Check out ‘Ace of Cakes’ on thestreet.com as he shares some excellent advice for cake decorating beginners and pros alike.
On his must-have list: a cake wheel, serrated knife (for carving), filet knife (for “getting underneath things”), spatulas (for spreading icing), food coloring (from a baking or candy supply company, not the cheap stuff in the supermarket) and cake pans galore.
There are some incredibly valuable tips for aspiring cake decorators who love using fondant:
…Have shortening on hand — preferably “a very neutral vegetable oil that’s been hydrogenated,” like Crisco — so you can loosen up fondant that’s too firm. (Conversely, if it’s too loose, Goldman suggests using corn starch to firm it up.)
“Good art is borrowed, great art is stolen…”
Goldman has no problem with beginners — or even advanced — cake makers patterning their designs after icons or famous works or art. (Or for that matter, cakes made by other cake designers, including Goldman himself.)
Practice, Practice Practice
Goldman notes that his formal training in cake design consisted of two weeks worth of lessons in culinary school. The rest all came from trial and error.
Here’s an article that combines two activites that require a little bit of patience to learn but provide a great time for friends and family: decorating cakes and the Wii. You know that cake decorating is hitting all sectors of our culture when it hits the cover of Wired Magazine. One caveat: this cake is not for eating. This is my biggest issue with cake decorating today: Can’t a cake be a work of art and delicious too? The original article is at Wired.com A more in-depth article with recipes and details is at GamingWithBaby.com.
Here’s a great video lesson from PinkCakeBox.com on how to really dress up a fondant cookie. This technique could easily be applied to a wedding cookie, baby shower cookie, birthday cookie and more. We have a the best resource for wholesale cookie cutters, so drop me a line if you’d like more info.