Saturday, February 11, 2012

'Fundelicious' Valentines Goodies!

I came across a really beautiful cake this morning and was just curious how many decorators are using this technique.  If you do I'd love to see some pics of your work.  It's decorating using fondant molding.  I didn't see too many cakes when I searched for it but did find one in particular that caught my eye for Valentines Day.

If you are one who uses fondant frequently and you like the flavor then use fondant, but if not, you should be able to use marzipan just as easily.  I'll post the photo of the Valentines cake and a few more sweetheart ideas as well.  Links are in the picture description if you want to go check out their sites.

From Global Sugar Art - Very nice work!


This is a technique that can be used on cookies as well.  And I did find quite a few nice looking ideas across the Net for Valentines Day.  


From Bakerella

  


From Cupcake Cookie Shop




I absolutely love this idea!  A cameo cookie?  Wow, nice!
From Lila Loa


And why not paint your impressions?  Painting really makes the image stand out!  And at Cookie Stamp the whole family gets involved in making these goodies!
From Cookie Stamp

Also from Cookie Stamp



To me this one is just so elegantly made... 
From My Sweet And Saucy



I would have never thought about using fondant on cupcakes this way!  Very nice!
Also From Bakerella


And of course if fondant isn't your thing or if you just wanted something less complicated and just a bit more fun......you can do the love bug cake bites!  Too cute!
From Hungry Happenings


Until next time......Happy Baking!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cake Decorating Made Easy!

When most people think of cake decorating they think decorating tips, pastry bags, and lots of training.  But what most people don't realize is there are many some every day kitchen items and some not quite so ordinary things that you can use to decorate a cake so easily even a child could do it!

Let's take a look at only a few of these items and I'm sure you'll find even more ideas after looking through your utensil drawers.


Fork - After icing your cake simply rake the fork lightly and steadily over the icing in various designs.  You may choose to go in only one direction or criss-cross the lines.
Zigzag
From Simple Cake Decorating











Table Knife or Spoon - Using the tip of the knife or back of the spoon swirl the icing and whip it up making little peaks. 
Hobnails
From Simple Cake Decorating





 





Toothpick or Pointed Knife - After icing your cake, use tubed icing found at local grocery stores and make stripes or rings on your cake.  Using a toothpick or pointed knife and drag it back and forth through the stripes to create a unique design.  The thicker your lines the nicer the effect.

Be sure to wipe off tip of knife after every line.
TLC Cooking














Plastic Sandwich Baggie - Melt chocolate candy or candy melts of your choice of color.  Pour some the melted candy into the baggie, cut a small hole in a bottom corner and squeeze your designs onto wax paper.
TLC Cooking












After the candy has melted, lift them and place them in various ways onto your cake.  Since these harden you can even stand them on edge!
TLC Cooking













Potato/Vegetable Peeler - You can also take a regular chocolate bar and a potato peeler and make chocolate curls to drop randomly over your cake.
chocolate curls
From Betty Crocker











Plastic or Paper Lace or Stencil - This is a good idea whether you want to ice the cake or leave it without icing.  Lay the lace piece on top of the cake very lightly if it is iced.  Sprinkle powdered sugar or alternatively chocolate powder over the lace then gently lift the lace without spilling the excess powder.  The results can be so beautiful and so simple.

From Notecook.com
 









So you can see what a little imagination can do for your cakes.  Now I'm curious what you'll find in your  kitchen to decorate your cakes with.  Please comment and share your ideas with the readers.

Until next time.......Happy Baking!


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