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Are you looking for cake decorating books? I was checking the other day and I found some resources that you could check out.
The first resource discusses cake decorating for beginnners but the second is more general:
There are so many cake decorating books for beginners out there, which ones are the best? Of course not everybody is looking for the same thing; you may be at a different level in your cake decorating than someone else. Whether you’re a …
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These should get you going. You can also look at the related articles on this site.
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This article presents some basic cake decorating tips and techniques that you can use almost immediately. Normally after baking a cake, you wait for it cool down then you decorate it. This calls for patience and some cake decorating skills. These skills will enable you to enjoy and have more fun in cake decorating.
I will start with some basics. You will need enough space to be able to do your cake decorating properly. Avoid cramped workplaces. You will also need to avoid using a place where you may be disturbed or interrupted frequently by other people.
I mentioned earlier that you need to wait for the cake to cool before starting decorating it. If you try to decorate it earlier, you will encounter many problems. When planning always allow time for this. This can be critical especially when you are supplying orders to your friends and customers.
You should then ensure that you have all the necessary tools and ingredients readily available. You should think about this in advance. You will need a syringe or piping bag, the type and size tips you will be using, and the coupler to attach the tips to the piping bag.
There are many ways to decorate a cake. You may need to frost the cake with royal icing, cream icing or fondant icing for example. In that case you would need to ensure that you put a thin frosting layer on top of the cake to hold the crumbs together. Thereafter you will need to frost over that layer ensuring that the icing used is of the right consistency. Avoid it being too thin or too thick or else you will get a bad result. If you find your frosting to be too thin, add some more confectioners sugar. This should be added little by little so that it does not become too stiff. If it becomes too stiff, you can add some little liquid.
Different cake decorating techniques use different icing consistencies. For example, using stiff icing if you are going to make roses or similar flowers with upright petals and will be piping figures on the cake. If you do not using stiff icing, the petals will start drooping. In case you want to make flat petals or stars, you can use medium consistency.
Thinner icing can be sued for writing on the cake or more delicate work, for example vines and leaves. A little light corn syrup added to your icing makes it flow more easily and also makes it more flexible.
After you have iced the cake, you can now decorate it. You should hold the icing bag properly to achieve the patterns you want. The direction and angle you hold the piping bag will determine the way the patterns and shapes that will be created. Fortunately, there are only two positions for hold the piping bag when making designs. You can hold it at 90 degrees i.e. straight up from the surface of the cake. You can use this for simple decorations without lots of movement such as center of rosebuds, adding eyes to a character or making starts and dots.
The other position is to hold the piping bag at 45 degrees or hold the bag half-way between straight up and the surface of the cake. You can use this technique for greater flexibility in creating sweeping styles and shapes with your piping hand. This can also be used for flower petals. You should be aware that some piping tips e.g. tips for basket weave, petal and ruffle, have irregular ends. There is a right and wrong way of holding the bag when working with them.
Armed with these basics here are some tips to start you off in cake decorating:
This technique gives your cake the appearance of a wrapped gift. A flat tip and medium icing is used. You make half of the bow by holding the bag at a 45 degree angle and weeping it to the left. You then make a similar movement to the right to make a figure 8. Then make two streamers by holding the bag and sweeping downward and out from the center of the bow once on each side.
This technique allows you to make the sides of your cake to look like a basket. It is advisable to practice using a piece of waxed paper until you gain sufficient confidence on doing it on the cake. After gaining the confidence, use a medium consistency icing with the basket weave tip to apply vertical stripes and horizontal stripes across the vertical. Ensure that the horizontal stripes are a bit longer so that the vertical stripes fit across them. This will create a basket pattern when you are through.
This technique is popular with wedding and baby shower cakes. It requires some practice before mastery. You need to hold the bag almost at 90 degrees and very close to the surface. Use thin white icing. You will be making an icing border and therefore you need to decide how far in the border should be from the edge of the cake. Then move the tip up and down and around to make many similar shapes but avoid touching or crossing the other designs on the cake. Carry on until you cover the desired area fully. Thereafter you can go over both sides of the border with thicker icing. This will create an eye-catching lacework for you.
