For people that have love to fun decorating, there are many different desserts that make fun templates to tackle beautifying.
Some people find the art of decorating desserts to be therapeutic. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to be able to whip up a gorgeous dessert when it comes around to important dates like birthdays and anniversaries.
There are various easy ways to decorate your cakes and cookies if you don’t want to put too much effort into it. However, if you really have itchy fingers for some edible arts and crafts
1. Glace Icing
Also referred to simply as a sugar glaze, glace icing is one of the most simple forms of dessert decoration. You only need to combine icing sugar with either water or milk.
Drizzle it over your cakes and cookies or dip your doughnuts in them and leave them to harden over a cooling rack. Leave it out at room temperature to harden or else it will start to sweat and crack when you take them out of the fridge.
Decorating cookies are a fun activity that parents love to pass on to their kids when festivals and celebrations are coming up. Royal icing is what is used to create all those wonderful and sweet colours!
Royal icing is a well loved decoration tool because it can be coloured however you like. When it hardens it is stable and firm enough not to smear but still soft enough to bite into.
It can also be flavoured a bit with vanilla essence or some other natural flavourings, however, do note that it will still mainly just taste of sugar. It dries and hardens at room temperature, so it is good for baked goods that don’t need to be cooled in the fridge.
3. Buttercream Frosting
There are so many different kinds of buttercream frosting on its own that we had to make seperate guide for it here. They each have their own different textures, flavours and difficulties.
But if they are not given a precise name of the type of the buttercream frosting that people are mostly referring to is American Buttercream. It is simple enough to make and is relatively stable and firm.
However, if you want the buttercream frosting that is most ideal for decorating, that would be Korean Buttercream Frosting. It’s glossy and almost transparent which makes it great for piping beautiful buttercream flowers.
If you’re a fan of the various baking shows and competitions on television, you may be familiar with the concept of fondant. It’s a bit rare to find in most bakeries and home baking recipes. However, it’s fun to make and decorate with!
There are, of course, a few different kind of fondant:
While rolled fondant may be most familiar to many people, marshmallow fondant is more commonly made by home bakers because of it’s easier steps and cheaper ingredients. It also requires less time to make, which makes it even more appealing.
5.Cream Cheese Frosting
Used as both a cake filling and a topping, cream cheese frosting is a deliciously sinful treat even without the dessert itself. It is rich but still sweet and creamy.
Cream cheese frosting has a pale yellow colour, the specific shade depends on what kind of cream cheese you use though.
If you don’t want it to be too sweet, you can add in some esh lemon juice to balance out the high sugar content that it has. Although, of course, it will change the flavour of your cream cheese frosting a bit.
6. Gum paste
Gum paste is also known as sugar paste and unfortunately, it doesn’t bring out as much lip smacking as the earlier entries do. However it is more fun to decorate with!
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Like the construction clay we used to play with as children, gum paste allows us to mold and shape them into pretty much any shape you desire. If you have not yet been able or have not had the opportunity to master the various different buttercream flowers, you can try using gum paste instead.
Also spelled as marchpane, marzipan is a candy-like ingredient made of almond meal, sweeteners and egg white. It is a confection often used in moulding and shaping decoration pieces or as a biscuit or glaze.
It is smooth and malleable because of the egg white ingredient, but the almond meal makes it a bit rougher in texture compared to the other frostings and icings in this article.
Press it into moulds of shape them by hand to create cute cake toppers. You can also add a bit of food colouring to give your dessert some visual variety.
As you can see, there are many ways you can decorate your baked goods. Challenge your inner artist to master any one of these decorating methods.
If you’re the kind of person that prefers to have more guidance when tackling a new project, we have many baking classes available for you to try out. Check out what we have available and dont be shy to contact us if you have any more questions!