Cooking Tips: How to decorate a Birthday Cake at home

You can decorate a cake at home,using homemade recipes that are available at your nearest local market or supermarket.

Things needed in decorating a simple cake 

  1. Cake decorating tools
  2. Icing Sugar
  3. A plain cake

There are various types of cake decorationg tools but for a simple cake you will need the foolowing important tools:

Icing smoother

Electric hand mixer
Non electric hand mixer

Offset spatula

Fondant smoother

Cake icer bag

Ice pipping bag

Toothpick for writing on cake

2. ICING SUGAR/Buttercream frosting
How to make icing sugar at home?
The following are simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.


  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of butter/margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon of milk/water
  • Add food color,red
-In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.

-If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time.
If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar
Now your buttercream frosting or icing sugar is ready for the cake decoration.

3.We have a plain vanilla cake.

Steps for Cake decoration

  • Apply the first layer of icing to your cake,and use your offset spatula to smoothen the icing
  • Now,Apply the icing to the sides of the cake by the  cake icer bag
  • Use icing smoother to smooth the icing,every angle of the cake
  •  Pull the excess icing around the cake to fill in gaps, then wipe off the icing using smoother.
  • To do the edges and top,use spatula to smoothen it,Pull the icing in towards the middle of the cake.
  • Next,  use the paper towel and fondant smoother to finish smoothing any imperfections that are left from the offset spatula.
Piping the cake
-Use the icing piping bag to pipe on your border,   Put your cake on your favorite cake stand, you can add a few more toppings you want like sweets,fresh fruits.

Writing on a cake
  • You can use the same icing sugar but color white
  • use a toothpick to outline your letters with tiny dots, and go over the toothpick dots with little dots,with piping bag full of icing

  • Continue tracing your letters until you finish your phrase

Now see other cake decoration ideas you may try..

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