Fourth of July Recipes, Candy and Cake Decorating
Icing and decorating the Cake
Bake the cake and let cool....
When the cake is cool, place it on a cake board. If your cake
is uneven on top, cut off that portion on your cake to make it even.
Flip the cake over and use the bottom as your top.
||Before icing the cake....
Soak a pastry brush in the sugar syrup and dab it
lightly onto the cake. This keeps the cake moist.
If you prefer you could also add some liquor to your syrup.
Ice the cake using a spatula...
Even though the cake will be covered with the flag design, the cake still
needs an undercoating of icing, otherwise the star design will be hard
The undercoating layer of icing doesn't need to be perfect, as it will not be visible after
we piped the flag, but try to get is as even
as possible. If the icing is not smoothing out clean your spatula
and wet with water. This will smooth it down.
||Determine the flag size....
The size of your cake will determine how to calculate the width of
your stripes. Using a ruler, measure the width of your cake and
divide the total number of inches by 13. Mark each section for the 13
In the left corner of the cake measure a 3 x 4 box.
Use the ruler as your guide by indenting the cake with your ruler.
If you have access to a flag cake pan, then use it.
Using your red icing, begin piping
small stars very close together in two rows (you may need to make another
row depending on your measurements) to make a red stripe. Now do
the same thing using the white icing bag. Continue the different color piping all
the way up the cake leaving the 3 x 4 box untouched.
Using the blue icing, begin piping rows closely together
to fill the entire 3 x 4 box.
Using the yellow icing, you will be evenly distributing 50 stars on
top of the blue icing. There are 10 columns of 5 stars each.
Pipe the first row of 5 stars. Using the first row of stars as your
guide, pipe the second row of stars under, but between the first row.
|Now, a last minute technical correction.... the stars on the flag are arranged in 9
staggered rows. Five of the rows have 6 stars and the remaining rows have 5 stars. You're
more than welcome to pipe the stars the proper way. It was a lot easier to pipe 10 rows with
an equal number of stars, please forgive us. :)
Using tip 199 or similar, finish the cake by
piping a white
buttercream border around the bottom of your cake.
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