Easy cake decorating

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I can make a delicious cake to taste but, when it comes to decorating, I’m an episode of I have arrived! come to life. I suspect my problems lie mainly in my lack of patience, but it should be noted that I am unable to draw most of the stick figures, and this may be due to a complete lack of artistry.

Fortunately, there are ways to make a cake look pretty without a lot of work, patience, or (luckily for me) skills of an artist.

Forget the icing and use powdered sugar

The icing is overrated. Not only is it difficult (for me) to work with, there is always too much of it, and it obscures the taste of the cake. You know what is very easy to use, does not have much taste and looks like fairy dust? Granulated sugar.

You can either sprinkle it on a cake with a nice shape (as pictured at the very top) or you can steal a movement from the baking of GOAT Stella Parks and get stencils. Just search “Cake stencils” to find a real butt load to choose from. I have a bat stencil from Michael’s that I love to use all year round.

Pour the icing over it

I’m not talking about mirror glaze – a technique so beautiful and (in my mind) inaccessible that it makes me want to cry – I’m talking about an old dish Chocolate Where vanilla or frosting, poured over a bundt or bun. Maybe you grate some zest. Maybe you add some fancy glitter. The goal is to distract you from your lower skills. (You can also cheat to get a glossy finish by brushing store-bought buttercream.)

Cover it with glitter

Speaking of decorative redirect, you can always completely hide any frosting job with a whole bunch of colorful candy pieces. Unfortunately, this technique requires some buttercream work (cool the cake first to make this easier), but it’s only one layer, and that layer doesn’t have to look good. Once you’ve applied your frosting, ignoring any crumbs, wipe the stains off your cake tray or stand, then gently press handfuls of colorful sprinkles on the sides and top of your cake.

Blame the kids

If you have children, you’you are lucky-you can let them “help”. Give them squeeze bottles frosting, lots of candy and nuggets, and let ’em go wild. Damn, let them fill it with (clean) toys. Only a monster would criticize the creative efforts of a child.

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