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Tips and Tricks decorating cakes

Updated on August 9, 2015

Annlee Cakes of Arkansas City, Kansas

QUICK TIPS AND TRICKS

Working with frosting!

By Annlee Cakes

408 East 5th Avenue

Arkansas City, Kansas 67005

My name is Trulee Ann Wells.

I have been decorating cakes for the last 22 years. I have Professional Experience of 8 years from two Grocery Deli Departments and 13 years of making Wedding Cakes out of My Home. I also own Annlee Cakes of Arkansas City, Kansas 67005

I pray, you find some of my Tips and Tricks useful.

Blessings........Annlee

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Tips and Tricks

THERE ARE SEVERAL TIPS YOU CAN USE ON A CAKE, BUT THE MOST BASIC ONES ARE: WRITING, LEAF, ROSE AND STAR TIPS.

HERE IS A LIST OF TIPS YOU CAN USE.

1 - 12 PLAIN ROUND TIPS

3, 6, and 7 Used for writing, stems, scrolls, certain flowers, string work fruits,beading,borders, also used to make parts of roses

6- 12 Used in figure piping

13 - 22 OPEN STAR TIPS

16 Which means the inside points of stars are not close together, but left wide open. Used for scrolls, borders, flowers, rosettes, string work, and writing

23 - 35 CLOSED STAR TIPS

30 Inner points are closer together and ridges on the design will be more defined, used for scrolls, rosettes, borders, rims and basket handles, swags, garlands, and small drop flowers

44 - 48 RIBBON TIPS

Either straight or separated, use for ribbons or basket work

59 - 61 FLOWER TIPS

Have curved openings to form frilled petals, flowers, use to make apple blossoms, peonies, daisies, violets, pansies and small roses

62 - 64 FANCY BORDER TIPS

Used to make borders and flowers

65 - 70 LEAF TIPS

352, 67 Used for leaves, borders, poinsettias and holly

101 -104 SPECIAL PETAL TIPS

103 -104 Used for flowers and roses in full bloom

124 LARGE ROSE TIP

224, 225 DROP FLOWER TIP

199 OPEN TIP

Used for small drop flowers and borders

5 or 7 FLOWER NAIL

Used to make roses on 5 or 7

789 CAKE ICING TIP

Used to make a quick job of icing a cake.

ALL THESE TIPS COME IN SEVERAL SIZES AND DIMENSIONS, SO YOU JUST HAVE TO EXPERIMENT WITH THEM TO FIND THE SIZE THAT LOOKS THE BEST. SOME OF THESE TIPS MAY REQUIRE A LARGER COUPLER. MOST OF THE COMMON ONES USE THE SMALL COUPLER, SO BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU CHOOSE YOUR TIPS.

HERE ARE SOME THINGS I LEARNED OVER THE YEARS. MAINLY FROM MAKING THE MISTAKES AND CORRECTING THEM. I HOPE THEY WILL HELP YOU GET STARTED.

When getting the bag ready to put the coupler into your bag, never cut the hole at the end too deep. Wilton suggests you put the coupler in and marking where the threads start, then cut.

After you have put the coupler into the bag fold the bag over your hand as if you are holding an ice cream cone. Then fill only 2/3 full, otherwise you may not be able to squeeze the frosting or the frosting will fall out of the end of the bag. This makes a BIG mess.

After putting the tip you want to use on the bag, make sure you hold the bag at a comfortable angle. 45 degrees is suggested, but adjust the angle to you comfort.

I always make one bag per frosting color and change out the tips as needed. That way you don't have to keep making new bags with same color and different tips.

When you are first starting out decorating. use a practice sheet. You can use wax paper, a baking sheet, or piece of paper. The wax paper is my choice, because of being able to clean up quickly, you just wad up and throw away. With each new style or tip you use, practice several rows of the same style, tip or technique. That way you won't make a mistake on the cake, where it is harder to correct.

Always use constant pressure when squeezing the bag. This way you will get a uniform decoration and it will all look alike.

