Most people think the art of cake decorating is simply using icing, frosting and other edible decorative elements that enable plain cakes to be more visually attractive. However, today it has become more of an art form than you may realize.
Cake Decorating Techniques are so vast they have become a unique form of artistry. Creations can range from a single layered cake, decorated simply, to a multi-layered 3-dimensional creation, that is adorned with edible ribbons made of sugar. Decorations can then delve into more complex piping, fondant and other forms of creative practices.
Decorating cakes can mark a special celebration such as a birthday, wedding, or even to mark national or religious holidays. However, cakes may be baked and decorated for almost any social occasion.
The Cake Decorating practice usually involves covering an entire cake with some form of icing and then using decorative sugar, candy, chocolate or icing decorations to embellish the cake. It can also be as simple as sprinkling a fine coat of icing sugar or drizzling a glossy blanket of glaze over the top of a cake.
Icing decorations can be made by either piping icing flowers and decorative borders or by molding sugar paste, fondant, or marzipan flowers and figures. An embossing mat is a tool for cake decoration that creates embossed effects on the top of cakes, cupcakes, or similar items. The user presses the mat down into cake dough or icing and the pattern embossed in the mat is transferred to the item.
It definitely takes practice, but wonderful videos like the one below, can help ease the learning curve!