Cake Decorating Tutorials
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With Cake Decorating Tutorials you too can become a successful Cake Decorator!

Cake Decorating is a skill that can learn! Yes, there are amazing people out there that can create life-size art, but that (according to me) is art and not just making cakes. There are really a handful of those very skilled people out there that makes us gasp at their creations.

But, you can also create awesome cakes. You only need to know the basics and once you've learned that, you practice and in no time you will become so skilled that you will be amazed at what you've achieved.

My purpose of this page is to offer all I have learned (some through trial and error) to you. The tutorials took some time for me to create, so if you do not understand it 100%, please contact me and I'll explain where I can. 

Where to start

It is all about planning. You can't just run blindly and start to cover a cake and decorate, unless you are one of those very gifted people. The rest of us, need to plan.

You obviously first have a consultation with your client or have an idea of what you want to create. If the cake calls for a figurine, your first job would be to decide the size of the figurine.

Once you know, you can visit the internet, print a picture of the size of the figurine and then start working from there. In that way you will be able to make the figurine in the right proportions.

Also remember, that just like drawing, it all starts with a shape! I will talk about the shapes in the cake decorating tutorials.

Cake Decorating Tutorials Index

Cake Decorating Tutorials: How to Make a Rose

Learn how to  make a basic, yet beautiful rose with a 5 petal cutter in less than 10 minutes.

You will need:

  • Fondant (your own color choice)
  • Ball Tool
  • Small Palette Knife
  • Sponge
  • Pasta Maker
  • 5 Petal Cutter
  • Toothpick
  • Fondant Roller
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Water or Edible Glue

Start by rolling a little ball, big enough to fit into one petal of the petal cutter. Form the ball in a teardrop and insert the toothpick. I would suggest that you leave it overnight or if you are using gum paste for an hour or two to harden a bit.

Otherwise, it will be difficult to work with and the toothpick might stick through the teardrop when you work with it.

Roll out your fondant as thin as possible. Put your pasta maker on the highest setting and keep putting the fondant through the pasta maker, changing the setting as you go. Do not press it out too thin as it will break.

TIP: Make sure you are using gum paste, otherwise, add enough cmc powder to make sure the fondant is flexible.

Remove from the pasta roller and cut out your petals. Put them all under plastic wrap to ensure they do not dry out. Only remove them when you use them.

Take one flower and put it on the sponge and use your ball tool to thin out the edges of the petals even further. It will lift slightly. Do not press it down.

Take your teardrop you've made earlier and insert into the middle of the flower.

Add some glue/water. On the bud as well as on the petals. Not too much, otherwise it will be sticky.

This is where the trick starts. Star with one petal and cover all around the ball.

Take the 3rd Petal, not the one next to the petal you just used.Also drape around the teardrop.

Same process, but the 5th petal.

Finally the last petal.

Your complete bud should look something like this.

Now it is time for the second layer. 

Do exactly as with the first layer. First the 1st petal, then 3rd, last 5th and so on. 

Do  not push the petals completely down. It needs to be a little bit loose as the rose is opening now.

Once you've done all the petals, It should look like this.

Add another layer, just like the previous steps. Just remember to make it more lose as you go with each layer. You can add as many layers as you wish. 

I would suggest that you let the rose stand for a while between layers to make sure it dries a bit and the petals do not fall flat.

Complete Rose

Complete flower! Congrats in making a rose quickly! Make sure you subscribe as I will soon be adding cake decorating tutorials of filler flowers that you add to roses to give that extra touch.

Just a side view of the rose.

Cake Decorating Tutorials: Cupcake Elephant  Topper

You will need:

  • Fondant (Grey, Black, Pink, Red, White)
  • Ball Tool
  • Craft Knife
  • Small Palette Knife
  • Small Flower Cutter

In this tutorial you will be making only the head of an elephant. A nice Cupcake Topper.

Roll a sphere and roll in palms of hand, pressing slightly on the one side, until it forms a large teardrop.

In this step, you need to press the top part slightly to create the head where the eyes will go. This can be done by putting the fat part down on the work surface and press with your finger.

Use your palette knife to make markings on the trunk of the elephant.

Next, use your small ball tool to make round holes in the head where the eyes will be. Remember that this is a simple figurine. No need for painting eyes. Just roll 2 small black balls and drop it into the holes. Do not make to large! You can also create crevices with your palette knife to give bit more character.

Using your craft knife. Make a small slit under the trunk for the mouth. Use your tool again to open the mouth a bit and insert a small piece of red fondant and flattening it.

