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Cake Decorating


Advanced Cake Decorating Techniques
As your confidence continues to grow, you can try more and more advanced cake decorating techniques.

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Feathered Frosting

Here's what you'll need to do feathered frosting:

  • Two contrasting colors of
    cake decorating gel

  • Paring knife
  1. Pipe line of first color of decorating gel in straight line across frosted cake, starting about 1 inch from top edge of cake top.

  2. Pipe line of contrasting color gel straight across cake about 1 inch below first line.

    Maintain a steady pressure when squeezing gel tube.
    Maintain a steady pressure
    when squeezing gel tube.
  3. Continue to pipe lines of gel until about 1 inch from bottom edge of cake top, spacing lines about 1 inch apart and alternating colors.

  4. Carefully draw tip of paring knife straight down cake to form feathering, starting at left end of top line. Clean off tip of knife with paper towel.

    Use a light touch to draw the lines.
    Use a light touch to draw the lines.
  5. Carefully draw tip of knife straight up cake to feather in opposite direction, starting at bottom edge of cake top and about 1 inch to the right of the first knife line. Repeat drawing knife through gels, alternating directions to form feathered design across entire cake top.

    Be sure to wipe off tip of knife after every line.
    Be sure to wipe off the tip of
    the knife after every line.

Lattice (use basketweave tip):

  1. Hold bag so tip is at a 45-degree angle just above cake about 1/4 inch from top left of desired area to be covered with lattice and serrated side of tip facing out.

  2. While gently squeezing, guide tip in straight line diagonally across area. Stop squeezing when line reaches 1/4 inch from opposite edge of area, then lift tip.

  3. Repeat to make diagonal lines in same direction spaced about 1/4 inch apart.

    Repeat to make diagonal lines in same direction spaced about 1/4 inch apart.
    Repeat to make diagonal lines in same
    direction spaced about 1/4 inch apart.

  4. Start about 1/4 inch from top of one diagonal line of frosting. Hold bag at a 45-degree angle with tip positioned just to the right of this line and serrated side of tip facing out.

  5. While gently squeezing, guide tip straight down to pipe a line of frosting that crisscrosses diagonal lines. At the edge of desired area, stop squeezing, then lift tip. Repeat to make lines spaced about 1/4 inch apart across area.

    While gently squeezing, guide tip straight down to pipe a line of frosting that crisscrosses diagonal lines.
    While gently squeezing, guide tip straight
    down to pipe a line of frosting that
    crisscrosses diagonal lines.

  6. Finish edges of desired area by piping a long line of frosting close to each edge.

Basketweave (use basketweave tip):

  1. Hold bag so tip is at a 45-degree angle with serrated side of tip facing out and just above cake.

  2. Position tip so it is about 1/2 inch from top left of desired area to be covered with basketweave.

  3. While gently squeezing, guide tip in straight line vertically down desired area. Stop squeezing when line reaches 1/4 inch from bottom left of desired area and then lift tip.

  4. Continue to hold bag at a 45-degree angle with tip positioned 1/2 inch to the left of the vertical line at the top and serrated side of tip facing out.

  5. Gently squeeze, guiding tip horizontally up and over vertical line of frosting to about 1/2 inch to right of vertical line. Stop squeezing, then lift tip.

  6. Pipe additional horizontal lines to cover vertical line, each a tip's width apart.

    Pipe additional horizontal lines to cover vertical line, each a tip's width apart.
    Pipe additional horizontal lines to cover
    vertical line, each a tip's width apart.

  7. Pipe another vertical line, slightly overlapping edges of horizontal lines.

  8. Position tip slightly under first vertical line and pipe horizontal lines over second vertical line, filling in skipped spaces between first set of horizontal lines.

  9. Repeat vertical and horizontal lines, always slightly overlapping edges of horizontal lines with the vertical lines and tucking tip under vertical lines when piping horizontal line. Continue until desired area is covered with basketweave.

    Slightly overlap the edges of horizontal lines with the vertical lines and tuck the tip under the vertical lines
    Slightly overlap the edges of horizontal
    lines with the vertical lines and tuck
    the tip under the vertical lines when
    piping a horizontal line.

  10. Finish edges of desired area by piping a long line of frosting close to each edge.
After reading the tips in this article, you'll be inspired to try all kinds of designs on your next cake. Have fun!

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