With the festive season upon us there is much going on at Cakes by Deborah, we have a variety of Chritmas cake decorating workshops scheduled within December running right through to the new year, but for now here are a few ideas for decorating your festive cakes.
When it comes to decorating cakes and other goodies for Christmas, the traditional sugar sprinkles and coloured frostings are beautiful and delicious. If you are looking for something a bit more elegant and less traditional, however, there are a variety of other options from which to choose.
Cake decorating equipment must haves
One of the basic necessities you will need to make unique Christmas decorations on your cakes is piping equipment. While it may sound scary and intimidating to the beginner, the technique really is easy to master. Depending on what type of decoration you want to achieve, such as a flower, leaf, or star, will determine the tip that you use. Once you have the right tip selected, simply attach it to the piping bag and you are ready to go. You can use food dye to colour the frosting in whatever colour you desire. One great example would be to frost a cake in white and add red and green floral accents with a piping bag.
Fondant is defined as a thick paste made of sugar and water, is usually flavoured, and can be coloured any way you like. It is often used to ice and decorate cakes. Simply roll out the fondant and you can cut it into whatever shape you desire. Then add those accents to your already frosted dessert. Another option would be to cover the cake itself in one colour of fondant, then use fondant punches and cutters to make shapes out of a complementary colour.
Cake toppers are an easy way to add a touch of whimsy or elegance to your Christmas cake. You can make your own cake topper out of fondant, perhaps a Christmas tree or Christmas presents, for example. Toppers can also be fresh flowers or, for the Christmas season, holly berries or leaves. For an elegant get together you may want to consider small crystal bells or Christmas ornaments.
One of the best things about making Christmas desserts is that the design is only limited by your imagination. Take some time to think about the look you want to achieve and decide what tools would be best to reach that goal. Then dive in and, most importantly, have fun.