Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations and Designs
Enlarge Image Credit: Tara O'BradyLayer cakes have that uncanny ability to make any day seem like a special occasion. There's something inherently festive about a cake, sandwiched and swirled in buttercream, waiting on the counter on a stand and under a dome; you can't help but smile at the sight. I don't know when I became the primary cake-baker in my family, but I can say that I've stacked a lot of cakes since taking on the title. I've learned that the magic is in the details when it comes to layered cakes, and it starts with solid basics:
- Straight-sided cake pans give the best edges.
- Trimming the layers not only makes for a level foundation but also opens up the cake's crumb, providing footing for the filling to take secure hold.
- When assembling a cake, a proper cake decorating turntable is a smart investment; that said, an inexpensive lazy Susan works in a pinch.
- Consider proportion; a cake that's taller than it is wide is usually more formal than one with measurements reversed.
- Choosing a cake plate or pedestal is the finishing touch, the flourish that complements the overall composition.
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Tara O'Brady is the author of the blog Seven Spoons.