Five Beautiful Ways To Decorate Cake


– [Presenter] Do you ever
look at cake decorating on Instagram and think,
“God, I could never do that.” Well, guess what, yes you can. Buying a professionally decorated cake can cost hundreds of
dollars, it doesn’t take that much extra effort or talent to decorate your own cake at home. We’re gonna teach you five
really easy decorating styles to zhuzh up your next cake. Honestly, like cake, it’s
a really tangible way to show people you love them. First things first, we have to prep our cakes to be decorated. Get a little icing, secure
the board on top of that, and start building our cakes. All you really need to do is plop a good amount of icing down first, more than you think, honestly. You don’t have to worry
about it being perfect, you could pipe it on if you wanted, but I dunno, it’s not really
the biggest deal in the world. And then, for the top
layer, you’re actually gonna put it bottom side down, that’s a lot flatter and we want a really sharp edge to our cake. You might have to move it a little bit to make sure that it’s
totally level on all sides, and then put a whole
bunch of frosting on top. I like to take the back of my spatula and just dab the icing onto the cake. And then you’re gonna
use the offset spatula to flatten out the sides,
and get off any excess icing. This is your primer, if
you will, on your cake to ensure that the finished coat is gonna go on really nice and smooth. As you can see, there’s crumbs that kinda get caught in the mess, and that’s why it’s called a crumb coat. We’re gonna chill that until
we’re ready to decorate. To make this job really easy, all you need is a piping bag, a spoon, an offset spatula, you know I love ’em, a cake board, and a rotating
cake stand, if possible. Lastly, you’ll need a rosette piping tip. Not all of these tools are necessary, I mean really all you need
is a piping bag and a tip, but they make the job a lot easier. First things first, we’re
gonna put the piping tip into the bag, then turn it right around and put the bag over
your non-dominant hand with the top of the bag kinda folded down. And you’re gonna use your thumb, actually, to help scrape off the extra icing. Put the top back up and squeeze it in-between your thumb and your hand, and that’s where you’re gonna have all the pressure coming out of. So, a lot of people want to press down in the middle of the bag, and it actually gives a lot of uneven pressure, and that’s not what you want to do. It’s actually a lot harder, as well. So, when you’re making your rosette you start in the middle,
apply even pressure until the end, and just
curve around really easy and at the very end, when you’re trying to make the edge of your rosette, you just flick your wrist a little bit, wrap it around, and release that pressure. You just kind of quickly
dismount, if you will. Oh, dismount, that’s a good word for it, yeah, you dismount! And the first few that you do, they’re gonna feel kind of awkward, you’re gonna have some that
look better than others, but I will say just go for it. To fill in those holes that
are naturally gonna be there, all you need to do is just
put the tip down in that hole, apply a little bit of pressure, and then kind of flick your wrist so it almost looks like
it’s part of a petal of a nearby rosette. The reason why the rosette cake is great is you really don’t need to be perfect, it looks so cool when it’s done. It’s so elegant, it’s really, really easy, it’s just one piping tip
with one icing color, next thing you know, it looks like you’ve been doing this for years. So, to start the ombre cake, you’re gonna take the darkest color and pipe it around the bottom. Put two thick layers
of icing on the bottom and then do two stripes of the next color. Just choose whatever colors you want, you could do from a dark blue all the way to a really,
really light blue. We’re going for more of a sunrise look, like a tequila sunrise is
what we’re calling this cake. I’m gonna top it with white, it’s gonna be a really nice gradient of colors. This tool is a bench
scraper or a dough cutter. You can drag it right along
the bottom of the stand itself so it’ll be really, really level. If you want a really clean
stripe you can start here, but we were going for
that gradient ombre look so now we’re gonna use
that excess frosting and go up, go down, go in
a few different directions so that you’re really getting a good mix of all of the colors together. The fun thing about this is, honestly, anyone can do it, it’s so easy, and you really just have
to know when to stop, like, that’s usually my problem is that I just want to go and go and I have more fun with it. We’re just topping it with a little bit of crushed Graham Cracker and
an umbrella, because we can. Just play with it, that’s the fun thing about decorating cakes is
they can be kind of kitschy or elegant, or whatever
you want them to be. I think we really just need a vacation, that might be why we went with the sunset. We’re gonna show you how to make homemade buttercream succulents. And for dyeing your frosting
we recommend using gel colors, they’re just a little bit more saturated. We’re going for kind of a dark
greenish-gray kind of color. I’m using some green,
a little bit of brown, and a little bit of blue. A little goes a long way,
so start with a little and you can always add more. Alright, so I’ve got the green, I’m also gonna use a little bit of pink for these succulents, and so this is, I don’t know, what tip is this? Oh yeah, it’s a petal
nozzle, yep, that’s it. This one’s great for making
