A Few Cake Decorating Ideas

A Few Cake Decorating Ideas
Did you​ know that the first cakes baked in​ America where small loaves of​ sweet bread? Look how far we have come .​
Home bakers should not be intimidated by the elaborate cakes being made today .​
you​ do not need to​ be a​ pastry chef to​ make beautiful cakes, you​ just need the know-how and​ practice .​
of​ course the right tools will go a​ long way in​ your​ cake decorating endeavors .​
Here are a​ few ideas you​ might like to​ try.
Every cake worth merit starts with a​ smooth icing .​
The cake needs to​ cool completely before they are iced and​ decorated .​
To keep crumbs from ending up in​ your​ icing and​ ruining the look of​ your​ cake, start with a​ thin​ base coat of​ frosting that is​ not quite as​ stiff as​ the regular layer will be .​
Once this​ coat is​ on, set the cake in​ the refrigerator for​ 20 minutes .​
this​ will set the icing and​ any crumbs will be caught in​ this​ first layer .​
Now you​ can spread a​ regular layer of​ icing without worrying about crumbs.
Use an​ icing spatula to​ apply and​ smooth the second coat of​ icing .​
Once the icing is​ on​ the cake, start smoothing on​ the sides by running the spatula around the perimeter of​ the cake .​
One trick for​ smoothing the frosting is​ to​ dip the metal icing spatula in​ cold water, this​ will aid in​ smoothing the frosting .​
To smooth the top, dip the spatula in​ cold water and​ holding it​ horizontally over the top of​ the cake .​
Start at​ the point farthest from you, holding the spatula in​ both hands, skim the top of​ the icing by bringing the spatula straight toward you.
Simple Designs
Some cake decorators say learning to​ smooth the icing is​ the hardest part of​ cake decorating .​
Practice will make you​ a​ pro in​ not time .​
Once you​ have it​ down, show it​ off, even a​ cake without many decorations that is​ clean and​ smooth will make an​ perfectly elegant offering.
Instead of​ icing, cake tops can be dusted with powdered sugar .​
you​ can choose to​ use a​ stencil for​ a​ more decorated appearance, or​ just the powdered sugar for​ a​ clean look.
Edible decorations are a​ beautiful yet simple cake decorating technique .​
The use of​ sprinkles, candy, nuts, and​ coconut pressed into the icing before it​ sets, will make your​ cake stand​ out.
To apply a​ textured look for​ your​ cake decorating, use a​ small cardboard comb, available in​ baking supply stores .​
Piping is​ achieved by using a​ pastry bag fitted with a​ metal tip that is​ held on​ by a​ coupler .​
this​ is​ your​ most important tool for​ cake decorating .​
you​ can make lines, words, shells, flowers, and​ many other designs on​ the top or​ sides of​ the cake .​
Fill the bag with no more than 1 cup of​ icing at​ a​ time, twist the top of​ the bag and​ keep steady pressure when piping the design .​
Use your​ other hand​ to​ guide the tip .​
It is​ wise to​ find out everything you​ can about piping before you​ begin.
Fondant a​ smooth white paste, is​ used in​ complicated cake decorating .​
Fondant is​ kneaded and​ rolled to​ cover cakes with a​ sleek smooth layer of​ icing .​
It is​ also used to​ make designs that are 3-D .​
It is​ less tasty than buttercream, but the cake will look sleek and​ elegant.

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