Hot Cake Decorating How-Tos

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 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: 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 rolled fondant icing

Fondant is a type of smooth, thick, yet pliable icing that can be made in sheets to decorate cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. Because it's effectively the polymer clay of the cake decorating world, it holds its shape very well, which means you can employ it to create complex flowers to top your cupcakes or a zebra motif for your cake.

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: Make a Football-Shaped Pull-Apart Cake

What kind of cake goes best with the Super Bowl? If you guessed a football-shaped cake, you guessed right. In this video recipe, Betty Crocker shows you how to whip up a super easy American football cake that's also a pull-apart cake, because Super Bowl fans don't have time to slice and serve.

How To: Use fondant when making & decorating cakes

In this video, we learn how to use fondant when making & decorating cakes. Fondant is a dull type of sugar paste that you can form different shapes with and add colors to. When you add the color to the fondant, simply work it with your hands until the color runs all the way through and is smooth. Roll it out when finished, then you can apply it to the cake. To apply it, you will simply drape the fondant over the cake so it's hanging off on the sides. Then, flatten it out on the top and sides ...

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 cake decorating fondant/gumpaste bow

1. Use a piece of gum-paste, fondant, or candy clay about the size of a tennis ball 2. I first will roll about 1/2 of the dough through my pasta machine to a medium thickness (#4) or roll your fondant to approx 1/4 in. thickness 3. You could also use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the strips. Take two strips out to be the bow tails and then cut 2 strips in half to make thin little loops for fill-ins 4. Hang the loops over a dowel or large stick such as a broom handle (about 1in wide) 5. Wet t...

How To: Decorate a bronze beauty cake with fondant

In this tutorial, we learn how to decorate a bronze beauty cake with fondant. Start off by coloring the cake with a light bronze or buttercream color. After you do this, you will need to mix up some medium brown colored icing and place it into a piping bag. When you do this, you will pipe this all around the sides of the cake. When you finish with this, you will color the fondant the same color brown and then roll it into a circled shape to make beautiful flowers. Lay these on the cake and th...

How To: Store fondant icing projects

So, you've entered the world of cake decorating and fondant icing! What is one to do with their projects once finished? In this video, learn from the best ways to store your fondant icing projects. Take some final precautions and store your cake the best way possible. After all, your time, effort and creativity have made it very special!

How To: Make a fondant pig

This is a very easy and quick sugarcraft tutorial using fondant (sugarpaste) which you can follow easily. Decorate your cake with a little pig: Take one ball and shape it nicely by rolling it between your two palms; this is for the head. Watch this video to learn more.

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: Tort, level & fill a cake

In this video, we learn how to tort, level, and fill cake. When your cake bakes, you get a mound or crown at the top. You will want to cut this off, or else your cake will crack. The next step is to just stick a cake board underneath and remove it. You can also torte the cake, which means to use a cake leveler to make it completely even on the surface. After you do this, you can make a dam around the cake about 1/4" of the way in. use a coupler on your bed and fill it in so it can hold what y...

How To: Make a pregnant belly cake for a baby shower

Looking to make a pregnant belly cake for a baby shower (and have no qualms about eating a representation of a pregnant woman's belly)? With the proper tools and technique, it's easier than you might think. So easy, in fact, that this free video cake decorating lesson can present a complete overview of the process in about ten minutes. For more information, including full instructions, and to get started making your own pregnant belly cake, watch this video guide.

How To: Make a buttercream orchid cake

Cake decorating is just another way for an artist to represent the kind of talent and vision they possess. A cake is not just a beautiful, sweet little snack, but a canvas in which an artist can be as creative as they can with using edible tools. This video tutorial shows you how to make a buttercream orchid cake that is sure to wow everybody. Enjoy!

How To: Make a parchment cone for cake decorating

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a parchment cone for cake decorating. A parchment cone is basically the same as a pastry bag. Begin by cutting out a piece of parchment paper. It doesn't matter the size of the parchment but it needs to be flat. Using a ruler and a knife, cut the paper diagonally. Take the longer end and curl it inside. Take the other end and wrap it around to form a cone. Fold the top to secure the cone. Once the cream is in the cone, roll the top and make a ...