Monday, 17 June 2013

5 Cake Decorators Tips For Beginners

Cake decorating is important because it gives a cake its own personality but it can be quite intimidating, especially if you doubt your abilities to create a beautiful cake. 

This hesitation usually comes from not knowing where to start or what instruments and equipment to buy. Furthermore, some just get overwhelmed with the amount of information that is available for cake decorators and don't get to start as a result.

Here are some tips that you should consider if you want to learn the art of cake decorating.

1. Try out simple projects and complete your tools later on.

People are naturally goal-oriented and trying out simple cake decorating projects will eventually help you get used to your basic tools and techniques. 

As you learn how to make a cake from scratch you may need more advanced decorating tools. However, it is advisable not to buy unless you really need them. You can attempt to do recipes with increasing difficulties over time.

2. Read and watch tutorials.

Invest in good books or cake decorating tutorials made by known cake decorators and study the pictures and tools that they recommend. This way you can learn piping techniques, making different types of cake icing to the right consistency and try a variety of cake designs.

3. Invest in good equipment.

If you are going to buy baking and cake decorating tools, make sure to buy high quality tools, which you can also possibly use in starting a small cake business at home. Take note that high quality does not mean expensive.

Don't waste money on something that you won't use often. Most basic tools and equipment include: cake pans, cake turntable, spatulas, piping tips and bags and a good mixer for making cake icing.

4. Learn how to make cake boards.

Initially, you can buy these from cake supply stores but ready-made cake boards can be expensive if you constantly bake cakes, so learn how to make one. There are plenty of materials that you can use like card boards, ply board, and other synthetic material wrapped in food-grade paper or foil.

5. Practice and let your friends judge your work.

Practice makes perfect. Do not get discouraged after failing to make a satisfactory-looking-or-tasting icing. Each day is a new day and make sure to take down notes to know what to do and what not to do when doing a particular recipe. 

Your friends and family can taste-test your cakes and see if they like your creations. Do not worry about unforgiving comments and take them constructively.

Finally, if you feel like you want to study but also need further assistance with more advanced techniques, scout for professional cake decorators. The easiest and affordable way to learn cake decorating is to enroll into an online class.

While group cake decorating classes in your area can be a great learning experience they are often very expensive and not suitable for everyone. Also, not hesitate to study if you know you're the type of person who needs a professional decorator's guidance. You'll have more fun cake decorating when you're confident with your abilities.

Some images are courtesy of digitalart

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