The Art of Cake Making is Preparation
There is a saying that you cannot make an omlette without breaking a few eggs, and really this means that to get something done you have to get stuck in and go for it. It is no different with anything you do in life, and to start from scratch with raw ingredients and create something wonderfully sugary and delicious, such as a cookie, is satisfying on all levels. However, it is always good to have the equipment you need at hand as well before you start. If a special occasion is coming up and you want to do some cake decorating to personalise the sponge then you might need an icing bag and nozzles, along with some edible decorations, such as flowers.
It is easy to run out to the shop and buy a ready-made sponge with some generic icing, but to present somebody with something you have cooked yourself is a great way to show you care and to make somebody feel special. Whether it is their birthday, an anniversary or a kid’s party, they will appreciate something sweet to mark the occasion. As well as being a real gift to give somebody, there is no doubt about it that cake making is fun to do and relaxing. It takes your mind off your everyday worries as you focus on using your creativity, and feel positive when you see the results appear before your very eyes. Watching a muffin or a sponge rise in the oven, before adding a sweet topping or filling, is therapeutic in a world where people rush around and rely so heavily on convenience foods. Nothing is as comforting and as grounding as a home-baked cupcake.
As well icing and sponges, you can also make delicate decorations to create works of art using sugarcraft techniques, such as a patchwork style flower, which can be used as a cutter or embosser, to add a nice floral design. This is where you can let your imagination run wild so that your finished design not only tastes good but looks amazing. Bridal themes or a written greeting with funky alphabet shapes, along with snowflake designs, are the equivalent of your artist materials in which you can sculpt, mould, cut and create the finished mouthwatering masterpiece. Children love making dough shapes too and a gingerbread man cutter is a fun way for parents to engage and interact with kids.
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