My boyfriend’s birthday was this past weekend and I knew he wanted a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, but I wanted to make something a little more exciting than a simple frosted layer cake. Although I bake all the time, I don’t make cakes very often. This gives me a little too much time to brainstorm ideas and obsess about the next cake I want to attempt. I had first seen this petal cake idea in a magazine awhile back and immediately knew I wanted to try it. The end result is stunning and the process, though time consuming, is not all that challenging. I took pictures throughout the process, so hopefully you can follow along and try this yourself!
You will need a LOT of icing for this cake! I had to take a picture of my mixer full of chocolate frosting because there is just nothing better!
To decorate your cake you will need about 5 cups of icing, a pastry bag, a Wilton #1A extra large round tip (or any other type of large round tip) and a small offset spatula.
I recommend practicing the technique on your kitchen counter, or the back of a cake pan like I did, before actually starting on your cake. To begin, pipe a vertical line of large round dots. Take your offset spatula, place it in the middle of the first dot and gently press down as you smear the dot of frosting to the right. Continue this process down the entire column of dots.
Next, pipe another vertical line of large dots next to your first column.
Again, take your offset spatula and smear each dot to the right.
You should now be ready to try this technique on the actual cake. It is slightly more difficult because you will be working at an angle, but you shouldn’t have a problem if you were able to master the technique on a flat surface.
Begin by assembling your cake layers (I used three) and applying a crumb coat to your stacked cake. Just like you did on the flat surface, pipe a vertical line of large dots down the edge of the cake.
Take your offset spatula and smear each dot to the right.
Pipe another line of dots and repeat the same process.
You will continue this process around the entire cake.
When you have made it all the way around the cake just pipe your final column of dots and leave it as is. This “seam” will be the back of your cake.
Now it is time to do the top of the cake. You are going to repeat the same process, but follow the circular shape of the top. Pipe a dot and then smear it and continue this process as you form concentric circles on top of the cake.
And here is the finished product!
So pretty with candles in it!
And two last shots of the inside, because I am always dying to see the inside when I see pictures of cakes!