We're all for getting your hands dirty (or in this case, coated in sugar). Getting all up in it is the best way to master any new skill. But there are some lessons that you really don’t need to learn the hard way. So we asked a few professional decorators to spill the secrets they wish they’d known from the get-go.
Cake decorating is all about fancy piping tips, clever cutters and specialty tools you can use to create amazing effects. But that doesn't mean you have to buy out the store to get started. In fact, it's way better to start with the basics: pick up just what you need to nail that perfectly smooth, flawless fondant or buttercream surface. Once you've mastered that key skill, the rest is just... icing.
Have your cake and decorate it, too! Get step-by-step instructions for baking, building and decorating your cake with fondant or buttercream. Yum!
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Who doesn't love chocolate cake? Abby takes your baking skills a step further with this classic layer cake, starting with how to perfectly grease and flour your pans and then demonstrating the right way to cream together butter and sugar. Learn about butter temperature and how to recognize visual cues that your batter is flawlessly mixed, then identify when the cake layers are perfectly baked.
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If you think of buttercream as just a blank canvas for borders and blooms, think again. Today's freshest cakes explore a whole universe of incredible textures, styles and effects. Best of all, many are surprisingly simple to create. Cake-makers, prepare to play.
Imagine a cake that's perfectly moist, delightfully fluffy and packed with chocolate flavor. Now what if we told you that you could make that cake without any dairy or eggs? We wouldn't blame you for doubting us. But that's the reality of this to-die-for chocolate cake recipe from Joshua John Russell (the star of our very own Man About Cake series).
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You know those super-stylish letter and number cakes that have been ALL OVER Instagram this year? You might be surprised to learn that you can make your own without a lot of fancy decorating skills. All it takes is some basic equipment, pretty stuff to pile on top, and plenty of creativity. Read on and prepare to score a perfect 10!
The good news: This standout (and stand up!) cake is way easier to make than it looks, and no carving tools are needed. The bad news: Actually, there is none. We're here to make all your rainbow dreams come true with a cake full of awesome, and it's the perfect centerpiece for a birthday bash, baby shower or whatever else comes your way.