I know what it is like to use cheap stuff for the things one makes. I think you still do a good job even if you are using cheap icing.
It seems like you do use a lot of icing when you decorate cakes in the US. Here in Sweden we usa a lot of whip cream or marzipan.
I work at a local bakery in the town where I live... It is kind of boring to do the same stuff over and over again each day. So when I get to do something different I take the chance to do so. I do everything from doughs for bread to cakes and various pastries. You can check my gallery for some of my work My folder for cakes and stuff
I use fondant and much better quality at home, but my job doesn't let me use fondant, gumpaste, pastiliage, or even decent frosting. I hate the taste of our icing. but I'm the same about repetitiveness. I pounce on the opportunity for originality! I'm so jealous youre from Sweden. Anything Scandinavian I love, especially Iceland.
I've been baking since I was a child. I went to Le Cordon Bleu for half a year but was unable to continue because of financial problems. It's been a couple years since then, maybe 3, but I still did a lot of baking and decorating at home. I've been working in the "bakery" for about 1.5 years. We don't actually bake anything. Everything comes pre-made, pre-mixed. Before I started there they used to do it all from scratch but not for some time. I would LOVE to work in a REAL bakery and learn everything I could! My dream is to have my own bakery, so I'm working on recipes now. I find them online and test them and tweak them where needed. I love pastries, but I do not deserve the title Pastry Chef...yet How about you? Your cakes are great.