On earth the beautiful looking and delicious tasting cakes are associated with the celebration of special occasions where fun, enjoyment and happiness is expressed. Make a wish and the wish will only be true if the cake tastes good and decorated at its best. Cake preparation from its ingredients, pattern, structure and flavor is a matter which is taken into great consideration. Today the cake is as important as the event and cake decorating is the key factor that makes it delicious looking. Decorating a cake is skill that is mastered by a very few including our house owners, which are the women of the house.
I always imagine how it is done and wanted to know the secret behind this art. Well! Its not a secret now as decorating a cake can be easily done through some very important and easily available cake decorating tools. But it’s very important to possess the right decorating tool, as the perfect toll will surely make a lot of difference in the overall cake presentation. With various cake decorating techniques like icing a cake to creating borders and icing decorations this is a work which requires a lot of expertise and hard-work. One interested in decorating a cake can easily learn this art as there are many cake decoration classes available that offers both professional instructions and hands-on practice.
For doing this job perfectly one has to understand each and every tool, equipments and accessories that is used in decorating cakes. Here is some of the tool which is frequently used in cake decoration:
Spatulas: This is one of the most used tool which is used to ice cakes. For icing cake tops the best type of spatulas which are used is the angled spatula. This cake decorating accessory is especially helpful and easier to use than a flat spatula for icing cake tops.
Plastic Decorating Combs or Triangles: When icing is done second step is to texture the icing, this is done by plastic decorating combs or triangles. These accessories apply perfect texture to the icing on the sides of a cake.
Decorating Bags: The decorating bags with lightweight polyester or disposable plastic materials are used here to decorate the cakes icing. Another important option of parchment paper triangles can also be used. The sizes of the decorating bags will vary and these are chosen based on the amount of icing the decorating job requires.
Decorating Tips: These are open ended metal tips specially shaped and designed to form different icing designs. Once you find a many designs of tips in the market which include drop flower, leaf, petal, round, ribbon, star, and star-cut. With wide-ranging availability of these tips one can even go for the special purpose tips that are larger or form particular shapes.
Decorator Brushes: These are small brushes used in painting details on the icing. One can also use these decorator brushes to add color in decorating bags to get certain multi-color effects.
Rollers or Rolling Pins: This is one cake decorating accessory which is used to roll out the icing, like pie crust. The icing may then be smoothed over the cake with a smoothing tool. All kinds of other tools are used to emboss designs and cut shapes for leaves and flowers.
Couplers: These are two-part units which are commonly used with decorating tips. Couplers are designed so that different tips can be used interchangeably with the same bag of icing. The base part is placed in the bag, the tip is put on the outside of the bag, and the outside ring is screwed onto the base.
Flower Nails: These are the revolving platforms which are used to turn in between your fingers and help making the icing flowers. The flower nails are available is various sizes, from 3 inches for large petaled flowers down to 1 1/4 inch for smaller flowers. To form curved cup-shaped flowers one can use the lily flower nails as well.
With the above cake decorating tools and accessories it’s easy to even decorate the cake at home and one can create cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and other special family occasions with a lot of ease.