Pick Up a New Hobby: Cake Decorating

Cake decorating has gained monumental popularity thanks to a number of angst-riddled TV shows that show people in their highest and lowest moments based on a few sleeves of icing and the consistency of their fondant. The reality doesn’t have to be so stressful. In fact, it can be a great hobby to start because it doesn’t take much and even if it comes out terribly – chances are it will still taste good. Couple of bites and no one will even know how lopsided it once was!

Here are some tips to begin if cake decorating is something you wanna try your spatula at:

Research, Research, Research – there’s nothing wrong with a little internet surfing before you pick up a hobby. Watch videos, read articles (look at you starting right now!), talk to friends. You don’t want to drop money on tools you don’t need. Before you hit the local kitchen outlet – figure out some basic pieces you need and some simple techniques you want to try.

Start (really) small – Believe me, I know how tempting it is to see a gorgeous creation on TV or in pictures on the internet and think you want to tackle it. The truth is – most gorgeous creations are made up of hundreds or even thousands of perfected techniques. It will be important to start small in order to grow into something bigger.

Perfect your technique – Speaking of, try a technique. Try it again. And again. And again. And again. Don’t get discouraged – rejoice in the process. Lick the sugar off your fingers, give your lumpy masterpiece a smile and try one more time. Practice will make perfect. Seriously.

Be playful – every beautiful dessert you’ve ever seen has techniques that were created by someone somewhere. Instead of trying to copy things exactly and getting discouraged when you aren’t Duff Goldman, take a deep breath and play around. You never know what you might come up with.

Don’t neglect storage – ok, you’ve done it – you’ve made something that slightly resembles…something. You’re proud of yourself, as you should be! But, what’s next? Surely, you don’t want to dig right in! You don’t want to ruin all those (mostly) perfect lines! Besides, all the batter you’ve eaten has left you full. Before you even begin the process, make sure you have storage that is big enough to leave extra space so your piece doesn’t get squished!

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