Ideas for Decorating a Cake

There are plenty of ideas for decorating a cake in cook books and also on the internet, so here's only a short list of tips to consider when trying to bake a tasty and great looking cake:

· If you want to ice the cake you baked, thin out the icing using some corn syrup before applying it. This way you'll be able to spread it smoothly on the entire surface of the cake.
· If you need ideas for decorating a cake with fondant, start with flowers - roses, tulips, daffodils, sunflowers or lavender, all of them look great when made of fondant or sugar paste and they're also tasty! You can use only flowers for your masterpiece or you can also add leaves, ropes and ribbons, stars and even animals. The idea is to use a limited number of colors and textures and to mix them in order to obtain an elegant and original cake.
· When you're trying to add a personal touch to the final look of your artwork, you can opt for unexpected shapes, which can be obtained directly by using various pans or by cutting the layers after baking them. Here are some simple shaping ideas for decorating a cake: for a wedding, you can turn your cake into a building or landscape that has a particular meaning for the happy couple; in case of a birthday, you can create a gadget-cake or a make-up kit; for a baby shower, you can opt for a cupcakes or pancakes-cake! All these alternatives are original and look amazing when covered in sweet creams or colored fondant!
These are only some ideas for decorating a cake, which can help you when you're in a hurry and need to come up with an interesting, original and great looking cake for a special person. As for the taste, you can opt for various flavors and creams, such as caramel icing, vanilla cream, butter cream, black or white chocolate, strawberries icing, peanut butter or banana cream. Just put the layers together, fill them with the chosen cream, cover the cake in fondant and add the sugar shapes and ornaments and your cake is ready to be served!
It is always fun and exciting to see the finished product and its worth all the effort you have put in. So I hope this has given you some tips for decorating cakes for that very special occasion.
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