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post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 

MBalska: I'm not sure my willingness to stack is bravery...more naivete and an adventurous spirit. When I was a kid and wanted to start baking I went straight to yeast breads. When I took up knitting I made one washcloth, one hat, and then straight to socks. I'd rather do what's interesting than what's easy!


AZCouture: Your watercolor buttercream is gorgeous! I do challenge your assertion that it couldn't be done wrong though...I'll give it a go (eventually) and report back.


Shannonann: I'll look up that book, thanks! The only real decorated cake I've made was a firetruck cake for Thing 2's second birthday and it was from Family Fun. It was easy and a big hit but OMG the food coloring!!!



Now my challenge is keeping myself from diving in to a cake for Father's Day tomorrow. Both because I have no time and currently can't have dairy (the nursing infant is intolerant) and I only bake with butter.

post #17 of 24


How about cake pops or cupcakes?

There are many ways to decorate with candies and cookies too.



post #18 of 24
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My interest (current interest. SQUIRREL!) is tiered cakes. I'm fascinated by the architecture of it and want to give it a go. I don't like cake pops and I can already do a respectable job with cupcakes. I'm just looking for some super simple suggestions for decorating a small tiered cake so I can play with that.

post #19 of 24

SQUIRREL!     (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha)


Lordee, lordee.....SQUIRREL definitely describes my approach to cake decorating.   I have a ton of stuff that I've purchased to "make that cake design", that is still in the unopened package in my cake closet.   I'm all over the map with the techniques I've used.  The problem with this "Squirrel approach" is that I seldom do more than 2 cakes and don't have the benefit of repeated practice to get consistent results. 


The moral of this story is:  pick a 2-tier cake, make it.  If it is weird looking--eat it and make a second one.


For those who have no idea what SQUIRREL! means, here is a brief clip from the movie, UP.

post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
Glad you can appreciate my affliction. icon_biggrin.gif

The wilton app is great. Don't know how I missed that reply before. Thanks!
post #21 of 24

If tiered cakes are still your current interest, I echo Apti's advice- just make it. icon_biggrin.gif


I'm attaching a picture of my first tiered cake.  The rose swirl design is easier (and more forgiving) than it looks.  I believe someone posted a link to it further up in the thread.  I took a sheet of tinfoil, grabbed a piping bag, and started practicing.  If you don't like the rose you make, wipe it off and try again.  I find that the quicker I pipe, the better the rose looks.  If I think too much about it, it all goes to heck.


If you'd like something less "wedding-y" you could do the roses in different colors- maybe ombre?

Good luck and have fun!

PS- Nice "squirrel" reference. Best movie ever.

post #22 of 24

freesia~~Lovely 1st tiered cake!  You did very well.

post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
That's beautiful! I've seen and considered that design.

I should also explain that I've been in "lurk and research mode" because my nursing infant can't have dairy and I have zero interest in making a non-dairy cake. I'm just biding my time until I can bake with butter again.
post #24 of 24
Originally Posted by shannonann View Post

When my kids were small I bought a book called

FamilyFun Birthday Cakes: 50 Cute and Easy Party Treats

It has really cute ideas that are designed for an average mom, not a cake decorator. My kids loved to look through the book and choose a birthday cake and then help create it. Most of the designs involve baking round layers or a 9x13, then cutting it into different shapes, assembling, icing, and decorating with candies. It should be available on Amazon.

We had a similar book in oz. Womens weekly childrens party cakes.

My younger brother used to read it everynight as a bedtime story...Very cute, little 3 year old making up a story for each cake night after night.

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