How to decorate a cake with whipped cream icing

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How to decorate a cake with whipped cream icing
Decorating with whipped cream icing takes practice. (RAYES/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

When preparing whipped cream for frosting a cake, it's important to stabilise it with gelatin to help it hold its shape. Stabilising the whipped cream is even more crucial when you're decorating with whipped cream icing; if you were to pipe regular whipped cream onto a cake, any shape it had wouldn't hold for very long, leaving you with shapeless blobs of cream on your cake. For the best results, use a piping bag with metal tips rather than plastic.

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Things you need

  • Metal bowl
  • Whipping cream
  • Gelatin
  • Sugar
  • Icing bag
  • Metal star tip
  • Frosted undecorated cake

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  1. 1

    Chill a large metal bowl, the electric mixer beaters and the icing bag with metal tip attached in the freezer. Whipped cream comes together best when everything is very cold.

  2. 2

    Dissolve 1/2 tsp gelatin in 1 tbsp water.

  3. 3

    Make the whipped cream icing. To a chilled metal bowl, add 1 cup chilled whipping cream and 1 tbsp sugar. Whip with the electric mixer, using the chilled beaters, until it starts to stiffen. Add the dissolved gelatin, and whip until the cream forms a "peak" when you pull the beaters away from the bowl.

  4. 4

    Spoon the whipped cream icing into the chilled icing bag immediately after it's been made. Pipe a few practice lines on a piece of waxed paper to get the icing flowing.

  5. 5

    Pipe the whipped cream icing around the edge of the frosted cake, applying slightly more pressure to the bag in 1-second intervals. As you release the pressure, lift the bag slightly, then lower it again, to make a fancy border.

  6. 6

    Place the tip about 1/4 inch above the surface of the cake to make a flower. Apply pressure to the bag, then release. As you release the bag, lower the tip slightly, then pull it straight up. Repeat anywhere you want flowers.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to add words on top of whipped cream frosting, a buttercream or icing sugar icing works best.
  • Do not overwhip the cream; it will separate, and you'll have to start over.

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