Simple Decorating: Knife Spin and Piping

We all love a beautifully decorated cake. But I think what we all love more is being able to whip up a cake in a short time and make it look beautiful with as little effort as possible. The other day I shared my chocolate cake recipe. Today we’re going to look at the simplest way to decorate a cake ever with just a simple knife spin and piping.

If I didn’t take time to snap a few pictures of the process, I would have had this cake decorated in under 10 minutes. And that’s not exaggeration. It’s that easy!

chocolate cake topview

What you will need:

  • Decorating Spatula (I’m using a 1/2 inch)
  • Piping bag
  • 1M tip (large rosette tip) or any other star tip

Here’s How:

To begin, you need to give your cake a good even smattering of icing around the cake. You don’t have to worry about it looking nice. Just make sure you’ve filled in all the holes. Then place your cake on a turn table (or a piece of wax paper on the counter if you don’t have one) and place your decorators knife along the bottom of the cake.

decorating techniqueThen gentleĀ spin the cake as you apply gentle pressure with the knife. As you spin, gradually move your knife up as you spiral your way up the entire cake. If you missed a spot just go back and spiral away.

spun design

Because I’m dutch, I always have chocolate Hagel (sprinkles) hanging around the house. So I gave the top a quick sprinkle.

sprinkles on top

Then I prepared a decorating bag with a 1M tip in it and piped a border along the top. The border takes the cake from plain to fancy and hides that ugly top seam which can be frustrating to get perfectly smooth.

When I was newly married and in college, I worked in a local bakery. I loved watching the owner of the bakery decorate cakes and one time she called me over and showed me a few things. The first thing she showed me was how to pipe a simple border. Borders are actually very easy to do. They just involve a squeeze and a little pull.

Here’s how: Holding your bagĀ at an angle, squeeze until the icing blob is the size you would like it, then lightening the pressure, pull the tip down and away and stop the pressure. Then continue this all the way around the cake. If you’ve never done it before, then I would suggest practicing on a flat surface first. Once you get the feel of it, it goes really fast.

pipingAnd then, there you have it. A simple, yet beautiful cake to just enjoy at home or bring to a friends house! If you wanted to, you could easily pipe a border along the bottom of the cake as well.

simple desert cakeI hope you are having a sweet weekend!

 

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