ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Learn To Decorate The Best Cakes Ever

Updated on September 2, 2012

Would you like to learn how to decorate your own cakes?

I did, so I'm putting together a resource to help others on their journey to learn how to decorate cakes for themselves, or others. I enjoy all types of cake decorating, from buttercream icing, to rolled fondant creations, and everything in between.

I put together this cake decorating guide as a central location for some of my favorite cake decorating tips, tools, and photos.

I got this recipe from my sister, and I've had great luck with it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (softened but not melted)

1/2 cup shortening

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

5-6 tablespoons of warm water

Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth, add the vanilla. Dissolve the salt into the warm water completely. Mix the water/salt mixture into the creamed butter and shortening. Put the mixer on low, and add powdered sugar slowly, mixing constantly.

The amount of water can be increased or decreased to achieve the desired consistency, I usually have the best luck with 6 tablespoons.

Add food coloring to make the color you need, and ice away.

Featured Wedding Cake Book: Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes

Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes: More Than 100 Inspiring Cakes--An Indispensable Guide for the Bride and the Baker
Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes: More Than 100 Inspiring Cakes--An Indispensable Guide for the Bride and the Baker

Book Description from Amazon:

Of all the decisions that go into planning a wedding, choosing the cake may be the sweetest. Much more than dessert, this beloved wedding symbol should be as special as the bride and groom themselves. Whether you imagine a majestic cake blooming with fresh flowers, a pristine fondant-covered masterpiece, or a homespun take on strawberry shortcake- or even if you don’t know where to begin- Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes will provide you with more than 100 delicious and inspiring ideas for timeless and beautiful confections that are perfect for every style of wedding.

Not just visually inspiring, these pages are filled with information you won’t find anywhere else. Martha Stewart and Wendy Kromer, the master baker and decorator who has been creating cakes for Martha Stewart Weddings for more than a decade, guide you through everything you need to consider when selecting a cake- and even how to bake and decorate one yourself. Novice and experienced bakers alike will find recipes and insiders’ techniques to create truly memorable wedding cakes.

You will learn:

Where to begin- how to decide what style and flavors are right for you, taking into account the season, location, and theme of the event

Buttercream or fondant? Ganache or meringue? Useful charts explain the delicious materials bakers use, so you can choose the ones that suit your taste and style

Creative ways to display your cake so it takes center stage at the reception

How to find and hire a baker, including questions to ask and contract considerations

Ideas for cutting costs without sacrificing quality or beauty

How to incorporate traditions from around the world

Everything you need to know about baking a cake yourself, with complete recipes as well as how-to decorating techniques with color photographs and reference charts

A treasury of inspiration, Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes will ensure that your cake, whether homemade or professionally baked, triple-tiered or a tower of cupcakes, embellished with fresh fruit or elaborate sugar roses, is every bit as magical as your big day.

 

  • Every party needs cake!
  • You can decorate it exactly how you want it.
  • It feels good to say you decorated it yourself.

Wilton Cake Decorating Sets

Wilton 2104-2546 53 Piece Supreme Cake Decorating Set
Wilton 2104-2546 53 Piece Supreme Cake Decorating Set

Choose a set of decorating tools for the beginner or the experienced baker. Complete with all you'll need to transform your simple layer cake or cookies into a work of art.

 
Wilton 2109-859 50-Piece Tool and Caddy Decorating Set- Discontinued By Manufacturer
Wilton 2109-859 50-Piece Tool and Caddy Decorating Set- Discontinued By Manufacturer

In one handy caddy you'll find a generous selection of tips and colors as well as all the other tools specified as needed in the Wilton Cake Decorating Course I. For anyone about to explore the world of royal icing scrolls, flowers, stars, ruffles and bows this would be a hugely successful send-off.

 
Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set
Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set

Decorate sheet cakes, petit fours, muffins, cookies and more using this master tip set. The decorating tips you'll need are housed in this plastic storage case. The master tip set includes these tips: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27, 30, 31, 32, 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 54, 59, 61, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 73, 74, 78, 96, 97, 98, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 108, 109, 123, 124, 129, 134, 136, 195, 199 and 2C. It also includes two standard tip couplers and two 1.25-in. flower nails (#9).

