If you’ve tried your hand at fancy frosting and ended up with a mess, there’s another way to impress with your cake decorating skills. Duff Goldman says to start simple with a skill we’ve all practiced since childhood: “Start drawing on a cake.”
Goldman explained that gum paste is the perfect canvas. This thick sugar-based paste can be found at craft stores or grocery stores and can also be made at home. “Roll it out with a rolling pin; make it nice and smooth,” he said. “Cut it out in a circle, let it dry, then get some edible markers.” Use the markers to draw as you wish and use the icing to attach the batter to your cake. As Goldman says, this is a trick anyone can master, no matter what kind of cooking experience you have: “Piping is a skill. Learning to write with icing is something that [has] a short learning curve. But everyone knows how to draw with a marker.”
From there, Goldman says you can continue to use fondant to improve your cake decorating skills, including molding. “Go to YouTube and watch someone make a teddy bear out of fondant. There’s a video of me making a teddy bear [online]”, he said, adding that all you have to do is practice until you’ve mastered the trick. “If you know how to make a bear, you could probably figure out how to make a koala or a dog or a cat. Once you get your hands on it, you’re like, “Oh, that’s not as hard as I thought. “”
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