From cake sliders to graffiti-inspired birthday cakes, we've paired some intriguing cakes with our favorite frosting tips to help even
beginning bakers create a professional-looking finish for their cakes.
Icing pens and rolled fondant allow cake to be
both a birthday treat and a party game. Feel free to make a
single cake, or if you’re worried about tiny hands and even tinier germs, make
mini cakes or even petit fours for each guest.
Frosting tip: To help the fondant stick to the cake, add a tacky substance like buttercream icing first.
Cookie cutters can also serve double duty as specialty cake pans.
Cooked like a pancake on a stove top or griddle, cake batter is poured into the
cookie cutter and fried until a toothpick comes out clean. A simple squirt of
whipped cream frosting and sprinkles tops the cake.
For the free stack of stars cake recipe, visit Brit.
Frosting tip: To hide the dark top of the cake, simply fill
the cake sliders with a Nutella or jam filling.
Ombre Petal Cake
The shading is the star of this cake, which involves putting dots of blue
frosting on the cake. The frosting is then smeared — artfully so — for a
surprisingly easy and quick birthday cake or party dessert.
Frosting tip: Adding vanilla will alter a frosting’s color.
These disguised-as-donut cakes were made using donut batter,
but, for a fun prank, try a chocolate or lemon cake mix instead. A simple royal
icing frosting glaze and rainbow nonpareils complete the faux finish.
Frosting tip: To know if frosting is thin enough to flood
evenly, drag a butter knife through the frosting. It should take between 5-10
seconds to even out.
A popular trend in home cake decor, cake tattoos are edible sugar sheets decorated with pre-fabbed designs.
Frosting tip: Be careful to keep the tattoo in its packaging
until just before decorating. Otherwise, the sugar sheet can dry out, crumble
and/or just be difficult to place correctly.
First paint the sides of your pastry bag with paste food coloring, then fill with white icing, to make swirls. Instead of
rainbow colors, use various shades of party colors.
Frosting tip: Use a toothpick through the center of a paste or gel coloring container’s foil covering, and then add the toothpick to your icing. Small dabs are all you need since cake decorating food coloring is strong stuff.
Whipped Cream Cake
prestigious I Am Baker
offers a variety of icing with whipped cream frosting techniques, great for the
beginners or as a craft to do with kids. Her tutorial includes DIY stencils, geometric designs
and Bart Simpson spikes.
Go to I Am Baker for more unique ways to decorate your cake with whipped cream
Frosting tip: Apply a crumb coat of standard vanilla icing
to help the whipped cream frosting distribute more evenly.
Petit fours receive a stylish shoe send-up, thanks to this
excerpt from Mich Turner’s “The Art of the Cake.”
Rolled fondant covers the
mini cakes while marzipan heels and ribbon adds charm.
CraftFoxes has a the free recipe for the shoe cakes. Frosting tip:
The ideal temperature for working with fondant
is 68 degrees Farhenheit, says professional cake decorator Helen Penman. Read more of her
favorite tips on fondant
by this Cinnamon Toast Crunch cake recipe to make your own childhood sweets cake like Cap’n
Crunch cereal, Pixie Sticks or even a Pop Rocks candy cake.
Frosting tip: Always wipe the frosting spatula clean every time it's lifted from the cake.
Image credits (from top): Sweetapolita, Sweetapolita, Brit, The Hungry Housewife, Bakers Royale, Make It, Love It, Oh! Cupcakes, I Am Baker, Malou Burger and Your Cup of Cake.