How to Make Flawless Cake: 6 Cake Tips by Erik Blair

Hello everyone, I hooe each of you are doing well. Today I’m going to talk to you about making a flawless cake. There’s some tips I found on Digital Sketching group on Facebook.  Erik Blair shared these tips on Digital Sketching. You cn find his Facebook Pag at

When baking any cake it is better to use room temperature eggs and butter because it will not emulsify properly.  If you forget to lay out the eggs and butter, you can microwave the butter every 5 seconds until softened. To bring the eggs to romm temperature in a short amount of time,  you can add them to warm water.

You can make a cake look as good as it tastes with Real Simple’s cake decorating. Techiques.

Believe it or not, it matters how to measure the flour. If you dip flour out with the measuring curight out of the bag, it will compact the flour.. This will cause you to get out more flour than you need. The best way to get flour out of bag is to spoon it out into a dry measuring cup and use a knife to scrap off the excess flour.

When butter your cake pans, it’s better to use a pastry brush and softened butter. You will swipe the pastry brush over the beutter and the swipe the buttered brush. You will get better coverage this way than with a small piece of butter in the butter paper. I know rubbed the pan with butter paper. I have used the non-stcik spray.

When placing your cake in the oven,  it is best to try to get them as close to the center of the oven as possible. It’s important to not let the pans to touch each other or for the pans not to touch the oven walls. If you have a small oven and the pans won’t fit on ne rack side by side you want to offset the pans slightly to allow air to circulate.

It’s a good idea to rotate the pans after the cake sets about – two thirds of the way through baking time to prevent collapse. By rotating the pans to allow for even baking time.

Now, the best way to cool the cake is upside down.  if the cake is rounded on the top, cooling it t upside down will help flatten it. If it is still rounded you can use serrated knife to cut it t off.

I know that I’ve learned a lot from these tips. They are certainly some great tips for sure. There’s more to baking a cake than just shoving the cake into the oven.

Next time I’m going to tell you how to make a boxed cake taste homemade.  I want to take this time to thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog. May God bless each and everyone of you.

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Basket and Pail of Sunflowers: How to Wedding Cake

Hey everyone I sure hope all is well. I was going to post about my the cake I started for my granddaughter,  but im s so proud of how the wedding cake I made for my sister. I ask someone that was at the wedding how they like my cake and they didnt say anything about it.  I pointed out the en cake and he said D he thought it was a basket of flowers.

I have to say that tis is my favorite cake. I made the sunflowers out of fondant and Tylose powder.  The Tylose makes the items hard. I took the yellow box of fndant and dipped it in Tylose powder and wokred it into the fndant good. I rolled the fondant out to about 1/4 of an inch thick.

There are 3 different daisy cookie cutter. To make a large flower I cut out 2 sets of petals.  Once all the flowers are cut out, I use the ball tool to make the petals bigger. You will drag ball from top to bottom nd you will do te same with the veining tool. Now all this is finished, you will glue the flowers together.

Now it’s time to make the center of the flower. You will need a flowers nd leaf impression mat. You can dust with cornstarch or powder sugar. You will want t roll out a 3/4 inch n all of brown fondant and press the brown ball into the  large daisy center.  Glue with royal icing or with tylose powder with water added to it. You don’t want the tylose too thick. You will repeat the these steps with the medium and small sunflowers. 

Now baking the cake. I had to bake the top to cakes (cake for pail) over. They broke down. I baked all cake on 325 for about 30 to 45 minutes. You have to make sure that you beat the cake for 2 minutes after ingredients is combined.  If you don’tdn it will come apart and you want to make sure it bakes a little longer than usual.  You need a firm cake not a fluffy cake. Fluffy cake won’t hold up.

Like I said above, I had trouble with the cake for the pail. I started to frost the cake and it started breaking down. On the bottom yellow cake, I tried to find something that was about 7 inches to put on the top of the cake so I would have a guide to how much cake to cut off the bottom of the pail so it would look more like a pail. You want the bottom smaller at the bottom of the pail than on the top.

Now we want to make the basket to look lke wood. The easiest way I found nd used was when I took ivory fondant and brown fondant to make wht wood. I took 2 logs of ivory fondant on each side of the brown and I pulled it t untill it was blended just enough to make it look like the wood. I covered the tier with the fondant then I cut out boards. I placed the boards on the cake but only do small amouts of ivo or y for boards because if you don’t it will become mixed together too much.  You will lose the grain of the wood look.

For the pail, you will want light gray for pail, silver spray food color, and may want the silver petal dust with the vanilla in it. I sprayed the silver spray in a bowl, but I suggest using a sea sponge.  I believe if I had a sea sponge it would have looked better. The reason I used the silver petal dust was because for some reason the silver spray I ut n the gray made it looked blue so te petal dust gave it a silver look. I know when I used silver spray on my granddaughter’s cake and it was silver.

Well for the ivy I wrapped wire in foral tape. I cut leaves  and use the leaves impression mat to give the viens look.

Well that’s an over view of the wedding cake I made my sister. Ido on hope we you enjoyed it and I hope you like this wedding cake. I will post the cake I made for my granddaughter.  Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a blessed day!



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