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Homemade Cake Decoration Ideas by Priyanka ,  Sep 8, 2013
Cakes are fun to make and decorate. It is great to see how creative you can be when you decorate a cake. Some people can take their cake decorator and make the designs they want to and it comes easy for them. Some people have trouble and make mistakes. If you are one of the people who need some help to decorate a cake here is a simple tip that can help you make professional looking cakes.

You will need your icing and cake decorating tools, a cookie sheet and some wax paper to make your cake nice looking. You will also need a flat spot in your freezer to freeze your icing.

Take a piece of wax paper and cut it out so that it is the size of the cake you want to decorate, this is your cake decorating guide. Then place the piece of wax paper, or your cake decorating guide, onto the cookie sheet.

Get your cake icing tools ready and you can start to pipe the decorations onto the piece of wax paper like you would onto the cake. You can use the icing to write words or make pretty roses. If you make a mistake just scoop up the mistake and try again. You can try to make the designs again and again and the wax paper will let you scoop up the mistakes as many times as you want to.

When you get the wax paper to look like you want it to you can put the cookie sheet with the decorated wax paper on it into the freezer and let the icing freeze hard. Once the icing is frozen you can remove it using a spatula and put the icing on your cake like you want it to.

You can use this trick to make your cakes decorated very nice and after a while you might get so good at decorating cakes you won't need to do it on the wax paper anymore.

Decorating cakes can be fun and easy with this simple trick using wax paper and a freezer. You can make a great cake for your child's birthday party or for your anniversary. Surprise someone special with a beautiful cake that you made all by yourself. When you make a cake yourself you can put anything you want on it and you can change your mind if you don't like something without ruining the cake.

Treating your special someone to a homemade, decorated treat doesn’t have to mean destroying your kitchen and your sanity. Make things easy for yourself by using your favorite boxed cake mix and having fun with store-bought frosting and homemade decorations. Here are a few simple ideas for decorations that you probably have on hand that will maximize the wow factor in your next celebration.

1. Jazzed-up frosting Grab a can of your favorite store-bought frosting and give it a colorful punch by adding in food coloring. Make the frosting even more decadent by whipping in a few scoops of fresh cream cheese.

2. Sprinkles and edible glitter Sprinkles come in a variety of shapes and colors. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to make a truly unique creation. Top it off with edible glitter for a cake that truly sparkles.

3. Candy Jelly beans, chocolate candies, gummy worms, cinnamon candies, and more! Small, colorful candies can be used for eyes on a character, gummy worms can be used for a gooey treat, or grab fish-shaped candies for a deep-sea style cake.

4. Race cars Check your local dollar store or the checkout at your grocery store for a small bag of toy cars. These can be used for race-car-themed cakes or city-themed cakes. The dollar store is a great source for other small toys for creating a variety of themes.

Plus: The Cake Boss’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

5. Fresh flowers Head to your garden or the florist and pick out the freshest flowers, like daisies, violets, and carnations, to add a fresh look to your creation. Perfect for afternoon teas, a special birthday cake, or bridal shower, flowers are a beautiful way to make your cake truly unique.

6. Alternative candles Of course you can still use traditional birthday candles, but have some fun with unscented votive and small whimsical candles. Votive candles can be placed around the cake for a romantic feeling and small animal shaped candles can give a fun look to your creation.

7. Cupcakes Cupcakes are cakes, too! Try frosting and arranging cupcakes to look like a flower basket, a rainbow, a friendly caterpillar, or even a snake.

8. Plastic baggiespastry bag As an easy to use, disposable alternative to expensive pastry bags, cut a small hole in the corner of a resealable plastic bag and fill with your favorite frosting. With a steady hand and some confidence, you can write names or phrases on the cake.

9. Ribbon Left over holiday or birthday ribbon is perfect to add another layer of fun to your cake. Make simple bows or simply wrap the ribbon around the cake. Just make sure no one eats it!

10. Cookies and donuts Character shaped cookies or animal crackers can easily make your cake’s theme come alive. Try adding mini-donuts for ears, eyes, or tires for the racetrack.

You can use greaseproof paper wherever possible because it makes life so much easier with baking, working with fondant and giving the flexibility to move the cake from one surface to another where necessary. And also: invest in a piping bag and a few nozzle sizes – they are inexpensive and give a professional finish. Have a medium-sized pallet knife in your kitchen utensil draw – this is essential for cake decorating and it gives a much cleaner finish to your icing. You can find them at specialty cake shops and hospitality stores. Whatever you do – make sure it’s metal and not plastic. And another good idea is: Invest in some cake tins – choose the best size according to the size of parties that you generally host. Is good to have two round and two square tins – around 18cm and 26cm wide.

