Hi everyone! The new year is almost here and I wanted to share a festive, quick & easy cake tutorial with you!
First, I truly love the look of piped buttercream on cakes. In fact, the more piping, the better! It’s often a quicker option than applying frosting with a completely smooth finish, and I love the dressed up feel.
I often use my trusty 2D tip to pipe vertical ribbons of buttercream onto cakes….but today I wondered what would happen if I piped horizontally instead. The result is so pretty…and so easy! It’s my favorite part of this tutorial ;0)
First, I crumb coated my cake with a thin layer of buttercream. Then, starting from the bottom of the cake, I piped long strands of buttercream with my 2D tip. If you have a turntable, it makes things a bit easier so that you can spin as you pipe. We used this recipe but any frosting that holds it’s shape nicely to piping would work well.
Here is a shot of the back of the cake. I stopped and started my bands of frosting in the same spot, creating a seam all the way down. If the seam bothers you, you can pipe a vertical line of small rosettes, or add sugar pearl “buttons”, but I like the look just as it is ;0).
The piped frosting was finished in just a matter of about 5-10 minutes! Next, I created a fondant plaque. We actually used a plaque cookie cutter for this. If you don’t have one & would like this same shape, you can use a rectangular cutter and then snip away the corners with a small circle cutter or piping tip.
I dusted my plaque with silver luster dust. (Rolkem Super Silver)
My fondant numbers were cut using a Wilton cutter set. I dusted with gold luster dust (Rolkem Super Gold) & sparkled with hologram twinkle dust.
Now for the stars! I melted white candy coating/bark coating and spooned it into a disposable piping bag (with the tip snipped away). Then, I piped lots of stars onto a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. I chilled in the freezer for about 5 minutes so that they would set up much more quickly and could be easily handled.
Using a dry paintbrush, I dusted my stars with silver and gold luster dust. Pearl dust would have been nice too! I chilled the dusted stars one last time for a few minutes before placing them into the frosting. (* Use your preferred luster dust for your stars. I used Rolkem Super Silver & Rolkem Super Gold luster dust for mine, which I ordered online. You could also sprinkle your stars with sparkling sugar/sprinkles or sugar pearls before they set up, or by using a little piping gel as adhesive.)
And that’s all there is to it! I love the sophisticated look of this cake, and I especially love that it came together so quickly!
Thanks for stopping by our site, we truly appreciate it! Wishing you all the best in the new year! Here’s to 2015! xoxo