Introduction: Introduction to Cake Decorating

Welcome to cake decorating! This class is structured to guide you through the simple steps of creating two delicious and beautiful cakes from start to finish. We will begin with the very basics and finish with professional quality cakes — inside and out.

Along the way, I will offer creative tips, tricks, and substitutions for specialty tools that you will most likely find in your home kitchen.

Techniques learned will include: baking a cake; leveling, filling, and stacking a cake; applying chocolate ganache; covering a cake with fondant; and hand-sculpting five different fondant flowers along with a few adorable little birds! Recipes will be provided for: double chocolate cake; delicious vanilla buttercream; dark chocolate ganache; and ganache truffles.

Is your mouth watering yet? If so, stir, mix, bake, and create with me in this fun cake decorating class!

Step 1: What You Will Make & Learn

Whether you are a total amateur or looking to start your own cake decorating business, this class is for you and I'm so glad you've enrolled! Throughout this class I will offer tips and tricks, secrets of the trade, and suggestions for making cake decorating a very simple process. Here is a rundown of what you will learn!

Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

Leveling a Cake & Cutting Layers

Ganache Recipe & Applying Ganache

Vanilla Buttercream Recipe

Filling & Stacking Cake Layers

Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Applying Rolled Fondant

Sculpting Fondant Decorations

During this class we will design and create two different cakes — a trendy, decadent drip cake topped with sweet confections and an adorable fondant covered cake decorated with flowers and birds. Both will start with a rich double chocolate cake covered in dark chocolate ganache as a sturdy (and delicious) base!

Making a Drip Cake

Decorating a Fondant Cake

What is a drip cake? A drip cake is traditionally a ganache or buttercream covered cake that has thinned ganache (or glaze) dripping down the sides. Drip cakes can be decorated in any way imaginable. We will be using store-bought candies and fondant flowers to decorate with. This cake will be perfect for a small wedding, an anniversary, or a birthday party.

What is a fondant cake? A fondant cake is covered with an edible sugar paste that can be molded and formed over a cake. It can also be used to create sculptural and decorative items. Fondant adds nice structure to a cake that will hold up in the elements.

Step 2: Why Should You Take This Class?

Why should you take my class? There are tons of cake tutorials and classes out there, what's different about this one?

When I first started decorating cakes there weren't many videos or classes available so I learned mostly by trial-and-error. I made mistakes—lots of them! Now, you can find a video tutorial for almost anything related to cake decorating. I have watched several short Vimeo and YouTube videos to see how other cake decorators make various things. There is certainly no lack of videos and they range from working with fondant molds to making isomalt jewels but there aren't many comprehensive classes out there that can take you from the first ingredient to a completely finished and decorated cake!

In addition to this being a comprehensive class I will be available for one-on-one help, assistance, and direction. As with learning any new skill, it's highly likely that you could get frustrated and throw the mixer right out the window! Just kidding, it's perfectly normal (except for the mixer part) and I look forward to any questions you might have along the way and making things as easy for you as possible. I can't wait to see what you create!

Step 3: About Your Instructor

Hi, my name is Jen Wold. While I'm not working away at Instructables I run a cake decorating business called Clever Wren Cakes & Sweets located along the mighty Mississippi River and an Etsy shop called Thermies. I've been creating custom cakes for over 10 years and my kitchen is always filled with the delicious aroma of cake! My other creative hobbies include: sewing, quilting, embroidery, fused glass, stained glass, weaving, and trying and creating new recipes.

Step 4: Let's Get Started!

Now that you have a basic overview of how this class is structured and what you will be learning, let's find out about the required tools and ingredients to make fun decorated cakes!

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Bio: Hi, my name is Jen! I'm a Community Manager here at Instructables. In my free time I'm a crafter, food lover, cake decorator ... More »
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