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Anyone who has tried to use a pastry bag without prior experience, I guess have sometimes wondered how on earth you are going to use that thing…. The decorations do not look at all as it does on all fancy images you can see…..
Well, if you ever felt that way, remember you are not lonely! Pastry bags can get on your nerves!
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Golden Spirals…well that would be lovely for a cake decoration! But how on earth should I be going about making it?
They look almost impossible to create, but to my surprise, it wasn’t that hard at all! Just take a look and see how she is doing it…. Amazing!
Sugar Work: Caramel Spiral
Be patient with these caramel spirals– they take time and a steady hand, but they are totally worth all the effort.
Caramel Sugar Spirals
– 1/4 cup golden syrup
– 1/4 cup water
– 2 cups sugar
+ a cylindrical metal tool (I used the back of my whisk)
+ 1 tbsp butter, or oil
Directions: 1. Add all ingredients into a heavy weight, deep pot. It’s important that you have a relatively large pot as the sugar cooks, it starts to bubble, and you don’t want to risk having it boil over.
2. Bring sugar, corn syrup, and the water to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Cook over medium heat until the mixture turns into amber color, and registers 300′F (hard-crack stage) on a candy thermometer.
3. Pull the pot off the stove, and dip the tines of a fork into the caramel. You will need to allow it to cool to about 200′F before you can start spinning the caramel around your cylindrical metal tool.
Of all cake decorating ideas you can think about, this idea really stands out! These lovely, edible flower decorations are made of strawberries! Such a delightful idea! And how beautiful! When I first looked I thought this is just for cake artists, but if you take a closer look at the pictures, you can see how easy it is and how you can awe everyone with these creations on the next party!
I found the picture here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/426645764675114296/
If you are a beginner to cake decorating, you might just want a few simple ways to get started, and that is exactly what I Found a this website claled Tasteofhome.
The have some great, yet simple ideas how to decorate with just simple tools and ordinary icing.
Easy Cake Decorating
Did you know that with only a spoon, a fork or a knife you can make amazing patterns and make your cake look absolutely stunning! To many times we beleive that we have to invest in a lot of special caked decorating supplies in order to make a nice cake, but for these kind of decorations, you do not need that at all. It is perfectly fine to start simple with things you already have in your drawers at home!
Tips for How to Decorate a Cake
Decorating a cake with a flat top is best. When the oven temperature is too high, cakes develop rounded tops. Use an oven thermometer to check the temperature of your oven.
To flatten a cake with a small crown, put a plate on top of it immediately after you take it from the oven. Push the plate down gently.
Line your pan with parchment paper to ensure that the cake will come out of the pan easily.
To apply nuts or coconut to the sides of a cake, hold the cake over a pan and gently pat the nuts, etc. onto the sides with your hand.
To keep the cake stand clean while frosting, line the edge with 3-inch strips of waxed paper. Center the first cake layer over the strips. When finished frosting, carefully remove the strips one piece at a time.
Before writing on a cake with icing, gently outline the words with a toothpick.
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Cake decorating is fun, but you will need practice and training if you want to master it. We have collected some icing tips that will help you as a beginner.
Basic, Easy Cake Decorating Ideas For Beginners:
There are a few pieces of equipment you will need for your cake decoration project. Some pastry bags and icing tips might be the most important. You can of course also use paper cone if you want to.
A good icing metal spatula is also necessary in order to make the surface smooth.
Cool The Cake
One important thing to start with while decorating cakes is that the cake is cooled. Best is if you make the cake the day before you start decorating it. The middle of the cake cools very slowly and if you are frosting the cake while it is warm, you will ruin the cake.
Make A Crumb Coat
When you have your properly cooled cake, you put it on a cake board. To avoid crumbs that often want to destroy you frosting, you can make a thin layer of icing first and that let it dry. This way all crumbs will be looked in this first layer! This is a cake decorating tips worth remembering. You will find it necessary. After that you can cover the cake with a normal layer of icing and it will look absolutely beautiful!
Cool Your Icing Spatula
One other tip to ensure the icing is really smooth and even; dip your icing spatula in cold water and go over the icing, this will smooth the icing beautifully.
The icing is the most important part when it comes to cake decorating. Be sure you make the icing quite stiff to begin with. If it is to stiff to work with; you can always thin it out.
Do be generous with the icing; you will need it not only to cover the cake but also for other decorations.
Use food coloring to create a colorful and gorgeous cake decoration!
More About The Icing
When you start the decoration you first choose the tip you will be using. Then hold the pastry bag with the hole down and place the tip inside the bag.
Fill the pastry bag with icing, but do not fill it all up, it will make it hard to work with; a cup at a time will be great.
To check that the icing has the right consistence start it out in a bowl, before you apply it on the cake. If you need to thin the icing, do that with some milk.
A perfect icing should be thin enough to go through the tip and thick enough to make the designs you want to use on the cake.
If you are new to this; practice a few time on a waxed paper before you start decorating the cake.
Let me give you a few more cake decorating icing tips for decorating the cake with icing:
Hold the bag with both hands and apply steady pressure in order to make the icing come out in an even strip. Place the bag closely over the cake start and squeezing the length you want, then stop squeezing and lift the tip up and away from the cake. If you are satisfied with how it look; move to the next decoration. If not you might need some more practice on the waxed paper and try again! You will soon get it!
