Hot Cake Decorating How-Tos

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 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: 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 fondant icing shooting stars for cake decorating

In order to make Shooting Stars for Cakes made from Fondant Icing, you will need the following ingredients and supplies: fondant cookie cutters, wire cutters, gumpaste, a pastry brush, icing spatula, glue (or gumpaste with water), a paint brush, a fondant rolling pin, powdered sugar, floral wire, and a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

How To: Make a rosette and a swirl using the star tip

Cake decorating when we were little kids was pretty uncomplicated. Once the cupcakes were out of the oven, we'd scramble over to the counter, maybe secretly take a bite or two, and then whip out a spatula and begin slathering on icing. We would then finish off with a nice handful of rainbow sprinkles because sprinkles were pretty.

How To: Make a simple boat themed cake

Yo ho ho and a.. tube of icing? Do you have some nautical fans in the family? Someone who's bonkers about boats who's having a birthday soon? This how-to gets you up and boating in no time, helping your create a water themed desert. This is a great little cake, simple to make, perfect for anyone interested in boating. Would also make a nice retirement cake. A great video to help you float this idea out of your imagination and onto the birthday table!

How To: Make a gumpaste baby carriage cake topper

Make the perfect decorative cake for a soon-to-be-mom's baby shower with an impressive baby-themed cake topper! In this two-part video tutorial, learn how to shape a mini baby carriage out of gumpaste for an exquisite cake decoration, sure to impress any party! Learn step by step how to assemble, mold and shape this cake piece to lend professional-looking results.

How To: Tilt cardboard to make a topsy turvy cake

In this tutorial, we learn how to tilt cardboard to make a topsy turvy cake. To do this, you will need two Styrofoam wedges. Take the wedges and place foil over them. Next, you will take the wedges and place them onto the top of the base of the cake where the other cake tier will sit. You can hold these into place with nails if you are making a non-edible cake that is sitting on display. This will make it much easier for you to make a cake that has a topsy turvy look instead of just sitting f...

How To: Make homemade marshmallow fondant

Amber takes you through making a Marshmallow Fondant using Crisco, powdered sugar, mini marshmallows, a spoon or spatula, water, plastic cling wrap, a mixing bowl, and a microwave. These step-by-step instructions are simple to follow, and because of the ingredients, it is inexpensive to make. Amber recommends this fondant over store bought because the marshmallows make it taste better. The fondant has to refrigerate overnight in the plastic cling wrap. The recipe makes enough fondant to cover...

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