When was the last time you gazed into a pastry window and marveled at the beautiful cakes on display? Your jaw dropped as you whispered to yourself that you could never recreate that. Well, you’d be surprised how easy some of the decorations are. With a little practice and patience, you could make a few jaws drop also.
To be an expert piper
An easy way to get a professional look is to use a pastry bag to pipe frosting. Different bags will give you different looks. Such as round tip bags will create lines, dots, and you can write a message. Star tips are good for borders, stars, shells and flowers. Leaf tips, well, make leaf shapes and basket-weave are used for lattices and ribbon lines and borders. Read on to see how to do it and get more tips at http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/bake/how-to-decorate-a-cake.
How to Pipe Frosting
▪Fill a pastry bag about two-thirds full of frosting.
▪Fold the corners over, and roll the bag down to the frosting.
▪With one hand, grip the bag near the roll above the frosting.
▪Apply pressure with the palm of your hand, forcing the frosting toward the tip.
▪Use your other hand to guide the tip of the bag.
One great thing about frosting is its sticky, so you can place almost anything to it and it stays. Want a colorful cake that will leave your friends raving? Then decorate it with cereal like Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, or Fred Flintstone. For you candy lovers how about Gummy Bears, M&M’s, or Skittles. Or if you need something healthy in your diet there is always strawberries, blueberries, blackberries. and raspberries.
Here is a great decorating idea to use the fruit mentioned above. Soon we will be going into our patriotic holidays like Memorial’s, July 4th and Labor Day. Any of those days would be great for a flag cake. A rectangular-shaped cake would be best, use white or cream frosting for the background.
1 Baked frosted cake (any flavor)
1 Cup of blueberries
1.5 Cups of strawberries ( raspberries can be substituted)
1. On top left of cake place blueberries in small square area to make the stars
2. Cut whole strawberries into quarters and place very close to each other in
a line to make a strip.
3. Continue to step 2 until whole cake is covered
4. Best if served within 2 hours of completion
To make it easier start the line of strawberries at the top and work your way down. Do not despair if there are not 50 blueberries and 13 lines of strawberries. The idea is to get a cake that represents the American flag, not necessary one that clones it. However, if you have enough room for it great.
The many ways to decorate a cake are as unlimited as your imagination. Cookbooks, the Internet, parties, and of course mom are great sources of inspiration. The wow factor is as close as your kitchen.