Saturday, December 21, 2013

Baking Cakes With Butterfly Decorations

Cakes are edible spongy food made from milk, butter, oil, egg, sugar, leavening agents, flour, colors and fruit extract or fruit essence. There are various cakes available in the market such as cheese cakes, plum cakes, and spice cakes. Cakes are used in weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and get-togethers. Cakes are typically like bread in which creams and fruit essence, and extracts are added. We can send cakes as gifts to our loved ones. They are classified according to the leavening agents, essences and/or the flavors added.

Cake is a sweet dessert food which composed of various edible items. First the eggs are beaten with sugar and the fruit extract or fruit essence is added to it. Then, milk, baking powder, leavening agent and flour are added. They are thoroughly mashed together and added to the beaten egg. This mixture is poured into a cake mold and kept in an oven at usually 180 degrees Celsius.

The important thing to be considered after baking is the icing, frosting and topping the cake with decorative items. Decorating a cake can be a very complicated procedure. It needs a very well practiced and skilled person. It is a rich art. Cake decorations come in both edible and inedible varieties. All that a base cake needs is a perfect mold for getting a perfect shape for our desired design.

Decorating cakes brings attraction and taste. There are various decorations available. A butterfly cake decoration is very attractive. All that is needed is fondant which is made up of a thickened sugary paste. The sugary paste is then dipped in a corn starch to give grip to that design. Making butterflies from fondant is easier than many other shapes. A butterfly shaped cookie cutter, colors, essence, and confectionery sugars are also needed for this.

A butterfly cake decoration is made from kneaded fondant. A drop of color is added to the fondant at first and then it is kneaded. For making butterflies, 4 or 5 color fondants are needed. Prepare all the colored fondants. Take one color fondant and roll it out using a rolling pin and this is the base of the butterfly. It is dusted with corn starch. Cut the flattened fondant into butterfly shape using a butterfly cookie cutter. Then take the other colored fondants, make one into rolls, other into tiny ropes and another into a flower or little heart shapes. Thus the butterflies are ready for decorating. But before that, we have to polish those butterflies in order to give them a full effect.

The polishing can be done by confectionery sugars, vanilla or other extracts. This can be made into a mixture by the electric mixture and is used for icing the butterflies. We can also paint the butterflies with the colors mixed with lemon extract. To prevent the butterflies from drying, we should place them in a damp cloth. Then place the butterflies on our cake and impress guests with these gorgeous and fabulous butterflies.

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