This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

So you want to decorate a cake, but you’re new to baking and designing cakes? Great! You’ve arrived at the right place. Cake decorating does not have to be difficult or frightening. Anyone can make a beautifully decorated cake treat that is a delicious feast for the eyes and the taste buds with a few simple Decorating Cake Tips, patience, and practice.

Let us all openly admit that a delicious, creamy cake is what our hearts desire. Spongy, rich cake layers wrapped in luscious icing and topped with juicy berries, crunchy nuts, and chocolates are a treat to look at, smell, and taste.

Here are some amazing cake-decorating methods, ranging from piping techniques to the best approach for writing on a cake.


Most Romantic Decorated Cake

A heart-shaped red velvet cake topped with butter cream and embellished with dried raspberry powder was made with basic decorating techniques.
Let us celebrate our love with cake

Tools Needed for Cake Decoration

Basic cake-decorating tools include:

  • Rotating cake turntable: Not totally necessary, but will make your job much easier.
  • Serrated cake or bread knife: For dividing and leveling layers.
  • Offset spatula: For frosting cakes
  • Bench scraper: For smoothing icing and creating ornamental markings and patterns.
  • Pastry bag or piping bag.

How to Decorate A Cake at Home

Freeze Your Cake

Frosting the cake will be much simpler because it will have a firmer surface once the cake layers have been frozen for at least an hour and possibly even a month.

Allow the layers to cool completely before leveling them and immediately wrap them in plastic wrap, either individually or separated by a piece of parchment paper.

To guarantee that no cake is visible, cover it twice in plastic wrap.


Level Your Cake

It’s crucial to level your cakes because if the tops of the layers are not totally flat, they could lean or wobble when you stack them.

Using the serrated knife, Start the blade at the edge and maintain it level as you rotate the cake on the turntable, sawing rather than pushing the blade through the cake.


Adding A Crumb Coat

A crumb coat is a very thin coating of frosting that helps keep any loose crumbs from landing on the cake’s exterior.

After stacking the layers with any desired frosting or fillings in between, place a thin layer of frosting all over the outside with an offset spatula.

To prevent loose crumbs from getting into the frosting, scrape the spatula off in a separate small bowl before dipping it into the frosting.


Taking Pleasure to the Next Level

Decorating a white, smooth cake using a pipe bag filled with chocolate on a rotating cake turntable
I decorate cakes, what’s your superpower?

Frosting the Cake

Apply a heap of frosting to the top and rotate the cake after setting the assembled layers on the turntable. Use your bench scraper to spread the frosting out evenly.

After that, complete the sides. Rotate the bench scraper in the opposite direction while running it down the sides of the cake.


Little Frosted Cupcakes with A Fantastic Flavor

Delicious homemade vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on a metal grille
Too pretty to eat.

Piping Frosting

Piping on the frosting is an easy approach to achieve a variety of interesting effects. Use a star piping tip to decorate the cake with roses.

The center of the rose should be held with the tip perpendicular to the cake’s surface. Next, squeeze the piping bag while swirling the rose’s edges outward. Once the rose has grown to the proper size, gently release pressure.

Use a petal piping tip to create ruffles by piping around the edge of the cake with the broader end of the tip up against the cake, working your way up from the bottom.


What A Glorious Delight!

The beautifully decorated, tasty homemade red velvet cake with meringue and mascarpone cream.
This is just too beautiful to eat!

Cake Lettering

Writing on cakes may appear challenging at first, but with training, it becomes much easier.

A parchment paper circle the size of your cake is an excellent way to practice. This will help you visualize how the letters and decorations will be spaced. Plan ahead of time to determine where you want to put everything.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What are the three essentials of cake decorating?

Icing consistency, bag position, and pressure control are the three essential aspects of cake decorating.

What is the difference between icing and frosting?

Icing is lighter than frosting and has a brighter, smoother texture.

Is frosting better than icing?

The frosting works best for thicker, textured decorations on top of cakes and cupcakes. Cake frosting can also be used between cake layers.


Decorating Cake Tips

Use pre-purchased cookies, fruits, and/or nuts for decorating a cake without having to use a large number of cake-decorating tools. You can create a stunning cake in a matter of minutes by properly placing these toppers.

Use a sifter or tea infuser spoon to lightly dust the cake with powdered sugar or cocoa to hide any frosting-stained cake boards or to simply create a clean appearance at the base of the cake.

Create forms like hearts with stencils and nonpareils, edible glitter, or decorating sugars. Gumballs are a suitable candy option for this unique cake.


More Hacks to Try:


No ratings yet

Decorating Cake Tips

By: Lama
There is nothing quite as delicious and magnificent as a handmade cake, and the feeling of accomplishment you have in making a gorgeous cake is second only to the pleasure of sharing it on the happiest of occasions. If you want to become a cake decorating pro, we'll provide you with some cake decorating tips.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Equipment

  • cake pan
  • medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer
  • Large bowl

Ingredients 

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cups whole milk

Instructions 

  • First, preheat the oven to 350℉. Butter and line the bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper; butter the parchment and dust the pans with flour, tapping off the excess.
  • Second, in a bowl,whisk 3 cups of flour, salt, and baking powder. In a large bowl, combine 2 sticks of butter with sugar and beat with a mixer on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, or until frothy.
  • Third, as you add the eggs one at a time, reduce the mixer's speed to medium and scrape the bowl as necessary. Blend in the vanilla. In three batches, beat in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk and beginning and finishing with the flour, until just smooth.
  • Finally, divide the batter among the prepared baking pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto racks to cool completely.

Notes

Use pre-purchased cookies, fruits, and/or nuts for decorating a cake without having to use a large number of cake decorating tools. You can create a stunning cake in a matter of minutes by properly placing these toppers.
Use a sifter or tea infuser spoon to lightly dust the cake with powdered sugar or cocoa to hide any frosting-stained cake boards or to simply create a clean appearance at the base of the cake.
Create forms like hearts with stencils and nonpareils, edible glitter, or decorating sugars. Gumballs are a suitable candy option for this unique cake.
Like this recipe? Rate and comment below!

About Lama

I'm Lama, welcome to my blog where you will find simple and diverse recipes your entire family will enjoy. I am honored to connect with you through the recipes I prepare!

You May Also Like:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating