Birthday Cake Decorating
Birthday cake decorating is not really difficult. No, you aren’t going to
necessarily make something that would resemble a $1,000 wedding cake, but you
can make one that the birthday recipient will enjoy and always remember.
Of course, any time you bake one for someone, it will be appreciated, but if
you can create one that is truly individualized for that person, the big day
will be much more memorable.
Chocolate or White?
The first thing to think about: chocolate or white? Actually, also consider
possible allergies that guests may have when you are deciding what kind of cake
to make. Some people make a large one that includes two flavors, to best meet
the tastes of everybody.
There are two main ways to create a special birthday cake. One is to create a
shape that is associated with the birthday boy or girl—such as a violin for a
violinist. The other is to decorate a cake that has a standard square or round
Shaped cakes can be easily created by taking advantage of the two basic pan
shapes: rectangular sheet and round. For example, a stringed instrument could be
made from two round pans as the body and pieces from a sheet pan for the neck
and head stock. No one expects the creation to be a perfect representation of
something, so you can get away with basic geometrical shapes and your efforts
will be praised.
After you create the unique shape, you can then think about clever ways to
decorate it to add to the effect. For example, if it is in the shape of an
automobile or truck, you could use donuts as tires.
The Candle Joke
When you decorate one in a standard shape, you should decide if you are going
to play the candle joke—either by putting the full number candles on for a
person above thirty years old or by using the candles that don’t blow out,
which are more effective for younger people because they don’t burn down to
the icing while the birthday boy is trying to take out fifty-six candles. Don’t
put a lot of fancy decoration into that kind of cake because the candles are the
The novelty candles below adorn a simple white cake we purchased at a local
grocery to create a dramatic effect:
There are lots of nice birthday cake decorating supplies available, depending
on how much artistic talent you believe you have. If you are the artistic type,
you can use a pastry bag and various tips to create flowers or edgings or even a
calligraphic version of "Happy Birthday." If you are not so
artistically inclined, you can press candies into the frosting—particularly
if the birthday girl is fond of a certain type of candy. Or you can use
multi-colored sprinkles on a confetti-type cake, which would look festive.
If you are still not sure how to decorate, there are many birthday cake
decorating tips online. Also, looking at the numerous supplies that are
available may stir the creative juices in your mind. The main thing is that any
kind of cake communicates your appreciation for another person. If you are able
to decorate it in a special way, that is even better.
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