The Basics of Making A Beautiful Cake

Who doesn’t love cake? I know that I sure do. It’s such a festive dessert, one that marks a special occasion. Cake making has become an art, and you can really make a cake to highlight just about any occasion if you set your mind to it.

If you look around YouTube and Instagram you’ll see so many examples of unbelievably stunning cakes that people make. The fact is that it’s really not that difficult to make something a little out of the ordinary. You just have to get a little creative with the techniques that you use.

Of course, it all starts with the batter. The basics of a cake batter are eggs, sugar, butter or oil, and baking soda. There are so many recipes out there that you can start with that I would be somewhat foolish to propose my own. I would just do a quick search and find something in the flavor profile that you’re looking for and go with that. To be honest, as long as the cake batter that you’re using is somewhat decent it’s not going to have a huge impact on the end result.

Now, you’re going to want to bake that batter. My one recommendation is to bake it in as large of a pan as you have so that you’ll have more cake to work with when the baking is all done.

The first trick you’ll want to employ is layering. With a cake all made from batter you can take it up a notch by making slices along the height of the cake. You can start with just one slice or even two, but as you become more experience you can really go crazy in this regard. Between each layer you can put frosting, or you can make a little fresher with berries, chocolate, or your favorite treat.

Once your cake is layered you’ll want to worry about shape. Is this going to be a round cake, a square cake, or something a little more quirky? The answer is really up to you, and all you’ll need to do is trace out the desired shape with your knife.

If your final vision warrants it, you can then build upon your layered caked with tiers of smaller cakes, much as a wedding cake would. Of course if you go this route you’ll probably have to make more batter and more cake to start working with, so that’s something to keep in mind. Before you start tiering though you’ll want to frost your cake.

Make sure to frost the base tier before adding the second tier. If you’re going to do multiple tiers, make sure you repeat the process. Else when you cut into the cake you’ll have bits of unfrosted material. Once you’ve properly tiered you’re cake all that’s left is decoration.

To decorate your cake you’re going to need a frosting piper with some sort of decorative tip. The most important part of the cake to pipe is the edge of the tiers. Try to make it look pretty. For a finishing touch you can garnish with sprinkles, fondant, fresh berries, or even edible flowers. Your imagination is the only limit.

Best of luck in your cake making efforts! In my case, my dog resoundingly approved. I hope you make something spectacular!

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