 
Wilton Dessert Decorator Pro
Wilton Dessert Decorator Pro

Add decorations to any dessert or appetizer in minutes using the Dessert Decorator Pro by Wilton. Thisdessert tool is ergonomically designed for both right- and left-handed use; it's easy to hold so you onlyneed one hand while operating. It's made of stainless steel, the material preferred by pastry chefs becausestainless won't transfer flavors; it also maintains the temperature of the fillings. The Dessert Decorator Pro includes Decorator Tool, Tips (#366 Leaf, #125 Petal, #230 Bismarck, #4B, Star, #21 Star and #1M Star), Two Tip Couplers, Dishwasher and Storage Bag for Tips and Couplers and a Recipe Book with Instructions.

 

Basic Supplies

Links To Find The Cake Decorating Supplies You Need

Wilton Cake Decorating Examples

How To Make Icing Roses

How To Make Butter Cream Icing

Cake Decorating Guides - Vote for your favorite. Or, add what's missing!

These are all cake decorating books I love, add your own if you have a favorite.

Debbie Brown's Magical Cakes
Debbie Brown's Magical Cakes

Welcome to the fabulous, mysterious world of <i>Magical Cakes</i>, with its witches, wizards, gnomes, dwarfs, trolls, sprites and goblins. Successful cake decorating author Debbie Brown has used her unique talents and magical touch to create 20 fun and fantasy cakes. From a star castle, a witches flying school, and King Neptune to a wise wizard owl, a golden pegasus, and a fairy godmother, there are amazing magical cakes to appeal to both boys and girl...

 

Cake Decorating with Fondant

Your turn: Am I right?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • RuthieDenise profile image

      RuthieDenise 5 years ago

      I don't know but the cakes are beautiful.

    • profile image

      julia-stella 6 years ago

      This is how I decorate cakes and they come out perfect http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.ca/2012/03/how-to-de...

    • jordanmilesbask profile image

      jordanmilesbask 6 years ago

      love this lens with lots of ideas..great job!

      please come and visit my lens - http://www.squidoo.com/basketball-cookies-and-cake...

    • profile image

      noemitaylor14 6 years ago

      Wedding cakes would usually be at the center that's why it has to be unique and lovely. Wedding cake toppers and decoration would depend on the theme of the event. It's nice that you shared such video on how to decorate it.

      noemi @ wedding favors

    • natas105 profile image

      natas105 7 years ago

      Great lens with informative videos. Thumbs up!

      I would love for you to rate and comment on my lens about Easter cake decorating ideas

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great informational lens. Blessed by your neighborhood Squid Angel.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image

      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Great selection of tips! Love the photos too, you've got me craving icing now :) Blessed!

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your cake decorating lens. I have one of my own

      http://www.squidoo.com/cake-decorating-courses

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image

      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      Awesome lens, very helpful. Can't wait to try your sister's recipe for frosting :)

    • JackRussell LM profile image

      JackRussell LM 7 years ago

      Some amazing ideas here. Thanks =)

    • Tiddledeewinks LM profile image

      Tiddledeewinks LM 10 years ago

      What a BEAUTIFUL cake with the roses! I've made a bunny cake for Easter, a snowman for winter and a diasour for sons birthday.

    • profile image

      MommyBloggerist 10 years ago

      Love your lens! Insightful and interesting. You put thought and obvious time into this. Thank you! bookmarked 4 sure.

    • chefkeem profile image

      Achim Thiemermann 10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Everything you need to learn how to make pretty cakes - it's right here in your lens. Great job, 5*s. I used to work in this field and I have a few pics of my cakes on www.squidoo.com/smallbizadventures. In 2002, I won 2 ribbons at the National Sugar Art Show in Tulsa, OK. There I had the great fortune to participate in a workshop with Margaret Braun. Her fantastic book is above in your poll.

      Nice to meet you,

      -Chef Keem

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)