Find out how to Embellish a Cake (For Learners)

New to cake adorning? Study Find out how to Embellish a Cake like a professional with these 6 easy suggestions (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 immediately! As a substitute, I’m sharing an in depth information on how one can embellish a cake from begin to end. That is one thing I actually want I had as a newbie baker who significantly struggled with cake adorning!

When you’ve ever been tasked with making a layer cake, whether or not 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 straightforward to brighten, a layer cake is a completely completely different beast. It’s simple 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 just some of the problems newbie bakers run into when adorning. However not anymore!

At present’s suggestions cowl all the things from the perfect variety of cake layers to how a lot frosting you actually want. Even in the event you’re not a newbie cake baker, my suggestions will enable you to hone your expertise for the perfect, prettiest truffles you’ll ever bake! Observe alongside under after which take a look at my video on the finish the place I present you how one can embellish a cake step-by-step from begin to end.

piping bags and tips filled with colored frosting

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

  • Cake platter. A reasonably cake platter is a good place to begin for a reasonably cake. I’ve the purple one pictured under in a number of colours and love all of them!
  • Cake leveler. You can even simply use a serrated knife, however I solely advocate this when you have a really regular hand (extra on this under!).
  • 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 suggestions. These are cheap and make all of the distinction with ornament on the cake. Yow will discover a Wilton 2D tip in plenty of piping starter kits and that may work properly, however my private desire is Ateco 846 or the bigger Ateco 848 tip. That is what I exploit for many of my cake and cupcake decorations that you simply see on the weblog!

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

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

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, when you have a 2 layer cake recipe you actually take pleasure in *like my white cake), simply improve the recipe by 50%.

When 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 anticipate the third layer.

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

Tip #2: Degree Your Truffles

Yellow cake being leveled with a cake leveler.

Some truffles bake up good and degree (like my gingerbread layer cake), whereas others are likely to have a domed prime (like my yellow cake). For the simplest adorning and prettiest finish end result, I like to recommend leveling your truffles.

In case you have a superb eye and regular hand you should use a pointy serrated knife to degree your truffles. When you don’t (neither do I!), use a leveler. I exploit an affordable cake leveler made by Wilton that I like. It’s beneath ten bucks on Amazon and has served me nicely for a lot of completely degree truffles! When you’re curious how this works, I show how one can use this actual device in my video under.

BONUS TIP: Let your cake cool fully earlier than leveling or frosting. Not solely will heat cake will collapse, however it’s going to additionally soften your icing. Have endurance and let it cool fully!

Tip #3: Select Your Frosting Properly

White bowl filled with chocolate frosting.

Many bakers who’re simply studying how one can embellish a cake don’t understand how vital their selection of icing actually is.

For the simplest and prettiest cake adorning, use a sturdy icing which you could simply manipulate. It needs to be simple to unfold (to assist preserve from dragging up giant 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 should rush to make extra! Making further gives you some much-appreciated wiggle room. Plus, you’ll typically want further in any case if you wish to do ornamental piping on prime (extra on that under!).

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 an ordinary batch of icing (sometimes 4 cups), and I do it on a regular basis with out problem. Nevertheless, after I was a newbie, I discovered it a lot simpler to have further for any mess-ups.

BONUS TIP: Nonetheless have further icing after adorning your cake? When you’re not planning to make use of it instantly (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 a couple of weeks. If you’re prepared to make use of it, place the container within the fridge in a single day to thaw. You could have to rewhip it to get it again to the best 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 should be fairly to be efficient, so don’t spend an excessive amount of time on it. Simply make certain to coat the cake evenly and preserve 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 permit the frosting to agency up properly. If you’re prepared so as to add your last layer of frosting, you’ll be pleased about 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 degree method, so don’t really feel pressured to do one simply but. Nevertheless, if you end up prepared, this system will add class and make your truffles look polished.

I’ve a separate submit on how one can do a ganache drip; be at liberty to verify that out when you’re prepared!

Tip #6: Embellish the High!

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

Ornamental piping on prime takes your cake to new heights (actually!). Even an beginner can deftly do that with the best 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 in addition works nicely.

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

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

BONUS TIP: When you battle with filling your piping bag by your self, do that: 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 will have a pleasant, large opening for filling. Then use a spatula to unfold frosting over the cup and into the piping bag. No extra mess!

Ceaselessly Requested Questions

What’s a unadorned cake?

A unadorned cake is a cake layered with icing and coated 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 how one can embellish a cake.

My pumpkin cake and lemon cake are each embellished in a semi-naked fashion, in the event you’d wish to see what this appears to be like like.

How do you freeze a embellished cake?

Put your embellished cake within the freezer for a couple of hours to let the icing harden. Then, fastidiously wrap the entire thing in plastic wrap (utilizing a couple of 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 coated 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 submit definitely isn’t all-encompassing, these are the guidelines I want I knew after I first began adorning truffles. I hope you discover them useful!

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! When you do that recipe, remember to tag me on Instagram, and you can too discover me on YouTube and Fb

Video Tutorial

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