Baking the perfect cupcakes is satisfying on its own, but turning those cupcakes into stunning works of art with unique decorations makes for a truly exceptional experience. Whether you’re baking for yourself or guests, the art of cake decorating makes all the difference in your craft. But not everybody is born an artist, and decorating takes skill and patience. You’ll never improve your skills unless you start somewhere, though. Here are some tips to get you started.
Use a Mold
A look at N.Y. Cakes’ silicone baking molds give you a great taste of the various options beyond your typical cupcake shapes. Let your creativity run wild and “break outside of the mold” with some unusual silicone baking molds, matched to special occasions or simply just for fun.
Use an Icing Bag and Tips
When decorating your cupcakes, placing your icing into an icing bag and using tip shapes swiftly elevate your work from passable to polished. While you don’t want to overdo it on the icing, adding differently colored flowers, leaves, stars, or various other shapes will make your cupcakes stand out. Mix and match colors, and don’t forget the gourmet sprinkles.
Get Familiar With Fondant
Fondant is a type of edible icing which can be easily molded and sculpted into cake decorations and covering. While fondant takes more artistic skill than using icing tips, practice makes perfect, and this icing option opens up a world of new possibilities. You can find these unique creations all over the news– some rather surprising designs even make headlines, as seen in the Minnesota Star Tribune.
When it comes to decorating your cupcakes and cakes, a vast variety of tools are at your disposal. With some creativity and a lot of practice, you’ll be on your way from beginner to a seasoned decorator.