I made my first custom cake when I was 16 and then went about the task of teaching myself cake decorating. I was a custom cake decorator from the time I was 21 and I'm still doing it! But a lot has changed over the years.... trends, recipes, what customers are looking for, etc. \n\nBack in the day, I rarely used fondant. First, it's not that tasty. Second, if you don't have a pretty steady hand, you can make a mess of things pretty easily. \n\nAnother change... when did Rice Krispy treats become cake?? lol\n\nYears ago yellow cake and german chocolate where the flavors of choice by most people. Now it seems white cake is prevelent over yellow, and a more fudgy chocolate is preferred. \n\nI used to have customers order wedding cakes, "thick on the frosting." Now we have "naked" or "destructured" cakes. \n\nWhat changes have you noticed or how have your tastes in cakes changed over the years?