roses and succulents. And what we’re gonna do is put a stripe of pink down one side of the bag. And, similar to the ombre cake, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it in there
from right to the start of the piping tip, all the
way to the top of the bag. And we’re gonna fill in the
rest with the green color. And again, I’m gonna use my thumb, here, to scrape off the icing
when it gets into the bag. We’re gonna twist, make
sure there’s no air bubbles, and set that aside while you
grab some parchment paper. So, just a little square
is what we’re gonna use to make our succulents on. And you’re gonna just test the icing to make sure that the color is coming out the way that you want it to. Kind of schmoop schmoop, get it out there until I’m happy with the color. A new piece of parchment, and I’m gonna make a mound of icing in the middle and then do an X shape over that. And then you’re gonna do little C shapes all around that X that you made. Do a quarter turn in-between each one. When you’re trying to dismount that icing I think it’s better to go down
into the parchment itself. And then just keep going until you’re happy with the
size of that succulent. With the same nozzle you can play with it and create different shapes. So you’re gonna turn the bag to ensure that the pink side’s kind of on the top of the nozzle when it’s coming out, and you’re gonna go in a loop motion, turning your parchment around and going in these
little loop, loop, loops until you’re all the way around. And just keep going up
until you have a beautiful, unique little cactus, like this. You can just buy a beginner’s piping set, all of the tips we used here are kind of the standard
ones that come in there. If you’re nervous about
spending much money on frosting, and you still
want to practice your piping, in culinary school they used to have us buy powdered instant mash potatoes and practice with that. Top tip, you heard it here first, don’t take it too
seriously,1 just have fun! And then, while those are
chilling in the fridge, we’re gonna assemble our naked cake. So this one’s really cool and it looks really elegant and is
ridiculously easy to do. Similar to our crumb
coat, you’re gonna take a bench scraper and
scrape off all the excess. You’re gonna really push into the cake and get as much icing off as you can. So it’s gonna look, you know, naked. They’re very trendy right now, very in. And then you can start
putting on your succulents. So these came straight out of the freezer, so that they’re really easy to work with. It looks very intimidating, and you may not want to try it because you think people will think your piping’s not good, but the point of this
and why it’s so great, is that there’s so much on there and it’s just like an
overwhelming, beautiful, gorgeous, unique cake that you don’t see everywhere, and you should just go ahead and try it. Now, for the drip cake,
very dramatic and elegant, and also very on trend. You make a really simple
white chocolate ganache and then dyed it this
really gorgeous blue color. You pour the ganache in
fourths along the cake. So the cake’s really
cold, the ganache is warm, and I’m pouring the warm
ganache onto the cold cake, it’s gonna kind of set as it goes. I’m just gonna use a dinner spoon and kind of coax the
ganache in the direction that I want, to make sure that it’s pooling down the side of the cake. You could use a piping bag
or a little squeeze bottle to do this, but we thought
this is a really organic, natural way, as well as not really needing a ton of extra equipment. You could top it with anything, candy, macarons, or just leave it plain, it looks really gorgeous with
a clean, shiny top, as well. Mirror glaze is an absolute show stopper, do not be intimidated, you can do this. You just have to be prepared, so make sure you have all your mise en place ready, because you do have to work quickly with this glaze. To make sure that it’s
really, really well mixed, we recommend using a stick blender. If you put cling film on the top that can help get rid
of any extra bubbles, but as you can see some remain so you want to get out as many as you can. The ideal temperature
to pour the mirror glaze on top of the cake is anywhere between 90 to 96 degrees fahrenheit. The most important things about doing a mirror glaze is one, making sure that it’s frozen solid, and two, making sure that it’s as smooth as you can possibly get it. The glaze is warm when
you’re pouring it on, so the cold cake will help the glaze set really nicely on the cake. Take an offset spatula
and do a little schmoop! And then it really
completes that marble look. And this is the fun part, it’s when all of the hard work pays off and you just get to watch this mesmerizing process take shape. ‘Cause we just can’t help ourselves we just had to add a little bit of silver leaf to the top as well. Most of it will drip off, but
you just want to make sure that you’re getting a good
mix of the two colors. Hello! Oh my god, that’s so cool! Every occasion, every party, has a cake, and this is just a few helpful tips to help you make yours really stand out at your next event. So all the care, all the effort, all the fun creativity that
goes into making these cakes, don’t be afraid to eat them in the end, that’s the whole point, that they’re something great to look at but also something great to eat and enjoy with your loved ones. Really though, what are
all those damn tips called? – [Man] Tips! – [Presenter] No, but
all the different styles, like, I don’t know, the one
that makes a squiggly bit? I don’t know, like, whether the– (laughs) I don’t know the names of the tips, I just buy the mixed five
of them, I don’t know!

