How To Decorate A Birthday Cake

There is much information available on the Internet or magazines which can teach you how to decorate a birthday cake. It is not a difficult task but it does require some prior preparation of the right materials and techniques. By following some simple procedures, you can decorate a birthday cake in no time.

You want a child’s first birthday cake to cause a look of pure delight and sugary bliss on his or her face. It also should be attractive because it’s likely to show up in many photos. Do you go crazy with many frosting colors and doodads stuck to the top and sides of the cake? Or do you keep it simple–and easy to clean up–with minimal frosting and no doodads. Should you write something on it? You have many choices, and because the child will like it no matter what, you also have little to worry about.

Before you begin the process of decorating a birthday cake, you will have to prepare the materials and tools for it. The materials that will be needed include unfrosted birthday cake Colored sugar 1/3 cup stick margarine or butter 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 to 4 tablespoons water Canned frosting Food coloring Knife or spreader Zip lock bag.

Sprinkle a chocolate cake with powdered sugar as a simple decoration. Or sprinkle a white cake with colored sugar. Put a stencil on the cake before sprinkling it to leave a design behind. Melt 1/3 cup butter in a saucepan and add 2 cups powdered sugar and 1½ teaspoons vanilla. Add water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture looks like a white, cloudy syrup. Use a spoon to drizzle the mixture over the cake. It will form a glaze when dry.

Frost the cake with white frosting available in the cake mix section of most grocery stores, or add food coloring to make it almost any color you want. Lay thinly sliced strawberries across the top, or arrange blueberries or raspberries in the frosting. Fill a Zip lock bag 1/3 full of frosting, seal it and cut a small hole in one corner. Then slowly squeeze the frosting out of the hole and outline the cake, write a message on the top or draw a design. Place the remaining can of icing in a pastry bag and use it to write “Happy Birthday” on the cake. You can also use it to add icing decorative touches, if desired.

Specially shaped cake pans can be found in craft stores and in many grocery stores next to the cake icing. Separate the white icing into several portions if you want to use more than one color on the base of your cake.

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