Learning Series 2 – Tea Time Fancies
Posted by Annita on October 25, 2006
The first step in a cake decorating is applying the icing to cover the cake surface,before adding any other decoratives.There are so many icings made with butter,egg whites, chocolate and many other flavourings but they are all made with confectioner’s(icing) sugar beaten together.The icing may also vary from thick fluid type to stiff peak consistency,which can be spread smoothly,swirled,piped etc..Whatever the choice of covering for the cake,the base cake has to be prepared well and cool to room temperature before applying any type of icing over it.
Here I’ve used simple glace icing to cover these tiny cakes and the base cake is prepared using store brought Pillsbury cake mix.
1.Prepare your choice of base cake.
2.Allow it to cool to room temperature.
3.Prepare Apricot glaze and keep aside.
4.Cut the cake into desired shapes using cookie cutters.I’ve used simple knife here.
5.Brush the cake pieces with prepared apricot glaze.
6.Place the cake on a cooling rack,well spaced apart and place some almonds or cashews on top of the cakes for decoration.
7.Spread aluminium foil or grease proof paper under the cooling rack,to collect the unwanted icing.
8.Make plenty of glace icing,ensuring the consistency is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon with a transparent coat of icing which does not run off.
9.Take one quarter of icing and add contrasting icing color into it.(i’ve used Wilton Icing color(red) here).Learn how to color your icing here.
10.Using a palette knife lift and support each cake,and pour the icing over the top of the cake and allow the frosting to fall freely over the side.
11.Gently tap or shake the cake to encourage the frosting to fall evenly from top.
12.Keep it back on the cooling rack.
13.Once the frosting has stopped falling,carefully run the palette knife around the cake to neaten the edge.
14.Allow the covering to dry.
15.If you think the coating is not thick enough,you can apply one more coat after the first one is dried well.
16.Carefully transfer the cake to serving dish.Remember,once the glace icing is set it has a tendency to crack when the cake is moved.So extra care should be taken while moving.
17.Now put the colored icing in a piping bag and pipe simple threads over the top of the cake to complete the decoration.Learn how to use piping bag here
Recipe Source : First Steps in Cake Decorating by Janice Murfitt