Cake Decorating: Taking it to the Next Level

So you want to improve cake decorating? Recipes4theWeek will help you take your cake decorating to the next level with these easy tips.

The Equipment

In order to properly decorate a cake, you will first need a few pieces of equipment. You will need more than one pastry bag and icing tips. These can be bought at craft stores and at certain grocery stores. Other essentials would be cake pans, a rubber spatula, a metal spatula, a sharp knife, and a baking tray.

The Process

Start by choosing your first icing tip. Hold the pastry bag with the hole down and place the tip inside (as far as possible). To start, put about a cup of icing in the bag at a time. Before placing in the cup, you may want to thin the icing by placing in a bowl and adding a little milk. The icing needs to be thin enough to fit through the hole of the tip but thick enough to make designs. Add a little milk at time. Practice making your decorations on wax paper before doing it on the cake.

When you begin to ice the cake, hold the bag with two hands and apply steady pressure. The icing should come out on even strips; count to three, then stop squeezing, then remove the tip away from the cake.

The Results

If the cake decoration stays in the shape you intended, then you have the frosting at the right consistency. If it does not hold together, the icing is too thin, and if it was hard to push it through the tip or the cake decoration cracks, the frosting is too thick.

Although cake decorating can be frustrating at times, it can also be very rewarding when you realize the beautiful cake on that stand is something that you created. With a bit of patience and a can do attitude, you will become and accomplished cake decorator.

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