Cake Decorating

Cake decorating is a type of art that uses icing or frosting and other edible decorative ornaments to make plain cake visually interesting and pleasing to the eye. Cakes for decorating can be made in molds and/or sculpted to resemble an enormous variety of shapes in various sizes, and are decorated by using color schemes created by mixing food coloring in the frosting or icing. Decorated cakes are often a focal point of special celebrations including weddings and birthdays. Special classes are available for learning the art of cake decorating, but many people are self-taught.

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Baking
Cake Decorating

I need the top of a cake round for a treasure chest cake. How do i add extra cake on to make the top look rounded?

There are several methods of getting a rounded cake top.

First, you can use an additional egg white, and beat the egg whites until they are stiff (not dry) before folding them into the batter. Then bake at least half of the batter in a loaf pan. The top should rise up, forming a dome much like a treasure chest.

Another method, also using a loaf pan. Bake two layers in loaf pans. This time let's assume they do NOT rise up into nice round tops, but bake flat. Turn the layers out of the pans, then, when the cakes are completely cool, use a serrated bread knife to shape one layer into a rounded shape. Put the layers together with icing, then use plenty of icing to smooth out and further shape the top.

A third - and easiest - method is to bake part of the cake in a rounded pan. Coffee Cans are often used for this purpose. Grease the can well or line it with parchment or waxed paper. Bake part of the cake in the coffee can, then turn it out and cool it, then cut one side off for a flat base, leaving the rounded top.

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Chocolate
Cake Decorating

When was chocolate first used to decorate cakes?

Early 1700's, chocolate has been around for a long time

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Christmas
Cake Decorating

What are suggestions for traditional Christmas party and decorating ideas?

Try using red and green as a colour theme. They are usual Christmas colours. Try looking in the library for ideas.

Hi Party Ideas here! I am adding onto this answer. Why not use a traditional Christmas theme like Candy Canes or Peppermints. Everything will look great in red and white! You can also use Presents as a decorating idea. Have lots brightly wrapped presents with ribbons and bows spread all over. Then of course there is ....Santa Claus and his reindeer. You can't get more traditional than that!

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Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Job Training and Career Qualifications
Salary and Pay Rates
Cake Decorating

How do you start your cake decorating business from home?

What kind of cakes? Birthday cakes? Wedding cakes? Themed cakes? It wouldn't be that complicated, but the first thing you might want to do is set up a business bank account. You'll be able to write stuff off for taxes, like your supplies, gas, business cards, etc.

You're going to need all of the supplies as well.
- cake pans (square and round)
- durable pastry tip set
- pastry bag (for icing)
- boxes
- commercial fridge (depending on how high your volume would be)

You're also probably going to have to get some sort of license.

Depending on where you live and what kind of marketing skills you have, you will need to decide what kind of business cards you want, if you want a website, or if your friends are going to help market you.

I have a friend of mine who has her own cake decorating business and she loves it. Good luck getting yours started!

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

What is needed for basic cake decorating?

You could use Fondant, Icing, Frosting, Pecans, Chocolate Syrup Drizzle, Their are several Ways to decorate a cake

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Arts and Crafts
Texas
Cake Decorating

Are there any cake decorating classes in el paso?

Im sure Michaels and hobby lobby have it, but as I'm looking online I can't find the dates. I'm going to drop by the stores and ask.

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

Where can you find cake decorating information?

You can find information on how to easily create and decorate cakes at CakeShapesDesigns.com

From this site you can download cake patterns to create cut up cakes. These cakes don't require special, expensive shaped cake pans or cake decorating supplies. Tips are given on how to decorate cakes using only supplies that you can purchase in your local supermarket or party supply store.

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Cooking Techniques
Desserts, Snacks, and Treats
DIY Projects
Cake Decorating

How do you make a house out of cake and then decorate it?

First bake a couple of sheet cakes. then put them in the freezer overnite to reduce crumbs. then make a pattern for the front and back of the house. Then make one for the sides.then crumb coat the cake and put it in the freezer for 30 mins. then make accents like doors and windows hope i helped :)

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Wedding Cake
Cake Decorating

Can you use fake flowers to decorate a wedding cake?

