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Hints and Tips for Cake Decorating Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017

It’s Cake Decorating Day! Now here at Renshaw Baking, cake decorating is something that we know a lot about, so we want to share some hints and tips so that you can up your cake game!

Renshaw Academy’s resident cake decorating expert Emma Chamberlain has given us some handy advice to guide you through your next cake decorating project.

Modelling Basics

Ever wanted to model that perfect cake topper to make your cake design extra special? It’s simpler than it looks; the main shapes for modelling are a ball, a cone or egg shape, an oval, a sausage shape and a rope. Easy!

Most elements of a modelled figure are made from these shapes, or variations of them. So by starting with the basics, you can start to develop your modelling skills from there.

Let this basic modelling blog give you helpful instruction and hopefully the confidence to try something new, with this simple yet effective design idea!

Royal Icing

Did you know there are three types of royal icing consistency?

  • Full peak icing has a stiffer consistency and holds a peak when wobbled.
  • Soft peak icing holds a peak until it’s wobbled, then it falls over.
  • Flooding icing has been let down to a runny consistency so it becomes level after a few seconds of being drizzled onto itself.

Don’t let your royal icing knowledge stop there! Check out our blog post to learn more about what to do with this amazing product. From flooding to brush embroidery, we have you covered.

Quick Fixes

Accidents happen in cake decorating, but it’s knowing how to deal with the accident and having the right next steps that could make the difference between a cake disaster and a cake masterpiece.

Some common problems that can occur in cake decorating are:

  • Air Bubbles,
  • Unevenly finished cake,
  • Badly layered cake,
  • Cracks marks and crazing on the surface of the icing,
  • Icing has torn on the top corner,
  • The filling can be seen through the icing.

If any of these are familiar to you, then check out our Cake Decorating Mishaps and Quick Fixes blog post for helpful hints and tips that could help you save the day!


We hope you’ve found some useful information to update your decorating skills, try something new and achieve the finish that you have always wanted.

Happy Baking 🙂