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Friday, November 14, 2008

Cake Decorating - A Fabulous Mixture of Cookery and Art

Cake decorating is a fabulous mixture of cookery and art, with a sprinkling of inspiration, precise care and reckless use of the imagination thrown in for good measure. Cake decorating is my hobby and, as such, is hugely satisfying. The popularity of cake decorating is undeniably intense. I'm going to show you that cake decorating is fun for everyone.


Cakes are a unique food product because cakes can be cooked, molded, shaped, and decorated to look like just about anything imaginable. While the history of cake dates back to ancient Egyptian times when cakes were more bread-like, the art of cake decorating has a relatively short history that dates back to the mid-17th century when cake pans made their debut in kitchens across Europe. During the 1840s, the advent of temperature-controlled ovens and the production of baking soda and baking powder made baking cakes much easier.

Cake decorating is probably one of the most fun and creative hobbies you can get yourself into. Cake Decorating is not an impossible art to learn, but it does take practice and patience. Decorating a cake usually involves covering a cake with some form of icing and then using decorative sugars, candies, chocolate or icing decorations to embellish the cake. Cake decorating Equipment ? When you are decorating for birthdays and the holidays, you don't need every cake decorating tool out there, but you do need a few basics. Cake decorating is made easy these days as there are cake decorating kits easily available in the market.


Cake decorating is one of the sugar arts that uses icing and other edible decorative elements to make otherwise plain cakes more visually interesting. But it can also be as simple as sprinkling a fine coat of icing sugar or drizzling a glossy blanket of glaze over the top of a cake. Icing decorations can be made by either piping icing flowers and decorative borders or by molding gum paste, fondant, or marzipan flowers and figures. Icing should stand to 3-4 inch peak on spatula knife, if icing begins to fall slightly after lengthy use, simply rewhip. Icing is the finishing touch on cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.


Cake decorating is not as difficult as it seems. The aim of cake decorating is to enhance the appearance of the cake. Successful cake decorating is all about preparation. The enjoyment of cake decorating is that there are no two cakes alike.

By Kath Ibbetson

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