There is almost no flower that can't be formed out of boiled fondant frosting if you make it stiff enough.Please, no fake on the cake.

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

Can you use carnations to decorate a cake?

Yes u can u carnations to decorate a cake

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Icing and Frosting
Cake Decorating

What do you call that thing in which you put your frosting and then decorate a cake?

Icing pipe and decorating tips. Wilton company markets them simply as icing decorating bags and tips.

I must point out, you frost a cake with frosting, however you us "icing" to decorate a cake not frosting. There is a difference between icing and frosting. Icing drys more, is stiffer, and is used for decorating. Frosting is softer and generally contains more fat (butters etc).

Basically to answer your question, it is a decorating bag, plain and simple.

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

What cake does ace of cakes use to decorate?

The main icings used would be Fondant and buttercream :)

other accesories would be made of sugar and marshmallow and edible rice paper.

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Icing and Frosting
Cake Decorating

How do you decorate a cake with zebra stripes with frosting?

Start with a cake ready to be decorated. Brush off all crumbs and loose pieces. Using a plain white frosting and an icing spatula ice the cake and smooth the top and sides. Mix your black frosting to a spreading consistency and load into a decorating bag. Use a picture of a zebra, to get an accurate design. Using a toothpick, lightly mark the areas you intend to colour black. With a flat nib on your decorating bag, fill in the areas you marked with the toothpick. It is not necessary to get too close to the edges if you are going to texture the cake, but if you are planning for a smooth finish be sure to get as close to the edge as possible.

To texture the cake, lightly use a cake comb to drag across the black icing onto the edge of the white. Once you have finished combing all of the black, clean the cake comb and repeat the process across the white and onto the edge of the black. Be careful and do not try to drag across the entire cake (from colour to colour) as it may result in a messy look.

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Cakes
Sponge Cake
Cake Decorating

How do you decorate plain genoise sponge cake?

Sponge cakes are generally dry and lacking in flavor. That said, after torting your layers you will need to moisten the cake with a flavored simple syrup, preferably using a flavor that compliments the filling. For example, coffee/espresso syrup for a chocolate genoise with a mocha or chocolate filling. If you're using a berry filling, flavor the simple syrup with liqueur or extract that compliments the berry. Personally, I will often times use a syrup lightly flavored with lemon peel.

After moistening your layers you have two options: Let it soak for a day and add more (optimal flavor) or you may continue to decorate with buttercream or a frosting of your choice. For a smooth exterior, frost the sides with an even amount of buttercream then the top and, using even pressure and a sweeping motion, remove the lip of frosting around the edges. If the frosting isn't smooth, simply place the frosted cake in the ice box for about 20 minutes then, using a spatula dipped in hot water + wiped dry, lightly run the spatula around and over the cake to smooth the frosting.

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Desserts, Snacks, and Treats
Cakes
Cake Decorating

Why use icing to decorate cake?

There are many alternatives to icing.

Melted chocolate thinned with a little cream.

Whipped cream and fruit.(Strawberries, in fact any berries, cherries, slices of kiwi fruit, and passion fruit are colourful.) For a special occasion dip strawberries or cherries in melted chocolate half way.

Dust the cake with sifted icing sugar, a pattern can be achieved using a paper doily.

Jam and shredded coconut.

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

What equipment to use for cake decorating?

There are soooooo many different kinds of tools you can use. It really depends on what kind of cake. If your making a cake with fondant, you'll need fondant tools along with icing tools. It also depends on how you want to decorate your cake. I can help more if you explain what kind of cake you will be making. :)

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

How do you decorate a cake?

The simplest thing to do is to icing the cake. Icing can be either made or bought from a store. After that, it depends on what you want to do. People sometimes put toppings (coconut shavings, chocolate pieces / shaving, icing designs, sprinkles, nuts, fruit, cookie crumbs, and so on) onto the cake. Other make designs in the icing or use extra icing to add flair like icing flowers or swirls. Some color the icing to change the look. You can also use fondant, but that is getting a bit more professional.

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Newspapers and Magazines
Cake Decorating

How many issues does your cake decorating have?

There are 90 issues.

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

Is the flat thing you decorate cakes with a spatula?

yes, it is a spatula.

