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Tips on how to Adorn a Cake (For Newbies)

New to cake adorning? Study Tips on how to Adorn a Cake like a professional with these 6 easy ideas (nice for rookies!). Your truffles will look higher than ever! Features a how-to video.

Cake topped with swirls of white icing and sprinkles.

A Newbie’s Information to Cake Adorning

No new recipe in the present day! As an alternative, I’m sharing an in depth information on find out how to embellish a cake from begin to end. That is one thing I actually want I had as a newbie baker who critically struggled with cake adorning!

In the event you’ve ever been tasked with making a layer cake, whether or not it’s for a marriage cake, birthday cake, or only a informal get-together, then you definitely already know the stress that comes with adorning. Whereas a sheet cake is easy to brighten, a layer cake is a completely totally different beast. It’s straightforward to spend a LOT of time making an attempt to get your cake to look *simply* proper.

Uneven frosting, wonky layers, and lackluster decorations are only a few of the problems newbie bakers run into when adorning. However not anymore!

At present’s ideas cowl every part from the best variety of cake layers to how a lot frosting you actually want. Even in the event you’re not a newbie cake baker, my ideas will enable you hone your expertise for one of the best, prettiest truffles you’ll ever bake! Comply with alongside beneath after which take a look at my video on the finish the place I present you find out how to embellish a cake step-by-step from begin to end.

piping bags and tips filled with colored frosting

Listed below are my favourite necessities; most of those could be substituted with extra widespread utensils, but when you will get your palms on the true issues, they are often extraordinarily useful!

  • Cake platter. A fairly cake platter is a good start line for a reasonably cake. I’ve the purple one pictured beneath in a number of colours and love all of them!
  • Cake leveler. You too can simply use a serrated knife, however I solely advocate this you probably have a really regular hand (extra on this beneath!).
  • Piping bag. A big Ziploc bag may even work in a pinch; you’ll simply want to chop one of many corners to permit your piping tip to suit inside.
  • Piping ideas. These are cheap and make all of the distinction with ornament on the cake. You’ll find a Wilton 2D tip in a whole lot of piping starter kits and that can work properly, however my private choice is Ateco 846 or the bigger Ateco 848 tip. That is what I take advantage of for many of my cake and cupcake decorations that you just see on the weblog!

Hyperlinks for all of those instruments (and extra) could be present in my Amazon store.

BONUS TIP: An offset spatula (or bench scraper) and turntable could be useful for reaching easy sides, however neither are completely crucial.

Tip #1: Three Layers Look Higher Than Two

Purple cake stand with three layers of yellow cake stacked with chocolate frosting in between.

Taller truffles look higher than shorter truffles, so select a 3 layer recipe (like my peanut butter chocolate cake or Oreo cake). Or, you probably have a 2 layer cake recipe you actually take pleasure in *like my white cake), simply enhance the recipe by 50%.

In the event you solely have two pans (or your oven solely suits two pans), you’ll be able to let your batter sit on the counter whilst you look ahead to the third layer.

That is definitely not necessary, and even in the event you skip this one, all the opposite ideas outlined in the present day will nonetheless vastly enhance the look of your 2 layer truffles!

Tip #2: Degree Your Desserts

Yellow cake being leveled with a cake leveler.

Some truffles bake up good and stage (like my gingerbread layer cake), whereas others are inclined to have a domed high (like my yellow cake). For the best adorning and prettiest finish outcome, I like to recommend leveling your truffles.

When you’ve got eye and regular hand you need to use a pointy serrated knife to stage your truffles. In the event you don’t (neither do I!), use a leveler. I take advantage of an affordable cake leveler made by Wilton that I like. It’s below ten bucks on Amazon and has served me nicely for a lot of completely stage truffles! In the event you’re curious how this works, I show find out how to use this actual device in my video beneath.

BONUS TIP: Let your cake cool utterly earlier than leveling or frosting. Not solely will heat cake will crumble, however it can additionally soften your icing. Have persistence and let it cool utterly!

Tip #3: Select Your Frosting Properly

White bowl filled with chocolate frosting.

Many bakers who’re simply studying find out how to embellish a cake don’t understand how essential their selection of icing actually is.

For the best and prettiest cake adorning, use a sturdy icing you could simply manipulate. It must be straightforward to unfold (to assist maintain from dragging up massive crumbs within the cake) however not so skinny or so heat that it falls off the cake.

Buttercreams, my cream cheese frosting, and swiss meringue buttercream are all nice selections for a newbie cake decorator. These are sturdy, easy, not too thick or skinny, and pipe nicely.