When frosting a cake, use the large frosting tip ( no coupler needed). This tip is for frosting cakes quicker and you can use the serrated edge for the sides to give an different look

A good clean up trick is to have a container of hot soapy water near to put used tips and bags in as you finish with them. The hot water and soap will break down the frosting so that when you clean them, it takes less time.

When making the color black, start with chocolate or brown frosting and then add the black.

Piping Gel will help thin down your frosting without breaking down the consistency.

If your paste colors get too dried out use a drop or 2 of glycerin or Karo syrup to thin and moisten it.

When making red frosting that really looks like red red, start with just powdered sugar and crisco and then add Addams Extract Red Food Coloring. When color is attained then add liquid if desired.

BAKING TIPS

If your cake domes when baking, before baking, wrap the pan with wet rags, or use a foil baking strip. This keeps the outside cooler so the inside will bake at the same time as the outside of the cake. Also let the cake batter for 10 minutes to settle.. this prevents the dome effect and most times the falling of the cake in the middle.

If cake sticks, put back in oven for 5 minutes then turn out immediately. Make sure that before putting batter in pan that you coat it with pan coating or bakers secret. I use wax paper as a liner, that way the bottom will not stick.

To give moist cakes more body, add 1 Tablespoon of flour.

1- 18 1/2oz box of cake mix will equal 5 1/4 cups of batter. This helps when figuring out how many cake boxes to get or how much batter to make when making cake from scratch.

Blessings...........Annlee

We are on the internet: Annlee Cakes

About Me......Enjoy My Story

My Story

Why did you start your business?

Many years ago I discovered I had talent decorating cakes and enjoyed doing them. After a bit, it became quite clear after over 22 years of decorating Wedding cakes, that I should open and build Annlee Cakes. I saw a need for personalized interactive working with customers and fulfilling their Dreams about their own Wedding Cake. And our desire to be 100 percent "Interactive" with every single Customer! That is you! We respect and honor the rights of every shopper. Our cakes are "freshly" made and never pre-frozen waiting to be decorated. We are a small family business. Seeking the American Dream! In 2009 I decided to expand my original idea and opened Four Divisions of Annlee Cakes including Annlee Cakes Native American Regalia and Crafts. This includes our Book Division and our Art and Paintings Division representing Arkansas City Artist/Author Robert William Vincent, as well as my Pow Wow vending booths division.

What makes you different than other similar businesses in your community of Arkansas City, Kansas?

Personalized hands-on service! With direct contact with our customers and an open and thoughtful atmosphere. We pride ourselves on creating beautiful and dramatic Wedding Cakes, as well as being able to personalize every Wedding Cake. And, we create Anniversary, birthday, graduation and Special Creation cakes on a One-to-One basis. You Dream----We Create We also hand craft Native American Clothing and Regalia as well as seed beaded earrings,necklaces, deer horn dream catchers, Circle items and many more Native American Crafts. We also represent Artist/Author Robert William Vincent and are able to offer his Master Art in prints and his originals at our Online Store and our store location in Arkansas City. We are proud to announce his beautiful art can now be ordered as a Giclee, which is on stretched canvas full color art reproduction of the art that looks and feels and appears like an original canvas. We carry his new books as well!

What do you like most about your community of Ark City, Kansas?

Arkansas City has the potential to grow and re-develope it's neighborhoods. Every business which is locally owned strives to work through this financial crisis in the united States, and that is one main reason: I suggest, BUY LOCAL when ever you can! Every small business needs you and we all need each other as well. Arkansas City can once more blossom!

Owner(s)

Trulee Ann "STANDLEE" Wells

Hope you enjoyed.....Blessings..........Annlee

Author Robert William Vincent

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All his books are available in: Paper back, Hard Cover, PDF, E-Book, and on Amazon Kindle

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Hray-Mah is the Spoken Word of the Creator sent to man upon the Earth. A companion guide to understanding your Bible. In the End Times the Lord said knowledge would be increased and all would be made known. The End Times are upon us! The Bible is for the FAITHFUL! As Christians today we as individuals have forgotten that we are called to learn for ourselves with the Comforter. Who is the Indwelling Spirit (The Teacher of All Things). I remain amazed when so many know the Lord's Prayer: And yet, how so few have ever read or heard of the special prayers Jesus gave ONLY to those following him. Nonetheless, they are in the New Testament. And, they are not spoken of from the pulpits? Why? These are the end days spoken of by the Lord. Trumpets are sounding. Behold! Jesus Christ is Coming! Amen and Amen