Few more tips: Buy one or two cake boards to fit the size of your tins. Decorate them with fabric to match the theme of the party and once the party’s over, remove the fabric to re-use the board for the next cake; Bright fabrics and ribbon are terrific for cake decorations and do a great job of hiding any imperfections.

Cake Decorating Ideas: To Dress Up a Cake Beyond The Homemade Look

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Texas Monkey website shares some cake decorating ideas when dealing with a crumbling misshaped cake with a few creative options to give it a more appeal.

Click here:http://texasmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/04/dress-up-cakes-without-stress.html

  • Bake two cakes and set them aside to cool completely

  • Frost the 1st layer of cake. It doesn’t have to look good as the icing will not be visible.

  • Place the next layer of cake on top of the first and frost the whole thing.

  • Take pirouette wafers and press them into the icing around the cake.

  • Tie a ribbon around the cake and place your special element ( theme ) on the top of the cake.

    For Easter: Add a chocolate bunny, green ribbion and a few multi colored jelly beans on top of the strawberries pushed into the top of the cake so the green stem shows. Add blackberries or blueberries for contrast.

  • Decide on the type of frosting or icing you'd like to work with if icing a cake. It's important to feel comfortable with the frosting or icing techniques required for decorating cakes; some are more complicated than others and if you're just starting out, it's recommended that you don't take on difficult decoration projects until your confidence increases. Typical frosting or icing styles include:
    • Buttercream or Vienna cream – this is an easy-to-use frosting that fills gaps and covers up all sorts of unsightly cake bumps and dips! It produces a whipped cream style of appearance and can be smoothed down or allowed to settle in peaks.
      Buttercream or Vienna cream – this is an easy-to-use frosting that fills gaps and covers up all sorts of unsightly cake bumps and dips! It produces a whipped cream style of appearance and can be smoothed down or allowed to settle in peaks.
      Buttercream or Vienna cream – this is an easy-to-use frosting that fills gaps and covers up all sorts of unsightly cake bumps and dips! It produces a whipped cream style of appearance and can be smoothed down or allowed to settle in peaks. Buttercream frosting is easy to color and flavor, with typical flavors including chocolate, vanilla, lemon, coffee, and strawberry.
    • Fluffy frosting – this uses a frosting created by beating in an electric mixer.
      Fluffy frosting – this uses a frosting created by beating in an electric mixer.
      Fluffy frosting – this uses a frosting created by beating in an electric mixer. This must be applied on the day it is to be served; it has a marshmallow type consistency. In storage, the frosting becomes a little crisp and loses its gloss.
    • Sugar paste – sugar paste is rolled fondant.
      Sugar paste – sugar paste is rolled fondant.
      Sugar paste – sugar paste is rolled fondant. It's usually easiest to purchase it ready-made from cake decorating suppliers.
    • Royal icing – this is similar to sugar paste and is often available ready-made.
      Royal icing – this is similar to sugar paste and is often available ready-made.
      Royal icing – this is similar to sugar paste and is often available ready-made.
    • Pastillage – this icing comes from the cake decorating supplier in powder form and is very useful for intricate decorating work that you need to keep in shape.
      Pastillage – this icing comes from the cake decorating supplier in powder form and is very useful for intricate decorating work that you need to keep in shape.
      Pastillage – this icing comes from the cake decorating supplier in powder form and is very useful for intricate decorating work that you need to keep in shape. It's a sugar paste dough or gum and can also be made from scratch. The icing dries very quickly, and once dry, it is so hard it will "snap" if bent. It has a high ability to resist breaking down in the presence of moisture. The downside to this icing is that you'll need to work with it very fast, before it dries. If you want to use pastillage for modeling, you'll need to mix it 50/50 with sugar paste.
    • Petal paste – this icing is ideal for making flowers, as it produces extremely fine detail.
      Petal paste – this icing is ideal for making flowers, as it produces extremely fine detail.
      Petal paste – this icing is ideal for making flowers, as it produces extremely fine detail. It's a good idea to slightly dampen your fingers when working with this paste.
    • Sugar glue helps to hold modeled pieces in place
      Sugar glue helps to hold modeled pieces in place
      Sugar glue – this isn't icing but a "glue" that allows you to stick together pieces modeled from icing.
    • Modeling paste allows for all sorts of creations
      Modeling paste allows for all sorts of creations
      Modeling paste – this is a combination of sugar paste mixed with gum tragacanth to make an edible modeling paste.
    • Pre-made icing sheets with printed designs – these are popular for children's cakes and feature such designs as movie, cartoon, and TV show characters.
      Pre-made icing sheets with printed designs – these are popular for children's cakes and feature such designs as movie, cartoon, and TV show characters.
      Pre-made icing sheets with printed designs – these are popular for children's cakes and feature such designs as movie, cartoon, and TV show characters. Follow the instructions provided on how to apply these to the cake's surface.
    • Dusted icing sugar – while very simple, this can be very effective on the right type of cake, especially where the cake's constitution is already sufficiently rich without adding icing or frosting (such as flourless cakes and dessert cakes).
      Dusted icing sugar – while very simple, this can be very effective on the right type of cake, especially where the cake's constitution is already sufficiently rich without adding icing or frosting (such as flourless cakes and dessert cakes).
