Successful birthdays, weddings and tea parties all have two things in common: cake and a happy crowd. Cover both bases, and mark your occasion with a cake frosted to ensure the latter. And no, you don’t need to be a frosting wiz for that to happen.
This creative, vertical rustic frosting design comes courtesy of Cake Artist Laura Grizzel from The Frosted Affair, a premiere wedding and events bakery in Nashville, TN. In the following step-by-step, Grizzel demonstrates the surprisingly simple technique.
How to Create Home-Style Vertical 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
- Star 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 inch 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 uniform layer.
4. Starting at the bottom of the cake, drag the angled spatula vertically through the frosting in a slight zigzag pattern 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 as you go.
6. Create a slightly swirled 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 star tip. At the bottom of the cake, hold your bag at a 45-degree angle and pipe a slightly zigzagged 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 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.