Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cake Decorating Made Easy - 10 Top Tips!

If you want to discover how to decorate cakes, here are 10 top tips for cake decorating made easy!

1. If you're a beginner, choose a simple design that has a good chance of turning out well. Don't be too ambitious and be seduced by gorgeous designs that are very hard to do when you're a novice.
2. Make sure you have all ingredients before you start.
3. If you're using a kit, familiarise yourself with the instructions before you begin.
4. Give yourself plenty of time to complete your project.
5. Try to distance yourself from all distractions, including boyfriends/husbands, pets and children.
6. If it's your first time decorating a cake, don't make it for a special occasion in case it doesn't turn out. Do a practice run first. Also make a note of the time you start and finish, for future reference.
7. Get inspired for cake decorating made easy! Look at everything around you with fresh eyes. You never know, it might come in handy when you're thinking up new design ideas.
8. Decide whether to bake the cake from scratch or buy it and just do the decoration.
9. Don't be impatient and rush the process. It takes time to learn a new skill. If you rush to finish it, your design may look messy and unfinished and not the work of art you imagined.
10. Enjoy your masterpiece! Why not take a photo of it for future reference before eating it? If it didn't turn out exactly as you imagined, just think of the experience you've gained. Your next one is bound to be better!

I hope you've found these 10 tips for cake decorating made easy useful. I find cake decorating to be positively addictive!

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Want To Decorate Cakes Like A Pro?

Oh how we envy those cakes that just make us want to run and get the old Kodak or whatever camera we happen to have laying around the house. We imagine being able to come up with decorating ideas like that. Well, it’s easier than you think. With a few simple tricks, you TOO can be decorating cakes just like a pro. Keep reading to learn some really cool tips.

One of the keys to a really great looking cake is the cake icer tip. I strongly recommend getting a number 789 icer tip. You absolutely cannot tell the difference between a cake YOU decorated with this tip from a cake decorated by a pro. Yes, you need a steady hand too, but the tip is going to make all the difference in the world.

What about those cupcakes that seem to spiral up to the clouds? You now the kind I’m talking about. They are really so easy to make. All you need to do is get yourself a star decorating tip. Hold it about a quarter inch above the cupcake at a 90 degree angle to the cupcake surface. Start at the outer edge and pipe out some icing all around the outer edge. Then, simply pull the tip away, bring it inside the outer circle and pipe another circle inside the outer one. If you like, you can pipe another circle inside the inner one if there’s room. I told you…simple.

What if you have a pattern that you want to use for your cake? This is so simple that it’s a joke. What you do is actually ice the pattern itself. Put the pattern on the back of a cookie sheet and start piping the icing onto it, making sure you put a disposable decorating bag over it first. Then, all you need to do is turn the bag over, with the design on it, and place it over your cake. When you’re done, lift the bag off the cake and the design will be transferred. Yes, it’s THAT simple.

These are just a few of the many tips that you can use to make you look like a professional cake decorator. If you’d like more great cake decorating tips, in my signature you’ll find a link to a great resource that will give you all the cake decorating tips that you could possibly want.

You don’t have to be a pro to decorate like a pro.

What You Need To Know About Cake Decorating

Ah, the joys of cake decorating. The pros make it look so easy. Truth is, decorating a cake is an art and one that isn’t easily mastered. Sure, anybody can toss a glob of frosting on a cake but the true artist turns that cake into a visual masterpiece. Well, if you’re one of those aspiring cake decorating artists, this article should get you on your way to decorating cakes that look good enough not to want to eat.

At the very top of the list, and I do mean the VERY top, is making sure that you have the right tools for the job. You wouldn’t try to hammer a nail into a wall with a screwdriver would you? (Though I have seen many people try) It is absolutely critical that you have the right tools. What are they? Well, it all depends on what you’re decorating. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, most supplies come in kits and not all kits are going to do all jobs.

For example, let’s say you want to have some writing on your cake. You’re going to probably need some ready to use glitter piping gel. Some stencils will probably come in handy as well. What if you want to make a layer cake? Well, you’re going to need a couple of cake pans. Make sure they are both the same size. Cake pans and very sharp knives are probably the two things you’re not going to be able to live without if you’re going to do a proper job on your cake decorating.

Aside from the right tools, you want to make sure that you have a specific idea in mind before you even begin. The last thing you want to do is just start slapping stuff on your cake. Trust me, it won’t come out very good unless you are a natural artist. To this end, having a cake decorating design ready made is going to help a lot. Fortunately, there are tons of kits with ready made designs that you can purchase at any specialty store or even online. It’s not a crime to use a pre-made design. With so many to choose from, it’s unlikely that your guests will have seen yours.