How to Improve Cake Decoration Skills? - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. If you are just learning, there are lots of ways that you can practice. You can take your actual cake pan that you baked in, and you can use that as a cake template. You do not have to create a cake. You just have to purchase icing, or make some icing on your own. And you can actually decorate on the upside-down of the cake pan to get the design that you would like and to practice. Really, piping with a pastry bag is all about pressure and speed control and it is about creating a rhythm. So it does not matter what the design is as long as you are consistent with it as you go around. If you are making stars, then you need to have all the stars be the same size and shape because you have used the same amount of pressure and the same amount of speed. So a good way to practice is to also, take a template that you can download online. And it actually has little designs that you can use. So if you practice this, put this into one of those sleeves that you get at the store, the clear sleeves, or put a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap over the top of it and just practice the rhythmic piping. It is just like if you are writing in script. You are going to just continue that over and over again until you get them to be all the same size and the same shape. So this is a wonderful way to do that. Pick the message that you know that you would write the most. If you would write "felice compleanno"s then write that, if you would write "happy birthday" then write that until you get it down pat. One of the most important things that you need to be able to do is to write down the name of the recipient of the cake and put it next to you. There is something about writing in icing that, you start to write it on the cake and you will misspell it every time, even if you are an English teacher. And people do spell their names creatively so it is really important to make sure that you get the way that they like to spell it. Another fantastic resource is a cake decorating tip book. This book is phenomenal because it actually shows you the different types of openings, and it allows you to see what designs you can make out of it. Sometimes you look at that star tip and you are thinking "What the heck am I supposed to do with this?" Well, if you have a reference like this, you can turn to a page, and you can get a great idea of what that design can look like, which is fantastic, okay?