Cake Decorating Ideas

Baking cakes can be difficult but decorating them can be more challenging. While decorating a cake one has to take into consideration number of factors like flavor, texture and design of the cake. Its very important that you know from where you have to start the cake decoration.

Cake decorating cam be a wonderful hobby and is a great way to express your creativity. Cake decorating is a lot of fun and very rewarding, if you feel you like it well enough you can turn it into a full time profession.

Cake decorating does take a measure of artistic skill. Anyone can master cake making with guidance and tutoring, along with fresh, new ideas and decorating tips. Cake decorating as an art form, will help you expand your imagination and your skills. This will make you proud and the recipient of your work ecstatic.

The are of cake decorating is rewarding to both the client and the decorator of the cake. There may be a level of stress when you are on a deadline but the end result is worth the trouble. When you are able to take your time and decorate cakes in peace, you will find the entire process very enjoyable. One way to cut stress in any situation, is to keep your mind on the design itself, and not let negative thoughts get in the way of your creativity.

Below are a few cake decorating ideas:
– Characters: There are hundreds of famous characters to use for cake decorating. You can make any cake special by drawing in Dora the Explorer, or Blues Clues. Or you may want to cut up the cake to make the entire cake into a favorite character.
– Themes: Maybe you would like to go with a 50’s theme, underwater adventure, sport theme, or a roaring 20’s theme for your cake decorating. Use your creativity and find a theme that will thrill the person you are making the cake for, and the guests . You may want to have a masquerade party in that theme. Whatever you decide, have fun.
– Motor Cakes: Boys are usually crazy about trucks, cars, fire engines, boats, tractors, helicopters, or airplanes. Again you can use your cake decorating expertise to make a farm with a 3-D tractor, a racing strip, or a scene showing a fire being put out by firemen. Of course it all depends on what the particular birthday boy is fond of.
– Animals: You can also use an animal theme by cutting the cake to look like any animal, or draw in a scene using animals. It could be a zoo scene with several animals or choose one animal and decorate the cake with other decorations showing where it came from. Use your imagination.
– Holiday Themes: I remember when bunny cakes became popular at Easter, Wilton has pans and decorating supplies for all holiday cake decorating designs. A heart on Valentine’s day, or a 4 leaf clover on St. Patrick’s day is a wonderful way to say happy holidays.

If you want to get really good at cake decorating techniques, you need to have someone to eat your cakes. This may sound obvious, but I know a lot of people who have struggled with this. If you’re passionate about decorating cakes but do not have a few friends who like the cakes that you decorate, you’ll end up putting on a lot of weight. There will be nowhere to put the cakes, so you’ll have to eat them yourself. It is amazing how quickly the pounds can accumulate when you always have cake about the house. If you don’t have friends who like cake, consider donating your surplus to the local church or perhaps to a homeless shelter. There are plenty people around who will be grateful for any food at all, never mind gourmet cakes!

Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes

One of her knockout cheesecakes in Clayton NC

One of her knockout cheesecakes in Clayton NC

This place has got some awesome cheesecakes. Period.  They are in a small shop in the Clayton NC area and this actually is all that they do – cheesecakes.  Well, they do have a few other goodies, but for the most part, it’s all about everyone’s favorite cream cheese dessert.  It’s odd to find a little shop like this outside of a normal city downtown, but they appear to be doing very well.  All of these cakes are made on premises by the owner, Sherry Mitchell.  She boasts over 50 flavors of cheesecake and has quite a list of offerings at her shop.  They service the local Clayton people, but also are out to offer the Raleigh cheesecake connoisseurs something that they can sink their dessert-loving teeth into!  Cheesecakes are sold by the slice, by the half cake (6 slices), or by the whole cake (12 slices).

She offers a minimum of 3 different cheesecakes each day.  Of those that were sampled, there was a real affinity for the turtle cheesecake and she also had a great sweet potato cheesecake.  Yes, I know that doesn’t sound like a normal cheesecake flavor, but when you do these things day in and day out, it’s likely that you DO want to try out something different.  She indicated that she actually made a honeysuckle cheesecake this past summer.  It apparently takes a whole LOT of honeysuckle to pull that off.

Sherry's Signature Cheesecakes - Great location

Signature Cheesecakes – GREAT location right on Clayton Main St.

The location offers down home charm with a wonderfully decorated interior.  Quiet and cozy, but large enough to handle parties of 20 or more, the shop is located right on Main St in Clayton near the Hocutt-Ellington Library.  We also really like the outside area with tables available in more temperate weather.  It was a bit cold the day we were there, but it looked like it would be perfect for enjoying some tasty desserts.

Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes also supplies local restaurants with her many desserts.  You can find them around the Raleigh NC area.  If you happen to be a restaurant owner looking for something special for your menu, don’t hesitate to contact her. She provides discounts for “restaurant size” orders.  She also has a punch card system for frequent visitors – if you visit 10 times and buy a slice, you get the 11th free!  Not bad.

She also offers granola bars, scones and some other things depending on the season and free time that they have available!  When we met with her last week, she indicated that she had over 200 cheesecake pickups for Christmas.  She was baking at full speed to get them all out – and we hope she did.  If you’d like to try your hand at making your own, check this page out at FoodNetwork.com

Anyway, if you get a chance to try out any of these cheesecakes, definitely do so.  They will be well worth your time.