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Reader Comments

  1. m.o.m.d

    Hello please can u tell what kind of the cream used is whipping cream or batter and u super good.
    Iโ€™m French making but this time I want this beautiful decoration please

  2. Bridgette Silva

    Can you please make a video about how to make good frosting? I can bake and decorate a cake perfectly but my frosting is never good

  3. Yaritza Arias

    Its titled "Five beautiful ways to decorate a cake" not "How to become a pro baker in 5 minutes". Sheesh. Chill the fuck out guys.

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  6. sklator.

    if y'all mad because what u make isn't as easy and beautiful as this video it's because u need practice. this person probably had some cooking experience. don't expect a perfect cake in one go lol.

  7. Jessica Penaloza

    This is like saying everyone can be a good singer, dancer, or writer. Obviously thatโ€™s not true. Her opening statements were outright ignorant and disrespectful. Nobody cares if you make your own cake, but there is a reason why people donโ€™t because the time effort and expertise will always show. Also, people have the right to defend her retarded phrasing. I hope you enjoyed my uneducated use of my word. Oh and so she went to culinary school ๐Ÿ˜‚ super easy when you practice and have a teacher. Nice.

  8. Sabinarose Adecir

    Hello!!๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹I've learned a lotโคโคโคโคโคin this video…but can I ask??what frosting did u use…thanksโคโคโคโค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  9. V Oliver Rutherfurd

    The reason I don't like buying your cakes @professional bakers is because fondant is disgusting and you give me attitude when I ask for cream cheese frosting.

  10. Kitty Cupcake

    I was watching this with my little brother (he's three) and he wanted to make the cakes with me and we were watching the mirror glaze one and I asked him do you think that would be hard and he said "no it's easy I do it by myself!" ๐Ÿ˜‚

  11. Jenna Knopf

    You donโ€™t know how much youโ€™re saving my butt. I was specially requested to bake for by brothers girlfriend for dinner tommorrow and have never decorated a cake before with real intentions. Thank god for you guys

  12. Emily VanBriggle

    I just finished making the pink roses cake and I love it! Itโ€™s beautiful and elegant but truly doesnโ€™t require an expert. Iโ€™ve made a few cakes in the past but i am no where close to an expert yet this cake looks amazing! Thanks!

  13. seventeen stole my heart

    jesus, nobody's comparing anything. this is just a video to help you figure out how to decorate simple cakes

  14. dayna

    To all the hurt professional bakers in the comments,

    This video is just to improve decorating a cake instead of just icing it and serving it to people, in very simple ways.
    Yeah, people can read your comment and take away your difficult tips or just copy the video where the product actually comes out good and the way they personally want it.

  15. patricia louise

    so pretty and satisfying!
    i tried making icing and put too much almond extract (its my first time to use almond extract too) and maybe used the wrong kind of sugar.

  16. Violet Doopr

    One time, my nanny took me to a party. There was all kinds of sweets and candy there but what really stood out was the cake. It was a birthday party and when it was time to cut the cake, she said "No! You can't have this cake. You aren't part if our family and you're already…round enough." My mom and my brother were away in San Francisco for his birthday and I called them immediately. I was crying and begging them to come back. Needless to say, my mom wasn't too happy with what my nanny said. This wasn't my nanny's first time being mean to me. Before this she made me clean her shoes that had dog poo on them and then a few months later she left me and my bro in her car next to A BURNING CAR CRASH. A few months before this OUR HOUSE BURNED DOWN. The cherry on top is all the blaring sirens and flashy lights to of which I am sensitive to BECAUSE I HAVE PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY!! My mom told her this!! Damn…I really need to talk to someone
    (. _ .)

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