Let me offer you some beginner cake decorating tips.
You’ve decided that you want to decorate a cake, have you? It’s possible that you’ve done this before, but it’s also possible that you haven’t. In any case, you cannot be considered an expert. Does that seem about right? Great! You are in the proper location at this time. For those who are just starting out in the world of cake decorating at home, we have compiled this easy-to-follow guide that outlines six specific pointers.
Because this is a guide for beginners, we won’t even bother discussing fondant icing because it is beyond the scope of a beginner cake decorator. Instead, we will concentrate on buttercream because it is more appropriate for beginners.
Here are some pointers to get you started with cake decorations, whether you’re baking a cake for a family birthday or cooking along with your favorite baking competition on TV.
Great Baker – Great Tools
The tools that a baker uses are critically important to their success.
Let’s take a look at some of the most useful tools for cake decorating available to help amateurs achieve a professional appearance.
To begin, using a turntable makes the process of frosting the cake significantly easier and more even-handed. Place the cake on top of the table, and then carefully rotate the surface so that the frosting can be spread evenly on both sides of the pastry.
For the actual frosting itself, we recommend using frosting bags. At home, you can make these for a price that is even lower than the ones you can buy in stores. Depending on the amount of frosting that you intend to use, you will need storage bags of either a quarter or a gallon capacity. If you are looking for detailed instructions on how to make frosting bags, click here.
Last but not least, piping tools are helpful baking devices that can assist you in frosting your cake. They come in a wide variety of types and designs. There are a variety of designs available for the piping tips that can be used with your frosting bag. You could find a variety of options to choose from at the grocery store in your town, or you could look for them in the cake decorating kits sold in hobby and craft stores.
To learn more about stocking your kitchen with the basic read this article.
Level, Level, Level
It is essential to level your cakes because the tops of the layers need to be completely flat in order for the cakes to stack correctly; otherwise, they may lean to one side or wobble. Here is where your knife with the serrated edge comes in handy. There are cake knives with serrations that are designed specifically for the job, but any bread knife with serrations will do. Just check that the length of the blade of your knife is greater than the diameter of the cake you’re using.
The goal is to saw off any dome-like tops that are present on the cake so that it is completely flat. Try to cut through the cake with a sawing motion rather than trying to force the blade through the surface of the cake. Start the blade at the edge of the cake and keep it level as you rotate the cake on the turntable. Don’t worry about the bottoms—the bottoms of the cake pans should already be flat, so there’s no need to worry about that.
You can, in point of fact, turn your cakes over so that the bottoms are now facing upward. But you should still level them so that there is no wobbling in the bases. And don’t forget to eat all of those delicious additions!