Continue until your cake is finally ready, and be proud that the beautiful cake on that stand is something that you created. With patience, practice and “I can do this” attitude you will become and accomplished cake decorator.
If you want to learn more you can join an online Cake Decorating Class:
You simply can’t decorate a cake without icing, can you?
When it comes to cake decorating icing rules!
Whatever it is that you are working with; here are two popular choices when it comes to the world of cake decoration. Cake icing can be as simple as an easy to make glaze, or it can be complicated as an elaborate fondant.
The Classic Icing – Butter cream
The most common type of cake icing is the butter cream icing. This is a simple yet classic icing that you can whip up at the last minute.
You mix unsalted butter with milk and confectioners’ sugar. That’s all. If you want you can add some flavoring like vanilla.
Use it to cover your cake, or spread it inside the cake and use it to layer the cake, kind of “gluing” the different layers of the cake together.
It is important to use the right amount of icing and avoid over doing it with the cake icing.
A butter cream icing has a buttery, sweet flavor. The texture is creamy and smooth and many pastry chefs generally favor that type of icing because it is so easy to work with.
Royal icing is another popular type of icing. The biggest mark of royal icing is that it is made using meringue powder.
Royal icing also has a sweet taste and flavor, but it is very different from butter cream icing because it dries much faster and harder. Royal icing is generally reserved for creating mold figures and lace work.
This type of icing is well suited for making figure piping, creating flower decorations, and filigree designs. This kind of icing is used on gingerbread houses in order to achieve small details and delicate borders. Royal icing tends to harden and ‘hold’ parts together. It is common used in Europe to ice many different kinds of fruit wedding cakes.
Rolled Fondant Icing
Rolled fondant icing has a consistency that is similar to play dough. It is a smooth and flat icing that can be rolled, as the name implies. In fact, rolled fondant icing is generally rolled out like dough and then it is molded over the cake.
Rolled fondant can be difficult to work with, but with the right instructions any
can use fondant Icing and create beautiful cakes!
Another popular form of fondant icing is known as poured fondant icing. As the name implies, this is type of rolled fondant icing that begins as a liquid. It is poured over the surface of the cake and then it dries.
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A very common motif when it comes to decorating cakes is flowers. What would cakes be without flowers?
Flowers are indeed very appropriate for almost every kind of pastry or cake.
I have collected a few simple cake decorating tips that you can use creating your own birthday cake, wedding cake or whatever kind you need to make! A cake decorated with flowers is always appreciated and often a flower decoration can “save” your cake!
Using Drop Flowers Will Make Your Cake Shine!
What are drop flowers? Drop flowers are the small flowers that you often see on cakes; they usually are the main decoration at the cake borders. You can create them by using a basic star tip.
Do like this: Touch the tip of your pastry bag against the surface of the cake and squeeze gently. Then cease the pressure and lift the tip straight up!
Does it sound simple? It is! Of course, as always with some training everything becomes better!
Do you want a more complicated swirled flower? The only thing you need to do is simply to give the bag a little quarter twist as you squeeze out the icing, and then lift straight up.
If you want to add flowers to the center of your cake, it is also easy to do. You have to use a round tip to your pastry bag and drop a small dot of icing inside the flower.
If you want something extra on your birthday cake you can fix that by making several dots and then draw a circle around them. That pattern will make your cake look very advanced!
Add Roses – Classical and Elegant Cake Decoration
If you want to go classic – then I think you should try to add roses on your cake. That is absolutely classical; it is elegant and I guess it will never go out of style! Your will impress your friends with your cake decoration skills!
Some few tips for you to succeed:
You will need to have “flower nails” in order to use this technique. (A flower nail you can buy in a cake crafts store) First, hold the flower nail by the stem of your left hand.
Make sure to hold it between your thumb and fingertips. Next, use a round tip to construct a small icing mound in the center of the flower nail. At this point, you will want to switch to a rose tip.
Begin by applying petals to your rose. Then touch the tip holding the wide end down. Squeeze out a bit of icing to make a small arch that loops from one side of the mound.
Turn the nail as you apply the icing to achieve this effect. To finish the effect, add two more overlapping arches around the mound. Does it sound complicated? Practice!
The first rose might not be the best one, but you will be better at it! Making cake decorating flowers can be tricky but are well worth the effort!
Add Rows of Roses
You might now want to continue by adding rows of roses. Some tips for you:
For the second row, try tilting the tip out ever slightly. This time, apply more petals, adding up to five slightly overlapping petals on the row.
For the third row, tilt the tip even more and add seven overlapping petals. This can create a very nice effect. You will want to snip off your rose from the nail with a pair of kitchen scissors.
Next slide the rose and place it on the cake surface. Take a step back and enjoy that what you have created! You can now add cake decoration to your other skills!
Get creative when Decorating your Flower Cake!
There is a very easy way to get creative with your flowers. You can tint the hue of your flowers by using a small paintbrush in the kind of paste color you want.
To get a neat effect, draw a stripe up the inside of your pastry bag from the point to halfway up the pastry bag, and the fill in the bag with your regular icing. This is called bag striping and it can create a very nice effect on how your flowers look.
This is cake decoration with style! Nothing beats a cake decorated with flowers!
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