Easy Cake Decorating Ideas

By: Isisk.nouvelle
The original cakes produced in America were actually small loaves of sweet bread. Imagine the huge difference they are from the modern day recipes we have today. This should make any homemaker delighted, as they are now able to choose from a wide variety of cakes to bake. You need knowledge to produce great cakes. The logical thing to do is to purchase a good set of tools to assist in your cake making adventure.

Every little cake creation starts with the foundation, so you need to begin with a real nice coating of smooth icing, enough to cover the surface of this cake. It is a good idea to start your cake decorating with a thin layer of frost, enough to cover all crumbs from ever getting into the regular layer of your icing. When you are done with this layer, leave them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. This will set the first layer and lock in all crumbs from ever rising to the external layer of your icing. Now you can have fun decorating you cake without having to worry about those dreaded crumbs suddenly appearing.

Now get your icing spatula and apply a nice coat of icing layer. Place a nice amount of icing on the cake and stat smoothing it by running the spatula along the perimeters of the cake. There is one well-kept secret you can use, dip the spatula in cold water before you start smoothing, it makes the job a whole lot easier. Dip it again in cold water as you hold the spatula horizontally over the top, and start smoothing the surface of the cake. Use both hands and drag the spatula towards you, starting at the furthest point.

Simple Designs

Some cake decorators claim that smoothing icing is the hardest part. Always practice to perfect the skills you have. Rejoice if you can do it right, it is the hardest part.

One good alternative to icing tops are sugar coated powders that are dusted across the surface of the cake. Use a stencil for a more elaborate experience or you can use powdered sugar for a dusted look. One good addition is to see edible cake decorations. The use of sprinkles, candy, nuts, and coconut pressed into the icing before it sets, will make your cake stand out.

Use cardboard combs to create a textured feel, if you want. You can make a piping by using a pastry bag and a metal tip held together with a coupler. This is real fun and you can get to tap into your talent and rate some new designs-flowers, leaves, at the top or sides of your cake. Do not fill the bag more than one cup of icing and start making those tiny designs by applying steady pressure. To guide the tip use your other hand. There are plenty of techniques you can use when piping.

Fondant, a smooth white paste, is used in complicated cake decorating. They are kneaded and roiled to be placed over the cake for that expensive, classy look. They are often used to create elegant 3-D designs.
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