ok so i am going to be making a few cakes for birthdays over the next couple of months and i wanted to decorate all of them with icing only bc i hate the taste of fondant and so does everyone i am making the cakes for. So i need help. im just getting started and only have a few icing tips (352, 3, 32, 104 & 16). i wanted to make them look really good but i have no idea what all i can do with these few tips. i wasnt sure if and how it do flowers, or basket weave or anything like that. the 3 cakes i want to make are a thomas the train, a deer hunting cake, and then one for an elderly lady. i have never decorated before and i need help. anything will be appreciated at this point. thanks so much.
You can do a lot with those tips
352bird-beak leaf tip
32open star/wide border
16closed star/narrow border
I'd suggest adding a few more tips to complete your basic collection
67 & 68leaf/ruffles
18 & 24medium stars/medium borders
and perhaps a drop flower tip or two.
Good luck with your projects. I'm sure you'll find lots of fine examples to view in the gallery that pertain to your themes! Let us know, if you get stuck on anything.
If you take lots of time to look through the gallery of pix you should be able to come up with some ideas.
I can't help w/the train cake but the hunting one shoud be somewhat easy. Here's one I found on this site with just a quick search:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/71423 it's one that can be done w/the tips you have on hand
If you use google image search there are many more.
As for the older lady do you know anything about her? Does she like feminine, frilly or very plain and simple?
keeping in mind the tips you have to work with and the fact that you really dont decorate here are a few suggestions:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1365803 you can buy ready made icing roses at places like Michael's and Hobby Lobby craft stores
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1350853 - Change the colors; use top 104 to make the center lines then tip 3 on either side. Use a cookie cutter to make the center shape of fondant OR thicken the b'cream until it is dough like.
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1333233 - humor her
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1333233 - you can make basketweave w/the tip 16 or 32
Hope these suggestions help spark an idea for you. Just change colors where needed; combine an element from one cake w/one or two from other cake(s) and come up with a really nice creation. Good luck.
BTW where are you located? Maybe I can help if you are anywhere near me.....
If you go to then Wilton website, you can see the different things you can do with those tips.
And just when you think you have to do certani things with certain tips, check this out: http://misobakes.blogspot.com/2011/07/miso-bakes-project-june.html She has one every month, and it's a lot of fun. Makes you figure out something new for those tips.