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Old 02-18-2009, 03:28 PM   #11
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I got a cake decorating set for my birthday this year and now I need to figure out how to use it. Any tips on making my cake look spectacular? (Or at least to prevent me from screwing it up)?
Know your limitations and stick within them. Most times, screwing up happens when people try to get too ambitious. And try to create your own designs, don't just copy from books, magazines, and cards. Those are good sources of ideas, but a lot of the fun of cake decorating is the ability to get creative. But remember about sticking within your limitations...
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:52 AM   #12
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First and foremost I learned how to make icing:
beat together-
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup crisco
1 tsp. vanilla
gradually add-
4 cups powdered sugar
then add 1 tbsp milk more or less if needed.
To be honest I personally don't like the flavor of this, it just works really well for decorating.

Who knew there is even a special technique for frosting a cake (Basically avoiding crumbs to show on the surface)? I would then, if you don't already have them, get some disposable piping bags at least 12", they come in like packs of 50 or so. These come in handy when you want to lets say... make red roses, green leaves, and purple writing all in one cake, then you don't have to keep cleaning one bag. After I make frosting I decide how many color I want, then separate various amounts of icing into smaller bowls. When I add color I use a toothpick to transfer the dye, then I'll mix it to see the resulting color, if it is not strong enough I use another toothpick and add more, never reuse the same one if it has touched the icing already.

I first started practicing with the star tip doing drop stars, and different borders, just play around with applying different amounts of pressure. Then I did some very simple lattice work, and practiced writing which for me is difficult. These two tips I use the most so I would start just practicing with those.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:10 AM   #13
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First and foremost I learned how to make icing:
beat together-
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup crisco
1 tsp. vanilla
gradually add-
4 cups powdered sugar
then add 1 tbsp milk more or less if needed.
To be honest I personally don't like the flavor of this, it just works really well for decorating.
LOL! This is basically my buttercream recipe and I just had a young couple tell me tonight how great it tastes! I use "clear vanilla" (it is imitation) and so can add a little more and it perks it up a bit. You can get it at Michael's or anywhere that sells Wilton products.
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:08 PM   #14
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haha I think I have just eaten too much of it. I used to make and decorate cakes weekly for practice so my whole family got sick of cake and frosting.
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haha I think I have just eaten too much of it. I used to make and decorate cakes weekly for practice so my whole family got sick of cake and frosting.
I know what you mean. Wedding cake season is starting for me and I am making sample cakes, tweaking recipes, etc. and my friends, family and neighbours get cake coming out of their ears! Today is Coconut Cream Pound Cake. I found a recipe but because I sell my cakes I make sure that if I use someone else's recipe I have changed it enough to be mine!
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:20 PM   #16
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There's nothing like spending time working in a bakery to cure you of any sweet tooth you might have. It's the only time in my life when I was actually craving meat.
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There's nothing like spending time working in a bakery to cure you of any sweet tooth you might have. It's the only time in my life when I was actually craving meat.
I can't have chocolate because it gives me migranes. Everyone says "how can you go without chocolate and work with it all day". I said "That's how!"
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:53 AM   #18
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another quick icing recipe is 1lb. crisco, 2lb powdered sugar
(2lb crisco 4lb powdered sugar)
mix crisco first until it has a shiny sheen appearance. STOP, add in some sugar, as you mix and add water as you need it, also flavoring of your choice. mixing the crisco seems to make the icing smoother and fluffy like.. can add cream cheese or butter in place of crisco if you like ..
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Old 05-08-2009, 03:29 AM   #19
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Hello,

Why so worried, use it in your wedding buddy, finding nice cake serving set for the wedding is quite difficult, by the way how old are you?


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Old 05-08-2009, 04:05 AM   #20
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One of the nice things about wax paper is you can roll it and make a practice bag. Another thing you can do with waxed paper is use it to practice making your basic designs. Cut the tip with scissors. Get familiar with the practice equipment before you graduate to the bag and tips. Decorating a pretty cake is a real art.

You can also make a practice frosting from solid crisco and powdered sugar.
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