Cake decorating is among the most popular sugar arts and uses both frosting or icing and other edible cosmetic decorative elements to create visually intriguing cakes. In addition, cakes can also be sculpted and molded into three-dimensional people, places, objects and things. Although the term “cake” is often associated with the sweet confections traditionally associated with weddings and Christenings, this art form is not limited to those special events. Instead, cake decorating can create some memorable and delicious birthday, Christmas, anniversary, wedding and baby shower desserts, as well as birthday cakes for special occasions, including birthdays, graduations, weddings, and birthdays.
Cake decorating starts with a decision about what type of decoration is best. Typically, there are two types of decorations: fondant and cake layers. Fondant icing is used for filling and cake layer decoration. The type of icing used is dependent on the needs of the decorator. For example, some cake layers require icing that is thick, whereas others may require thinner icing. It is important that the proper icing is chosen so that the finished design will hold its shape and be able to be used again. Different styles of decorations are possible depending on the level of decorator skill and knowledge.
There are many tools commonly used in cake decorating: molds, baking sheets, food coloring, piping bags, etc. It is also common to use specialized equipment for some decorations, such as flower arrangements, fruits, flowers and other decorative pieces. Cake decorators also have access to various recipes that can be made using various ingredients. They can make use of premade designs to combine several different designs for a single cake. For example, a wedding cake might be decorated with a combination of a simple white and cream cake and flowers, then frosted with pink and white frosting.