Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who Else Wants to Learn Cake Decorating Techniques?

By Maria Campbell

Picture this: You have invited your family and friends over for a special event. You have prepared a cake that could easily grace the cover of a cooking magazine. When you explain that YOU made this cake, their jaws drop in amazement. Can you imagine the feeling of pride you will have?

Whether you?re brand spanking new to cake decorating or simply want to refine your skills, you can learn everything from basic techniques to more advanced ones right on the computer sitting in your own house.

Online courses are the way to go because they allow you to learn at your own pace and practice techniques over and over again. Plus, they cost a LOT less than onsite classes! When you are trying to learn a new technique, do not allow yourself to become discouraged. Even if you make an enormous mess, do not give up. Keep practicing until you learn your new skills.

Using smaller pastry bags will also help prevent you from wasting too much icing. While larger ones may come in handy later on, for the time being you only need to practice the techniques---not perfect them! Once again, don?t worry if you can?t create and decorate the perfect cake overnight---only try to practice and learn for the time being.

Using the smaller pastry bags will also help to prevent you from wasting a lot of icing. The larger ones may be useful later on but you only need to practice the techniques---not perfect them! Practice makes perfect after all.

One more thing you can do to make sure that your practicing goes well is to learn to cut the pastry bag the right way. It must be cut so that it fits the coupler perfectly. Do not forget that the bigger end of the coupler faces up towards the tip of the bag. Position it down inside and then slice the end of the pastry bag so that the smaller end of the coupler sticks out a little bit.

Never forget that there are how-to videos available online for you to watch any time you need help with any technique. You can watch them over and over again while you practice. You can go at your own pace, and can watch the videos anytime you want.

Whether you want to learn basic cake decorating techniques or more advanced, intricate ones, you need to accept the fact that you probably won?t learn everything in just one night. You may find yourself talented at one style but not so much with another style. Just take your time, don?t get discouraged, and good luck!

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