Top 10 Creative Cake Decorating Techniques


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Giant panda Tai Shan gets ready for a bite of birthday cake -- plus visible bamboo supports -- at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Giant panda Tai Shan gets ready for a bite of birthday cake -- plus visible bamboo supports -- at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
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All those dowels, cake drums and pieces of foamcore? Unless they're the elegant columns in a multitier wedding cake, they're usually invisible, hidden by frosting or the cake itself. But you don't have to keep your supports out of sight. With a little ingenuity, you can bring your scaffolding into the foreground, using colorful dowels, decorative (but food-safe) wire, or intricately textured plates to construct your cake. You can even put the same idea to work on a smaller scale by building a creative cupcake tree and focusing your piping and sculpting talents on the frosting and decorations for each miniature cake.

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