Icing techniques for Easy Decorating

Hobnails

Hobnails

You will want to use a lot of light frosting for this.  Press the back of a spoon into the frosting, twist and lift to make swirls.  Experiment with different size spoons.  With a large wooded spoon you can make make large tear shaped petals.   I think that this technique works great when embellishing with fruit and flowers.

ZigZags

Zigzag

A decorater’s comb makes for quick work and looks nice for cake sides.  However you can get a similar effect with a fork.

Embossing

When your icing is dry to the touch, place a textured paper towel on your cake and apply gentle pressure.  When you lift the paper towel the design will be left on the cake.  This paper towel techique is also a very popular method to smooth buttercream icing.