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youngcakes Posted 26 May 2014 , 10:06am
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AHello , I'm 16 & I want to begin cake and cupcake decorating. Any tips , recipes , advice , or ingredients I might need? Please do help.

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peppercorns Posted 30 May 2014 , 5:43am
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AHello Youngcakes, but that is wonderful, so young and already focused. I do not know how much experience you have in baking and decorating but if you are a real beginner, start easy like going to Wilton Classes usually offered thru Michaels or JoAnns , or you can try classes thru Craftsy in the Internet. Google it and you will see a large number of classes about baking, cake decorating etc. Check out cake Decorating classes offered by your local bakeries, see their add in papers. You want to start right and choose a segment of cake decorating that you really like. Good tasting cakes and killer fillings with a simple cake decor is usually a winner. Good luck.

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cazza1 Posted 30 May 2014 , 6:27am
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Youngcakes, not sure where you live, but here in Australia we have cake decorating groups where you can learn for free.  I'm sure most countries will have some sort of group that you could join and get heaps of advice.

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MBalaska Posted 30 May 2014 , 6:41am
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Originally Posted by youngcakes 

Hello , I'm 16 & I want to begin cake and cupcake decorating. Any tips , recipes , advice , or ingredients I might need? Please do help.


Slow and steady wins the race. Learn how to bake first.  study the chemistry and science of baking.  How to use flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, baking soda & powder.........and why you use them in the amounts and combinations that you do.  When you bake well, you'll find that even cakes and cupcakes (really good ones) don't need icing.  They will be so delicious that you can eat them right out of the oven.


Then learn how to make icings, glazes, ganache, buttercreams, meringues, simply syrup and how to compliment flavors and icings to pair with your baked goods.


Because no matter how you make them look on the outside, when they don't taste good...........

Well, really, do you know anyone who is pleased by a poor tasting dessert. 

Cheers and good luck,


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AZCouture Posted 30 May 2014 , 7:11am
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APoke around the forums here, do some investigating, do some experimenting, find things you like, and learn what doesn't work so well. That's what I suggest, rather than taking the word of anyone on what's "best". Have fun!

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-K8memphis Posted 30 May 2014 , 2:48pm
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yes i got one for you--as you get going you will be encouraged and slightly to firmly pressured by your fans to "open a business" i can't explain why this happens but it just does with baking--don't be influenced by it--it happens to everyone literally everyone who ever shared an unburnt brownie they made--


if you want to open a business-- then find one that will be worth the effort--baking very likely is not it -- so search not for how to make baking into a business-- search for a viable business to open--if you even do want one--


but the #1 tip from me is neither be surprised nor affected when the phenomena of "you should open a baking business" hits your ears-- it's some crazy message that so many people will say and want to take you aside and really instill in you a desire to do this -- just smile and move on --


best to you

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-K8memphis Posted 31 May 2014 , 11:24am
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another idea to ponder is to be open to every ingredient, recipe, tool and procedure -- they all have a purpose -- don't limit yourself -- i mean in the way of boxing yourself in away from potential discoveries/adventures/great things -- y'know try it -- not everything will work it's way into your repertoire but be open to it

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Rfisher Posted 31 May 2014 , 1:08pm
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ADon't feel you need to go buy a bunch of gadgets. Many items you will find in store and online are nice to have, not must haves. Use what is already available to you. I bet if you put your mind to it, you can come up with some neat decorating ideas by not following how to guides and buying specific tools. You have plenty of time for that later. Use this time to build on your own creativity. As for ingredients, make sure mom and dad are on board with your plans. When I was your age, too much of my experimenting would have had cut into mom's weekly food budget to feed 12 kids. And be sure to leave the kitchen in the condition it was found in, if not better. As for recipes, go to grandmas or moms Betty Crocker/good housekeeping cook books. If you search online, go for ones with great reviews on southern living/allrecipes. Don't try all the modifications in the public comments though, do as written 1st and when you feel confident you can tweak from there. Most importantly, have fun!

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