Cake decorating is one of the most fascinating and fun vocations of the culinary arts. It requires such a wide range of skills, including baking, sculpting, and a finely honed artistic sensibility to create delightful desserts that are wonderful to look at, and with a bit of luck, even better to eat. Here are some easy to follow instructions for achieving the very best conditions for cake decoration.
1. The Easiest Kind Of Cake To Work With
What kind of cake is the right kind of cake for decorating? It is smooth and golden brown with a springy surface, and has a slightly bouncy crust. Hopefully, the cake will be even on the bottom and the top. If you are a beginner and this is your first time baking a cake, you may want to try using a box mix that you can buy from the grocery store. Just follow the instructions on the box and youll be safe.
2. The Best Conditions For Decorating
There are certain conditions that you need to determine in order to get the best kind of cake for decorating. First, it is very important for you to let your cake cool before you begin to apply the icing. You may want to consider freezing your cake before you begin to decorate it. Freezing will allow the cake to become solid and make it easier to work with and easier to decorate.
3. Shaping Your Cake into Something Beautiful
Of course you should allow your cake to cool down completely. Take a knife and shave the crust and edges. It is best to trim the top of the cake center to make sure it is level. You will want to have a nice, even surface to work on when you apply your icing.
4. Icing your Cake
There are three basic types of icing that you have to work with. Soft icing like butter cream is usually used to cover an entire cake. Medium icing is great for creating decorative borders and puffs. Stiff icing such as fondant is great for making decorative shapes like flowers and sculpting figurines. Remember the icing is the pretty sparkle on the cake and its the glue that holds it all together.