Cake Decorating Tips and Tricks

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January 20, 2010
Decorated Chocolate Cake

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.


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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.


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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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.


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!

Fixing a Failed Crumb Coat

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December 24, 2014

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


February 10, 2005

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


May 26, 2005

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.


June 6, 2006

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

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