Did you know that edible flowers can be used as a garnish in cake decorating? There are many flowers that are edible. They are available from specialty markets that stock gourmet produce. They are rare in supermarkets. If you wrap them well, you can store them for up to a week in a refrigerator. However in that case they would only be suitable for making salads and not for cake decorating. If you want to use flowers for decorating cakes they must be fresh.
Ensure that the flowers you intend to use have not been sprayed with pesticides. You can check out the most popular edible flowers below:
- Violas, roses and pansies taste like grapes
- Chive blossoms taste like mild sweet onion
- Nasturtiums they have a peppery flavor
- Almonds, lavender, chamomile, lemon, borage, apple blossoms, orange blossoms, plum blossoms, squash blossoms and peach blossoms
- Jasmine, lilacs, violets, chrysanthemums, geraniums, daisies and marigolds.
Candied Flowers for Cake Decorating
You can use candied flowers for desserts and in cake decorating. Here is one recipe that you can easily make. It will take 8 hours and 15 minutes to prepare and will yield 2 dozen flowers.
cup beaten egg whites; cup superfine sugar, 2 cups edible flowers of your own choice.
Making Candied Flowers:
Clean the flowers and use a paper towel to dry them. Apply a thin layer of egg white with a paint brush on each side of the flower petals. Then place the flowers in a shallow bowl of superfine sugar and sprinkle more sugar over the flowers to create a coating. Ensure that the whole flower composition has been sprinkled with sugar. Remove the flowers and place them on a sheet of waxed paper. You need to ensure that the entire flower is covered with sugar by sprinkling another layer of sugar until this is achieved.
Allow the flowers to dry on waxed paper for 8 hours. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature until the composition is needed later. Flowers are a wonderful gift of nature. They are becoming more and more popular in cake decorating as they give cakes a beautiful look. You are likely to get many compliments for your choice of decoration whether it is on a wedding cake, birthday cake, anniversary or any other special occasion.
Initially you may find cake decorating pretty challenging, but with time you will start enjoying it and it will be great fun. It can even be very lucrative as a business. If you have an artistic background or are generally artistic then cake decorating business can be a piece of cake for you. You however need to keep up with the latest trends in order to continue offering your clients unique choices if you are running a cake decorating business.
Just as with other things in life, there are people who hold on to traditional designs yet others look for new creative designs; so it will be in your business. You will need to cater for both types: those who want to stick with the white or ivory wedding cake design and those looking for new out of the mold designs.
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One may think that cake filling is difficult. However if you know how it can easily make a beautiful filled cake. You need to know that cake filling flavors should complement each other, for example chocolate with hazelnuts, or almonds or orange.
There are cakes which cannot hold well without refrigeration. Mousse and whipped cream cakes are likely to separate get soggy and start dripping. Buttercream should be kept in a cool place to avoid frosting which can result in separation. Berries are likely to get soggy and drip. Also you should cakes covered with fondant at room temperature and never in a refrigerator.
You should always cater for any dietary restrictions of your guests. For example if you have diabetic clients, you should look for a small dessert that is sugar free for them. If in doubt always ask your clients in advance.
In situations where other food is to be served as well, you should use strong flavors and brighter colors in your cakes. This will make them stand out your cake decorating is more likely to be remembered by your guests.
Some cake filling ideas for you to consider:
- Mocha buttercream with a sprinkle of finely chopped heath bars, or with caramel sauce dribbled over the cake and sprinkled with chopped peanuts.
- Buttercream icing flavors- Mocha, Orange, Raspberry, Chocolate, Lemon, and extra Almond extract.
- Any variety of jam
- Almond, Lemon, Coffee, Raspberry, Hazelnut, or orange liqueur can be brushed on the cake before icing, for a flavor boost.
- Whipped cream, Chocolate Mousse, and Vanilla Custard.
