My Best Cake Yet! Essential Decorating Techniques
Elevate your decorating skills as you learn how to make a flower pot cake with guidance from bakery owner and social media maven Lesley Wright! First, discover Lesley's secrets to the perfect ganache. Then, efficiently level and tort your cakes and master simple carving techniques for fun shapes. Up next, dam your cakes with solid ganache great for sealing in delicious fillings and expertly level and stack your cake. Moving on, Lesley shows you how to give every cake a satin-smooth finish. She even shares tips on giving your fondant the natural-looking color you love and the super-straight edges you dream about! Finally, cover your double-barrel cake with fondant and add realistic details for customized designs. Plus, find out how to finish your cake with dainty fondant flowers and leaves before adding highlights and shadows for a realistic effect.
Lesley Wright is a cake decorator, bakery owner and renowned social media maven. She runs the Royal Bakery in San Jose, California, where she specializes in making elegant, whimsical treats, and she loves helping decorators create beautiful cakes through her popular Facebook page.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Lesley Wright, your guide to making your best cake yet! Get started by learning to master ganache. Learn the ratio for a perfect ganache consistency and troubleshoot common problems. Then, learn to make colorful variations for endless cake designs.
Next, get your cakes prepared for your project. They need layers! So you'll begin by learning to efficiently level and tort your cakes. Then do some light carving to create a fun shape for your cake. Lesley shows you how!
In this lesson, you'll learn to dam your cakes with a solid ganache ring to seal in your delicious filling. Then add a level layer of buttercream and securely stack your cake. You'll also learn when you need to add extra support to your stacked cake with doweling.
Next, cover your stacked cake in ganache to achieve a satin smooth finish. Pick up tips and tricks for getting a perfectly level cake by using the weight of the cake combined with a precise-consistency ganache.
In this lesson, you'll learn to color your fondant with an even, natural looking color. Then, Lesley takes you through all the tips and tricks you'll need to roll out your fondant to a perfect size and get your cake covered with a flawless finish. Plus, you'll learn to achieve those super-straight edges before adding fun texture to your surface.
Now apply all you've learned as you cover a tall, double-barrel cake with fondant. Then create realistic details out of fondant and pick up techniques for creating endless variations of impressive, customized cake designs.
Finish up your cake with Lesley's guidance by learning to construct dainty fondant flowers and leaves. Use petal dust to create highlights and shadows for a realistic finish. Finally, stack and finish your cake!