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Sure, your homemade cakes are delicious, but do they look as good as they taste? In these videos, pastry chef Amanda Oakleaf demonstrates how to put finishing touches on cakes that make them look like they came straight from the bakery. She'll teach you how to airbrush a cake; cover it with fondant; make sugar flowers; create a baby figurine cake topper; make a fondant ribbon and bow; and much more. The step-by-step instructions make them easy to master.
Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds -- wedding cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake decorating.When picking out wedding cake designs we find that there are three options. You could do a traditional three-tiered wedding cake decorated to match your event and then you would serve that to all your guests. You could also do miniature versions maybe two-tiered or single tiered mini two servings worth of cake and those could be your center pieces, maybe one on every table. You could also do them as favors. One on every plate, and those could match your event as well, decorated for the party. You could also do another option which would be to do a dummy cake. So say you have fifty people at your wedding, 50 servings of cake, but you want it to look like a 100-200 serving cake, much taller, more elegant. You can do a dummy cake where half the cake would be Styrofoam and the other half would be actual edible cake. That way you get the height and design. The Styrofoam can be decorated just like the rest of the cake and everything matches. You could also do sheet cakes in the back. Now if you wanted just a smaller cake to be the display but you don't want to cut it, you want to keep it looking pretty, you want to keep it on display, you could have sheet cakes in the back in the kitchen and those could be cut and served to the guests as well. So you can consider what options you like best for designing your wedding cake.