Better Cakes in 29 Tools
Discover tried-and-true decorating techniques for flawless cake designs. Blogger and cake decorator Loren Ebert is your guide throughout this online class. From kitchen knives to fondant rollers and smoothers, you'll learn how to achieve perfectly level cakes, avoid imperfections in your fondant and create swoon-worthy sharp edges every time. Loren shares the secrets to perfect stripes, beautiful waves and clean fondant seams. Plus, learn the ins and outs of using modeling tools for easy flowers and adorable hand-modeled faces. Then, work with extruders, impression mats, cutters and molds to bring eye-catching textures, playful embellishments, and beautiful lettering to every cake you create. You've got the tools, now learn how to use them for designs that always steal the show with their exquisite attention to detail.
Cake decorating began as a hobby for Loren Ebert, but quickly transformed into an obsession and a full-time job. Today, she runs a popular Facebook page and writes about cake decorating on her blog, The Baking Sheet. Loren also teaches private and group lessons to decorating enthusiasts of all levels in her Long Island, New York, kitchen.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Learn which knife works best for trimming cakes and master the movements you need to achieve perfectly level cakes every time. Then, find out how to slice your cakes in half for evenly torted layers and use a steak knife to make precise cuts when carving.
In this lesson, explore the different types of rolling pins available and find out which is best for you. Then, learn how to avoid fondant imperfections even before covering a cake and discover the secrets to getting an even thickness on your cakes every time.
Discover the wonderful world of fondant smoothers in this lesson. Learn how they can help you to achieve flawless cakes with perfect sharp edges, and get tips on repairing imperfections in your fondant.
Get comfortable using single-wheeled cutters to create straight or wavy lines and find out how to make multiple strips at once using a multi-wheel cutter.
Loren discusses the various types of craft knives available to you. Master an essential finishing technique for perfect seams and create a custom silhouette using any image you want for a clean, smooth result.
Explore two quintessential modeling tools in your next lesson. Use the ball tool and the Dresden tool for both flower making and hand-modeling. You'll also find out how to thin or vein your flowers and how to create an adorable hand-modeled face.
Discover the different styles of extruders available and pick the one that works best for you. Plus, find out how to use a variety of discs for fun embellishments and details in your cakes.
Learn about a variety of textured impression mats in this lesson. Loren shows you how to apply texture to fondant using impression mats, without sticking or distorting texture, and she demonstrates how to use a textured rolling pin to create a similar effect.
Achieve clean cuts every time with almost any cutter, including simple, multi-shapes and even plunger cutters, after this lesson. And, get perfect lettering every time with Tap-Its!
In your last lesson, find out how to add dimensional embellishments easily with molds. Master the art of using an onlay mold for a delicate design and use deep molds for impressive results.