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: 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: Make cake frosting look lustrous

So you’ve made a fantastic cake and your ready to add the finishing touch by taking your frosting up a notch. You can get a glossy finish to your frosting by using a hairdryer to finish it off. Your friends will wonder how you got such a professional finish.

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: Decorate a cake with fondant

Make a cake that looks like it came from a professional without leaving your own home. Just watch this how-to video. Working with fondant is a lot like playing with playdough. Surprise your family with a colorful and tasty treat, or get them to help! Watch this video baking tutorial and learn how to decorate a cake with fondant.

How To: Make & decorate an American flag cake

In this video, we learn how to make & decorate an American flag cake. To make the cake, you will need a cake pan that is in the shape of the flag. After you bake the cake and it has cooled off, then mix up red and blue frosting to go with the white. Use a pipe with frosting in it to start to pipe the different colors for the stripes onto the cake. Leave a small square where you can put the stars. Then, use a star pipe to place on the stars to the upper corner of the flag, then let it set and ...

How To: Decorate a carrot cake

In this tutorial, we learn how to decorate a carrot cake. First, apply icing all over the top and the sides of the cake. After this, apply sliced pecans to the side of the cake using your hands to press them on. After this, use your icing to create squares in the cake to make equal size pieces. Then, use orange and green icing to create carrot shapes on all of the individual squares. Once you're finished making the carrots, you will be ready to cut this up and serve. If you want more icing, y...

How To: Make & decorate a butterfly cake

In this tutorial, we learn how to make & decorate a butterfly cake. First, you will use a butterfly shaped pan to bake the cake in so it's already shaped. After letting it cool, you can cover the entire thing in a thin layer of white icing. Then, fill some icing into bags, using different pastel colors. From here, you will use the star tip to dab the starts on the top of the butterfly, following the design. Continue to do this until you are finished with the entire thing, then you have the ch...

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: 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...