If you can't quite figure out the kind of design that you would like to try, get yourself a cake decorating book and study the pictures in it to see what kind of design you really like. There are lots of complex designs out there, but all it takes is some baby steps, if you will, to go for them.
There are lots of online sources for great designs as well. Should you be interested, you may even use a premade design. Chances are no one will know that you didn't make it from scratch. Then there are some easy ways to give your cakes a special look that will make them stand out from the rest of the crowd.
At this point there is an interest in making cakes for children's birthdays. It is not difficult to design a cake for such an occasion provided that you stay with your current skill level. Read up on all the points you can find in your book and follow the advice to create that special cake for a child's birthday party.
If you are not sure that you have the skill level to undertake certain cake decorating tasks, see if any of your friends or family members have more skill than you have, and ask them to help you. Even if you can decorate a cake on your own, there may come a time when outside help could get you going with a more complex design that you have tackled before. If and when you get the proper assistance, you are bound to make a cake that shows a more complex and intricate design than you would have been able to give it without help.
The important thing is to realize that before you start on this venture, there are quite a few basics that you will help to learn to begin with. Just keeping yourself at a skill level you feel comfortable with can be a great help in your advancement with this hobby and art form.
So many people wish that they could come up with as many cake decorating designs as the number of cake they bake but often get stuck for idea on how to go about achieving this. Do you find yourself in this number? Or do you have brilliant cake decorating design ideas but simply do not know how to implement it? In the next few minutes I will be showing you simple steps that you can follow to start implementing any cake design idea that you may have and how to find new cake designs.
If you are in need of a design, a quick place to get some wonderful inspiration is to search the web for sites that host royalty free images,photographs, vector illustration and design community; here you will get an abundances of designs that you can use as reference and templates for your design.
If are comfortable with free hand piping of the ice on the cake, then you can simply print out the design and practice tracing over the design which is a pretty good approach for scroll work that is quite popular on wedding cakes.
However if you are not that comfortable with the free hand piping of the ice on the cake, then tape parchment paper over the image and pipe the icing on the parchment paper while tracing the outline of the image. Now put it in the freezer until it has solidified then put in more ice and refrigerate again until its solid. Now you can flip it on the frosted cake while you carefully remove the parchment paper.
You may also cut out a template from rolled fondant from a design printed on card stock and then you trace around the template with an edible marker. The resource box below will show you how to take your present knowledge and skill in the art of cake decorating to the next level. Whatever your next level is.