As my home business gets busier, I'm finding that I have less time to try new recipes, although I'm being challenged on other levels - like cake decorating. I'll be the first to admit that I'm no Duff of Ace of Cakes. My cakes lean toward the simpler side - and sometimes they lean to the right or left!
My favorite cake is one that has no decorations - just a homestyle swirled icing with a few birthday candles. But often there is a need for a cake with a little more decor. A trick I use for coming up with simple pictures that can be piped on a cake or cookie is to search for the image in clip art. For instance, for this cake I searched "dog clip art" and looked for a drawing of a dog that I could draw free hand.
I'll try the image on paper first...
...and then try to recreate that image using a piping bag and icing. I think he turned out pretty cute!