This part is optional. Using your ball tool, indent the front of the trunk and press lightly to form the trunk.

As for the ears. Draw an ear - large enough for the elephant - cut out two!

Attach to elephant's head. 

Lastly! You can make a little flower for the trunk or even a little ribbon to put between the ears. There are lots of ribbon moulds for that purpose. You can also cut another set of ears slightly smaller than the other to create a different color.

Cake Decorating Tutorials: Easy Box Ribbon

You will need:

  • Fondant
  • Palette knife or crafter's knife
  • Your choice of glue
  • Fondant rolling pin
  • Small circle cutter

Roll out your fondant in the same thickness by using your rolling-pin or a pasta machine.  It is important to roll it out not too thin or thick. It needs to be able to stand on its sides.

You can then cut even strips. Either with your crafters knife, palette knife or ribbon cutter. Remove the excess.

Roll out fondant again. Cut out a small circle. Also cut the strips in half. Take some glue and apply to the edge of the strip. Fold over and only press softly on the edge to form loops. Make sure you make a few as you might want to make a fuller box ribbon. Remember to let it dry on its sides.

Apply some glue to the circle and place the first four loops.

Next, apply another four loops facing the other direction. Keep adding loops until the point in the middle becomes smaller. You can now either add a round pebble of fondant or even some edible bling to it or end it off with one more loop.

Cake Decorating Tutorials: Pregnant Lady

You will need:

  • Fondant Roller
  • Pregnant Lady Template
  • Craft Knife
  • Palette Knife
  • Any Stencil (extra)
  • Modelling Tools
  • Fondant

Making a flat 2D figurine is so much easier as you do not need to support it or make it stand up. All you need is a proper picture of what you need to make so it is all in proportions. You just need to break up the parts of the body as per the pictures below.

Use a lump of fondant that you can flatten slightly and mould the desired shape with your fingers. Keep putting it on top of the image to measure the size and shape until it is the same.

This part is optional. Only if you would like your dress to have a pattern of some sort. You can also use any other household item to make marks. Just let your imagination go!

Roll out a thin sausage. Measure on the picture and shape until you get the same size. Use your crafting knife to make the hands. You can also use a piece of fondant to make a sleeve, but that is also optional.

Now for the hair. Make a sausage the length of the hair on the picture and flatten till you get a similar shape. Use your modelling tools to make indents for hair. Combine it all

Cake Decorating Tutorials: Nappy Pin 

You will need:

  • Fondant Roller
  • Fondant
  • Circle Cutter
  • Palette Knife
  • Craft Knife

Roll out a very thin sausage. You can also use a paste exstruder to make sure it is really thin, so it can look like a pin. Turn in a loop as below. Cut out a circle using the circle cutter but make sure it is not too thin.

Press slightly on the side of circle to create an oval. Press down with thumb and make a small hole on the top of the oval with a plastic straw. (Love straws - fantastic and free tool).

Cut  a thin line with craft knife!

Separate the two sides and round it with your fingers. Apply glue and attach to complete.

Cake Decorating Tutorials: Flat Bunny 

What you need:

  • Fondant

TIP: You can also add some whiskers and a dab of white on the eyes to make it sparkle.

Roll two balls of fondant. One slightly smaller and place on top of each other. Roll another two and form it to look like rounded raindrops. This will be the paw's.  Press it all down slightly.

Roll two small balls of equal size and apply to the face as well as a pink ball to apply on the top.

To create the ears. Roll two balls and create long rounded water drops. Press down with thumb and apply some pink fondant to the ears. For the eyes, use the small ball tool and make indents for the eyes and drop in small black balls. For the top paws, just roll two small balls and put it all together. Do not forget to add a fluffy tail.

Cake Decorating Tutorials: Dummy 

What do you need:

  • Fondant Roller
  • Fondant
  • Heart Cookie Cutter
  • 3 x Different size piping nozzles - small, medium, large
  • Palette Knife
  • Straw

Roll out the fondant (not too thin). Cut out a heart and use the straw to make two holes on the heart.

Take the biggest piping nozzle and cut out a circle. Use the medium nozzle and cut out half of the fondant to create a crescent moon.

Use the small piping nozzle and make small holes in the fondant. Use a different color fondant and create a rectangle that will fit on top of the heart. Press slightly down.

Put the rectangle and crescent moon on the heart as in picture below. Use edible glue to the heart to keep all in place.

Lastly. Use a small ball to create the nipple of the dummy. Forming it by making the top piece slightly rounder and thicker at the top. 

Be sure to visit this page often as new free cake decorating tutorials will be added monthly.

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