Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Cake Boss. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
Every year for the kids birthdays I pride myself on making their cake. Every year I’ve gotten better and better. I’m not Cake Boss but it’s a work in progress. Over the last year I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks and with the right tools I know I can make a cake that everyone thinks was purchased at a Bakery. And it’s not just me who can do this, it’s anyone!
Want me to prove it? This week I had some friends over to participate in a cake decorating party.
It was so fun getting everyone together during the holiday season. It gave us all time to connect, decompress and have some fun! Cake Boss sent us everything that we needed to bake and decorate our cake including, cake mixes, fondant of varying colors, yellow and pink icing, vanilla frosting and specialty tools like icing tips, fondant rolling pin, fondant smoother, fondant ribbon cutter, letter stamps, spatulas and icing spatulas. I was so excited about the icing tips because I love decorating with icing.
Everyone was so excited to decorate their cakes I started by giving some Decorating Cakes for Beginners which are some things I’ve learned over the last year that have really helped me become better at icing cakes and decorating them!
1. Keep it cool. Let the cake cool completely before icing. My process is allowing it to cool on a wire rack and then placing it in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before icing.
2. Crumb Coat. Whether you’re using fondant or a buttercream frosting it’s so important to start with a crumb coat. A crumb coat is a is your base layer, it’s going to be filled with crumbs but that’s okay, this is where you get the ugly out! This is a thin coat, you don’t need a ton of icing for this!
3. Keep it warm. When you’re doing your crumb coat you want your icing to be on the warm side. This will make it much easier for the icing to spread. You can do this in a variety of ways. My personal favorite way is to just mix the frosting until it becomes softer and easier to handle.
4. Use the right tools. There are so many tools that you can use to make cake making an easy task. When icing I love a turntable. These “combs” are also great for icing. Icing tips are you friend. If doing a design like rose petals you’ll want to make sure that you’re icing stays on the colder side unlike when you’re doing the crumb layer.
5. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Even with all the right tools, especially when you’re a beginner it’s not going to come out perfect. That’s okay. Nobody’s perfect and your skills (and mine) are a work in progress and *any* cake you make is going to be appreciated by whoever you baked it for and plus all that matters is the way it tastes!
I was so impressed with all of my friends cakes and the Cake Boss products as were my guests! None of us had tried the Cake Boss products before so we were really excited to get the chance. I will admit I was *really* afraid of the fondant but after seeing a friend apply it I knew that I had to try it for myself. And try it I did!
It was easy to roll out after some kneading and with a little help from the fondant smoother it came out great! Here’s my “Little Us” cake.
No it’s not perfect, but I learned something! When you’re using letters a bigger tip can actually be better, mine was too little so it had some breaks in it. But a bigger tip, like the “Welcome Baby Kian” cake works better!
The more you decorate cakes the more you’ll learn and with the help of some Cake Boss products you can be a “Cake Boss” in no time!