We all love cake, right? But there's something even better than eating cake - and that's decorating it! Cake decorating is so satisfying, whether you're creating a masterpiece for a special occasion or simply whipping up a quick and easy design for your afternoon tea. And the best part is, anyone can do it!
Store-bought cakes can be delicious, but there's nothing quite like a homemade one. If you're looking to up your cake decorating game, we've got just the thing. These step-by-step instructions for creating satisfyingly symmetrical designs will have you whipping up beautiful cakes in no time.
One of the most important parts in cake decorating is making sure that your finishes are smooth and even. The decorations look their best when they're against an evenly iced layer, so don't forget the following steps:
1. Plan your decorating timeline.
Give yourself plenty of time to decorate your cake before an event. It's important that you leave enough time in case there are errors or unforeseen circumstances. Rushing to decorate the cake may lead to problems and may ruin your masterpiece altogether.
2. Practice makes it perfect.
You can make a practice icing with 1 cup of shortening and about 3 to 4 cups of powdered sugar. This consistency will not spoil since it doesn't contain any perishable ingredients, but its flavour is quite nasty so use this only for practicing purposes!
If you decide on using actual icing instead, then keep them separate from what's being used during production so you won’t run out of supply for the actual cake, or affect its flavour because you used practice icing.
3. Freeze the cake after cooling before you start decorating it.
Most cakes, when freshly baked and without freezing beforehand do not keep their shape. They turn into large piles of crumbs from slices that don't break in half but instead fall apart upon cutting - which can be quite an unpleasant experience for those who enjoy eating cake on special occasions like birthdays or holidays.
Freezing helps prevent such disasters by stopping the moisture escape during preparation so you're guaranteed a better end result with every slice while preserving the flavour.
Miniature cakes are smaller than their regular-sized counterparts, but guess what? You can use the same basic techniques when decorating them. You only have to scale the amount of frosting to use so that the cake won’t be overloaded and lose its shape.
Mini cakes may also come in layers, and when baked, they have an uneven top surface. So, you definitely have to trim the edges off before going ahead with your decorations.
Decorating miniature cakes can be done via the following steps:
3D sculpted cakes are reserved for expert cake decorators. They can be very tricky and require a combination of not just artistic talent but also steady hands and mathematical accuracy. Why? Because you are following a design that has to be accurate in terms of size and dimension.
If you want to explore making 3D sculpted cakes, here are some basic tips to keep in mind:
Embellishments, such as sugar flowers or cake toppers, may have to be prepared before actually sculpting the cake, so you have to set aside some time to work on them first. They can be attached to the cake via frosting or poking the cake with sticks so they won’t fall off.
Pro tip: make sure to sculpt the cake in a cool indoor environment as warmer temperatures may cause the cake to melt.
Pastel rainbow cake decorating is fun and surprisingly easy, especially when you have already gotten the hang of crumb coating and the basics of cake frosting.
Looking for other cake inspirations? Here are some of the custom theme cake designs to check out!