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Tips for creating exquisite cake 22/10/2009

Filed under: bake a cake — mum's recipe @ 3:40 am

Do you ever find yourself being dazzled every time see a beautifully decorated cake in a bakers shop? Looking at all those stunning cake designs is one of the great joys if you appreciate the culinary arts.

If you are interested in cake decoration and cake design, you will be happy to see that cake decorating can be fun as a hobby and it can also be seen as one of the high edible arts.

Would you like to create the perfect cake for the perfect cake decorating experience? well before you start cake decorating, you should also have a grasp of baking. For the perfect cake decorating experience here are some guidelines to follow.

Tip #1 – If you are New to Baking use a Cake Mix

  • One of the easiest things you can do for yourself is to try to produce a good foundation to work with. This means that you want to pull out from the oven a golden brown, evenly baked cake that you can really work with.
  • You want to establish a smooth foundation that will make it easier for you to apply your icing and decorative flourishes. The best kind of cake foundation has very few crumbs and is level on both top and bottom.
  • The easiest way to make sure that you get a good solid cake to work with is to start with a box cake mix and follow the directions. This will make it a bit easier if you have never baked a cake before and this is your very first foray into cake decoration.

Tip #2 – The Process Of Cake Decorating Should Not Be Hurried

  • If there is one cake decorating tip that you should take note of it should be never rush the cake decorating process. Ninety per cent of all cake decorating mistakes or problems are always caused by the cake decorator trying to rush through the process.
  • Never take your cake straight from the oven and try to decorate it. What happens is becuase the cake is not cool enough the icing will run off your base.
  • Always let your cake cool off at least an hour, an even better method would be to leave the cake sitting so it will set overnight before you begin icing. Some bakers even freeze their cakes before they begin icing.

Tip #3 – Make it Easy on Yourself and Keep Your Cake Level

  • One of the easiest ways to make sure that you have a cake that you can work with is to level and trim your baked cake. As always, wait until the cake has cooled completely before you get cutting and pruning. Take a serrated knife and trim off the crust and dry edges.
  • You need to establish a nice, smooth surface that makes it easy to ice the cake. One way you can achieve this is to level off the crown of the cake center if it is lumpy or otherwise not smooth. You can also torte the cake if you want to decorate it.Torting is simply a process that involves slicing varying layers into your cake.

Tip #4 – How to Apply the Perfect First Layer of Icing

  • Before you begin the real work of cake decorating make your first layer of your cake your crumb catcher. All you have to do is apply a layer of icing to your cake, this will give it more consistency.
  • The crumbs will stick to the cake using the icing method on your first layer of cake. Then be sure to let your cake set for a few hours.


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