12 Practical Tips For Making Your Cakes Look Beautiful
Here’s how the pros make their cakes look so damn good.
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Use plastic baggies to create DIY piping bags for decorating your cake.
Adams uses this technique to create a professional finish for her cupcakes. “Use a Ziploc bag, your favorite tip, and start in the center of your cupcake — then just apply pressure and push up,” says Delk Adams. “You’ll get the loveliest design without having to do much work.” (No piping tips? Just cut off the tip of the bag and pipe freestyle.)
Use a cake smoother or bench scraper to make the sides of your cake look flawless.
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If the bottom of your cake looks a little rough, just cover it in sprinkles.
“If your border stinks, make it rain with sprinkles,” says Sung. “They will cover up any shoddy piping work.” Large sprinkles like rainbow jimmies ($4.49 on Amazon) or confetti sprinkles ($7.96 on Amazon) are great for hiding mistakes — people will just think it’s festive.
If you accidentally undercook your cake, just remove the middle and fill it with cake trimmings…
“For a slightly under baked cake,” says Sung, “I’ve trimmed off the cake dome, scooped out the goopy under baked part, and stuffed the hole with the baked trimmings.” Most cakes require you to trim the domed portion off anyways, so you’ll almost always have extra cake to patch up your mistakes.
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If you mess up the top of your cake, just cover it in fresh berries — no one will know and it’ll look like it was meant to be that way.
“If you’ve mucked up the top of your cake and ran out of buttercream,” says Sung, “cover it in a nicely designed pattern of fresh berries or candies.” No on will see the mess that’s underneath, and it’ll give your cake an elegant finish.
But don’t be afraid to go super simple as well.
“I used to think I needed some super fussy cake, but now I’ve come full circle and all I want is a good old fashioned cake,” says Delk Adams. For most cakes, a simple swirling of frosting is all it takes to make them stunning. Get the recipe for her super simple yellow cake here.
And last but not least, don’t stress!
“I don’t believe in stress in the kitchen,” says Delk Adams. “It’s the one space that should be zen and free of all anxiety. It should be filled with play and joy.” After all, birthdays should be a celebration — and even an ugly cake will taste pretty darn good.
Let’s get baking!
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