Is can be compared to home-store baking cakes, cookies, muffins, cakes and pies? And even if they make such a comparison, then it would be in favor of home-made desserts. In fact, pastries, home-cooked, turn out delicious and somehow "mental." Yes, and the manufacturing process is comparable to a kind of ritual action, especially in its final stage, when the unpresentable semi-finished products are transformed into beautiful and delicious desserts.
Here are just decorate homemade cakes are able not all, or not everyone knows how to do it. But for cake decorating at home does not necessarily have the skills of a professional pastry chef. And by the way, personally decorated cake for its beauty may at times exceed shoplifting masterpieces. The main thing - do not seek to replicate what you see on purchased cakes. After all, homemade cakes and a unique name for their originality and uniqueness. And how can this be achieved? What to use for decoration? What products are used in a final decoration, and what to do specifically for cake decorating at home? Let's find out.
Decoration of the cream
Cream roses, leaves and curbs on the cake - a classic confectionery business. A classic, as we know, never goes out of fashion. Therefore jewelry made of cream and remain popular today in home cooking. However, for the design of the cake will suit not every cream. Decorate the cake can only be such a cream that does not flow and does not settle. The most suitable material for jewelry is considered an oil cream cream and meringue. Decorated such cream cakes look particularly solemn, however, only keep them in the fridge and only a very short time: butter and eggs - perishable foods.
For these decorations can be used for confectionery syringes or bags with special nozzles. With these tips, you can draw a curly borders and grids, roses and chrysanthemums, leaves and stems. However, if your kitchen arsenal of tools not, you can decorate a cake with cream and with a conventional paper kornetika. To produce kornetika you only need a clean sheet of thick paper (A4), which need to roll in kulechek (hollow cone). The tip of the cone should be cut straight or at an oblique line or make it a triangular cross-section (downward angle).
Kornetik (it all the time to keep a hand, fixing the form kulechka and not giving it to unfold) fill cream, wrap it top to not crashed cream and start, clutching a bag, squeeze out the cream on the cake.
Depending on the cut of the cake can be laid flat strip, draw or make a pea leaves and flowers (kornetik triangular cut). If you drive a little while to kornetikom hand back and forth, then squeezed out of a strip of cream are obtained and wavy like ruffles. Make colorful cream cake decorating using special dyes, or use for that fresh beet (cherry) or carrot juice, spinach juice, cocoa powder or instant coffee.
Confectionery mastic - a great alternative to cream decorations. According to its consistency it resembles clay and sculpt out of it can be any figures, leaves, flowers and other decorations. The main thing - to be able to sculpt. Confectionery mastic can be purchased in a specialty store, but it is better to prepare yourself. For mastic we need the dry and condensed milk and powdered sugar in equal proportions. All the ingredients you need to connect and mix paste (dough), and then to sculpt out of it what you want.
Just remember that this sculptural material dries quickly and hardens. Therefore, first, in the process of mastic cover with cling film, and secondly, it do not cover the entire cake - will be too tough. In addition, too bulky jewelry can crack. Painting paste can be the same as the oil and cream, and you need to roll out its plastic wrap, sprinkled with powdered sugar paste itself. What can be done from the mastic? Flowers (roses, lilies, daisies, chrysanthemums) and leaves, frills and ruffles, figures of animals and men, and any other items that you are able to mold.
Ornaments from icing
Cake decoration at home can be a delicate icing. If you do not know what it is, do not be alarmed tricky names. Icing - Drawing plenty of egg whites and powdered sugar. Cook it very easy: one raw egg white triturated with powdered sugar (200 g) and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Just do not forget that the protein should be cold, and powdered sugar it is necessary to sift. Bulk density is adjusted to the eye, adding a powdered sugar. The fact that icing should get a sufficiently dense to figure did not spread, but not too thick to Drawing weight easily squeezed out of the kornetika.
Then fold the paper kornetik, fill it with drawing mass and draw their lace. Future patterns, first draw on paper (print out the finished contour drawings) or used for this children's coloring. The paper is then patterned cover with a transparent cellophane (cling film) and lubricate it with a thin-thin layer of olive oil (it does not dry). Icing coated thin solid lines on the circuit pattern and leave to dry. As soon as the "lace" harden, and it may take a few days, they are removed from the film and used to decorate the cake.
These decorations are obtained very fragile, so it is recommended to do with the stock and set up on the cake just before serving. Of the individual elements can collect bulk jewelry, gluing parts liquid icing. For the manufacture of convex and concave lace patterned film of icing is placed on a convex surface (cans, bottles, etc.). And another important point: these decorations are dissolved by water: keep this in mind when decorating icing cakes covered with icing or cream.
Nicely, you can decorate a cake and chocolate. These decorations make the same principle as the icing. Chocolate (without additives and filler) is simply melted in a water bath, and then draw them to different patterns. Using white and dark chocolate can make the original two-tone jewelry. Incidentally, the liquid chocolate can be applied directly to the surface patterns of the cake.
Jewellery for children's cake
Children's cake requires a special fantasy craftswomen. After all, he is supposed to be not just beautiful, namely children. Therefore, to decorate the cake children are now trying to use the "sculpted" the materials from which it is easy to blind various amusing figures. That would be a suitable material, or milk sugar paste, painted in bright colors. Good on children's cake will look different colored fruits, candies, jellies, marmalades and even multicolored confectionery gritting.
An original way to design children's cake was the use of Barbie dolls. For this cake is baked cakes, which are then collected and cut in the form of a fluffy skirt. Samu doll on a belt wrapped with cling film and place in this skirt, pre-cut hole in Korzh doll. Then mastic or bright colored cream decorated skirt, bodice to make and receive Barbie doll cake for children.
Other methods of decoration
Garnish with homemade cake and can be simpler, but no less spectacular ways. For example, you can simply pour the cake with chocolate, sugar or colored glaze and put him ready for the chocolate figures or whole walnuts nucleoli. Peeled almonds could become the petals of a daisy or chrysanthemum, be original border cake.
No less impressive look on the cake fresh fruit: oranges, tangerines, kiwi, strawberry, cherry, pineapple. And if the pre-dip fruits in a clear jelly, they will not wither nor smorschatsya and become more vivid. Fruit can be combined with decorations from the oil or protein cream, chocolate and whipped cream.
Decorating with a stencil - this is also a great way to decorate homemade cakes. To do this, cut out of the paper (larger than the surface of the cake) ornament and holding the stencil on the weight of the cake, sprinkle with powdered sugar or paper cocoa powder: a stencil pattern magically transferred to the cake. Cocoa used for decoration of cakes, covered with white cream, powdered sugar and decorate cakes, covered with chocolate glaze.
Decoration of the sides of the cake
So far we have talked about how to decorate the surface of the cake. But what to do with his sides? At home, the sides of the cake can be covered, for example, cream curly strips or shards to impose fine chocolate (previously melted and solidified in the form of a thin sheet). In addition, the sides of the cake can be put "Palisade" of wafer rolls and cookies from a long figure. But most of the pre-lubricated sides of cake just sprinkle crumbs of biscuits, nuts, crackers or cakes residues. And for this purpose will approach a dry frying pan fried oatmeal!
In short, there is a will, there will be a possibility. And believe me, decorating cakes at home, such opportunities can be found very, very much. Creativity has a place everywhere, in the kitchen - even more so!
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