Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cake decorating 102

Moving on... next I will show you the reverse shell. Hold your bag at a 30 degree angle but slant it back toward you instead of to the side. There are two ways of doing this one. One shell at a time or a continuous motion. Try both and do what suits you best. 

Squeeze out the icing and then curl around to the left then pull straight out to the side making a curl with a tail. Then beginning right on the end of the last one pipe a curl going to the right. One is curled up and the other curled down. Now try doing this in one continuous motion, curl around left, pull out then right pull out...keep going...
Let's try the emotion next. This is easier just make a small curl and pull out a little and the curl and pull out. In one continuous line. 
Here you can see I did it with both the large tip and then with a small #21 tip. 
Now we will do the rosette. Keep this one tight for a more consistent appearance. 
Holding your bag vertical to the cake (or table) squeeze out, wrap around, release but keep the motion going around so the tail wraps around. 

And the last one is the fluer de lis. Doing this one on the table is much different than on a cake. If you are making it on top of the cake the movement is similar but if you want it on the side of the cake you need to make it so it hangs down. This looks better and you can cover the end at the edge of the cake this way. 
First pipe out a long tailed shell. Then like on the reverse shell pipe one curl on one side of the shell overlapping the end with the end of the shell and then on the other side curl the other way and overlapping the end on top of the last two... 
Ok, so now you have several boarders you can pipe onto your cake. Here is what it looks like piping directly onto the edge of a cake. Remember to stay just on the edge. Don't go to far over or your boarder will drop off and don't go inside or you will use up all  your space for flowers and writing!

Happy decorating! And check out Aprils page she took all these great photos for me.


Raina said...

Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog. I love to bake and cook, but decorating is definitely my weakness. Looking forward to your instruction:)

Pam said...

Thanks so much for the cake decorating lesson. Lots of good info there! I'm new here and know I will be returning!

Lori said...

I love these! Thanks for the tips and info! I'll have to try the rosette one, I love it!
It was great meeting you on Sunday at the Team In Training event!

Jenniffer said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to let you know that you are offering up some great information! We need more people like you out there demystifying the cake world! Keep up the great work!!

chefany said...

Gosh I need to write a new blog and you all are so inspiring... going out of town for my b-day but when I get back, I will post more of the good stuff! Thanks for all the feedback!!

Art said...

Hi! First of all congratulations on your beautiful work, and I want to see if I can help and I'm going to make a fondant cake for 200 people and I have some doubts about the measures that I use on floors. Can you tell me what are the right ones? thank you very much. Greetings!