Cake Decorating Basic

Popular Methods of Cake Decorating


There are many different styles of cake decorating. Each individual chef puts their own unique spin on their style of cake decorating, but there are some basic styles that all chefs and Sugarcrafters use to create beautiful cakes.

Each cake decorating method has its own unique quirks and uses unique materials and artistic methods to achieve its signature look. Sometimes the styles seem very similar to the untrained eye, but really they are quite different.

The different methods of cake decorating can be learned through books, magazine, websites, videos, or classes. Learning some of the more popular methods of cake decorating is not restricted to culinary students. Anyone can take a class at the local craft shop, community education center, or online to learn some of the basic cake decorating techniques.

Just because the technique you’re using to decorate the cake is old doesn’t mean it’s outdated. Many of the top cake designers still use these old fashioned methods to create their cakes because the old methods are still the best when it comes to cake decorating. Cake decorators may use different tools to help them create cakes that are more works of art than food, but the basic decorating styles from long ago remain in use today.


Three Methods

There are three popular cake decorating styles that have influenced all the cake designers and all the cake decorating methods that came after them. The Lambeth Method, the Australian Method, and the Wilton Method. After reading a little more about each one you will have a better understanding of the history of cake decorating and a better understanding of what each type of cake decorating style represents and how it’s done.

As you continue learning how to create edible works of art you may find that you are better at one type of cake decorating method than another. Most people find that they have a natural affinity for one design style or another based on personal preference and talent. It’s ok to prefer one style over another, but you should have at least a basic understanding of each style so that you have a better understanding of the art of cake decorating.