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Trying if possible to fool those WHO DO KNOW THE LORD. We are further moved that to understand or know the WORD that it takes the Teacher of All Things, and without the Teacher We understand to be the Comforter no wisdom of knowledge Is applicable as dictated by the WORD we do have to comprehend. The Comforter is a "FREE GIFT" that comes from one Asking The Lord into their life as Savior: For He is the Way…The doorway to the Creator. We understand no other doorway exists for a human to Talk and Know their Creator. As Christians ( or even non-believers) today we face so many denominations and named churches each sharing the Good News from the pulpits: Yet! We as individuals have forgotten that we each are called to learn for ourselves with the Comforter who is the Teacher of the Word of God that God shared through writers inspired by the Spirit to write the scriptures and stories we now accept as Inspired as the Bible. Throughout the world the Bible is in every language and many translations, and yet in every single one the Precept and Concept brought forth by the Indwelling Spirit ( The Teacher of All Things, and the Comforter Gift) to every writer and contributor to the Holy Word is always intact. No translation can change the Concept and the Precept as it was granted by the Father through the Spirit and revealed by the Son of God, whom is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Jesus opened the simple pathway to know the Father. I am amazed when so many know the Lord's Prayer Jesus gave us all to pray: And yet, so few have ever read or heard of the special prayers Jesus gave ONLY to those following him. Nonetheless, these prayers are in the New Testament in every translation in the world. And, they are not spoken of from the pulpits? Why? Go read for yourself and then enter your prayer chamber with the Creator and ask what you were simply missing and why? These are the end days spoken of by the Lord, and we as Christians must be prepared and send out the Trumpets Sounding. Behold! Jesus Christ is Coming! Amen and Amen Theology is simply the individual studying of the Word and sharing what you have studied in its ground roots form. You can do this! Be a Good Shepard and Steward of the Word. Ask and you shall receive…Seek and you shall find…Knock and the door shall be opened unto you…Amen and Amen Jesus revealed NO ONE CAN FULFILL THE LAW…that is why Jesus overcame the Law and gave us FAITH and the doorway of His Shed Blood rather than the Law which NO ONE CAN LIVE BY. Are you watching for His return?.. The "Hray-Mah" books will guide you back to the First Love and is a companion guide to YOUR favorite translation of the Bible. By Trulee Wells: Amazing! This writing flows like refreshing water to remind ones self the wonder of the Savior, and the simple way to get there. 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It is a warning to the churches and pastors and ministers to return back to their FIRST LOVE and quit preaching un-truths from the pulpits. It is the sounding of the Trumpet calling for the Glory of the Savior and showing what Jesus asked us to do rather than what the churches have now placed as blocks before our walk with the Lord. This book opens the Simple way Jesus explained and spoke of to all who would have ears to hear. The HRAY-MAH series is a remarkable aid for studying ones own bible of choice. Like a companion reference and reminder of just how SIMPLE IS SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH! Test the Spirit of the one speaking? I did! And, this author is ABSOLUTELY ON THE ROCK! Certainly, he is gifted from the Creator and his writings are for the END TIMES which are here and now upon us as the TRUMPET SOUNDS to all. Back to prayer...back to Our FIRST LOVE.... Behold! Jesus Christ is Coming! Selah/Amen .As added pondering: The "WORD" of God first comes from hearing. When one first hears they start pondering within. Trying inside to figure is this real or unreal? As I see it: The Bible is for the FAITHFUL..... Without Jesus one has no faith and thus no way to comprehend or share correctly the BIBLE. Without FAITH anything that comes out and talked about the WORD by the unfaithful is incorrect. WE are free from the PAINS OF DEATH....NOT FROM DEATH ITSELF Scriptures technically teach nothing to those without the Spirit: THE TEACHER IS THE SPIRIT....and the Spirit is Jesus, and without Jesus as Lord there is no knowledge of the scriptures. Thus as it is written they speak as fools who have not the Lord and Comforter. Trying if possible to fool those WHO DO KNOW THE LORD. We are further moved that to understand or know the WORD that it takes the Teacher of All Things, and without the Teacher We understand to be the Comforter no wisdom of knowledge Is applicable as dictated by the WORD we do have to comprehend. The Comforter is a "FREE GIFT" that comes from one Asking The Lord into their life as Savior: For He is the Way…The doorway to the Creator. We understand no other doorway exists for a human to Talk and Know their Creator. As Christians ( or even non-believers) today we face so many denominations and named churches each sharing the Good News from the pulpits: Yet! We as individuals have forgotten that we each are called to learn for ourselves with the Comforter who is the Teacher of the Word of God that God shared through writers inspired by the Spirit to write the scriptures and stories we now accept as Inspired as the Bible. Throughout the world the Bible is in every language and many translations, and yet in every single one the Precept and Concept brought forth by the Indwelling Spirit ( The Teacher of All Things, and the Comforter Gift) to every writer and contributor to the Holy Word is always intact. No translation can change the Concept and the Precept as it was granted by the Father through the Spirit and revealed by the Son of God, whom is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Jesus opened the simple pathway to know the Father. I am amazed when so many know the Lord's Prayer Jesus gave us all to pray: And yet, so few have ever read or heard of the special prayers Jesus gave ONLY to those following him. Nonetheless, these prayers are in the New Testament in every translation in the world. And, they are not spoken of from the pulpits? Why? Go read for yourself and then enter your prayer chamber with the Creator and ask what you were simply missing and why? These are the end days spoken of by the Lord, and we as Christians must be prepared and send out the Trumpets Sounding. Behold! Jesus Christ is Coming! Amen and Amen Theology is simply the individual studying of the Word and sharing what you have studied in its ground roots form. You can do this! Be a Good Shepard and Steward of the Word. Ask and you shall receive...Seek and you shall find...Knock and the door shall be opened unto you...Amen and Amen Basically..........Jesus revealed NO ONE CAN FULFILL THE LAW....That is why Jesus overcame the Law and gave us FAITH and the doorway of His Shed Blood rather than the Law which NO ONE CAN LIVE BY. Are you watching for His return?.. The "Hray-Mah" books will guide you back to the First Love and is a companion guide to YOUR favorite translation of the Bible. .

