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I want to Decorate a Cake like a Pro

Updated on March 10, 2014

I want to learn Professional Cake Decorating

I want to decorate a cake, if not like a skilled professional at least like a gifted, artistic amateur. Can I do it?

How do real cake decoraters do it?

Cake decorating skills come with practice I'm sure and having the right tools, but where does the inspiration for beautifully decorated cakes come from?

Photo : Jamie Anderson

First bake your cake

Make yourself a basic cake.

1 and a 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 cup milk

1 egg

3 and 1/4 cups self raising flour

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients and bake in a well greased pan in a preheated 350°F degree oven until the cake tests as done, about 30-35 minutes.

Magnificent Wedding Cakes

The Icing on the Cake

I've learned there are no less than three methods of cake decorating. It starts with the icing and I have a choice of two styles

1. Wiltons : Butter Cream Icing


2. Royal Icing

Why can't I make this decorated cake?

This may look hard

Just because something looks hard, it doesn't mean that is hard.

In the case of cake decorating, there must be an easier way, a method of cake decoration that can be done by a fumble-fingers like myself.

I'll need tools for cake decorating

These look slightly easier

The Australian Cake Decorating Method

We like to experiment in Australia - at least with our cakes.

The Australian method uses overpiping on fondant covered cakes, with ornate scrollwork and lots of curtaining.

To get the effect of a beautiful beaded curtain cake in the Australian method, I'd need seed beads, pearls and little candies.

The lovely violet cake to your right is from The Australian Museum of Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft.

,But how could you bring yourself to actually cut into this work of art?

From the Australian Museum of Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft

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How do you feel about Cake Decoration?

What do you prefer?

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    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      I love cake and the idea of decorating them is really interesting. So great examples here. Great lens

    • NickleIckle profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice job. Thanks for all the useful links!

    • jaclinart lm profile image

      jaclinart lm 

      6 years ago

      Great advice for a person with more patience than myself. Nice lens.

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      6 years ago

      On this lense I have a lot of idea for my son birthday's cake. :)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I wish I could decorate a cake

    • JJNW profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      I am working my way through SquidAngel *blessing* a lens for each of the top 40 level 80 Squids. WOOT!

    • jordanmilesbask profile image


      6 years ago

      Those cakes really good...great lens!

    • Pip Gerard profile image

      Pip Gerard 

      7 years ago

      I'm cake obsessed at the moment. One thing I've realised is that if you do your homework before giving it a go it's waay easier! Just knowing the little tricks makes a world of difference especially when using fondant.

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      7 years ago

      The cake is too pretty to eat then!

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      7 years ago

      It just takes practice and the right tools. Bake more cakes and keep trying!

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Yummy. These cakes look great. I hope you get to tick this item off your bucket list. Where is the Australian Museum of Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft?

    • ICanCook profile image


      7 years ago

      Cake decorating is one of my passions, so of course I had to check out this lens. I'm fairly good at this point but it does take practice practice practice.


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