Here's the thing: you don't need to be a whiz with a paint brush to create beautifully patterned cakes. All you actually need are stencils. They turn smears of buttercream into gorgeous, crisp patterns and create tasty works of art. Once you get the technique down, you can use it with any stencil to make a wide variety of desserts, whether you prefer an all-over pattern or just a few accents.
Show off just how sweet you can be with a delicious roll cake on Valentine's Day. (Or serve it on nights you watch The Bachelor.) The stunning rose pattern doesn't require any fancy-schmancy artistic skills either — if you can trace and pipe, you can decorate this dessert.
If you think of buttercream as just a blank canvas for borders and blooms, think again. Today's freshest buttercream designs explore a whole universe of incredible textures, styles and effects. Best of all, many are surprisingly simple to create. Cake-makers, prepare to play.
Need to decorate a detailed cake in a flash? Stencils are your secret weapon! Keep your pulse rate low and the piping bag in the drawer and let stencils do the heavy lifting.
Crochet is a trendy fiber arts technique that uses crochet hooks and wool or thread. Different loops are formed and crocheted together to form blocks or patterns. In this project, buttercream is used to recreate a crochet design on a cake.
Fondant and buttercream are probably the most common mediums for decorating a cake, but did you know you can also bake a design right into your cake before baking?