Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas
Need new ideas for birthday cakes? Check out this slideshow to find some of our favorite birthday cake recipes and easy birthday cake decorating ideas.
Use the easy how-to instructions on the following slides to learn how to decorate some of our favorite birthday cakes recipes!
For a crumb-free finish, use an offset spatula to apply a very thin coat of frosting over the cake. Then pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes before covering with or piping on the remaining frosting.
For the nut edge, place strips of plastic wrap just under the edges of the frosted cake. Sprinkle chopped nuts on the wrap. Gently lift the wrap while pressing nuts into the frosting. Using a clean spatula to lift one side of the cake at a time, pull wrap out from underneath.
It’s crucial to sift the cocoa powder to prevent tiny lumps in the frosting, which can clog the #45 petal pastry tip. Piping on the frosting in a zigzag motion creates a gorgeous ruffled effect.
Finally, the secret to blowing out your candles in one puff. “Blow hard at the base of the flame,” says Tim Mooney, a nuclear physicist from the University of North Carolina. “You’re not trying to cool the flame until it eventually goes out, you’re trying to physically move it away from its fuel source.”
Cut six Kraft Jet-Puffed StackerMallows into pretty shapes with a 1-1/4 in. scalloped round cookie cutter. Next, cut holes in the center of each small round with an apple corer or a 3/4 in. round cutter.
Using a painter’s brush, brush tops and sides of marshmallow shapes with warmed light corn syrup. Dip in yellow colored sugar.
Cut 15 more marshmallows with a 2 in. teardrop-shaped cookie cutter. Again, brush with corn syrup and coat with sugar. Make your kids the happiest on the block by giving them any marshmallow scraps.
Assemble each daffodil by arranging five teardrop-shaped cutouts into a ring (pointy ends out). Stack two round cutouts in each flower’s center so that they’re just resting on the petals beneath to make the daffodil’s cup.