It’s fun getting a bit more into the cake decorating side of things.

As usual I love finding simple but effective techniques to use.

As you may have seen before, one of my fave techniques is using strawberries to jazz up a cake. It adds a lot of lovely colour to plain coloured cakes and frostings without much actual effort at all.

Here is a cake I made for my boyfriend’s brother’s birthday (pfew, that’s a lot of B’s.)

The cake stats: Carrot cake with a vanilla bean cream cheese frosting and decorated with strawberries. I can’t remember exactly which recipe I used for the cake, sorry, but I can’t really comment on the taste much anyway since I didn’t actually eat any of it 😛 I will try and post on another carrot cake sometime in the future though.. i loooove me some carrot cake.

The frosting was pretty easy – just butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla beans. Yuuuum. Cannot go wrong with that combination.

Directions for decorating:

1. Bake cake, then allow to cool completely. (Unfortunately due to time restraints I wasn’t able to let it cool totally which is why the icing was the tiniest tiniest bit runny as you may be able to see above in the pics. This shouldn’t happen if you have a decent frosting and a completely cool cake.

2. Ice a crumb-coat layer of icing onto the cake (a thin amount of icing that will absorb all the crumbs) and refrigerate until set.

3. Apply a thicker layer of icing around the sides and top of the cake.

4. Slice strawberries into thirds and use the outer side of the strawberries for the sides of the cake. They should stick easily to the frosting. Keep the slice with the leaves intact for the top of the cake. Reserve one strawberry for the top of the cake.

5. Pipe stars around the top around the edge of the cake.

6. Decorate with the remaining strawberries in a circle pattern and place one whole strawberry with the top cut off in the centre.

7. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.

This is best served as soon as possible after decorating with the strawberries, otherwise they tend to release a runny juice and fall off the cake/ruin the frosting).

Enjoy! 🙂

Another time I employed a similar technique –>

🙂 Have a great weekend!!

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