- Davinci Flavored Syrups are great for a flavor enhancer that is non-alcoholic. These syrups come in over 100 flavors.
If you want to eliminate the problem of the cake filling oozing out of the sides, you can use a jam that is all fruit. Heat in a jar in a microwave without the lid. Within a half a minute the jam will have turned into a warm liquid. You should then stir small quantity of jello of the same flavour with the jam to intensify the flavour and then spread it on the first layer. You should then leave it for a few minutes to set. Thereafter you can apply the second layer without fear of any spill-over.
You may wish to set the first layer in a freezer for about 15 minutes to make the jam set better. You can also make a dam of buttercream around the edge of the cake to keep the filling in position. The icing will therefore not be stained by the filling and your decorated cake will remain beautiful. Cake filling is not that hard!
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Many people do not think of starting cake decorating as a business from the beginning. They often start it as a hobby making cakes for friends and family occasions. They then start getting requests from other friends and family members to make cakes for them. This causes them to consider doing it as business to cater for other people in the community who may also require cakes for their special occasions. One nice thing about this business, among others, is that you can do it from home with all the freedom. You can work when you want and set your own prices as long you have demand for your cakes. Many artistic decorators have children at home and would like to stay and take care of them and still make a living. Cake making and cake decorating business can be very appealing in such cases.
What Do You Need To Know Before You Start
Have you thought about going into the cake decorating business? Have you thought of the possibility of doing if from home? For you to succeed, you will need at least two things. You need to have a well thought out business plan and you need to be good in time management. This can be a very profitable business if you work it out well. The business plan would have determined the profitability of the business in your particular locality. If there is sufficient demand for example. If your community has many young families who have small kids and birthdays are very common then a cake business could be appealing. In such cases you may expect good demand for your cakes.
Cake decorating business can be fun but it you should be aware that it also requires time, effort and money to get it off the ground. To start off you will need to know a few icing tips, you will need a heavy duty mixer, mixing bowls, food coloring, spatula, the right cake pans, enough room to work without being cramped and an oven. Though time consuming, cake decorating business is rewarding and enjoyable.
At the outset you will need to set the record straight. You will need to treat family and friends as customers. You should charge them the cakes they order i.e. no free cakes unless as part of a discount but that is to be discouraged also. You are in business to make money. It costs you to make the cakes. It is advisable to check nearby bakeries to find out what they charge for similar cake decorating. You should charge comparable prices. You should win customers through quality. Initially you will probably be making on average very little per hour as you only charge per cake and not for your time. As you get more and more orders you may be able pay yourself a salary. In fact you may approach nearby bakeries and stores to supply them. This may require that you invest in more equipment and hire some people to help you out. You may also require getting premises for doing the business! This may not be so appealing if one of the reasons you started the business was to stay at home with your kids.
Your business can make better cakes than the bakeries near you. You can also offer variety in cake flavors, unique decorating options. You can also offer discounts to regular customers from time to time. After some time you may become very popular. You can then start charging a premium once you are confident that your cakes are superior to those by the competition near you.
Advantages of Operating Your Own Cake Decorating Business
Here are some advantages of operating a legal cake decorating business from your home:
1. You choose when to work and when to take breaks.
2. You will not have most of the common overheads of operating a shop.
3. You will have more time to spend and care for your family.
4. You can set your own working hours e.g. even at night if it suits you.
However you need to very disciplined, organized and self-motivated. You will be your own boss. No one will be there to supervise you. You will need to know the basics of doing business e.g. keeping records, banking, etc…
Before you embark on cake decorating as a business, you will need to consult with your family. Are they for the idea? Since your weekends may be tied up baking cakes as most events take place during weekends will you sacrifice the time you normally spend with your family and will they be so understanding? You will also need to check with the local authorities to find out whether there are any special requirements, for example hygiene requirements that you are supposed to meet.
