How to cover a cake in fondant.

1) Knead the correct amount of fondant until soft and pliable. Add food colour paste at this point if required.

2) Brush your crumb coated or marzipan covered cake all over with very hot apricot glaze.

3) Lightly dust your clean and dry work surface with icing sugar and begin to roll out your icing, lifting and moving it slightly to avoid sticking – do this regularly to avoid having to use too much icing sugar.

4) When you have rolled out your icing so it is large enough to cover your cake, lift by sliding both hands under the icing, palms facing up so they are supporting as much of it  as possible. Quickly but carefully position over the middle of your cake and gently place on top.

5) Smooth the top of your cake with an icing smoother or the palm of your hand in sweeping circular motions.

6) Work your way around the sides of your cake, tucking the folds of fondant in and smoothing with your hand as you go, this looks as if it’s going to be harder than it is. You have to unfold the icing and smooth it onto the cake.

7) With a smooth bladed knife trim the icing from around the bottom of the cake being careful not to get too close to the base of the cake.

8) With an icing smoother, smooth around the outside of the cake in small circular motions. Trim any excess from the base and smooth some more.

Hints and tips

An icing smoother gives a superior finish, if you don’t have one you can go over the finished cake with a pad of sugar paste wrapped in cling film.

If you use too much icing sugar it will dry your icing out and cracks may appear when covering.

Cracks may also appear if your icing is too thin.

A rough edge at the base of your cake can easily be hidden with ribbon.

Always use paste food colour, not liquid as this will change the consistency of your icing.

If you see an air bubble under your fondant pierce it with a sterile pin and smooth the air towards the hole.

An example of a fondant covered celebration cake

Cake Decorating Magic

Cake Decorating Magic

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The techniques and recipes are all laid out in detailed sections that cover every single aspect of cake decorating that you could want to know.

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How to go from an amateur cake decorator to a professional quickly

Discover the most popular cake decorating techniques used by professionals

Learn the skills and creative methods used by the professionals

Learn step by step the secrets to topping, filling, and embellishing your cakes

Tips and tricks to designing a cake for any and every occasion

Learn how to start a cake decorating business

Learn 8 or so ways to cut a cake

12 trouble shooting techniques to cake decorating

How to get the smooth soft icing finish that works beautifully for you and your cake

Learn how to make your cake come to life by using simple techniques

Learn the strategies professionals use to making those gorgeous looking flowers

Cake Decorating Secrets

Discover the secrets  to Cake Drcorating,Baking and frosting.

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Frosted Dreams is Truly a Dream Book.

This ebook not only has all the traditional designs but it also includes some of the most recent and even unheard of and unseen designs. If you are looking fot a good cake decoration ebook, look no further, This is the best you can have.

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How to Decorate a Cake with Fresh Flowers.

Decorating a cake with fresh flowers is quite simple. First choose the flowers with which you wish to decorate the cake. When I say choose, I literally mean it. Most of the times flowers are sprayed withcake pesticides, so it is better to pick them from a garden or from a florist. Wash and dry the flowers before using them. You can either decorate each tier with flowers, i.e. make the cake tier out of flowers or you can place a flower bouquet on each tier and cascading flowers on the top. If you like to keep it simple, just sprinkle the entire cake with petals. If you want the flower decoration to stand out, it is better to choose a white cake, as anything suits on it. It will be better to choose edible flowers like lilac, chrysanthemums, gardenias, violet, etc. as people tend to consume them. Read more on free cake decorating ideas.

Fall Wedding Cakes with Flowers.

Gracing up the cake with flowers of this season is the best idea. You can have the lovely roses, perfect to enhance any wedding cake style. Have these in colors of fall season such as orange, burnt orange, burgundy, tomato red, bright yellow and other deep colors. You can have the base color of cake in lightest tone of yellow or orange. Icing your cake with mini calla lilies is a great idea for wedding cake decorating. Calla lilies are often associated with wedding in terms of themes or bridal bouquets and having them to embrace the cakes is a classic idea. Icing of other flowers that you can have for fall theme wedding cakes are hydrangea and hypericum.

Easy Cakes To Make

Homemade cakes have a unique flavor, which ready-made cakes can never have! If you are a fan of cakes, but like most other people avoid to bake cakes at home only because it takes lots of time, then you should definitely read on. Here are different kinds of easy cakes to make, which will surely save your time…

Cakes are the main foodstuff at almost all parties. And so it is a must for the cake to be perfect, which in turn means long hours of tedious work! So, though we all unanimously agree that homemade cakes taste better than ready-made cakes, we cannot afford to invest hours to make one. But what if there are recipes for cakes which require less ingredients and less time compared to the normal cakes you bake? Here is a list of recipes for such easy cakes to make at home. Read more on cake recipes from scratch.
Easy Cakes to Make at Home

Chocolate Cake
Whenever the word cake is uttered, the first cake that comes to anyone’s mind is chocolate cake! It is also one of the most demanded cake at parties. And so chocolate cake comes first in our list of very easy cakes to make.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar

For Frosting

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup cocoa

Process

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Flour and lightly grease two 9-inch round baking pans. Take a large bowl and add in cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt, flour, and baking soda, and mix well. Then add in oil, milk, eggs and vanilla. Again blend well and then beat on the mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, stir in boiling water and pour the batter into prepared pans. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, and when well baked, cool for about 10 minutes in the pan and then move to wire racks. Only when completely cooled, use the frosting recipe given below. Read more on easy cake mix recipes.

For frosting, take a bowl and melt butter in it. When butter melts, add in sugar and milk, beat well. After beating, if it is not to the spreading consistency, add milk. When done, add in vanilla, mix well. Read more on chocolate cake recipes.

Lemony Sponge Cake
Sponge cake can not only be served at parties, but can even be eaten at breakfast! So the sponge cake recipe should easy enough to be made every day. Here is such a sponge cake recipe which can be added in the list of quick and easy cakes to make.

An ‘Icing Friendly’ Cake Recipe…

There are thousands of cake recipes in the world but some types of cakes simply have the buoyancy, mass and support that is needed to support fillings and icing.

Here’s a traditional and fail-proof recipe for an Icing Friendly Cake…

Butter Cake

This is the classic recipe that is used to create tiered confections for wedding cakes.

Butter cake has a firm, moist texture that makes it perfect for tiered designs.

The almond extract is optional but if you are making a wedding cake it is a very traditional additive.

You could also add extra vanilla, rum flavoring, cognac or brandy, orange blossom water or rosewater instead of the almond flavoring if you prefer.

1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 teaspoon Almond Flavoring (optional)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

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