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    Default Cake icing/decoration help

    Are there any cake decorators here?

    We are planning to bake a cake for ds's naming day as it is too expensive to buy one.

    We know how to make a mud cake, that should be easy, but im worried about the icing. Not sure whether to try fondant icing (we would probably make it as it might be cheaper than buying enough for a big cake) or to just do a glace - but if we do a glace can we decorate it? What do you think?

    Also what is the best way to pipe or add writing? Ive tried piping before but it didn't really work.

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    I'd probably use ganache.... you can still decorate - lots of different options, just depends on your theme or what you want.

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    For a mud cake I would use ganache, and if you want to pipe words on, write them in the ganache with a toothpick first (that way if you make a mistake you just smooth it out & start over) then pipe over it so you know it'll be straight & legible

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    Hey @heartstringz, I enjoy some cake decorating - have you thought about a buttercream icing? Would be cheap and easy to work with.

    There's also the rosette cake that I do with a frosting called 'Rich 'n Smooth tropic' that you can buy from a lot of cake stores/ places in Brisbane that I know of (That's where I live). I pay $10 for the carton and whip it and it will cover a MASSIVE cake.

    Doing a rosette is super easy and they look incredible. Just google how to do it and a 3 minute youtube clip can show you. Instead of doing the rosettes on top, you can do the top flat and first and then the rosette sides and then write on the top.

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    If you try fondant I would suggest you don't make it. There's to many variables involved. Fondant can be very tricky and requires lots of practice to get the perfect finish. I use bakels pettinice. You also need to think about the cost of tools you would need.

    Perhaps you could make a mud cake and ice it with a ganache. Yummy and simple.

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    Thanks ladies, sounds like ganache is the day to go!

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    If you want to make the fondant google marshmallow fondant. It's super easy to make and really easy to use (and tastes better too). I have covered mud cake with fondant before (and I am a complete novice) - good luck!

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    I did fondant with DD1s first birthday cake. Never again! All cakes since have just been sugar icing.

    To write on cakes I use a glad bag with a tiny corner cut off filled with the icing. I find it easier to control.

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    Hey! What is your budget & how many ppl are you catering for?

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    We are catering for around 40 people & the budget is as little as possible. We always have the ingredients for cakes so will just buy the stuff for the icing & decorations


 

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