If store-bought pastries have gotten a little stale, this guide will help you jazz up that birthday cake with real style.
You will need
- An apron
- An icing spatula
- A turntable or lazy susan
- A pastry bag
- Assorted piping tips
- Cookie cutters
- Assorted candies
- Assorted cookies
- or popcorn
Step 1 Prepare work area Lay out all your tools and decorations so that everything is easily accessible. Put on an apron, as things may get messy.
Step 2 Frost cake Apply an even coating of room temperature frosting using an icing spatula and a turntable or lazy susan to spin the cake around as you work.
Chill the cake in the refrigerator to solidify the frosting before adding more decorations.
Step 3 Etch words or designs Use toothpicks to gently etch designs or words into the frosting. If you make a mistake, just re-frost and start over.
Step 4 Pipe words and designs Use a pastry bag and piping tips to personalize your cake with words and original designs using different colored frostings.
Step 5 Cut out fondant shapes Cut shapes out of fondant using cookie cutters and attach them to your cake.
Step 6 Add candies Add candies, cookies, nuts, and even popcorn to create detail and let your creativity shine.
Avoid using inedible decorations, especially around small children, as these can be a choking hazard.
Step 7 Remember the candles Add birthday candles and you’ll have a completely original birthday cake.
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