Monday, December 2, 2013

Cake Decorating 101: The Versatility of Petals

Making a pretty looking cake doesn't need to be too difficult or take forever. The whole idea of getting a cake smooth and nice can be incredibly frustrating. So why bother? There are so many cool techniques out there that are simple to do and make you look like you have been decorating cakes forever. 

Awhile back I shared with you a simple tutorial on how to make a rosette covered cake. That would have to be my favourite way to decorate a cake. 

My second favorite would have to be the technique I'm about to show you today. The petal technique is one that is so versatile. Unlike a rosette, a petal cake can be both masculine and feminine depending on the colours you use and the direction of the petal. 

Before we go any further, let's look at the basic technique. 

After you have crumb coated the cake (give it a light layer of frosting and letting it set up in the fridge for a bit), start by piping dots evenly spaced from the bottom to the top. I used a Wilton 1A tip.

Starting with the bottom dot, take your cake decorating spatula and gently press into the dot.

Without lifting, wipe away from the dot. Continue this with all the dots. Then pipe more and repeat the technique again.

The only problem with this technique is that you will definitely have a back side of the cake. To make the back a little less noticeable, I wet my finger and depress the dots with my finger and try to replicate the look of the spatula drag where you can't get the spatula in. You may just need to play a little to get it to look good.

Note: You'll want to have a wet cloth available to wipe off the spatula blade after each stroke. This will keep each petal clean looking.

With this technique I was able to make this fun little monkey smash cake.

monkey smash cake

Since I had some extra cake, I thought I would show you how this technique can also be a little more mature and woodsy. With just a change of colour, it gives a completely different feel.

forest cake

This cake would make an excellent Christmas table centerpiece. You could bring this to a Christmas potluck and the rest of the guests would ooo and awe over it and wonder where you got it from. {I'll keep your little secret for you though!} To make these trees you just wrap some moss green coloured fondant on some sucker/skewer sticks and then just sprinkle a little icing sugar on top. Easy and elegant!

But then you can have even more fun with this petal cake decorating technique. Instead of pulling the spatula to the side, try pulling it up. Voila! You have wings like on this little owl smash cake. 

owl smash cake

Or, as my sister-in-law Steph did, you can pull the spatula down like she did on her daughter's birthday cake and you have waves. She did a lot of really cute things for that party. You check it all out here.

Or you can do a beautiful ombre effect like we did for her other daughter's first birthday.

ombre elephant cake

The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

There you have it! Now you can look like a professional and makes a beautiful treat this Christmas season!


1 comment:

  1. Amazing! You. are. amazing. The creativity that comes out of that pretty head of yours is astounding!


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