To use a piping bag or syringe, a piping tip is attached to the bag or syringe using a coupler. The bag or syringe is partially filled with icing which is sometimes colored. Using different piping tips and various techniques, a cake decorator can make many different designs. Basic decorating tips include open star, closed star, basketweave, round, drop flower, leaf, multi, petal, and specialty tips. An embossing mat is used to create embossed effects. A cake turntable that cakes are spun upon may be used in cake decoration.

How much frosting should I make for a cake?

Buttermilk can be substituted for other milk products (including non-dairy milk), but this will reduce the level of moisture of the cake. To make buttermilk at home, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of dairy milk. Allow it to sit for five minutes then stir it before incorporating it into your recipe.

(Do not cut this short.) Scrape the bowl occasionally while beating. Tiny bubbles will be created as the butter and sugar are combined, which will give your cake that light, fluffy texture. To line or grease a cake pan, cut a parchment paper round to fit the bottom of the tin and either leave the sides untouched or coat them in butter or cooking spray. Pan sprays can damage nonstick coatings, so go with butter in nonstick pans. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly. Store your cake in an airtight container, such as a cake carrier. Hold your offset spatula vertically, and spread frosting over the sides of the cake, then the top.

Luscious Limoncello Cake

Warm cake isn’t the only temperature-related factor that can compromise your cake-decorating process. Whether it’s canned or made from scratch, frosting needs to be at room temperature before it goes anywhere near a cake’s surface. Frosting that is too cold will not spread well, and it could easily tear the surface of your cake. Frosting a warm cake can result in sagging and dripping sides.

Whisk well until light and fluffy with a manual whisker or a fork. Beat further so that the mixture turns white and creamy. Place one of your sponge cakes made in the cake pan onto your serving plate. Spread raspberry jam overtop or scatter with fresh berries. Dollop whipped cream or buttercream over the jam or fruit and spread. Stack the other sponge cake on top of the fruit and cream, then dust with powdered/confectioner’s sugar and serve. Place the softened butter, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, and buttermilk in a large bowl.

Top the cake with cinnamon-infused frosting and enjoy a slice with your favorite fall drink. A few simple swaps help simplify this tres leches cake. It calls for a one-bowl vanilla cake that’s slightly overbaked so it can fully absorb the milky soak. Poking holes into the cake also speeds up the process so there’s no need to wait for it to completely cool. Joanna Gaines elevates an everyday Bundt cake with a simple topping made from roasted strawberries, whipped cream and a balsamic reduction. The batter is packed with shredded carrots, sweetened with light brown sugar and gets a hint of warmth from ground cinnamon.

Chill the cake for 30 minutes and frost the top and sides. Put the cake in the fridge to chill until the crumb coat firms up. Then remove it and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. This layer of frosting should be much thicker than the crumb coat. Reduce the temperature to 325 °F (163 °C) and increase the baking time. To bake flat cakes that are easily to layer and frost, turn the oven temperature down and bake the cakes for a little longer.

Place the whites in a separate large bowl and beat with a mixer on high speed. These should be slightly droopy if you lift the beaters out of the bowl.

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