Cake baking and decorating is not just for girls. Many of the best recipes that you find are also adapted for the average household baker. Cake decorating is both fun and challenging for both the experienced and novice bakers. There are a number of cake decorating tools that you can purchase from your local retailer or online. Use these tools to make a unique cake for your next special occasion.
If you have a cake decorating bag which comes with a non-stick lining, then you already have the basic tool set that you will need. The cake pan that you will be baking in a non-stick oven with a non-stick non-flour spray or with baking spray is the foundation for your cake. A simple round cake pan or rectangular cake pan works best. If you plan to do any cupcake frosting, use a pastry bag with an airtight container.
Next, you will want to consider your cake decorating tools. These tools include a basic food processor or blender, a mixing bowl set, a pastry bag with a non-stick lining, and most importantly, a food color spray or food coloring. These colors will provide highlights and shadows for your designs, thus making them look more attractive and more colorful. Another tool that is very useful is a cake leveler, which helps in evenly spreading the fondant over the cake and is also helpful for making cupcakes.
The icing piping tools include clear and colored icing sponges and tip, metal and plastic cake stands, and piping bags. Icing piping can be done with regular icing tips or specialty icing tips, which are specifically made for different types of designs. Metal and plastic cake stands come in many styles and designs. All of these tools are needed for beginners and professionals alike.
Cupcake decorating comes with a special tool: the cake leveler. This tool is essential for any cake decorator. Without it, cake decorating couldn’t be completed. It allows you to work on your layers without worrying about whether or not the cake will sink into the pan.
For baking, you will need two pans: a wooden or metal round cake pan and a lined baking sheet. If you’re doing a layered cake, then you will also need a cake pan with a removable bottom. Baking sheets are needed for making individual cakes. You can either purchase ready-made baking sheets from your bakery supply store or make your own out of good-quality paper and plastic, or even better–cardboard.
When it comes to cake baking and decorating ideas, there are lots of options! Some bakers prefer to use tiered cake decorating racks to achieve a layered look. Another favorite is the chocolate fondant icing. Another decoration idea is to create a tiered cake out of fondant strips by putting them on a lined cake and filling it with chocolate chips. Another great idea for cake decorating is to create a tiered cake out of fondant strips and then decorate it like a cake.
Other cake decorating tools include: piping bags, a pastry bag, Bakelite gloves, a pastry board and a fork. Some popular cake decorating tools include: cake pans, cake markers, cake tops, cake fillers, cake knives and cake stands. To ensure your cake is the ultimate expression of your creativity, you should plan and prepare your cake at least one month in advance. Learn more about cake decorating tools by purchasing “Cake Decorating and serving Tips for Beginners” available on our website. This book provides a comprehensive range of cake decorating and serving tips for all skill levels.