Looking for a quick way to spice up your party cakes? In just a few steps, these textured buttercream designs easily add fun and flair to an otherwise ordinary cake.
Easy Buttercream Ideas
I made these simple, textured buttercream cakes with just a few tools from my cake decorating kit and kitchen drawers. While a smoothly frosted cake is always chic, adding a bit of texture adds interest and jazz-hands to your designs.
Try one of these designs on a plain buttercream cake before adding decorative borders and accents or give texture to an ombre cake to really take it to the next level.
With all layer cake designs, it's important to start with a solid base. Before getting started, be sure to follow the same steps for filling and stacking a layer cake.
This effect reminds of subtle waves and ribbons. Hold a metal spatula perpendicular to the turntable, and place the tip of the spatula to the bottom of a freshly iced cake. While spinning the turntable, carefully spiral the spatula around the cake by moving the spatula up the height of the cake.
Clean up the top edge as you would icing a smooth cake by pulling in any excess frosting towards the center of the cake with an offset spatula. Finish off the top with a spiral.
Using a spoon, drag the rounded side up the height of a smoothly iced cake. Use the width of the spoon to create the ridges that define the stripe. Continue around the entire cake and finish off the top by pulling in any excess frosting on the top edge.
Skinny Combed Stripes
Use a cake comb as you would an icing smoother to get this textured buttercream look. While holding the rigid edge perpendicular to the turntable, gently touch the teeth of the comb to a smoothly iced cake. Spin the turntable while keeping the comb still.
Finish off the top by pulling any extra icing towards the center of the cake. If the ridges on the cake start to clump or become undefined, make sure your icing is not too thick and clean the comb between spins.
Use this same technique to create filled-in stripes as well. Take buttercream of a different color and carefully pipe it in between the ridges. Use an icing smoother to remove a layer of buttercream around the sides to reveal the stripes, like in this Candy Cake Cake.
Rustic Buttercream Finish
Although this texture might look effortless, there is some strategy behind it. Start with a semi-smooth finish to make sure there is an even layer of icing on all sides of the cake. Aim for a look that is rustic and "home-made," but not messy.
Once the buttercream is already evenly applied, use a small off-set spatula to give it some natural-looking swirls and strokes. Try drawing "S" and "C" shapes, making sure to switch directions as you go around the cake.
Be sure to add the textured designs just after the cake is iced. Do not let the buttercream set or crust over, or the designs won't work.