I like to try to make the most of my weekends when Grace is with her dad so last weekend I went along to a cake decorating class, something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. I loved the opportunity to try out something new and get a bit of a new skill. Cake decorating looks deceptively easy but I know it is actually very tricky to make it look great!
The class was with the lovely Shalini from Cuppalini Cakes and I got to try my hand at a semi-naked layered cake decorated with flowers. I picked up some tips on cake decorating on the day so I thought I would share a few with you in case you’re interested in cake decorating too!
But first, check out my effort:
Not too bad, right?!
Anyway, onto my top tips that I picked up on the weekend:
The right tools will make things so much easier – it was really easy to decorate the cake and get things really even by placing the cake on a turntable and turning it rather than needing to work my way around the cake. Total game changer! The other must-have tools are a cake spatula and a cake scraper – google around if you’re not sure exactly what I mean and you’ll find some examples. Also, a bowl to scrape your excess icing into.
Put your icing in a piping bag – every time I’ve decorated a cake it’s been with icing from a bowl, but using a piping bag made the whole process a lot more accurate and a lot easier. (If you don’t have a piping bag a plastic bag with the corner cut off works just as well).
Use some melted chocolate to secure your cake to the base – a little drizzle of melted chocolate will help the bottom layer of your cake stick to the cake board securely.
Wire and tape the stems of your flowers – I’m not sure why but it had never occurred to me that flowers decorating cakes were actually inserted into the cake rather than just sat on top! To stop sap or anything else from your flowers leaching into your cake, use floral wire (to give some strength) wrapped around the stem and then wrap with floral tape to seal it all before you put it in your cake.
Use an anti-slip mat under your cake board (and under your cake box in the car) to stop your cake from moving around – pretty self-explanatory really but something that had never occurred to me!
I hope some of these tips will help you in your cake decorating endeavors!
What are some of your top cake decorating tips?