Cake Decorating Techniques
There are several easy cake decorating techniques for the beginning cake
Practice and Patience
Most require nothing more than inexpensive equipment and patience. As with
anything else, the more you practice decorating with icing, the better and
faster you will become.
Butter Cream Icing
There are many types of icing that can be used on a cake including royal
icing, butter cream and fondant. This article will discuss techniques for butter
cream icing. Butter cream is a soft, thick and sweet icing. It is very versatile
The Basket Weave Pattern
An easy and beautiful cake decorating technique is the basket weave pattern.
Be sure to have the correct tip for your icing bag before beginning. To start
the basket weave you grasp the bag and tip and squeeze out a vertical line from
top to bottom.
Next you squeeze out the horizontal stripes across the vertical stripe,
starting at the top. Try to keep the spacing between the stripes even. To
continue the pattern, squeeze the second vertical stripe over the ends of the
previous horizontal stripe.
Repeat this pattern over the surface of the cake until it is finished.
Another neat technique is the heart. A heart is made in two steps. For the
first step, pipe a single shell while decreasing pressure from top to bottom so
it forms into a point. This makes the left half of the heart.
To make the right half of the heart, pipe another shell right next to the
first shell. Be sure to also decrease pressure from top to bottom and blend it
into the current point. That’s it!
You can pipe several hearts next to each other for a nice effect. With a
little bit of practice and time you will be making lovely cakes for all
Cake decorating tip: Practice your patterns on wax paper before
attempting them on a cake.
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