Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Black Vine Wedding cake

There seems to be a lot of weddings this year with a black and white color scheme. I'm a fan, especially when it's done right! For this 3-tier wedding cake I used my house buttercream with some white color added to it. Most people know this, but just in case you don't make your black icing at least a day before. It will deepen overtime and you don't have to use as much color. This is especially important when you are mixing colors like red or orange that have to match ribbon or an invitation. Make it ahead and make plenty. The only tricky thing with a cake like this is making sure you "caulk" the seams in between the layers so that it looks very clean. When you pipe in black, you'd better mean it. It is hard to undo. This design was given to me by the bride. I tried to reproduce it the best I can, but piping is a little like hand writing, everyone has their own style.


  1. Truly beautiful. I hope to learn lots more about piping. It seems like practice makes perfect!

    Do you always use buttercream on a buttercream cake or is it ever better to use royal icing?

  2. Hi Jennywenny, thanks for visiting! I never use royal icing on top of buttercream. I would think it would be susceptible to flaking, and you refrigerating royal icing will break it down. On fondant cakes, I use either buttercream or royal icing to pipe, it just depends on what I need it do and the look I'm going for. I'm not saying that royal icing on buttercream wouldn't work, honestly since you already have one type made, it just easier to color a portion of the batch to pipe with. Give it a try and let us know what happens! Happy Baking!

  3. What a beauty, Jenn! This one's inspired be Elisa Strauss, right??

    -Rafael :)

  4. I'm sure you are right, but I think the picture I was given was from a local bakery that probably copied another bakery that copied Elisa. I wish we could all give credit where credit is due, but things get so mixed up!

  5. This cake is beautiful. I really like your blog - so many great tips. Definitely bookmarking this.

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

  6. Your cake work is awesome!! I hope one day I'll be able to decorate like this!

  7. cool, I'm actually going to make a 2-tier cake with black decorations in May, so your advice about preparing the black icing the day before...is very precious ! tnx !


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