Tip #4: Make Additional Frosting

white bowl full of smooth pale yellow frosting being stirred by a white spatula

I strongly advocate that newbie bakers make 50% extra icing than the recipe requires. Why? Errors occur, and the very last thing you want is to expire and must rush to make extra! Making additional offers you some much-appreciated wiggle room. Plus, you’ll usually want additional anyhow if you wish to do ornamental piping on high (extra on that beneath!).

I discover I sometimes want 5 cups of frosting for a 2-layer cake and 6-7 cups for a 3 layer cake.

Sure, you’ll be able to completely embellish a cake with a regular batch of icing (sometimes 4 cups), and I do it on a regular basis with out situation. Nonetheless, once I was a newbie, I discovered it a lot simpler to have additional for any mess-ups.

BONUS TIP: Nonetheless have additional icing after adorning your cake? In the event you’re not planning to make use of it immediately (cupcakes are all the time a good suggestion!), you’ll be able to normally freeze it. Merely put your leftover icing in an hermetic container and freeze for just a few weeks. If you’re prepared to make use of it, place the container within the fridge in a single day to thaw. Chances are you’ll must rewhip it to get it again to the proper texture earlier than utilizing.

Tip #5: Do a Crumb Coat

Crumb coating a chocolate cake

A crumb coat is the primary very skinny layer of icing on a cake. Bakers do that to carry in any stray cake crumbs for a wonderfully easy, crumb-free outer layer of frosting.

Bear in mind: your crumb coat doesn’t must be fairly to be efficient, so don’t spend an excessive amount of time on it. Simply make sure that to coat the cake evenly and maintain the frosting skinny; the second layer will cowl any imperfections.

After crumb-coating your cake, put it within the fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes. This can enable the frosting to agency up properly. If you’re prepared so as to add your remaining layer of frosting, you’ll be thankful for that crumb coat!

Bonus Tip: Add a Ganache Drip

Cake decorated with pink strawberry icing, a chocolate ganache drip, and pink icing swirls.

Including a chocolate ganache drip is an intermediate stage approach, so don’t really feel pressured to do one simply but. Nonetheless, when you find yourself prepared, this system will add class and make your truffles look polished.

I’ve a separate put up on find out how to do a ganache drip; be at liberty to verify that out when you’re prepared!

Tip #6: Adorn the High!

Overhead view of a cake frosted with white icing and a rim of piped icing swirls topped with sprinkles.

Ornamental piping on high takes your cake to new heights (actually!). Even an beginner can deftly do that with the proper tip; I like a big, closed star tip. I like to recommend the Ateco 848; it’s my basic go-to for piping frosting on truffles and cupcakes alike. The Ateco 846 is barely smaller and likewise works nicely.

In the event you’re nervous that you’ll mess up your ornament, simply apply on a paper plate first. If you’re assured in your design, scrape your apply swirls again into your piping bag and pipe away!

In case your piping doesn’t prove as you hoped, add some sprinkles! Nicely-placed sprinkles on high are an amazing addition to any cake! Simply be intentional about the place you place them so the ultimate outcome has a neat and tidy look.

BONUS TIP: In the event you battle with filling your piping bag by your self, do this: put your tip in your bag, then place your bag in a tall cup. Stretch the highest of your bag across the rim of the cup so you may have a pleasant, extensive opening for filling. Then use a spatula to unfold frosting over the cup and into the piping bag. No extra mess!

Often Requested Questions

What’s a unadorned cake?

A unadorned cake is a cake layered with icing and lined with little to no icing on the skin (primarily only a glorified crumb coat!). They have an inclination to have a extra rustic look.

Bare truffles are good for individuals who don’t like an excessive amount of icing, and since they require minimal ornament, they’re a pleasant selection for bakers who’re simply studying find out how to embellish a cake.

My pumpkin cake and lemon cake are each adorned in a semi-naked type, in the event you’d prefer to see what this seems like.

How do you freeze a adorned cake?

Put your adorned cake within the freezer for just a few hours to let the icing harden. Then, fastidiously wrap the entire thing in plastic wrap (utilizing just a few layers is a good suggestion) and end with a layer of foil.

If you’re able to eat it, take away the foil, switch your cake to the fridge, and let it thaw (nonetheless lined in plastic) in a single day. Just a few hours earlier than you’re able to serve, carry the cake out of the fridge, take away the plastic wrap, and let it come to room temperature on the counter.

Cake decorated simply to show how to decorate a cake for beginners.

Whereas this put up definitely isn’t all-encompassing, these are the information I want I knew once I first began adorning truffles. I hope you discover them useful!

Take pleasure in!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! In the event you do this recipe, you should definitely tag me on Instagram, and you can too discover me on YouTube and Fb

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