Cake decorating finishing touches can be done in a number of ways. One of the ways is to use sugar-frosted fruit and fresh flowers. These are very popular cake decoration garnishes. They add a contrasting texture and color to your beautiful creation. They allow you to spruce up a plain cake.
Another good way of decorating your cake is to use fresh berries for a garnish on your cake. They make a colorful and flavor rich addition. You can roll them in sugar, or glaze them or just use them plain. You can some splash of color to your cake by placing fresh strawberries and mint leaves around the top of a chocolate cake. Alternatively orange sections, grapes, and strawberries glazed with shiny syrup can be placed on the top of a cake for a beautiful finishing.
Dollops of whipped cream and fresh figs arranged tastefully on a cake are very appealing to the eye. Frosted whole fruit, such as grapes, seckel pears, small apples and figs are great cake decorations for late summer and fall weddings. Berries will last longer than sliced fruit therefore serve the cake soon after adding the fruit as it tends to bleed onto the frosting.
Flowers For Decorations
You can make a cake more appealing to the eye by use of fresh, edible flowers in cake decorating. It really beautifies a cake. Start with a cake dusted with confectioners sugar or a frosted cake then add flowers. There are a number of flowers that are edible such rose petals, sweet violets, honeysuckle, bachelors buttons and calendulas among others.
You might actually want to add a generous dollop of whipped cream to the center or just off centre of the cake. Then arrange the flowers around the whipped cream.
To create an elegant look and a sparkle effect you can dust the flowers with super fine sugar. Candied rose petals and candied violets are wonderful cake decorations. Ensure that the flowers that you use are edible, clean and free from pesticides.
Decorating With Nuts
Candied and toasted nuts can are great on carrot cakes and spice cakes. You can press coarse or finely chopped nuts into the icing on the sides of the cake or along the bottom edge to improve texture and flavor.
You can add a unique look to any cake by using fresh fruits and flowers. Cake decoration is now a more bold hobby and choice career. You can if you desire to do so open your own cake decorating business and cater for friends, family and your community. Even though it can appear to be time-consuming, cake decorating is fun and it is a lucrative business.
Artistic cake decorators are able to name their price for unique cake decorations. This depends on your locality. A place like New York will tend to be more expensive than a little town. The other factor is the standard of living. If you live among the more sophisticated and affluent, you would be able to charge more for cake decorating services. Regardless of your locality, you will still be able create good demand for your cake decorating among the majority if you offer unique and attractive cake decorations.
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There are some common cake decorating mistakes and problems that can be easily corrected. A number of solutions will be described to assist in getting the process to go on smoothly.
Sometimes when frosting cake the icing tends to pull apart the top of the cake causing the cake crumbs to fall into the frosting. This can be prevented by starting with a crumb coat. You use the same icing for frosting the cake but you first thin it down a little. Then you cover any part of the cake that might crumb with a thin layer of the icing and it will give you a base over which you will put a regular coat of icing. You need to take care not to make the icing too thin. You should thin it down just enough to cover the cake without tearing it and picking up crumbs. Then you should apply the crumb coat to the cake. For this you need to let it set for at least 2 hours before applying the rest of the icing. This should be kept in a refrigerator overnight preferably before adding more icing. It is alright to use crumbs in the crumb coat. They end up being stuck in the first layer of the icing and will not affect the next layer of icing. The cold helps the setting of the icing making it a cinch to ice thereafter.
In some cases a problem may arise in which the fillings spill out of the sides of the cake. You can stop this happening if your cake decorating involves a filled middle.
First, bake you cake the day before you intend to fill it. This will make it firmer and give it time to settle. Freshly baked cakes are unstable and do not hold fillings as well as those that have settled.
Secondly, you can use icing to make a dam for stopping the filling from spilling out. After making the dam, you can frost the whole cake with a crumb coating. The cake should then be set in the refrigerator for about 2 or 3 hours or you can leave it overnight. It will firm up and the icing will keep the filling from oozing out of the sides. The dams made of icing will firm up and keep the filling in.
