Being brave enough to start decorating a cake can be the hardest part of the whole process. We want to help with a few tips and cake design ideas for beginners that will help you build your techniques and you will be able to design beautiful cakes right off the bat.
TIP# 1: Begin with SIMPLE designs
I know you may want to jump straight to three-tier masterpieces, but that will disappoint you quickly. Start simple with a beautifully crumb-coated buttercream cake with fondant polka dots or a fresh flower.
Perfecting your crumb coat is one of the most important techniques, because fondant will show every flaw in your buttercream, so take your time. Remember, covering a cake in buttercream is a two-step process: Crumb coat and final coat with some fridge time in between.
TIP #2: FUN AND SIMPLE FONDANT DECORATIONS
If you think you are confident in your buttercream skills, you’re ready for fondant! Try a simple but stunning cake like the one below.
Adhere the fondant with a paintbrush using lemon extract or vodka as glue — Don’t use water as it can cause your fondant to soften too much, drains out colors and your decorations can slide.
TIP #3: COVER IT UP
Every decorator makes mistakes. Fondant and buttercream are imperfect mediums — they have good days and bad days. Plus, they’re affected by weather, humidity levels and age, so they can be finicky.
If you make mistakes that you can’t fix, find a way to cover them up! If your two-tier cake is a little crooked or your fondant tears, add cascading flowers, polka dots or candy to cover up your mistakes. I heard a professional cake decorator once say that the difference between amateurs and pros is knowing how to cover up mistakes!
TIP #4: MODELING FIGURE FUN
Start some practice with modelling figures. The figures (like the penguins below!) are round, cute and can stand on their own.
TIP#5: START BIG WITH PIPING
Most beginners think that piping is the scariest technique, and small, intricate designs are even more intimidating. Start with big, beautiful piped designs — you can practice piping and still making a big statement on your cake.
TIP #6: MOLDS & ROYAL ICING DECORATIONS ARE REALLY EASIER!
Lacy cakes are always a hit, no matter the occasion. This beautiful cake from Man About Cake combines many techniques that will build your skills as you dive into cake decorating.
Mix up your favourite colour of royal icing and pour it into a thin, lace mould. After a little while in the fridge, your lace will peel right off of its mould.
TIP #7: STRETCHING YOUR IMAGINATION
As your number of sugar techniques grow, your skills will improve and soon you will amaze your friends and family (and yourself!) with beautiful, delicious cakes. To stretch your limits, a topsy-turvy cake may be exactly what you are looking for.
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