Even if frosting isn’t your forte, there is something oh-so-satisfying about spinning up a home-style cake that looks just as good as it tastes. This design, marked by a flurry of flowers, homespun textured ribbons and a perfectly pearled boarder, is one of our favorite designs to make when time is short but the “wow” factor needs to be spot on.
To perfect this must-know technique, we consulted a pro—Cake Artist Laura Grizzel from The Frosted Affair, a premiere wedding and events bakery in Nashville, TN.
How to Create Home-Style Horizontal Rustic Frosting:
- A chilled, crumb-coated cake
- 2 Large pastry bags
- Favorite buttercream frosting, creamy and at room temperature
- Rotating cake stand
- Angled spatula
- Bench scraper
- Round decorating tip
1. Place chilled, crumb-coated cake in the center of your rotating cake stand.
2. Fill one pastry bag with icing and cut a quarter-inch hole. Pipe frosting on top of cake. Smooth outward using angled spatula.
3. Pipe vertical stripes every few inches around the cake. Starting with one stripe, drag the bench scraper along the side of the cake while rotating the stand. This will create a thin, uniform layer.
4. Starting at the bottom of the cake, drag the angled spatula through the frosting while slowly spinning the cake stand to create ruffle-like ribbons. Don’t worry about making things perfect—be your own artist!
5. Work your way around the cake, scraping off any excess frosting.
6. Recreate the same pattern on the cake’s top.
Use the angled spatula to touch up and remove excess frosting around the cake’s base.
7. Fit your second pastry bag with a round tip. At the bottom of the cake, hold your bag at a 45-degree angle and pipe a pearl boarder while applying constant, steady pressure. We recommend giving the boarder a test-run on your counter before touching your cake.
8. Add a few flowers to your cake’s top for an extra-special presentation.
For more fun decorating DIYs from The Frosted Affair, check out 6 Step-by-Step Cake Design Tutorials to Know.