Almost all my customers say "I don't want fondant!" and they mean it, so I've worked hard at coming up with buttercream alternatives. Since we make a bunch of all white wedding cakes, texture seems to be a huge trend that I'm seeing. Brides don't want very busy or piped cakes, but they do want some design. They are bringing me pictures of rough iced cakes, stenciled cakes, combed cakes, and sugared cakes. I want to go over a few options they you may want to consider when designing a cake for any occasion.
I've blogged about stencils before, so please give it a read. It's a great option in all one color for texture or two different colors for more detail. It's also a good idea to add pearls or extra piping on the stenciled design.
Buttercream ruffles are very trendy and you don't have to do the entire cake. Just a few rows will give you lots of femininity and texture.
Diamonds and lines are are classic and easy. Use a bench scraper and blow torch or super hot water and melt the design into the cake. Sanding sugar or pearl dragees are great on buttercream for sparkle and opulence. Covering a cake in this material also keeps you from having to get a cake perfectly smooth. If you a beginner, give it a shot. Just keep in mind, it gets everywhere!
Lastly, buttercream combs are a great way to add a side design and it's super easy! Wilton and many others sell all kinds of different designs. Just get your cake level, basically smoothed and chilled. Add another thick layer of buttercream and quickly run your comb through it and poof! You have a design.
Tell me about any great ideas you have for buttercream texture!