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I Want to Ice/Decorate a Cake for the First Time; I Need Some Tips

claritas | Feb 9, 201207:35 PM

Hello all.

Calling all experienced cake frosters/icers and decorators. I need your help.

I want to decorate a birthday cake for the first time and would like some tipas to make my venture sail smoothly. I should mention that:

(1) I am intimidated by the idea of cake decorating. I am not the most artistic person and sometimes I am not great with my hands but I do LOVE to bake.

(2) My past experience with frosting havent been great. I always get the crumbs all over the icing. I have only ever frosted a "cake mix" cake and I used pre-made over-the-counter frosting (it was a red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting).

But will all this in mind I do want to go ahead and try this once and for all. It will at least be fun.

The following questions float in my mind: Is there a particular kind of frosting or icing that is best for this purpose? Are some cake (texture-wise) better for frosting than others? Do i absolutely need a cake turner thingy (not sure of the name)?

Some trusty websites, videos and other resources will be great! (I have already checked out The Cake Boss and Wilton but err... more please).

All forms of help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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