A Simple Birthday Cake Decorating Idea

simple birthday cake decorating idea by Emma Townsend CakesThis is a simple birthday cake decorating idea that also works great for other occasions too – birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s day, going away cakes, retirement cakes, etc.  For the boys, you could add chocolate-covered strawberries at the side instead of the sugar roses.  The placement of the single candle to the side makes this cake really chic. And rustic textured buttercream is always great when you’re in a hurry! (You’ll find a free Craftsy tutorial here on buttercreaming cakes including textured buttercream.) An elegant, yet super simple birthday cake decorating idea by Emma Townsend Cakes.

To make the perfect strawberry buttercream add 2 tablespoons of strawberry preserve per 250g of butter.  This will colour the buttercream a pale peachy-pink, but you can get a prettier shade of soft pink by adding a touch of “cochineal” food colour.  This is essentially pink liquid food colour but some of the brands refer to it as “cochineal”, which refers to its source.  However, be careful not to over do it with the colour.  It’s always a good idea to store liquid food colours in dropper bottles so that you can add colours to buttercream one droplet at a time.

Even with strawberry preserve added, you might like to add some strawberry flavouring to bring out the flavour even more. You’ll find a range of fruit flavourings at your local cake decorating store.

But why add the strawberry preserve if you are going to use strawberry flavouring as well, you ask? It’s because the seeds from the strawberry preserve add that gourmet touch to the buttercream! Isn’t vanilla buttercream and ice-cream so much nicer when you can see the vanilla seeds?  But it’s a matter of personal preference, whichever you prefer. Happy baking!

(For tips and tutorials on writing in icing, see our feature here on piping lettering and messages on cakes.)

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