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Sep 16, 2020


Before diving right into your bowl of frosting, it’s crucial to prepare everything that you’ll need.

And… well… actually learn how to decorate.

Get ready for the ultimate crash course: Basic Cake Decorating 101!

We’ve outlined everything you will need to have the most successful day of decorating.

In addition to listing all of the ingredients you’ll need to gather, we provide expert advice on the important tools and correct cake prep.

Better yet – we’ve included a 10-step basic decorating tutorial with photos that will coach you through each stage of the process.

There’s a lot that goes into decorating, long before the frosting goes anywhere near your dessert.

Let’s go over the main ingredients you will need first. It seems obvious, I know. But you may find yourself forgetting a thing or two!



First, you need to decide what delicious dessert items you will be using to create your edible tower.

There are four main components to consider:

The cake, the frosting, the filling, and the decorations.


This is the main item of your dish, your prima donna. There are a wide variety of options for you to choose from, all depending on personal considerations like taste preference, dietary restrictions, and color combinations.

If you are looking to build from classic flavors, try our basic recipes – like chocolate cake or vanilla butter cake.

These flavors actually combine well, so you can even layer one of each.

Seeking to serve a tasty gluten-free confection? We certainly have something for you! Use our easy, 2-ingredient cake as a flavorful base. Or try our orange-flavored simple sponge – it’s lactose-free as well.


Ah, my favorite part – the frosting!

As a kid, I used to lick it right off a cupcake and throw the rest away. Though my picky palate has since matured, I still consider frosting to be of great importance.

And you should, too!

It’s not only a delicious component of any treat, it is also responsible for maintaining the freshness of desserts.

Because it completely envelops a cake, it creates a barrier that limits air exposure, therefore preserving moisture and extending the keeping quality.

The terms “icing” and “frosting” can be used interchangeably. Whatever you want to call it, you have plenty of options to choose.

Buttercreams, glazes, whipped cream, and more – you can customize your sweet coating in many different ways.

If you’re like me and adore frosting, we have a selection of homemade recipes that you should definitely try:

  • American-Style Buttercream

  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • Chocolate Ganache Glaze

  • Cocoa Fudge Frosting

  • Paleo Coconut Whipped Cream

  • Super Easy Spiced Glaze

For the buttercreams, you can choose to use the original recipes, which are both flavored with vanilla extract. If you want to add any food coloring to personalize your treat, it is best to work with one of the vanilla buttercreams as a neutral base to get the brightest colors.


If you want another flavor instead of vanilla, you can opt for one of the suggested variations to create a variety of flavors like chocolate, citrus, and much more.

It’s all up to you, chef.

Let us continue this topic next time!