Cake Decorating: Part 3

It’s official!  I am completely hooked on cake decorating.  Cake Boss watch out.  Well, I won’t go that far but I have found a new hobby I am completely into.  It is so much fun and like I have mentioned before it is relaxing.  

Several years ago before the twins I tried to take up knitting.  I had a vision I would knit the babies blankets, booties, you name it.  I took the classes; and I could just not catch on.  I couldn’t even get as far as knitting a sock.  Maybe because I’m left handed?  Or maybe because I had my mind on food and babies the entire time.  
Now cake decorating; this is my speed.  Not only do I love it but I am eager to continue to keep learning and developing my skills.  I can make a mean cupcake so I am thrilled to have some new tricks up my sleeve to add the topping on the cake.
If you have missed Part 1 or Part 2 of my series you can check Part 1 out here or Part 2 out here.   But don’t forget to come back to check out the rest of Part 3!  
Before we get to my tips for this week let me share with you a giveaway!  As I have mentioned before I feel if you have the right tools and techniques you can do anything.  Well, I would like to give to one lucky winner a prize pack of some of my favorite tools I have found to be helpful cake and cupcake decorating.  


And now for this week’s tips: 
  • I love making roses.  I could just sit there and make roses all day if I could.  It was funny because during the class when we first began doing the roses we were all a bit skeptical on the results since it is more complicated than others.  We all caught on quickly and before you knew it we were all whipping out beautiful roses to embellish our cakes. 
  • To make roses you need stiff consistency frosting.  I talk about the different consistency of frosting in Part 1.  You need a stiff consistency so the petals stay in place however I learned if your frosting is too thick not only will you have problems making these but your hands will be hurting too.  I had to remove all my stiff frosting and soften it up just a bit by adding a few drops of water.  Once I had the consistency right; after a few practice rounds I was whipping out roses like a machine.  
To make the rose you will need a flower nail; wax paper or the square sheets they sell with the Wilton products and tips 12 and 104.  
You will begin with pipping tip 12 on the center to create the base.  The pedals are made with tip 104.  The key is twirling the flower nail as you are piping the frosting onto the base of the rose that was made with tip 12.  
The rose will be left to set on the wax or paper squares and then carefully removed with a flower lifter which I love to place gently on your cake.  
  • Handwriting on cakes.  Handwriting can be done simply to state on your cakes Congratulations; Welcome Home; Happy Birthday etc…  Words like Congratulations are quite long and on an 8″ cake to get that all in on one line you need to make sure you have your spacing correct.  Make a thin line with a toothpick or dental floss to make an even line on where you want to write.  Add  the first letter and the last letter so you can guide your spacing.    You don’t want to write Congratulations without having the s already down at the end and as you get closer you realize you are out of room and you wrote Congratulatio instead of Congratulations.  The best results for handwriting is using a tip 3 and you will want to use a thin consistency frosting so the writing glides on smoothly.
Cake was made with 9 roses using tip 12 and tip 104; border was made as a rosette using tip 18;  leaves were made using tip 352 and dots around cake were made with tip 18.



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  1. Awesome! I’m new to this as well, so so far i’ve really only done cakes with more shaping than actual wilton style decorations. So i guess right now cakes win.

  2. that looks great, I have always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes. I wanted to take the lessons but could never find the time.

  3. I have been in awe of your cake decorating skills! I make a lot of cakes and I’ve always wanted to learn how to decorate them professionally. I have no doubt I’d be making a lot more cakes and cupcakes if I won this kit and accessories (:

  4. I definitely need help with making roses. I enjoy piping cupcakes more because they don’t require so much decorating after they are frosted. I like whispy swirls! This is a very generous giveaway, Jennifer! I have loved reading your tips!

  5. Brooke, [email protected]

    I love to decorate cakes! All these contests are soooo much fun!

    I am a fan on facebook, but haven’t even ventured into twitter yet! I barely understand using pinterest so that option is a bust also lol!

  6. Great giveaway! All the prizes will be super handy for decorating. Usually I only make cupcakes, but I love decorating cakes. Subscribe to your blog, follow you on Facebook and Twitter! And I’ve pinned you on Pinterest.

  7. Just discovered your blog & am loving it! I love to decorate cakes/cupcakes & would love to win this – I’m in charge of providing the cupcake tower & birthday cake at my sister’s 21st birthday next month so this would come in super handy!

    [email protected]

  8. I am definitely better at decorating cupcakes than I am at decorating cakes. Maybe I need to take one of these classes – because your cake is gorgeous!

  9. I will be taking my first Wilton Cake Decorating class next week! I love decorating cupcakes. That deluxe decorating kit looks great.

  10. [email protected] – Pretty obviously my name is Julie 🙂 anyway, I think I like to decorate cakes more! You can do almost anything you could do on a cupcake but on a larger scale, and people are always so happy and surprised when you give them a cake.

  11. I love making cakes and cupcakes but need to learn a bit more when it comes to decorating, these would be really helpful! Thanks for your post. I just started following you on twitter :]

  12. Definitely cakes. I worked in a bakery for five years back in high school and college, and we decorated cakes and cupcakes. I enjoyed both, but cupcakes took so long — so many!

  13. Beautiful! I much prefer decorating cakes over cupcakes, but I have to say that I’m not nearly at your level! Mindy (mindy (at) theworldinmykitchen (dot) com)

  14. I have 3 small kiddos (age almost 3, 4 and 5) cakes and cupcakes are constantly being made and eaten. They all love helping in the kitchen. These neat tools would really get everyone excited! 🙂

    Christina Jaehnel
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  15. I decorate cakes in my spare time, mostly ones that i have drawn and cut out,Its been a while and i am in need of new supplies and would so appreciate this
    Tammy Yeager
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  16. YAY! I cannot believe I won! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to put these to great use 🙂 it’s my dream to open my own bakery after college and this is going to help me get creative and much better at cake decorating. THANK YOU again! 😀

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