Cake Decorating For Dummies by Joe LoCicero

By Joe LoCicero

Create marriage ceremony, bathe, vacation, and festive kids' cakes

Easy at-home guide for making and adorning marvelous cakes

Want to make appealing brownies? This enjoyable, instructive advisor promises basic innovations for developing tarts for all celebrations. You get specialist recommendation in all of the fundamentals -- from baking to icing to adorning with type. You'll additionally locate scrumptious foolproof recipes, nice rules for themed tarts, and savvy tips for beginning a cake adorning business!

Discover how to:

* locate components and supplies
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Make a cake from scratch
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Use frostings and fillings
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Cut and serve a cake
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Troubleshoot cake catastrophes
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Master artistic options

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These spatulas are quite different from the ones you may use to flip burgers or fried eggs: They look more like knives with rounded blades and usually feature wood or molded plastic handles. In the icing spatula arena, I prefer offset or angle-blade spatulas. I find that they’re more flexible and give my cakes a smoother finish. I recommend that you get two sizes of the offset kind: a 4-inch one and a 9-inch one. In addition, you’ll also get a lot of use out of a straight 8-inch spatula, which is particularly good for crumb coating.

Fixating on flower nails A flower nail is a spindly tool with a large, circular flat head; as you can see in Figure 2-3, it looks very much like its name suggests. However, the head of a flower nail is much larger than that of any nail you’d find in a hardware store. Flower nails come in different sizes, but a #7 is a good standard size for your decorating kit. 17 18 Part I: Getting Ready to Decorate with Ease and Expertise Figure 2-2: Putting a coupler on a pastry bag. The head of a flower nail is big enough to craft a single frosting rose bloom on, but even if rose-making doesn’t interest you, you also can use it for creating other types of flowers.

Unfortunately, cakes don’t always turn out like the pictures on pan packaging, so if you plan to use a specialty shape pan for a special occasion, do a trial run and bake a cake in it ahead of time to avoid any mishaps with your final product. Also, many specialty pans turn out cakes with raised or indented features, and baking a test cake gives you the opportunity to figure out the best way to spotlight the intricate design. For example, you may want to sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar or coat it with a thin icing that settles into the design’s fine lines.

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