I'm one of those people that wants to do everything myself when it comes to party planning or holidays or events. I don't want to hire someone, I certainly don't want to buy store bought, but I want it to look like I hired someone and not scream MOM MADE. That's just who I am, Poppa has learned to love me inspite of me. This little personality trait of mine can drive loved ones crazy. I tend to be controlling and the finest detail has to carry through with whatever theme is set for the event. So why am I revealing this not so loveable trait about myself? Well one of the things that usually goes along with events and parties is cake. And I prefer to make my own cakes rather than buy but I'm not a cake professional and getting a cake to not scream MOM MADE can be tricky without experience, lessons, or practice.
Over the past 4 years I've made quite a few cakes for friends and family and I've learned a lot of cool tricks and tips and thought that maybe some of you might also want to make homemade cakes but have them look more professional. And in my opinion nothing tastes better than my recipe that has taken years to perfect. One bite and Poppa knows if it's mine or not. (Toot Toot haha)
So today I wanted to show you some easy ways to decorate and dress up a cake, whether it's a cake disaster or lack of experience, anyone can pulls these off.
Let's start with a few tips.
Although store bought frosting is quick and easy, it's not going to leave a professional look due to not being able to crust. Your icing/frosting needs to crust over so that it can be smoothed out. But this can be tricky and time consuming so here comes my easy decorating ideas that can look professional but allows you to use store bought icing.
Items You will Need for Decorating These Types of Cakes:
Longer thin candies or cookies (ie: kit kats, twix, Wafer Roll cookies like Pirouette by Pepperidge Farm)
Toppings ie: strawberries, M&M's, jeally beans, etc.
If you're stacking your cakes and let's say it starts to crumble or fall apart, have faith in knowing that frosting acts like a glue and those pieces can be "glued" back together. Take this cake for example. My Nana over Easter weekend informed me she wanted me to decorate her a cake like some I had done in the past. She'd already bought the decorations and would make the cake. Now normally I'd prefer to make the cake myself and get the decorations I wanted but this is my Nana and it is still important to her to be able to do some things for herself so when she brought me the baked cake it was literally in 5 pieces. But like I said, no biggie, just used frosting to piece it back together.