 

You can do this!

A never fails chocolate cake from basic scratch.

With a simple frosting that never fails to please everyone!

  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: Depends on slice sizes? :)

Instructions

  1. .2 sticks butter melted 4 Tbs cocoa
  2. 1 cup water 2 cups flour
  3. 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup buttermilk
  4. 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 tsp soda
  6. Melt butter and cocoa over heat and then add water in and heat.
  7. Take off heat and add the flour and sugar in mixing bowl and wisk.
  8. Add remaining dry ingredients and soda..mix:
  9. Then add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
  10. Mix well and then pour in greased 12 3/4 by 9x2 baking pan.
  11. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes.
  12. Prepare frosting about five minutes before the cake is done.
  13. Pour warm icing over cake while cake is stil hot..and then let cool:
  14. Fudge icing:
  15. 1 cup chopped pecans ( add these after blending all the rest, and then fold them in)
  16. 1 stick butter 4 tbsb cocoa
  17. 6 tbsp buttermilk
  18. 1 box powdered sugar
  19. Hand blend all ingredients for the best creamy end product.

Finger Cookies - By Annlee Cakes

This is one of the most simple little cookies to make. And, it is one I do with the children all the time because they can do them with mom and enjoy eating them with mom.

Instructions

  1. 1/2 cup butter...
  2. 2tbls sugar..
  3. 1/2cup crushed walnuts
  4. 2 cups flour...mix in order given:
  5. Make small rolls from the mixture and lay upon ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Usually I try making them about two to three inches long and about a small finger in roundness.
  7. BAKE on ungreased cookie sheet 20 minutes at 325*
  8. One cup powdered sugar
  9. Then Roll in powdered sugar while hot....yum yum

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