Cake Decorating Techniques

decorating a cake

When decorating a cake, the decorator has many choices to make when selecting the design for the cake and icing. The cake can be purchased already decorated or the decorator may make a small selection of the types of icing desired and then decorate the cake. A homemade cake is always a wonderful sight but when one takes into account the cost involved in making a cake one might think of another option.

There are a number of websites on the Internet that offer tips for cake decorating including decorating a cake for baby showers, graduations or weddings. Cake decorating can be a very enjoyable hobby that allows the decorator the opportunity to not only create beautiful cakes, but also special presents for friends and family. For those that wish to learn more about cake decorating but have not yet delved into the art it is certainly worth taking a look at some of the available information on the internet. Cake decorating can be achieved with a minimum of technical skill and it is well worth the time to learn a little before getting started.


Once the basics of cake decorating have been learnt, the decorator can begin to experiment with different techniques and designs. This will help to develop the cake decorating skills that will ensure that the cake decorating is unique and always improves. The beginner should start by learning how to apply icing to the cake. The best way to achieve a professional looking result is to let the icing dry so that it can then be rolled on to the cake and smoothed out. It is important to note that the icing used should be mixed with cold water and should be allowed to cool before applying.

Once the icing has dried, the decorator will then prepare the decorating tools that they will need. These tools include icing bags and tips, icing spatulas, pans, and spatula covers. It is also important to note that when using the spatula the decorator must stand directly over the cake pan rather than below it. This is to avoid damaging the cake pan.

When decorating a cake with an icing bag, it is important to hold the bag at least half way up the cake. This is to allow for air flow between the icing and the cake. If the icing bag is dropped down from above, it may cause the icing to run. Before decorating a cake, many professional cake decorators spray the inside of the bag with food color to make it easier to see the icing colors when it is applied. The color of the icing and food color enhances the overall appearance of the cake.

Many new decorators choose to use butter cream as a basic icing. It is a good idea to decorate cakes with it because it has a smooth consistency that makes it easier to work with. It can be mixed with icing sugar and used as a topping on cakes. Before decorating a cake with butter cream, it is important to make sure that it is at room temperature to prevent sticking.

Some cake decorators prefer to use shortening as an icing. Shortening comes in different forms such as miniature sticks of shortening or a powdered form of shortening. While shortening is widely used by most decorators, some cake decorators do not like the taste and want to add more flavor to their cakes with real butter cream.

Decorating a cake can be a lot of fun and there are many ways to improve it. A decorator can choose from a number of books and online resources for great tips on cake decorating. Most decorators will have a favorite cake that they decorate frequently. It is always nice to bring that same cake to a party or to a friend’s house for a special treat. As long as the decorating is tasteful, it will always be appreciated.

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