Published on : 10 March 20203 min reading time
Gastronomy is a very broad subject, as it demonstrates culinary know-how on the different specialities of the world, whether in the kitchen or in the patisserie. Speaking of baking, cake design is very trendy, especially during the Christmas holidays.
What is a design cake?
Design cake, also known as cake decorating, is a culinary skill of making an exceptional cake. It is artistic pastry, because it enhances the cake by creating an exceptional decoration. It can represent a place, an occasion such as a baptism or a wedding. Each pastry chef uses his skills to give a sumptuous decoration to the design cake. As its name suggests, design cake is about giving ideal importance to the visual appearance of the cake. However, it is not necessarily a cake, it can be a shortbread, a pop cake or even a cupcake. To properly manipulate the decorative art of cake design, you must use sugar dough and various flavors to flavor the cake.
Sugar dough for decoration
Sugar paste is made from a mixture of water and sugar, and freezes in the open air to look like porcelain. By industrial process, it is made with sugar, water, vegetable oil, glucose syrup, food coloring, glycerin and flavorings. In reality, it is a modelling clay that can be eaten. This soft dough can easily create decorations into a real work of art. Thanks to this sugar dough, you can also make a 3D sculpted cake or cartoon character. Traditionally, it can have several tastes such as: chocolate flavoured sugar dough or also vanilla flavoured sugar dough. So to give more taste and desires, we add aromas on the sugar dough.
Choose the flavours for more taste
In order to give the cake design a good flavour, the addition of aromas is very essential to give more taste to the pastry according to the fruit flavour. Natural flavours are made from vegetable substances such as vanilla, strawberry, orange and coffee. On the other hand, artificial flavours are made from chemical substances such as malabar flavouring and vanillin. These flavours can be sold either in liquid or powder form. However, it must be clearly stated on the product packaging whether the flavour is artificial or natural. Food flavourings are also suitable for use on all kinds of cream or icing. For example, adding a few drops of flavourings or colourings can add taste and colour to food preparations.