Can they compare with homemade cakesgingerbread, cookies, muffins, cakes and cakes? And even if to make such a comparison, it will prove to be in favor of home-made desserts. In fact, confectionery, cooked at home, are more delicious and somehow "more heartfelt". And the process of their manufacture is comparable with a certain ritual action, especially in its final stage, when unpresentable semi-finished products turn into beautiful and mouth-watering desserts. But only to decorate home cakes are not able to all, or not everyone knows how to do it. But to decorate a cake at home, it is not necessary to have the skills of a professional confectioner. And, by the way, personally decorated cake for its beauty can at times surpass the store masterpieces. The main thing is not to try to reproduce what you see on purchased cakes. After all, homemade cakes are unique because of their peculiarity and originality. And how to achieve this? What to use for registration? What products to use as a ready-made decor, and what to do specifically to decorate the cake at home? Let's find out.
Ornaments from cream
Cream roses, leaves and curbs on cakes -classic confectionery. A classic, as you know, never goes out of fashion. Therefore, the decorations from the cream and still remain popular in home cooking. However, for the design of the cake is not suitable for every cream. To decorate a cake it is possible only such cream which does not flow and does not settle. The most suitable material for cream adornments is oil cream and meringue. Cakes decorated with this cream look especially solemn, however, they are stored only in the refrigerator and only for a very short time: butter and eggs are perishable products. For such decorations, you can use confectionery syringes or bags with special nozzles. With the help of these attachments, you can draw curly curbs and lattices, roses and chrysanthemums, leaves and stems. However, if there are no such tools in your kitchen arsenal, then you can decorate the cream cake with a conventional paper cornet. To produce the cornetics, you will only need a sheet of thick clean paper (A4), which you need to roll into a small pocket (hollow cone). The point of the cone should be cut in a straight line or along an oblique line, or it should be made with a triangular cut (angle downwards). Kornetik (you have to keep it hand all the time, fixing the shape of the kulech and not letting it unfold) fill it with cream, wrap the upper part so that the cream does not fall out, and start squeezing the bag and squeeze the cream onto the cake. Depending on the cut, you can lay flat strips along the cake, draw peas or make leaves and flowers (a cornet with a triangular cut). If, however, while lightly driving the hand with the kornetik forwards and backwards, the strips of cream squeezed out from it will turn out to be wavy and resembling ruches. To make a multi-colored cream for decorating a cake, you can use special food colors or use freshly squeezed beet (cherry) or carrot juice, spinach juice, cocoa powder or instant coffee.
Ornaments from mastics
Confectionery mastic - an excellent alternativecream ornaments. In its consistency, it resembles plasticine, and you can sculpt out of it any figures, leaves, flowers and other decorations. The main thing is to be able to sculpt. Confectionery mastic can be bought at a specialized store, but it is better to cook it yourself. For mastic we need dry and condensed milk and powdered sugar in equal proportions. All these ingredients need to be combined and kneaded with mastic (as a dough), and then mold from it what your heart desires. Just remember that this sculpture material dries quickly and hardens. Therefore, in the first place, cover the mastic with food film, and secondly, do not cover it with the whole cake - it will be too tough. In addition, too large decorations can crack. You can paint the mastic the same way as the oil cream, and you need to roll it out on the food film, sprinkling sugar powder on the mastic itself. What can be done from mastic? Flowers (roses, lilies, chamomiles, chrysanthemums) and leaves, frills and ruches, figurines of animals and little men, any other objects that you are able to fashion.
Ornaments from aysing
The decoration of a cake at home can beopenwork aysing. If you do not already know what it is, then do not be intimidated by the sophisticated name. Aising - a drawing mass from egg whites and powdered sugar. Prepare it very easily: one raw egg white grind with sugar powder (200 g) and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Just do not forget that the protein should be cold, and the sugar powder must be sifted. The density of the mass is regulated by eye, adding powdered sugar. The point is that the aysing should be dense enough that the pattern does not spread, but not too thick, so that the drawing mass is easily squeezed out of the cornet. Then fold the paper cornet, fill it with a drawing mass and draw your lace. Future designs are first drawn on paper (print out the finished outline drawings) or even use for this children's coloring. Then the paper with the pattern is covered with transparent cellophane (food film) and smeared with a thin-thin layer of olive oil (it does not dry). Aising is applied by thin solid lines along the contour of the pattern and left to dry. Once the "lace" hardens, and this can take several days, they are removed from the film and used to decorate the cake. Such decorations are very fragile, so they recommend to do with a stock and put it on the cake just before it is served on the table. From separate elements it is possible to collect volumetric ornaments, gluing details with liquid aysing. For the production of convex and concave laces, a film with an aysing pattern is placed on convex surfaces (cans, bottles, etc.). And one more important point: such decorations dissolve from moisture: keep this in mind when decorating cakes with a cream or glaze. Beautifully decorated cake can and chocolate. Such decorations are done on the same principle as aysing. Chocolate (without additives and fillings) is simply melted in a water bath, and then they are painted with various patterns. Using white and dark chocolate, you can make original two-tone decorations. By the way, liquid chocolate can be applied directly to the surface of the cake.
Ornaments for children's cake
Children's cake requires a master of special fantasy. After all, it should not just turn out to be beautiful, but children's. Therefore, to decorate a child's cake, today they try to use "sculptural" materials, from which it's easy to make a variety of funny figures. Such a suitable material will be a sugar or milk mastic, painted in bright colors. Well on the children's cake will look colorful fruit, candy, jelly, marmalade and even a multicolor confectionery powder. The original way to design a children's cake was the use of Barbie dolls. For such a cake baked cakes, which are then collected and trimmed in the form of a lush skirt. The pupa itself is wrapped around the waist with a food film and placed in this skirt, previously cutting out a hole for the doll in the crochets. Then a colored mastic or a bright cream adorn the skirt, make the bodice of the dress for Barbie and get a children's cake doll.
Other ways to decorate
Decorate a homemade cake can be more simple, butin no less spectacular ways. So, for example, you can simply pour a chocolate cake, sugar or colored glaze and spread out ready-made chocolate figures or whole walnut kernels. Peeled almonds can turn into petals of chamomile or chrysanthemum, become an original curb for the cake. No less impressive are fresh fruit on the cake: oranges, tangerines, kiwi, strawberries, cherries, pineapples. And if the fruit is preliminarily dipped in a transparent jelly, they will not wither and not wrinkle and become brighter. Fruits can be combined with ornaments from butter or protein cream, with chocolate and whipped cream. Decorating with a stencil is also a great way to decorate a homemade cake. To do this, cut out a piece of paper (larger than the surface of the cake) and, holding the stencil on the weight over the cake, sprinkle the paper with powdered sugar or cocoa powder: the ornament from the stencil is magically transferred to the cake. Cocoa is used to decorate cakes covered with white cream, and sugar powder is decorated with cakes, poured with chocolate glaze.
Cake Side Decorations
So far we have talked about how to decoratecake surface. But how to deal with his sides? At home, the sides of the cake can be covered, for example, with curly cream strips or overlaid with shards of fine chocolate (pre-melted and frozen in the form of a thin sheet). In addition, on the sides of the cake, you can put a "stockade" of wafer tubules or from a long curly cookie. But more often the previously smeared sides of the cake are simply sprinkled with crumbs of biscuits, nuts, biscuits or remnants of cakes. And for these purposes, fried in a dry frying pan oat flakes! In a word, there would be a desire, and opportunities will be found. And believe me, decorating cakes at home, such opportunities can be found very, very much. Creativity has a place everywhere, and in the kitchen - even more so! We advise you to read: