As a non-professional cake baker and decorator, I want to share with you my top ten tips from my experiences.
There are lists and lists of tips out there, I hope you find these tip, helpful
- Before spending lots of cash on tools, check your local bargain shops first. You might just find that they last just as long as expensive ones.
- Check out Play Dough tools for your stash. Yes, you read correctly, kids stuff. You'd be surprised at what you can find!
- If you're covering a large area with fondant, try and use professional grade fondant (I use Renshaws), the quality is far superior and more cost effective than supermarket bought stuff. Less liable to crack and dry out to quickly.
- Don't use "ordinary" fondant for your decorations, it won't work. Purchase modelling fondant or add CMC / Tylo / Tylose powder to your ordinary fondant.
- When looking to make a special, large fondant cake topper, check eBay and consider buying one rather than making.
- When making decorations with modelling fondant, make them a few days before, allow to dry, then store in an airtight container and away from heat, humidity and direct light. They can last for months!
- Also, when you've finished your modelling and have "scraps" left, don't throw it out, make small decorations e.g. tiny flower, stars, hearts etc. Put them in storage, you never know when they might come in handy. (see #8)
- If you have a blemish on your fondant, use one of those tiny shapes or flowers. It can make an imperfect cake look perfect!
- Do not use liquid food colouring! Use pastes, if you can't get pastes, gels will work.
- Give yourself time! One day to bake, the next to decorate.
Bonus tip:If you're stuck, don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask your local cake shop, search Instructables, YouTube etc. You'd be surprised at what you can find out there.
Good luck with your cakes