Very busy people may not have the time to bake and decorate a cake all at once. Such people can bake the cake and freeze it until they need to decorate it. A cake can be kept in the freezer for a couple of weeks before use. One must prepare the cake for freezing by wrapping three layers of strong cling wrap around the cake, followed by a layer of aluminum foil just prior to freezing. If this procedure is not followed, the cake would dry out and crumble. It is necessary to make sure the cake thaws completely before attempting to ice it.
The cake should be allowed to defrost slowly at room temperature for one or two days until it is completely defrosted. Icing the cake before the process is complete will make the icing sweat and become mushy. The effect is to ruin the cake decorating and cause the hard work to come to nothing.
If one follows these simple guidelines, they can avoid being disappointed.
Cake decorating for adults are a bit different than those you would do for a kids party. It doesn’t mean they need to be boring or ugly. Below are some great ideas for adult cakes that are fun to make and fun to eat.
Crunchie Rice Cake
In 2 square cake pans, make 2 batches of rice cereal treats according to the recipe found on the back of the box of cereal. When they have cooled, do not cut the treats, take them from the pans like they are.
Cover the top of the first layer with icing, and then a layer of chocolate chips, and a second layer of icing, and then a layer of multicolored sprinkles, and a third layer of icing. Place the second layer of the crunchie cake on top and frost the whole thing as you would a normal cake. Place a layer of colored chocolate candy on the top. You can even put the name of the recipient in candy. This is a whimsical cake that can be used for adults or children.
Over the Hill Graveyard Cake
Bake two cake mixes in a roasting pan. Make a gray icing with 2 drops of green and red food coloring and mixing it with white icing. Turn the cake out on a cake board ice the entire cake with this icing. Line a sidewalk with thin black licorice, and dot candy corn along the outside edges. Rectangular cookies can be iced with a darker gray icing. These can be used as gravestones. You can find gummy skeletons at Halloween, or make your own out of toothpicks and use jelly beans for heads. Ghosts can be made from cotton balls, but you need to make sure no cotton gets in the icing you may want to make some out of construction paper and stick them on a popsicle stick. That might be a good idea for the skeletons too.
Ball and Chain Birthday cake
This is a great idea if commissioned by a husband or wife. Bake two round cakes and let them cool completely. Remove the cakes from the pans. Cover the top of one cake with the recipient’s favorite fruit pie filling. Place the second layer on top and ice the entire cake. Buy a bag of small cake donuts and frost them the same as you did the cake. On the cake board place one of the doughnuts up against the bottom of the cake. Follow this with several other doughnuts to make a chain. You can add different decorations on the cake, or leave it plain, it’s up to you.
No matter what theme you choose, the cake decorating will be appreciated by the person having the birthday. Make sure you add candles and bring a cake server when you attend the party. Every time you make a cake and decorate it, you are honing your cake decorating skills and the more practice you get, the better you will be at cake decorating.
Cake decorating can be a wonderful hobby and is a great way to express your creativity. Cake decorating is a lot of fun and very rewarding, if you feel you like it well enough you can turn it into a full time profession.
Cake decorating does take a measure of artistic skill. Anyone can master cake making with guidance and tutoring, along with fresh, new ideas and decorating tips. Cake decorating as an art form, will help you expand your imagination and your skills. This will make you proud and the recipient of your work ecstatic.
The are of cake decorating is rewarding to both the client and the decorator of the cake. There may be a level of stress when you are on a deadline but the end result is worth the trouble. When you are able to take your time and decorate cakes in peace, you will find the entire process very enjoyable. One way to cut stress in any situation, is to keep your mind on the design itself, and not let negative thoughts get in the way of your creativity.
When you begin cake decorating, start off with simple designs and decorations. You can even start with cupcakes and cookies. You can also use stencils and edible marker kits. A stencil will allow you to dust your cupcakes with cocoa powder or powdered sugar over the top and make a wonderful, yet simple design.
