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Cake decorating tips

June 15th, 2013 by Cat

Cake decorating is a hobby that I do on and off. (See my works.) It came about after I watched way too many cake shows on TV, and I just kind of taught myself over the years. Though I show off my fondant ones, I actually use frosting a lot too. Here are a few tips on getting pretty cakes with frosting instead of fondant :)

1. Crumbcoat
I always crumbcoat my cakes, whether I use fondant or frosting. A crumbcoat is a thin layer of frosting that traps in the loose crumbs. After your cake is fully cooled, apply a thin and smooth layer of frosting, then refrigerate for about an hour.

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What does this do? First, the crumbcoat seals in the cake’s moisture. Second, after you take it out of the fridge, you’ll notice it turns into a solid layer with the loose crumbs stuck in it. It gives you a smooth surface to do the rest of your frosting.

2. Homemade frosting
Not only does homemade frosting taste a billion times better than any store-bought frosting I’ve ever tried, but I also find it easier to spread. Need a recipe? I recommend this one.

3. Icing spatula
If you don’t have a long, flat icing spatula, I would definitely get one! They are great for getting a smooth look. You can find different sized ones in the cake aisle at craft stores.

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4. Pile on the frosting
I like to put a bunch of frosting on the cake before I start smoothing it out. I find this easier to do than just putting a little on at a time. A thicker layer of frosting will also be easier to work with than a thinner one.

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This past weekend…

February 4th, 2013 by Cat

I set up my Miiverse account.
Which is Wii U’s online community. Oh, I should mention; I got a Wii U. There aren’t many Wii U games out right now that I want, so in the mean time, I’m having fun posting random doodles on the Miiverse communities. My username is PuyoDa if you’d like to follow or friend me there!

Wii U sketches

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Delicious art

June 13th, 2012 by Cat

Recently, I decided to decorate cakes more often, though I wonder if that’s really a good idea. Here I am, trying to eat healthier, yet I always find myself eating the cake scraps that fall off the cakes I carve. It’s so hard to resist. I mean, the scraps end up being thrown away, so… might as well not waste them, right? XD;;

I’ve mentioned before that I make a video game cake for my husband every year. (You can view them on my cake site.) These fondant cakes are very time consuming, usually taking me 3-5 days to make. Because of that, I’ve only been using fondant once a year, just for his birthday.

Well, let me back up a bit, since I often get asked what fondant is. My simplest answer is, “fondant is like solid frosting.” It’s mostly sugar (like frosting) and is totally edible, but it has a clay-like consistency. This lets me roll it out and cover cakes with it, giving the cakes a very smooth look.

And so, I’ve decided to start making fondant cakes for other family members too. They’re not as elaborate as the ones I make my husband. These simpler ones typically take me just a day to make.

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