Beginner Cake Decorating

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  • 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.
    Kristin Doherty
  • You'll go back to this basic buttercream by Joshua John Russell again and again, whether you keep it classic or change it up with new flavors. Oreos and mint are just the beginning!
  • Sure, the cake decorating world is full of 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.
    Wendy McGowan
  • If you've ever written HAPPY BRTHDAY on a cake that was absolutely perfect until the moment you grabbed the piping bag, then you know why writing on cakes freaks people out. The fear is real.
    Wendy McGowan
Beginner Skills
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    Conquer the pliable sugar dough known as fondant as Jenny shares her best tips for handling, storing and coloring to make gorgeous, professional-looking decorated cakes.
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    Make your cakes and treats enticing — learn to pipe more than 15 flowers with buttercream or royal icing!
    Beth Somers
    Beth Somers
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    Learn a wide variety of decorations you can create with a star tip, like rosettes, shells, zigzags and many more!
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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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We've rounded up all the tools (and know-how!) you'll need to start making beautiful cakes. Plus, you can follow along with our Startup Library: Cake Decorating class.
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