8 Fun Tips for Fabulous Cake Decorating ...

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I've been researching tips for cake decorating like mad, because I just bought an amazing cake decorating kit. I love baking pastries, from cupcakes and cakes to pies, custards, and crèmes brûlées … but I suck at decorating. It's not that I don't have great ideas, I just get in trouble with the execution, hence the mad dash for cake decorating tips. These aren't techniques, but keep an eye out for those – I plan to share them as I learn them! However, before you ever start learning how to pipe realistic flowers or roll and shape fondant, you have to know how to get there. So, if you want to get into decorating cakes but you need a little help, just keep reading – and please add your own tips, too!

1. Measure Precisely

Like say, baking is extremely precise. Flour, butter, sugar – you have to add exact amounts, and woe to your pastries if you add too much. The best tips for cake decorating echo this hard, fast rule. When you're making your own butter cream or fondant, you absolutely have to measure carefully. Too much powdered sugar, for instance, and your frosting won't be pliant enough; too little, it's not stiff enough for decorating. Too much butter, the taste is off; too little, it doesn't set properly. You also have to be careful when you're adding extras, but I'll get to that part in a minute!

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