Yesterday we shared four simple tomato cake recipes, and today we are giving a small guide on how to decorate a cake.
Making your cake look beautiful and eye catching isn’t that difficult a task as it may sound. With the right ingredients which don’t break your bank, you can make a simple sponge cake.
Decorating a cake with a flat top is very easy so to flatten the cake out you can either press the cake with a small crown on a plate while it’s still warm or use a knife cut off the extra part to get a flat surface. Here are some easy tips and tricks that you can use to rock your cake.
SIMPLE SUGAR DUSTING: Let your cake cool for some time and then using a sieve dust your cake with fine sugar, white works well with a chocolate base and brown with a vanilla base cake.
SYRUP DRIZZLING: After cooling your cake drizzle honey, maple, chocolate, strawberry any syrup and flavor which you love, randomly or in a zig zag pattern. You can also use caramel made using sugar on a hot cake to make it glossy.
FRUITS: Bright fruits such as pineapples, cherries, strawberries, oranges and kiwis can be used to cover your cake to give a tropical feel and color to an otherwise simple vanilla cake.
NUTS: Nuts such as walnuts and almonds can be used by crushing them and sprinkling them on top of the cake for a nutty effect and a great texture. You can even use roasted nuts or raisins soaked in wine.
Here is a great video from Everyday Food in this regard –
For a little more creativity you can use frosting/icing with piping bags of various types of nozzles available in the market for a favorable design.
SIMPLE FROSTING: Using a spoon, knife, or a fork there are many ways in which you can give your cake frosting an amazing look. For peaks use a spoon, push it lightly into the frosting and pull straight up forming peaks on both top and sides. For a zig zag effect use the fork and draw lines with a light hand over the frosting. For a wavy effect use a spoon push it in one direction and then in the opposite creating waves. For simple stripes use a knife drawing stripes from the center of the cake pulling out till the sides.
FOR AN OMBRE EFFECT: make three different batches of icing by adding a different of food color to them and apply from the darkest to the lightest color using a palette knife to smooth out and blend the colors.
BISCUIT CRUNCH: Crush or grind your favorite cream biscuits such as Oreo or bourbon to give your cake added crunch.
FOR CHILDREN: Make your cake colorful by adding M&M’s, sprinkles, or silver balls to your frosted cake. You can even use edible glitter available in the market for a glittery party cake or edible paint to add color and design to your cake.
SPRING FLAVOURS: Use edible flowers to cover your cake and give it a delicate touch.
CHOCOLATE: Classic decoration of a cake can always be done using chocolate you can either grate the chocolate on top of the cake or using melted chocolates can cover the entire cake for a sweet tooth.
So get creative and use simple ingredients to brighten up your cake and delight your guests. Do share your thoughts below too.