Hi friends! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to take some time today to talk about one of the worldwide charitable organizations with whom JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores has partnered in an effort to maximize giving. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. At this time, there are about 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Through in-store donation drives and portion of proceeds products, you can support breast cancer research.
You can also honor family members, friends, and loved ones as you support the cause to achieve prevention and find a cure for breast cancer. One of my favorite ways to tell someone that I’m thinking of them, to celebrate them, to show emotional support is through baking. As a symbol of our focus on breast cancer awareness, I’m sharing four simple and PINK techniques to decorate cakes or cupcakes. You too can share your pink projects as you honor loved ones by using the hashtag #JoAnnGoesPink.
Technique #1: The Rose Cake
Bake cake in 6-inch pans and level the top off of each layer. One batch of batter will make two 3-inch layers. Tint several cups of icing to desired shade of color – in honor of #JoAnnGoesPink, I used this Wilton “Rose Petal” icing color. Slice the tops of the cake layers off with a bread knife and stack them, filling between each layer with an even coat of icing. Spread a thin layer of icing, typically called a crumb coating, over the entire cake and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before continuing. This will allow the icing to firm up so that the crumbs do not get dragged into the icing when you continue to decorate your cake.
Fit a large piping bag with a large coupler set and Tip #1M. Fill with remaining tinted icing. (You can coat your cake with another thin layer of icing before piping the roses if you’d like. Since my cake was light in color, I did not.) Cover the cake by piping swirled roses over the entire thing. These are simple to make. Hold the piping bag and position the tip where you would like the center of the first rose. Squeeze the icing while swirling the tip in a counter-clockwise direction until you have formed approximately a 2 or 3-inch rose. You can make these any size, they should just be uniform across the cake.
Continue piping roses over the entire cake. Fill in any gaps with small swirls – they’ll blend right in. You can find more detailed information and tips for making a Swirled Rose Cake, here.
● Wilton Easy Layers Cake Pan Set (or 6-inch cake pans)
● 1 recipe of Swiss Meringue Buttercream (or other icing suitable for cake decorating)
● 18″ decorating bags, large coupler set, and piping Tip #1A
● cake mix/ingredients
This cake takes a little time, but it’s also quite simple. Starting at the base of the cake, pipe a nickel sized dot using Tip #1A. Use a small icing spatula to drag the dot to the right. Pipe a second dot over the “tail” of the dragged dot. Drag the spatula again over this dot. Continue to pipe and drag subsequent dots in horizontal lines over the entire cake. Work in circles around the top of the cake.
Fit your piping bag with the large coupler set and Tip #4B. Squeeze a small amount of icing onto the top of the cupcake and spread evenly. Working around the top edge/side of the cupcake, pipe a shell border. You will want to work on the side of the cupcake versus the top of the cupcake for the best result. Lightly squeeze the icing to form a bead, then drag your piping bag to the right while releasing pressure on the bag to form a tail. Overlap your next bead on the tail of the previous one. Continue around the border of the cupcake.
Technique #4: Cupcakes with Piped Peaks
This technique is especially easy and lots of fun. It gives a unique look to your goodies. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top of the cupcake. Then, use piping tip #4B to cover the treat with piped peaks. Hold the piping bag perpendicular to the cake. Squeeze a small amount of frosting, then release and lift straight up to create a peak. Continue to cover the cupcake.