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Cake Decorating Tips and Tricks

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There are many creative ways to decorate that special cake. This guide contains cake decorating tips and tricks.
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By 10 found this helpful
January 20, 2010

I'm in my early 60's and smart enough to know that if I took a course at my age, it would take me longer to catch on now than when I was younger. About two years ago, I purchased a paperback book entitled "Cake Decorating For Dummies" and I also bought some cake pans from estate sales. And last but not least I bought a set of decorating tips from eBay.

When I was a young woman I've had a desire to learn cake decorating but didn't have the extra money to spend on supplies or even money to pay for the classes.

So in January 2010 I made up my mind to learn at my own pace. I found numerous cake decorating videos on YouTube. I watched a video on ehow, and just learned how to pipe my very first rose using a flower nail, and I also learned how to do a basket weave.

An advantage of watching the videos is that I can be very selective in choosing my instructor. Use the bottom of a cake pan to practice doing borders and flowers, then scrape off the frosting and refill the pastry bag. I changed the tips and learned each of their functions and what they are used for. I threw the practice frosting in the garbage and I'm now ready to start cake decorating. If I can learn at my age, any one can learn.

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By Marjorie from Lewiston, NY

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May 15, 2012
We were at a friend's birthday and her mom used this frosting. It looked nice and tasted good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. salted butter
  • 7-8 cups of icing sugar
  • 6 envelopes of assorted Pop Rocks candy

Directions:

Mix the butter until smooth. Add 7-8 cups of icing sugar. Gradually reduce mixing speed, of course. Mix until fluffy. Stir in 6 envelopes of Pop Rocks candy. Then just ice your cake as normal.

Servings: 1 cake
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes

Source: Womans World magazine is where my friend's mom got it.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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By 3 found this helpful
November 17, 2011

After you have frosted your cake, use a hair dryer to go over the icing just until it begins to melt. Your cake will have a shiny, professional look.

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Source: Real Simple website

By Elaine S. from Near Cedar Rapids, IA

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By 10 found this helpful
September 18, 2009

When you are making a birthday cake and need to do some writing, like a name, etc., try writing it with the original frosting first, if it looks OK then go over it with a different color. It will give the words a 3-D effect as well as make the job easier on you.

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November 27, 20172 found this helpful

Everyone likes a smooth deliciously sweet whipped frosting on their cakes and cookies. Use the tips for preventing grainy frosting when baking.

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July 10, 2015

I recently made our daughter a red and blue velvet cake for her birthday. The cake was horribly crumbly and I had a really hard time crumb coating it.

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I was running low on frosting and decided that instead of making more to add a thicker coating to cover all of the crumbs, I would embrace my mess!

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December 24, 2014

This would be great to ice a pumpkin bread, muffins, cakes etc. When making your icing;

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February 10, 20051 found this helpful

When making homemade frosting for a cake, add a pinch of baking soda and the frosting will stay moist and it will prevent cracking. By Brenda Cole

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May 26, 20050 found this helpful

I've decorated cakes for over 25 years and there are a few designs that even a beginner can learn and save money on cake decorating for special occasions.

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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

A quick and easy way to decorate a cake is to use a cookie cutter and add sprinkles inside the shape. This is a guide about adding sprinkle hearts to a cake.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Fishing line can be used as a quick easy substitute for a cake cutter. This is a guide about use fishing line for cake cutter.

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March 12, 20130 found this helpful

This guide contains cake decorating icing recipes. Having the right kind of frosting to decorate with will help you create that special cake.

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March 1, 20120 found this helpful

This is a guide about decorating cakes with fondant. Decorating cakes with fondant is all the rage now.

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June 6, 20060 found this helpful

For an easy way to decorate a cake is get cake icing and a plastic bag (zip lock or sandwich bag). Cut a small hole in the tip of the bag and pour the icing in the bag and push the icing down to the tip of the bag where the hole is.

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March 17, 201010 found this helpful

My Grandson, Drake's 3rd birthday. He wanted a "monkey cake." So of course, Grandma had to make sure he got it!

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