st birthday cake, the Baby Einstein caterpillar because I thought it would be easy – round cakes, solid icing, etc. But it almost did me in so I’ve been doing store-bought for a few years until last February. We were literally iced in for days (I live in Dallas, TX, so this is highly unusual) – the week leading up to my oldest son’s 4th birthday and he wanted a police car cake. So again, I managed to come out with something that only a 4year old would love (which I guess is really all that matters but these events are recorded for posterity in a scrapbook album, and one day, he won’t be 4!). Your blog has inspired me to cook, perhaps it can also inspire me to leave store-bought cakes behind! Thanks for doing this – I’ve really enjoyed this new adventure!

  840. Kristeb says:

    I’m an amateur decorator but I’ve attempted (with the help of my mother who has taken classes) theme cakes for my girls and rattle cupcakes for my friend’s baby shower. I would love to take a class!

  841. Mindy says:

    I have experimented and made a few cakes following directions from websites like Betty Crocker and Martha Stewart. But I consider myself a beginner. πŸ™‚

  842. Tracey says:

    I’m a big time amateur! My family’s lucky to get anything besides a plain old rectangle cake in the 9×13 pan! …But I would LOVE to learn more! πŸ™‚

  843. Stefani says:

    Seriously, I would love to be able to decorate a cake but as manay times as I have tried it just doesn’t work. I think it may be that I don’t have ANY tools. I just try to make do with what I have. My daughter wanted a castle cake for her 3rd birthday and after working all day and trying desperately to repair it over and over again, I threw it away. My husband bought her a pink ice cream cake and we tried to doctor it up to look like a castle. It looked like a Madonna bra on top of a cake. Nice! I know.

  844. jill says:

    I am a terrible cake decorator, but I keep trying πŸ™‚ Happy New Year Mel!! Your site has become one of my favorites.

  845. Andrea says:

    I’m