Did you know that planning out your cakes ahead of time will keep you organized and reduce feeling overwhelmed in the kitchen?
Planning cakes ahead of time have been the key factor in my success over the last ten years. It is the one thing that has saved my butt on multiple occasions.
When you plan the process ahead of time, you instantly become relaxed and enjoy the experience more than living in the stress of it all. This lets you be open to creating memories and loving cake decorating.
If you follow these steps below, then you will become more organized and reduce the overwhelm.
This process is a general order that I do with every cake I make. I have developed these steps over the last ten years, so I’m excited to share this with you. This planning process has become a habit that I unconsciously do every time. I know that this is the key to success for many bakers, but no one talks about it like this.
I know this will give you a jump start so you can start succeeding with cake decorating.
Let’s Get Started!
1. Preparation, Cake & Frosting
This first step refers to taking the time to choose the following, the cake design, cake recipe, frosting recipe, and decorations. Once you have made these decisions, then you can move to make a shopping list of ingredients and supplies.
2. Must-Have Tools
After determining what cake design, then you’ll need to pull together the tools needed to make your cake. For example, spinning turntable, offset spatula, and cake (or bench) scraper.
3. Process of Baking & Making
This step is based on the cake and frosting recipe you previously picked. I recommend measuring out your ingredients ahead of time so you know if you don’t have enough. It keeps you organized throughout the making of the cake batter and frosting. This process limits mistakes as you have it lined up according to the recipes.
4. Build the Cake
After you have all the cakes baked and frozen as well as made the frosting, then its time to build the cake. This is where you’ll cut the layers (if needed) to make them flat & even then, you’ll fill the cake layers with frosting, then repeat the process and stack the layers.
5. Crumb Coat the Cake
I have spoken about the importance of crumb coating cakes in the past, and this step is essential for making clean and straight cakes. After you have frosted the cake with a thin layer of frosting, then make sure you freeze the cake for 30 minutes. This will set the frosting around the cake and make it cold, which is way easier to work with later.
6. Decorate Cake
This step is super fun and should be a breeze because of all the work you have done up to this point. Let your creativity take over and decorate the cake the way you want it.
7. Cut & Serve or Store
I typically recommend serving the cake at room temperature as it lets the cake slightly warm-up, and all the flavors come together. Cut the cake with a hot knife for the best clean slices.
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It’s pretty funny after all these years of decorating cakes, I realized that this is a big part of my success. I know you’ll benefit from this as well!
Over time this planning process will become a habit, and you’ll be more organized. You’ll also gain confidence instead of dealing with overwhelm.
I have also created a Cake Decorating for Beginners Planning Checklist, it’s an easy downloadable PDF that you can use to keep you organized with every cake you make. If you want to take this process one step further, then click here to sign up and get this free planning checklist!
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