People shopping for cakes are often doing so because they are too intimidated to try and copy some of the cakes they see on display. They would rather spend the extra money to have done for them what they could do themselves. For many, the problem is that the decorations they see on cakes in stores look too challenging to try and replicate on their own. A closer look at some of the easy tricks that make cake decorating look so hard will alleviate some of these fears.
- The Fork
Some of the more intricate looking designs are made with this simple eating utensil. The tines on a fork may be used to create amazing looking wave or criss-cross patterns in frosting.
Some of the most expensive cakes use the simplest garnishes. For instance, placing animal crackers around a cake can give it a wonderful carousal effect. A white cake with coconut flakes for snow appears especially appealing when chocolate peppermint patties adorn it. Fresh fruit that will not turn brown, such as bananas, grapes, and strawberries give the cake decorator an excellent opportunity to give a cake the appearance of a fruit basket. The ideas for garnishes are limitless.
- Don’t Fear the Pastry Gun
Some people may not be able to spell the word, cat, with a pastry gun, much less, Happy Birthday. However, even the most inexperienced cake designer can use the gun to their advantage and create a startling cake. If one can just make a simple series of dots with a pastry gun and a fancy tip, an incredible decoration may be achieved in the following manner:
A simple angel food cake will serve as a perfect example. The designer should create an outer circle of fancy, white frosting dots around the perimeter of the cake. Three rows of fresh blueberries should form the inside circle, and then the tiny inner circle will frame the blueberries, again, with the fancy dots. A fine powdered sugar sprinkling over the blueberries will turn this simple angel food cake into a creation one would expect to find in the Louvre.
With a bit of experimentation, flowers can be easy to make. A simple straight edge pastry tip should be used. The designer should start from the inside, and create the letter U in a circular pattern. This may be done with the tip vertical or horizontal. Once the first circle has been created, outer circles will add to the floral effect. This should be practiced on newspaper before baking the cake.
It does not matter how perfect a cake has been baked when it comes out of the oven, if the frosting and decorations are imperfect. However, by following the preceding examples, anyone baking a cake should be able to top it to perfection. There is no need to slice into one’s budget just to buy a cake that looks nice. Anybody, with just a little practice, can create artistic pieces like these in their own home for pennies on the half-dollar.