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Beginner Cake Decorating Tips Guide

Beginner Cake Decorating Tips Guide

Learn how to frost and decorate cakes like a pro with this comprehensive beginner cake decorating tips guide.

If you’re thinking about trying your hand at cake decorating, we’ve got some beginner tips to help get you started. 

Whether you’re hoping to frost a simple layer cake or pipe beautiful details to make a basket weave cake, we’ll show you how to make it look easy. 

In this post, we’ll go over the basics of cake decorating, including how to frost and level a cake, how to use a variety of types of frosting and fillings and how to add decorations to make different designs.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create beautiful and stunning cakes that will impress your friends and family!

Beginner’s Guide to Cake Decoration

Cake decorating can be quite the undertaking. You have to find just the right tools for your job and then practice getting those hand motions down so you don’t mess up any of that beautiful work! 

But if we’re being honest with ourselves here, it takes more than good technique alone — you need some patience as well since every single design is different from one another in terms or shape and size.

And finally: enjoy yourself while doing this project because at its core cake constitutes sweet enjoyment after all!

There’s no need to rush through your decorating tasks. You can take as much time as you want and even freeze the cakes once they are cooked! 

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How to level and torte tiered cakes

The good news is that working with frozen cakes makes leveling and frosting our cakes a lot easier!

Equipment needed:

What is leveling?

To level the cake means to make it completely even across the top of the cake. In baking a lot of cakes will rise in the center creating a dome shaped that we do not want.

What does it mean to torte a cake?

To torte cake means to slice it in half horizontally in order to add a filling between the cake layers, such as Buttercream, jams, ganache or custard.

Why is it important to Torte a cake?

It’s important to have a leveled layer cake to ensure the stability of your cake. Stacking a dome cake on top of another with added buttercream will cause the cake to “break” under pressure. This will cause it to crack right down the middle.

What do you need to properly level and or torte a cake?

Why would I need a ruler?

Some people prefer very precise levels of sliced cake, therefore they mark the cake all the way around the perimeter at the 1 inch mark with a ruler in order to guide their knife through the cake evenly.

Can You Level & Torte a cake without a leveler or ruler?

Absolutely! First place your cake on a cake board and then on a turntable. Have your large serrated knife ready. Place the blade of the knife where you want to make the first cut.

(we will not be slicing straight through)

Make a little slit with the blade of the knife at the center of the layer of cake so that we can cut it in half. You can eyeball this or use a ruler as mentioned above.

Rotate the turntable clockwise if right handed, counter clockwise if left handed (or whichever

way feels the most comfortable). Do not try to add slits all the way through. You should make slits going all the way around the cake and on the second loop, slice closer to the center until the layers are separated.

Be very careful and do not go too fast as you can cut the hand on the opposite side of the cake.

Tip: lock your elbow into your side with your dominant hand to keep it level when doing this so your knife doesn’t cut upwards or downwards. We want to go straight across.

Once the levels are separated use a cake lifter, a second cake board or your hands to gently remove the top layer.

Freeze your cake for later or build your cake.

Apply a crumb coat to your cake

Before you fully frost your cake, give it a quick thin layer of frosting around the whole cake known as a crumb coat. Then let the cake sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will keep all of your crumbs under the crumb coat and allow your frosting to be nice and smooth. 

How to Frost a Cake 

While the cake is on your turntable, apply a heaping amount of frosting on the top of your cake. As you rotate your cake, use the palette knife to smooth the frosting on the sides of the cake.

Frosting Cupcakes

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Practice piping 

When it comes to cake decorations, a little practice makes perfect to make beautiful designs! So don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques and textures. Start by practicing simple designs and different patterns like vertical lines, borders, buttercream flowers rosettes. And remember to have fun with it!

One of the best ways to practice decorating cakes with piping is just on a piece of parchment paper. Practice your piping by filling your pastry bags and then using different piping tips. As you practice, keep scooping the frosting back into your piping bag and keep practicing.

Use homemade buttercream 

You’ll realize right from the start that making homemade buttercream isn’t that difficult and way more delicious that any store bought kind of frosting. Here in the United States, we tend to use American buttercream icing versus a swiss meringue buttercream, which uses egg whites.

Homemade buttercream is much easier to work with than store-bought frosting. It’s more fluffy and spreads easily, meaning you won’t have to spend as much time trying to get a smooth finish on your cake.

Your own frosting just tastes better than most store-bought frostings. It’s creamier, richer, and more flavorful .

Use homemade buttercream 

You’ll realize right from the start that making homemade buttercream isn’t that difficult and way more delicious that any store bought kind of frosting. Here in the United States, we tend to use American buttercream icing versus a swiss meringue buttercream, which uses egg whites.

Homemade buttercream is much easier to work with than store-bought frosting. It’s more fluffy and spreads easily, meaning you won’t have to spend as much time trying to get a smooth finish on your cake.

Your own frosting just tastes better than most store-bought frostings. It’s creamier, richer, and more flavorful.

How to Cut a Custom Cake

When it comes to cake, there are two main ways to cut it – the birthday style or the wedding style.

The birthday style is when you cut the cake into small pieces and everyone takes a piece. This is perfect for smaller cakes. The wedding style is when you cut the cake into larger pieces and serve them on a plate. This is perfect for larger cakes.

Make sure your serrated knife is clean and sharp before you start slicing. A dull knife can cause the cake to crumble.

Beginning Decorator Tool Kit

To decorate cakes, you’ll need some basic supplies like cake boards, cake turntables, icing tips, and couplers. You can find these supplies at most craft stores or online.

These are the basic supplies that you will need in order to get started.

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  1. Small 10-Inch Cake Leveler
  2. Cake Decorating Turntable
  3. Cake Icing Smoother or Viva no print paper towels
  4. Icing Design Smoother
  5. 9-Inch Angled Offset Spatula
  6. Cake Release Pan Coating
  7. Americolor Gel Food Colors
  8. Chefmaster Gel Colors
  9. Decorating Tips and Couplers in a variety of sizes – small round tip, large petal tip, closed star tip, leaf tip, open star tip, Wilton 1M
  10. Piping bags (12 inch for cakes, 16 inch for large amounts of cupcakes.)
  11. Reusable Piping bags for cupcakes
  12. Cake boards
  13. 2 inch thick cake pans (6 and 8 inch to start)
  14. Decorating practice board
  15. Electric Mixer Kitchenaid
baking basics

Be sure to read this guide to baking basics, which talks about measuring out your dry ingredients.

Making a perfect cake will come to you in just a little bit. Remember, this is how all hobby bakers end up with a new business idea as a cake decorator. Following these easy steps will have you thinking cake decorating is just a “piece of cake”!

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Brenda

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Thanks a million

momma lew

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

You are welcome!