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Cake Decorating

At any celebration, let them eat cake—after it’s been beautifully decorated. The cake decorating process starts with a great foundation (the cake itself). Decide on a rectangular or circular pan and bake up a moist cake. Want to be a bit more daring? Try a more unique shape like a Bundt pan or the latest trend in delicious treats—cupcakes. For the holidays even create a yummy cake in the shape of a Yule log or wreath.

Enjoy the sweet scent of fresh bake goods as the cake cools on a cooling rack before frosting. Then it’s time for cake decorating! Use an icing spatula to apply a layer of frosting over the entire surface, and then begin embellishing. Use an icing gun or decorating press, with interchangeable tips, to create different frosting piping looks. For a professional look, rely on an electric cutter. Dye fondant into beautiful colors, roll it out and then cut lovely embellishments. Just select a shape design, size and press cut away. Cut gum paste into shapes to mold into topnotch adornments as well.

Not sure what decorations to choose? It’s all about the occasion. Guests will enjoy a birthday cake featuring a child’s favorite cartoon characters. For a bridal shower, create a mini version of a wedding cake—with a whimsical couple atop, personalized based on the bride and groom. Veer away from wedding gowns, and instead choose to make a cap and gown (with a diploma too) for a graduation cake. For the holidays, turn cupcakes into scrumptious creatures—gobble up Thanksgiving turkeys, haunting Halloween ghosts, melt in your mouth snowmen for winter festivities and let floral designs bloom come spring and summer celebrations.

Once cake decorating is complete, it’s all about presentation. Use a cake carrier to take your finished product to its final destination. Set it on a cake stand (or cupcake tree if you devised tiny creations) for a wonderful display. Serve it up with a cake knife and cake server—and delightful plates to match lovely serveware. No matter the confectionary concoctions you have in mind, find the cake decorating tools you need at Macy’s. Pick and choose or purchase a complete pastry decorating kit from Macy’s today.

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