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Best decorating secrets and tips?!!!

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I'm fairly new to cake decorating and as you can tell, very new to the site, anywho, I was just curious as to some of the pros best kept secrets and tips! I love learning about new and easier ways to do things. I was just wondering if any of you would mind sharing some of your tips! Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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My top 3 favorite cake deco "secrets" (not really secrets here at CC icon_lol.gif) are the paper towel smoothing/patterning technique, making my own edible images, and using Americolor gels to color my frosting.

Oooh...I have to add one more MMF (marshmallow fondant)!
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post #3 of 83
I'm not a pro but some things I have learned (and you will learn something everyday) are to use a scale to weigh ingredients instead of measuring, to clean tips by putting them in a bowl of soapy water and putting them in the microwave even the metal ones, to make your own cake release with 1/3 oil, 1/3 flour, and 1/3 crisco and to use a silicone pastry brush to coat the pans with the mixture.

Just read all the old forum threads and you will learn a lot.!!

oh yeah and MMF also, best one yet
post #4 of 83
learn from Lisa she is the best. thumbs_up.gif
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Buttercream transfer!!! You can do ANYTHING with a buttercream transfer! Well, almost.....
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post #6 of 83
When your cake comes out of the oven, immediately place a large terry towel on top & press hard all over. This levels the cake & it works!
post #7 of 83
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Originally Posted by poppie

learn from Lisa she is the best. thumbs_up.gif



Thanks poppie! That's such a nice thing to say icon_smile.gif To tell you the truth, I'm learning just as much from all of you!
Birthdays are just nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.
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Birthdays are just nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.
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post #8 of 83
Plan every detail in advance....sketch out your cake and make notes....colors, websites that you got ideas from, details of the recipient, like phone numbers and email addresses, serving sizes, pan sizes, flavors, etc....

When you do larger or more complicated cakes, having a sketch in front of you is invaluable......even set a timeline of when you will shop, make decorations that need to dry, bake, decorate, and deliver...

My husband laughs sometimes but I will never forget to do something if it's written down on my calendar.

Most of all....HAVE FUN!!! The minute you don't enjoy doing this is when it becomes work!

And to second the motions...Lisa is great...and MMF rocks! Don't be intimidated....just try it once or twice...you will get the hang of it. I am now making a batch in about 6 minutes with only one bowl!!!!
post #9 of 83
I completely agree with adven68!! I finally learned to draw everything out and it has been such a time saver-no last minute "what the heck am I supposed to do???" feeling!

Also when making a tiered cake, push the dowels all the way into the tier then use tongs to pull them back up some to give your fingers room to get out of the way. I finally figured out to use tongs so it doesn't destroy the icing.

I also started using the jumbo ziploc bags to store my clean cake pans! They are wonderful!
Cake's a powerful food. Cake can actually bring people together. You know... "It's Bill's birthday" "Yeah, I hate that guy." "There's cake in the conference room." "Well, I should say hello."-Jim Gaffigan
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Cake's a powerful food. Cake can actually bring people together. You know... "It's Bill's birthday" "Yeah, I hate that guy." "There's cake in the conference room." "Well, I should say hello."-Jim Gaffigan
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post #10 of 83
Don't do everything in one day! Bake on Wed., make frosting on Thur., decorate on Fri. Many flowers can be made weeks/months in advance; keep a few in stock.
post #11 of 83
Wow, reading over everyone's tips is like getting a PhD in Cake! Welcome to the Board, you will love it here!
~~~Theresa~~~
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post #12 of 83
Get yourself a cake turntable, it makes a world of difference and makes it so much easier to decorate. If you do not have the resources, then use an large stainless steal or any bowl with a flat bottom. Turn it upside down, place a large enough plate on top of it that allows for spin. Wahla, a makeshift turntable!!!

Also check out egullet (.com), a professional chef forum and also home baker with lots of tips and recipes. I have pulled a lot of useful stuff from their topics.
post #13 of 83
Thread Starter 
WOW!!! These are great tips! I knew this was going to be a great idea! Not only can I benefit from these tips, but so can everyone else reading the post! Thanks everyone for your help.

Oh, I haven't posted one of my tips, I have found that the Crusting ButterCream (Faux Fondant) II recipe found on this site works GREAT and is sooooo easy to smooth. Also, I have found that using an egg carton works great for MMF flowers that are to be cupped or have to stand up (like roses). Thanks again everyone for your posts!! icon_biggrin.gif
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Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too!!!

www.tonyaandcompany.com
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post #14 of 83
Have some extra cake & icing ingredients on hand, just in case something should go wrong with one of your layers or your icing doesn't turn out as expected.
post #15 of 83
just wanted to say great post im learning alot!!!!
I may not be perfect but i enjoy trying.
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