Friday, July 1, 2011

Spackle Wedding Cake

My regular readers know I'm the queen of smooth buttercream.  I work hard and pride myself on icing my cakes satiny smooth.  So when I get a request to do a wedding cake that has a very splackely, stucco like finish... well, you have to step back and ask yourself how to make something inherently "messy" look professional.

I started the only way I know how - by icing it nice and smooth.  Not finished smooth, but pretty darn smooth.  Then I went back and smacked the sides of the cake with my spatula, creating peaks or spikes in the icing (but not the cake!).  Think about when your testing meringue or whipped cream.  Then I ran the spatula around the cake again, re-icing it, but keeping the spatula just off the cake.

I delivered this cake to the Tennesee Aquarium, where the florists were to place the real flowers on the cake (the 2 in the picture were just for the picture).  They brought the flowers, but were unsure of the placement.  Luckily I had brought my original design sketch and was able to help them with the proper placement.  This brings up a good point:  I bring all my cake paperwork to every wedding.  The contract, design sketches, e-mails... the whole folder for that cake comes with me to the venue.  It has saved my butt more than once!

Have a great weekend and have a happy and safe Independence Day!


  1. Nice job!! You did a great job of making "messy" look beautiful! I know it's not as easy as it looks either!

  2. Great texture! I love it! You're so inventive!

  3. It's gorgeous! I bet it is a thin line between messy intentional and just looking..well..messy..but you did awesome!!

  4. I definitely understand the 'Queen of smooth buttercream' title. I am absolutely the same way! Love the way you were able to create the spackle look! It is beautiful!

  5. Yummy and delicious wedding theme cake !!! Nice job :)

  6. Wow! That wedding cake is really mouth watering. It's just simple but unique. Thanks for sharing this to us.


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