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Cake Decorations For The Beginner!

I have never ever done more than butter icing for my cakes...and even then .. it was just splattered on top....My mom on the other hand was an expert ...well..it was 25 years ago...she in fact won the all island cake decorating prize...she did a beautiful merry-go-round...which actually worked! she also did cakes which lighted....unfortunate she stopped all that....and is now an excellent seamstress :-D
When this contest came on...i thought how hard can it be?? piece of cake huh? Wrong!!
Oh i started with wild ideas...so far fetched...and ended up with these 3...after so many trials and errors in half a day...yes...i nearly gave up!
So yeah....I'm a beginner when it comes to decorating a cake...hence the Title!
 
 
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Step 1: The Basic Cake

Make your basic cakes...i made yummy moist butter cake.
I wanted lot's of small cakes...you know....preparing for disasters..so i got cereal tins and tuna fish tins. cut them to sizes and baked my cake.
Next i sliced my cakes..and applied mock cream in between...i wanted my cakes to be tasty!...even on the off chance they turn out to be ugly! cant waste right??
Next i slapped on the butter icing...
Now i wanted a smooth top...you know....like those wonderful wedding cakes...how do they do that??
called mom....marshmallow icing was the answer...or more like pouring  marshmallow icing....hmmm well let me say...that was a total disaster....you ask why? well...i didn't know that gelatine had to be kept in airtight containers....i used some which was bought i don't know when....and it was not in an air tight container.
I thought....not going that way again...went and bought new gelatine...and thought...lets try gum paste icing...surfed the net....what in the world is Tylose ... nope couldn't find it in the super market...guess not available in Asia...
called mom...got her recipe..
well...i didn't ask the total recipe...as she was kind of busy...so...hence..the next...almost disaster... I nearly gave up now...thought to make toffee ...but then i was stubborn in wanting to try...and not waste the syrupy thing ......and it turned out pretty great!
well...to make gum paste icing...you are supposed to melt only the water, cram of tartar and gelatine mixture...then take it off the fire... and then knead in the icing sugar and cornflour...well ...i cooked the  the icing sugar ...since it wasn't becoming a dough...i figured...this is not the way...oh dear...give up?? well..cant waste....there are so many people starving! let's try and save it....i just added more icing sugar and then heaped in cornflour too... (after taking off fire of course!)....guess what...it tasted good...not too sweet...just right...like marzipan. My son loved it...he was trying to eat my icing...i told ....sure...after i finish and take pictures...you can do what ever you want with it!
It needs patience to make it.
shazni (author)  susanchen20112 years ago
Only the 3 layered takes a lot of patience....i guess cause it was my first time...the other 2 was very quick i was surprised by the speed of it!
hraza12 years ago
corn flour? without getting it cooked?
shazni (author)  hraza12 years ago
yes....it's done in most recipes. didn't have any problems with the stomach. :-)
786Ayesha2 years ago
Super !! For a first timer ;)
shazni (author)  786Ayesha2 years ago
Thanks :-D
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