From the Archives – Basic Cake Decorating Tips
I thought today it would be fun to walk you through how I come up with cake ideas and put them into action. I always use Betty Crocker Cake mixes and icing and then I embellish with food coloring, sprinkles or even marshmallow fondant. I find them easy to work with and because they are always consistent I know how they will respond to my experimentation. Plus it helps that my family has always preferred Betty Crocker cake mixes even over home-made, so the time I save baking I take for decorating.
This year my youngest has a thing for My Little Ponies so that is the idea I ran with. Then it was time to decide what kind of cake design to go with. Some years I have gone all out and built 3D cakes but I didn’t think I would be able to pull it off for a My Little Pony cake, and since I just made a cake using marshmallow fondant, I started to think of other ways I could make my daughter a My Little Pony cake. A stencil seemed to be the easiest way, but I wasn’t sure if it would work out how I saw it in my head. It ended up not quite working as well, but it did work.
Using a cutting board behind the paper I cut out a printed picture of a My Little Pony that I found on the internet and then sprinkled a little bit of icing sugar around the edges to get the outline.
From here things got a little bit sticky so no pictures, but what I did is outlined the icing sugar pony in black icing. Then I filled in the body using my (clean) finger to smooth it out as best I could, using the writing tip for both. The sides of the cake were next using a butter knife to smooth the icing down. The top of the cake I filled in using the star tip making sure not to distort the outline of the Pony. Once that was on I put the writing tip back on a used it to make the hair, draping it off the edge a bit. To hide the edges at the bottom of the cake I used skittles which turned out to be a real hit.
I had trouble with the writing, which is always the case, but all in all the cake turned out OK. I know that for the birthday girl the cake was perfect and amazing, even though I joke that it was another one for Cake Wrecks.Cake mix – $2.50 Icing – $4.39 Skittles – $1.39 Reaction on Miss Vs face when she saw her cake = Priceless
Moral of the story is kids won’t remember how bad the cake looked, just that you took the time to make something special. This cake took about 2 hours from start to finish. Now to come up with a fabulous idea for my oldest daughters 11 th birthday. It’s getting harder as they get older.