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Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas

May 27, 2008
You might find it interesting to know that the first cakes baked in the US were actually just small loaves of sweet bread. Just imagine how far we have come. This would be good news for the home bakers, with the huge collection of recipes to choose from. Virtually anyone can bake wonderful cakes. The right thing to do if you are keen is to invest in a good set of cake making tools.

Great icing starts with a smooth surface. Make sure they are cool before you start icing them though! You can prevent crumbs from damaging your dicing layer by starting with a thin base of frosting. Place them on the refrigerator for 20 minutes. This will set the first layer and lock in all crumbs from ever rising to the external layer of your icing. When all crumbs are locked into the first layer, the job will be much easier for you now.

You can use an icing spatula to smooth the next coat of icing layer. Use the spatula and smooth the icing on the sides of the cake, running it smoothly along the perimeters. Dip the spatial in cold water before you use them, it makes the job easier. Dip it again in cold water as you hold the spatula horizontally over the top, and start smoothing the surface of the cake. Start at the farthest point and drag the spatula towards you.

Avoiding the Complicated

Smoothing the icing is no easy job; in fact some claims that it is actually the hardest part of all. There is no substitute for practice. Rejoice if you can do it right, it is the hardest part.

If icing is not your cup of tea, use dusted sugar powder. You can choose to use a stencil for a more decorated appearance, or just the powdered sugar for a clean look. Try using one of those cakes decorating stuff or a change. The use of colorful candies, nuts and coconut slices can make your cake stand out from the crows.

Use cardboard combs to create a textured feel, if you want. You can make a piping by using a pastry bag and a metal tip held together with a coupler. This is real fun and you can get to tap into your talent and rate some new designs-flowers, leaves, at the top or sides of your cake. Do not fill the bag more than one cup of icing and start making those tiny designs by applying steady pressure. To guide the tip use your other hand. There are plenty of techniques you can use when piping.

Fondant, a smooth white paste, is used in complicated cake decorating. They are kneaded and roiled to be placed over the cake for that expensive, classy look. They are often used to create elegant 3-D designs.
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The author has been cake decorating since she was a teenager. In her current life, she spends her free time writing informative articles on such subjects as sending flowers as cool birthday gifts
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