You can use buttercream, royal icing, or fondant to create your cake decorating project. You can start by topping your cakes with icing and adding icing flowers, fruit or candy. You can also make cakes that look like other foods. Hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, and even cakes that look like fruit. You can do this by using a molded cake pan, or cutting the cake and piecing it together. You can also create character cake decorations. Make sure your cake is moist and not crumbly so it will stay together better when cut.
You need to eliminate crumbs in your cake icing, and create a smooth finish to create a beautiful cake decorating project. Icing the cake to a smooth, fine finish is
considered to be one of the most important parts of cake decorating and should be fine tuned as your skills develop.
The use of fondant icing will add an air of elegance to your cake decorating. Fondant can be rolled out and draped over a cake with care. It can also be modeled into shapes and characters. It is available in vanilla (white) and chocolate and the white can be colored. Fondant may be a bit more difficult to work with, but it is most beautiful when the finished product is unveiled.
When cake decorating, learn the basics and pick up other cake decorating tips as you go along. Use the internet and cake decorating books to learn all of the tips and tricks you can. You can turn any topic or desire into a cake decoration, just use your imagination.
I remember my mother making fruit cake, she would use candied cherries that she would buy them in little air tight containers. They came in two colors, red and green, but they did not have the best taste. The candied fruit available now is much more beautiful and tastier than it was then. Trust me it isn’t just for fruitcakes anymore.
Making your own candied fruit to use as a garnish for dishes, in cookies, as a snack, and in cake decorating. Making candied fruit is a simple process. You infuse fruits and
citrus peelings in a sugar syrup. You can candy orange wedges, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, pineapple and fresh cherries. You can also candy fruits, such as carrots for carrot cake decorating.
You will need two sauce pans, one for making the syrup, and another to blanch the fruit. This is a recipe for Candied orange peel.
This syrup is used for making candied fruits, adding flavor to cold drinks, and adding moisture to sponge cake. There are different strengths of simple syrup for different uses. Thin simple syrup, made with 1 part sugar to 2 parts water, is used to brush on cake layers, mostly sponge cake, to provide extra moisture and sweetness. Medium simple syrup is made with equal parts of sugar and water. This is excellent for adding sweetness to mixed drinks, coffee, iced tea and to candy fruit. A syrup made of 2 parts sugar and 1 part water is used as a base for sorbet, and making rock candy.
Combine equal parts of sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and let the sugar dissolve. You do not need to stir the syrup, but if you do it will do no harm. You can flavor the syrup. Take the syrup off the heat and cool slightly. Stir in 1 or 2 tsp. Of vanilla for a basic vanilla syrup. This syrup can be kept in a lidded jar in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Remove the bottom and top of an orange. Set the flat end of the orange on a cutting board. With a sharp paring knife, slice the peel off in strips, starting at the top and slicing downward, following the curve as much as possible. Don’t worry about cutting off the white pith of the peel. Although it is usually bitter, blanching it will make it translucent and the syrup will sweeten it.
You can candy the peel as it is, or cut into strips that are 1/4 inch wide, to use in cake decorating and garnishes. You can also dip it in chocolate and use it for a snack. Larger peels, like grapefruit should be cut into strips for even cooking. Place the peel in a pot of cool water. Bring water to a rolling boil, remove from heat and transfer the peel into a colander to drain. Repeat the process twice more. For grapefruit or
a more tart flavored fruit, you will need to blanch them seven or eight times. Cherry and pineapple do not need blanching and can be placed directly into the syrup. Between blanching taste the peel, if it is tender it has been blanched enough. Place the peel into the pot of syrup and bring to a low simmer. Let simmer for 15 to 30 minutes or until the orange rind becomes translucent and the peel tastes sweet and tender
Remove the pot from heat and let it cool. The orange rind can be stored in it’s own syrup for weeks in the refrigerator. You may choose to drain them and roll them in sugar. Sugared rinds tend to dry out quite fast and should be eaten within a couple of days. You can dry the peel and dip it in tempered chocolate to make it last a bit longer.
You can use the orange flavored syrup in other drinks or dishes. Nothing really goes to waste!