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

Can hibiscus be used to decorate cakes?

Hibiscus is non toxic, but it wilts very quickly after being picked if not in a water source. If it is going to be left any more than about 20 minutes, it will shrivel up. Hibiscus flowers are much more delicate than they appear. The petals are tissue thin.

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Icing and Frosting
Cake Decorating

How can you make homemade cake decorating frosting?

Paging through the many recipes on the internet, I linked below the three best that I could find, some with helpful information.

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Cakes
Cake Decorating

Can you use candied stalks for cake decoration?

It seems like a good idea!

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Desserts, Snacks, and Treats
Grocery Shopping
Dallas
Cake Decorating

Where can i find a cake decorating store in dallas?

Kroger, Albertsons, Wal-Mart, Target all have bakerys where cakes can be ordered.

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Roses
Cake Decorating

How do you decorate a cake with icing roses?

The easiest thing to do is to get a tip for the icing bag that make a design, so you only have to squeeze the icing out but it comes out looking like a rose. Place the icing flowers scattered around the cake, or in a neat little ro along and edge or base.

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Desserts, Snacks, and Treats
Cake Decorating

What is the history of cake decorating?

Cake decorating is one of those oft-ignored culinary arts. Although the sight of a beautifully decorated cake delights almost everyone, most people are not aware of the long and intricate history of cake decorating. Cake decorating indeed has a long and colored history. Here is a brief overview of the history of cake decorating. The Roots of Cake Decorating What are the origins of cake decorating? Compared to other forms of food preparation, cake decorating is actually one of the newer culinary arts. Cake decorating can be traced back to the mid-17th century. This is around the same time, probably not coincidentally, that cake pans made their first appearance in domestic kitchens across Northeastern Europe. Beginning in the mid-17th century, cake decorating gained widespread popularity as a way to create elaborate desserts that were used as displays during the feasts and banquets of the wealthiest aristocracy. However, these were mainly used as display pieces. The Mid-19th Century Brings Cake Decorating to the Forefront The history of cake decorating, as we know it today truly got its start in the mid-19th century. This coincides with the period in which the French began to serve the dessert as a completely separate sweet course that was served at the very end of the meal. This is the time in which decorated desserts, namely cakes, began to appear on banquet tables with some kind of regularity. The Development of Temperature-Controlled Ovens Changes Everything In the 1840s, there was an important development in kitchen and cooking technology: the temperature controlled oven. This, of course, made baking much more pleasant and convenient. During this period, cake baking became easier and thus more popular. However, during this period, most cake decorating consisted of the elaborate and difficult old English method, which generally consisted of decorating with dimensional over piping. The cakes would generally be covered in rolled fondant, and the borders would be intricately over piped. Another important development during this same period is the introduction of baking powder and baking soda. This, of course, also makes baking cakes much easier. The Wilton Method Arrives in the Early 20th Century Around 1929, a business known as Wilton Enterprises began to advertise its own cake decorating classes. Their classes were advertised to enterprising chefs, caterers and other gourmands with an interest in baking and cake decorating. The cake decorating classes took off and became a great success among bakers and chefs. In 1947, the Wilton's began to develop and promote their own line of baking and cake decorating products. Wilton enterprises made a great splash, and by the 1960s, the so-called Wilton Method became a stand-by method of cake decoration. In 1983, the Wilton Company merged with the Copco kitchenware company. Then, in 1991, the company merged again with Rowoco, who changed the name of the company to Wilton Industries. The Lambeth Method Becomes Another Popular Decorating Method A few years after the Wilton school came into existence, Joseph Lambeth published a book that would become a classic of cake decorating. The book was known as The Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration and Practical Pastries. The book became widely popular with budding cake decorators, bakers and other gourmands. The book contained real step-by-step instructions and clear, oversized drawings and photographs that showed readers how the Lambeth Method of cake decorating was constructed. The International Cake Exploration Society Come Onto the Scene In 1976, a new organization known as the International Cake Exploration Society in Michigan came into the cake decorating scene. The organization is still active, and meets each year during their annual conventions.

THIS INFO CAME FROM: http://www.cakedecoratingart.com/articles/a-short-history-of-cake-decorating/

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