Hello to our fearless Fellowers! It has been awhile since I have posted to the blog and it seemed like the right time to reconnect. We are heading into my favorite time of year full of family, friends, delicious food, and baking! Who doesn’t love to bake during the holidays? Whether it’s cookies, pies, or a cake you are always sure to please any sweet tooth. I challenge you this holiday season to make your dessert a show-stopper and possibly the centerpiece at your holiday feasts and festivities. You do not have to be a professional to make a delicious cake but you can make one that looks better than an expensive purchase from a high-end bakery. I am going to give you some tips and tools to make one amazing holiday cake!
I recently made a naked cake for a fundraiser in my community. This was my first time making this on-trend design and I was worried that I would totally botch the process. Suprisingly, it was super easy and I have two tools that will make you a pro of the naked cake or any design!
- 360 Cake Swivel Stand– These babies are genius and allow you to move the cake to whatever direction, angle or speed you like to work with. This stand makes it so easy to frost a cake whether you are doing a simple clean frost, rosettes, or the naked cake.
- An icing smoother– This is what gives you the clean lines and a seamless look. This tool can give you a naked cake in 5 minutes when it looks like it took you hours to make. If you are using the 360 swivel cake stand, this tool can give you that clean edge you are looking for.
These tools are both fantastic but you also need to know a few tips to decorating your masterpiece of a dessert. After you bake your cakes, stick them in the freezer! It chills the cakes but also makes it very easy to work with. When making my sister’s wedding cake this summer, I froze all the layers overnight. On a hot summer day, the cake is frozen and easy to trim and level the way you need to. Plus, the cake stays super moist!
You also should always put a crumb coat on your cake. Once you have leveled the cake layers, you will begin to assemble the cake and put frosting between each layer. It is important that you put a thin layer of frosting on the entire cake which seals in all the crumbs. This will also make for a great cake to decorate whether you are using fondant or an intricate iced design. Pop this into the fridge or freezer and chill for at least 20 minutes before you work on the next step.
Tell me a little about your favorite tips and tools for cake decorating. I have only named a few and would love to know some of your favorite trends in cake decorating. Stay tuned for updates from you other favorite Fellows sister. I know she will have a great blog post coming your way!