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 A decorater’s comb makes for quick work and looks [...]
I found a great article called Easy Decorating Tips for the Decorating Impaired by Eisla Sebastian. Her four tips are: Use Premixed Frostings Use Edible Flowers Use Toys Use Pre-Made Frosting Inserts You can read the whole article here.
Preparing a a smooth iced cake is important for the best looking cake possible. If you have ever iced a cake before, you know the annoyance of having bits of crumbs in the frosting. To prevent crumbs you’ll need to apply a crumb coat. Once your cake has cooled completely and been leveled, brush off excess crumbs with a pasty brush. Place a large amount of thin consistency icing on [...]
Leveling: The key to picture perfect cakes is leveling. In this part of the Preparing to Decorate Your Cake series, I’ll discuss a few tips that will make leveling your cake a breeze. Before you level your cake, make sure it has cooled for one hour. If you have frozen your cake layers then you may need to let them thaw slightly before trimming overcooked edges and leveling. There’s a [...]
Familiarize yourself with these common words used in cake decorating. Attach – Securing decorations to your cake using icing as “glue” Border – Decoration used around the top, side or base of a cake. Buttercream - A smooth, creamy icing made from butter, that stays soft so it’s easy to cut through. Filling – Frosting, preserves, pudding, fruit etc. that is spread between cake layers to hold them together. Fondant [...]
One of my most difficult tasks when making a cake is telling my family they have to wait! When I was making my St. Patrick’s Day cake I thought of a fun way to make use of the excess cake that was trimmed off during the leveling process. I used the sandwich cutter that I bought for my son’s peanut butter and jellys and cut out hearts from the cake [...]