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Cake Decorating Tips

How to decorate your yummy cake?
(June 1, 2010)

A beautifully, well-decorated cake can add value and delight to any dinner table. When it comes to cakes, it is not just the preparation, but also the presentation that matters just as much. It is the personal touch that makes a cake into a masterpiece. There are plenty of cake decorating ideas that people could give you, however the cake decorating patterns will decide which one of them you will choose. While anyone can just sprinkle some sugar, lay some frosting and place some fruits, it takes a little more than patience and effort.

It takes a good imagination. Before you get icing anywhere near the cake, make sure that the cake is completely baked. When it is and you’re sure that the cake is completely baked, let it cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes before you place it on the cooling tray. From here on, the cake will take several hours to cool off. You might want to bake the cake a day before you plan to decorate it. You may bake the cake, let it cool off, and then refrigerate it overnight before you get it out the next day to decorate.

Cake Decorating Tips:

You may start decorating the cake in the following manner:
Prepare the cake decorating royal icing. Any kind will do, including ready-made icing. Mix the icing with a rubber spatula. Add water and /or milk as needed. Once you’re done mixing, store it in a separate bowl.
Level the cake. Use a long, flat knife and flatten the top of the cake to remove roundness by cutting it. This will help you place more decorations. Keep the cut part aside.

Buy / Make a decoration bag / cone
If you plan on making more cakes daily, purchase a decoration bag. If this is a one time thing, make a decoration bag with either plastic or paper.

Put the filling

Fill the cone halfway with icing. Start with a small amount so that you get the hang of things. Do not overfill the bag. Twist the top of the bag / cone just above the icing. This will push the icing to the bottom opening. Now place a thick layer of icing around the edges on the top of the cake. This will prevent the filling from falling out. When the edge is covered, put the filling in. Use icing or something different such as fruit preserves, custard, pudding, whipped cream, etc. Start in the centre and work your way around the edge. Once you do this, replace the top of the cake. Refrigerate the cake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Create borders
Add a little elegance by drawing borders around the layers of the cake.

Finishing touches
Get as creative as you can get and add what you wish. These may be solid baked goods or home-prepared sweets. Sprinkle some sugar or candy and you’re good to go.

Submitted by E L on June 1, 2010 at 05:37


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