      Dusted icing sugar – while very simple, this can be very effective on the right type of cake, especially where the cake's constitution is already sufficiently rich without adding icing or frosting (such as flourless cakes and dessert cakes).
  • Think beyond icing or frosting. There are many other means for decorating a cake besides icing or frosting. You can use such items in combination with icing, or add them direct to the cake. These include:
    • Fruit – fresh fruit pieces, dried fruit, fruit arranged into shapes such as flowers or animals, glazed fruit (with jam, etc.
      Fruit – fresh fruit pieces, dried fruit, fruit arranged into shapes such as flowers or animals, glazed fruit (with jam, etc.
      Fruit – fresh fruit pieces, dried fruit, fruit arranged into shapes such as flowers or animals, glazed fruit (with jam, etc.), toffee-dipped, crystallized rind, etc.
    • Flowers – edible flowers can make a cake appear very elegant.
      Flowers – edible flowers can make a cake appear very elegant.
      Flowers – edible flowers can make a cake appear very elegant
    • Cream – thickened cream can be shaped into quenelles, spread over a cake, used for filling or piped on.
      Cream – thickened cream can be shaped into quenelles, spread over a cake, used for filling or piped on.
      Cream – thickened cream can be shaped into quenelles, spread over a cake, used for filling or piped on
    • Candies – all sorts of candies can make excellent cake designs.
      Candies – all sorts of candies can make excellent cake designs.
      Candies – all sorts of candies can make excellent cake designs
    • Drizzled chocolate – either randomly drizzled, or in a pre-determined pattern.
      Drizzled chocolate – either randomly drizzled, or in a pre-determined pattern.
      Drizzled chocolate – either randomly drizzled, or in a pre-determined pattern
    • Dusted cocoa or other chocolate – chocolate curls, sprinkles, pieces, shapes, etc.
      Dusted cocoa or other chocolate – chocolate curls, sprinkles, pieces, shapes, etc.
      Dusted cocoa or other chocolate – chocolate curls, sprinkles, pieces, shapes, etc.
    • Nuts – especially halved, slivered, or shaved nuts.
      Nuts – especially halved, slivered, or shaved nuts.
      Nuts – especially halved, slivered, or shaved nuts
    • Streusel topping – baked on, no need to decorate other than a quenelle of cream next to each serve.
      Streusel topping – baked on, no need to decorate other than a quenelle of cream next to each serve.
      Streusel topping – baked on, no need to decorate other than a quenelle of cream next to each serve
    • Toffee strands, shards, or shapes – you'll need to practice making these until you get the knack of it but toffee can work well as a decorative element on a cake.
      Toffee strands, shards, or shapes – you'll need to practice making these until you get the knack of it but toffee can work well as a decorative element on a cake.
      Toffee strands, shards, or shapes – you'll need to practice making these until you get the knack of it but toffee can work well as a decorative element on a cake
    • Coconut (shredded or desiccated) – coconut can be colored using food coloring (use wet hands or wet gloved hands to rub the coloring through); it can also be toasted.
      Coconut (shredded or desiccated) – coconut can be colored using food coloring (use wet hands or wet gloved hands to rub the coloring through); it can also be toasted.
      Coconut (shredded or desiccated) – coconut can be colored using food coloring (use wet hands or wet gloved hands to rub the coloring through); it can also be toasted
    • Jam or preserves.
      Jam or preserves.
      Jam or preserves.
  • Learn some other essential techniques required for decorating cakes successfully. There are a number of helpful techniques that can help your cake decorating experience:
    • Painting on sugar – use food coloring and a small, fine paintbrush for painting color on sugar paste, petal paste, pastillage, and royal icing.
      Painting on sugar – use food coloring and a small, fine paintbrush for painting color on sugar paste, petal paste, pastillage, and royal icing.
      Painting on sugar – use food coloring and a small, fine paintbrush for painting color on sugar paste, petal paste, pastillage, and royal icing. The paintbrush must be barely dampened, in order to avoid causing color run on the icing or sugar model.
    • Stippling – use a medium sized brush with a firm head to dot paint across a smooth icing surface.
    • Piping on icing or frosting – piping is an excellent way to create designs on the surface of a cake.
      Piping on icing or frosting – piping is an excellent way to create designs on the surface of a cake.
      Piping on icing or frosting – piping is an excellent way to create designs on the surface of a cake. Designs can include flowers, hearts, writing, borders, patterns, etc. Piping equipment can be purchased commercially, or you can make piping bags using paper or plastic at home.
    • Shaping cakes – the ability to create amazing shapes in cakes is about breaking down square, rectangle or circular cakes through "sculpting" and reassembling them into the desired shape.
      Shaping cakes – the ability to create amazing shapes in cakes is about breaking down square, rectangle or circular cakes through "sculpting" and reassembling them into the desired shape.
      Shaping cakes – the ability to create amazing shapes in cakes is about breaking down square, rectangle or circular cakes through "sculpting" and reassembling them into the desired shape. Use a sharp, serrated knife to cut a basic butter cake or madeira cake into the appropriate shapes, following the instructions of a recipe. If you accidentally cut off more than you wished, "glue" it back on using buttercream.
    • Always decorate the rim of the cake unless this would detract from your design. Take a piping bag and make draping designs around the cake. In general, leaving the rims and sides un-iced makes the cake look "unfinished".

