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When decorating a cake its always a good idea to have a theme in mind before you start. Learn about girly themed cake decorating ideas with help from a lead cake designer in this free video clip.

Expert: Greggy Soriano
Contact: www.cakelush.com
Bio: Greggy Soriano has starred in “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker” on the TLC Network. He was also cast in season five of “Beauty and the Geek” Season 5 on the CW Network.
Filmmaker: Heredia Films, LLC

Series Description: Decorating a cake is a great way to both put a personal stamp on a delicious treat and let your creative side run wild. Learn about cake decorating and get a few new ideas with help from a lead cake designer in this free video series.

CAKE DECORATING TECHNIQUES ROYAL ICING PIPING IDEAS TUTORIALS - HOW TO DECORATE BIG WEDDING CAKES

Cake decorating techniques and ideas with Royal icing piping free tutorial / classes – How to decorate a giant massive big wedding cake – David MacCarfrae from David Cakes shows you how to prepare and decorate a huge ornate vintage style wedding cake using Royal Icing and a selection of piping tips. For more details about David Cakes UK & International Master classes and workshops visit http://www.davidcakes.co.uk/
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Cake decorating is not as difficult as it seems. We look at the elaborately decorated masterpieces and feel completely intimidated. Here are a few simple ideas and hints to make your cake decorating project a winner.

* Buy readymade cakes, or make your cake from a mix. * Make sure you have several pastry bags, a coupler, a flower nail, and 6 icing tips- #824 large open star, #23 small open star, #104 small rose, #125 large rose, and #109 and #129 drop flowers. * A turntable makes icing a cake much easier. A lazy susan will work. * Use decorations that are already made- fresh flowers, silk flowers, ribbons, and fruit are some of the items you can use. * Always brush fresh fruit with a glaze to seal in moisture. * Use a decorative cake plate or platter to present your cake. * Use Ganache icing.

Ganache

1 pound semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk 1/4 cup sugar 4 tsp. unsalted butter

Place the chocolate in a bowl.

Combine cream, butter, and sugar in a pan, bring the mixture to a boil. Pour the mixture over the chocolate, stirring gently until it is melted. Using royal or buttercream icing, ice the cake with a thin coating, and freeze for 15 minutes. Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet. Make sure the icing is set, and place the cake on the cooling rack.

Quickly pour the ganache over the top of the cake and down the sides. You can use a spatula to smooth the surface if needed. The hot ganache will melt the icing, so only smooth as necessary. Tap the rack to remove any excess ganache, this can be refrigerated for later use. Chill the cake until set, remove to a serving platter.

Fruit Flan

You can choose to purchase a pre-made flan, or bake one yourself. Slice your choice of assorted fruit and arrange it on the cake surface in concentric circles. Coat with apricot glaze. Serve on a decorative cake plate or platter.

Apricot Glaze

12 oz. jar of apricot jam 2-3 tbsp. Water

Combine jam and water in a saucepan. Bring ingredients to a boil. Strain glaze and keep in the refrigerator until needed. Heat to brush on fruit.

Piping

Using a pastry bag and the tip of your choice, you can create a number of cake decorations, ranging from flowers to simple borders. Basic icing recipes can be found on the internet. Work on a piece of waxed paper before you apply any icing to a cake.

Edible Flowers

Apply icing to your cake Decorate the cake with piping if you desire Distribute edible flowers in a decorative fashion

I hope that any, or all, of these tips will help you with your cake decorating projects. My suggestion is to gather all of the tips, tricks, and ideas you can find and print them out. Put your collection in a binder and the next time you are having a problem with your cake decorating project, you will have an answer at your fingertips.

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Decorating a cake with fondant layers always requires you to keep a few important things in mind. Learn about cake decorating with fondant layers with help from a nationally celebrated baking expert in this free video clip.

Expert: Kelly Delaney
Bio: Kelly Delaney is a nationally-celebrated baking expert who has grown her gourmet cake and pastry shop, Cakes for Occasions, in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Filmmaker: Alan Mack

Series Description: You can decorate a cake for nearly any occasion you can imagine as long as you put your mind to it and have access to the right ingredients. Get tips on cake decorating and make a great impression with help from a nationally-celebrated baking expert in this free video series.

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