Thursday, 16 June 2011
The humble palette knife
For those of you who have attended one of our classes you will have seen just how useful the small palette knife is when you are decorating cupcakes. It's so versatile and is probably one of the best pieces of equipment you can buy.
If you haven't been on a course then fear not because we're about to give you the lowdown on why they're so important!!
In the big scheme of things the humble palette knife doesn't seem very exciting. Well, not when you compare it to edible glitter or some funky cake cases. But it really is one of the best things you can buy when starting to decorate cupcakes (or if you've been decorating them for a while but using the back of a spoon to spread the icing!!)
You can buy a straight palette knife and an angled palette knife. Both can be used for most jobs but the angled palette knife has the added benefit of keeping your fingers away from the icing when you are spreading it (or if you are filling a cake with jam!!)
So let's take a quick look at what the palette knife can help you with;
First of all it's a great way to flat ice your cupcakes - simply place a 'dollop' of buttercream in the middle of your cupcake and then spread it out using the palette knife. Simple
It is great for using to fill your piping bags - keeps mess to the minimum.
Ideal for picking up your sugar/gum paste decorations (slide the palette knife underneath them and transfer to your cake). This limits the amount of damage you cause to the decoration - particularly if it isn't completely dry.
Once you own one you really won't know how you survived without it. And remember, we don't recommend anything that we don't use and love ourselves!!
Happy Decorating :o)