How to decorate a cake

Points to remember

  • To make a sugar heart, mark out your design using a skewer.
  • Fill a piping bag with coloured sugar and snip off the tip at an angle. Carefully pour out the sugar following your guide.
  • To make an icing sugar pattern, cut a template out of paper. Lay the template on the cake, making sure it’s flat. Dust generously with icing sugar, then carefully lift off the template to reveal the design.
  • For a drizzled chocolate pattern, melt one or more types of chocolate. Use a spoon to zigzag each chocolate across the cake.
  • To crystallise rose petals, lightly whisk an egg white in a small bowl. Paint a petal all over with egg white, cover evenly with caster sugar, then shake off the excess. Repeat with each petal.
  • Dry the petals on baking parchment for at least 3 hours. Arrange them on your cake.