  • Use color creatively.
    Use color creatively.
    Use color creatively. When choosing the color themes for your decorated cake, consider the following things to help you choose the right colors:
    • Is the cake for someone who adores a particular color?
    • Is the cake a character cake that needs to be colored in a particular way? Many children's cakes will be like this, and you can use photos online to guide your coloring choices.
    • Is the cake for a special occasion, such as a graduation party? In this instance, you might like to use the person's future college colors!
    • Use sprinkles, other frosting colors, or different types of chocolate for extra color.

  • Candies make great windows for transport themed cakes!
    Candies make great windows for transport themed cakes!
    Learn how to turn an ordinary piece of food into something decorative. There isn't enough space to explain the art of making decorations out of candies, dried fruit, vegetables, other baked goods, etc., but it's important to be creative when you're trying to make features for a cake. For example, you can make a perfectly acceptable mouse by using a date with two small candies tucked in for ears and a long rope of licorice sticking out as a tail. When placed on a cake, it makes for a realistic mouse. Or, use round candies as porthole windows in a ship, sliced marshmallows as flower petals, button candies as keys on a keyboard or phone pad, form a white ball of frosting as a golf ball, etc., and many candies can be put to imaginative use as eyes, whiskers, ears, noses, tails, etc.
    • Use online searches for cake decorations (photos, blogs, etc.), to inspire new ideas for using food items creatively on your cakes.

  • Use ready-made decorations.
    Use ready-made decorations.
    Use ready-made decorations. While there is no need to over-complicate a cake with anything inedible, sometimes adding plastic or paper decorations can add special touches that none of the previously discussed methods can achieve. Some examples include:
    • Wedding cake toppers such as depictions of the bride and groom, bells, doves, or an archway.
      Wedding cake toppers such as depictions of the bride and groom, bells, doves, or an archway.
      Wedding cake toppers such as depictions of the bride and groom, bells, doves, or an archway.
    • Animals for a farm, theme park, or zoo scene.
      Animals for a farm, theme park, or zoo scene.
      Animals for a farm, theme park, or zoo scene. Where making all these animals in modeling paste might be too time-consuming or frustrating, turning to the plastic equivalent is a cinch. Just be sure that they're thoroughly washed first.

  • The serving plate is also an important decorative element
    The serving plate is also an important decorative element
    Use beautiful serving plates. Ensuring that the cake plate is suited to the overall design will ensure the cake's final decorative touch.
    • Plates with patterns should not clash with the decorative design. Yet, with a cake that is more plainly decorated, a patterned plate can set it off perfectly.
    • Basic white plates are elegant and easy to match to all decorative styles.
    • Bold colors on plates can work well provided it doesn't clash with the cake's main color.
    • Glass plates are lovely with decorated cakes; there is an old world effect brought about by a cake on glass.
    • Cake stands are perfect for many decorated cakes; they lift the cake up for ease of viewing and make it the centerpiece of the table.
    • If you don't want to use a plate or a cake stand, consider using a cake board. Cake boards make it easy to handle the cake for transportation, whether it be from your kitchen to the dining room, or from your kitchen via the car to somewhere else completely! These can be made at home using cardboard or thin wooden board covered with foil, or they can be purchased ready-made from a cake decorating supplier.
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