By On Oct 23, 2018 Cake Ideas
Several years ago, I completed the four-week Basic Course in the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating. It was through that course that I not only learned how to frost a cake but how to make it look like a bakery-bought one, too. In this article, I will share some of the great tips I learned on how to get the cake ready to decorate. The second article, Part Two, is all about making the icing, the different icing tips and what they do. The final article, Part Three, is about the mistakes I made on my first cakes.
Once the top of the cake is smooth and to your liking, pop it into the fridge for a few minutes, maybe 10? Using a toothpick or something toothpick-like, write out the message on top of the cake. This technique can greatly reduce the anxiety associated with spacing the letters, numbers, or message. If a mistake is made, it’s no big deal. Simply use a warm off-set spatula to "erase" the error and begin again. When happy with outline, pipe over it with the frosting.
I love the look of a very smooth buttercream and almost exclusively use my off-set spatula for frosting the outside of the cake over the crumb-coat. Once the cake is initially covered, let the knife sit under hot running water for a moment and quickly wipe away the water from contact edge (you don’t want to add water to the frosting). The heated blade will help provide smoothness to the buttercream. Don’t be afraid to return the off-set spatula to the hot water.
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