Hot Cake Decorating How-Tos

How To: Make an orchid flower with gumpaste

In this tutorial, we learn how to make an orchid flower with gum paste. First, roll out the gum paste and then cut it into three different shapes to make the flower. Next, place a wire in the center of the petals and then place them on a mold to get the correct texture. After this, push a ball onto the ends of the petals to make them look more realistic. Make the last flower by putting a pointed cone in the middle and wrapping it around. Now, place a ball shaped gum paste in the middle of the...

How To: Airbrush a cake

Have an airbrush machine just for baking. Be certain that it is always clean. Cover the surface where you will be working as the color will fly. Cover around the cake and behind the cake. You can use newspaper, butcher paper or a disposable tablecloth. Pressure, angle and speed are very important when using an airbrush. It is best to practice. The more practice, the more comfortable you will become with the airbrush. Draw what you are going to put on the cake to use as a guide. Put just a bit...

How To: Roll a smooth ball with sugar paste or fondant

In this tutorial, we learn how to roll a smooth ball with sugar paste or fondant. First, start off by crushing your fondant into pieces and turning it around with your hands, pushing it in firmly until it gets softer. Keep kneading until all the little hard pieces are pressed out and so are the imperfections. Rolling into a ball should be the easiest part, just don't over think it. It's not how you roll the ball, it's where on your hands you roll the ball of sugar paste. To finish, you want t...

How To: Make a dinosaur birthday cake

Learn from Betty Crocker Kitchens, how to easily and quickly make a dinosaur birthday cake. You do not need a special cake pan for this recipe. She uses two 9" round cakes, to cut all the shapes you need to make the dinosaur. It is only required to cut out 3 shapes, and you can print the templates from their website. After the shapes are cut, you use the frosting to "glue" the cake to the platter you are working on and then spread a thin layer of the frosting all over the cake to seal in the ...

How To: Frost a cupcake with a spatula for beginners

Please do us a favor and preserve your cupcake's modesty by dressing her nakedness up in a sweet parka of strawberry-flavored royal icing. While we're aware of the challenges that frosting a cupcake produces (we've had plenty of occasions when we've ended up with more frosting on ourselves than on the cupcakes), this video lays it out easily for anyone to follow.

How To: Make a penguin cake topper out of fondant icing

Interested in making a tiny penguin topper for a Christmas-themed cake? This clip will show you precisely how to go about making one. It's easier than you'd think. So easy, in fact, that this free video cooking lesson can present a complete overview of the process in about ten minutes. For more information, including the full recipe, and to get started making your own Christmas cake penguin, watch this video guide.

How To: Decorate a cake with piped scrolls of icing

This video cake decorating tutorial shows how to design piped scrolls of frosting on a cake. Start with a tube 44 or 43 at one point and twist it at the top, allow the tail of icing to fall on the edges to cover the edges of the cake. Repeat the same process around the cake. Piped scrolls are easy enough to replicate, just watch this instructional video and find out how it's done.

How To: Choose the appropriate color for cake decorating

In this tutorial, we learn how to choose the appropriate color for cake decorating. First, spoon your icing into a bowl and then add in a small amount of food coloring. Start to mix this together, then add in additional icing if you want a darker or a brighter color to your icing. Experiment with different colors if you feel comfortable with using different ones. Take a parchment bag and roll it into a full, then stripe up the bag. Then, fill the parchment with some icing and this will create...

How To: Make a VW beetle cake with buttercream

In this video, we learn how to make a VW beetle cake with buttercream. First, you will need to apply the buttercream icing onto the top of your cake and the sides. After this, you will pile on the other cakes to this with more icing inside of each layer. Then, you will start to cut the cake and it into the shape of the car that you want to make. Use an outline so you can follow it while you are making it so you know exactly how it is formed. Next, you will add in the parts for the wheels, the...

How To: Make a 3D Baby Duck Cake with Fondant

This adorable 3D duck cake cake is a great way to celebrate your baby's birthday, while amazing the whole family! In this video, you'll learn about carving a cake, covering it with rolled fondant, and decorating with polka dots. You'll also learn about modeling a 3D duck with fondant and gum paste. All the details are included—head, eyes, and beak. Download the wings template here.

How To: Make simple fondant butterflies for you baking creations

This how-to video teaches a very simple method of making sugar paste (fondant)butterflies for your cake decorating needs. You'll want some food coloring, some shortening, and a flat surface. Watch the video, follow the steps and get ready to spread your wings! Come on, who doesn't like butterflies? Everyone loves them, even if they get a bad rap for causing natural disasters on the other side of the world. Buterflies. Cakes. They go together like socks and shoes, but they're pretty and can ea...

How To: Make & decorate the best wishes square cake

With this tutorial, we learn how to make & decorate the best wishes square cake. After you have rolled the fondant out and shaped it onto the cake, you can do more with it! To make the 'best wishes' cake you can sponge some icing onto the sides of the cake. After this, pipe on icing around the bottom of the cake to cover the exterior. Then, use an icing pen on the top of the cake to write out 'best wishes' in cursive writing. Then, draw on some confetti and continue to decorate the cake how y...

How To: Make a fondant sushi themed cake

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a fondant sushi themed cake. You will need: brown, yellow, and red for your fortune cookie colors. To get the colors right, mix them together and then combine with fondant. Then, roll out the fortune cookie and lay it over a bowl to make it look like the fortune cookie shape. Let this dry overnight. From here, create a small bowl with greens to make the bowl that the soy sauce would go in. Create two chop sticks with brown fondant, rolled out first and t...

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