Stringwork is a decorating technique that requires as much skill as it does patience. These Top Stringwork Cakes demonstrate traditional and innovative uses for this classic royal icing technique.

If you’re interested in learning more about stringwork, Dawn Parrott will be teaching the technique this October in Dallas, TX.

Purple stringwork
Purple stringwork By gefion
The entire cake was decorated with Grape Violet in different shades. I had lovely purple fingers for days.

Pretty in Pink

By Seashopgirl
Oriental String Work

traditional royal iced cake

By jacques
all work royal icingtop edge decoration – custion work (created by overpiping lines)


By Gefion
Stringwork on dummy.

Oriental Stringwork Wedding Cake

By FivePage
Cake dummy. Black fondant covered, red gumpaste roses with black leaves. The white is all piped royal icing

Nirvana style birthdaycake with stringwork

By Gefion
All decorations royal icing, including white centre.

white on white wedding cake with stringwork

By chefjared
white on white wedding cake with edible bow, acanthus leaves, gumpaste roses and delicate royal icing stringwork

NYC Cake class

By anng186
Gumpaste Flowers, and floating stringwork

Cake Central Magazine, March 2013

By FromScratchSF
Honored to have been put on the cover of the March 2013 issue. This is a mish mash of stringwork techniques. gumpaste gems, isomalt gems, embossing and handpainting. I LOVE this cake.

My OSSAS entry

By karateka
All fondant. Gumpaste tulips. Gumpaste vase (second choice, first one broke). Bridged stringwork on the top tier and suspended on the second. Brushed embroidery on the 3rd tier. Won a Bronze.

floating extension work

By jacques
This was the display piece I created for the ICES Convention 2010 San DiegoFondant covered cake, all work royal icingThe extension work is created on greased pins


By chocoshack
Close up of flowers , extension and dropped icing.

Royal Icing Bridgework

Royal Icing Bridgework By boscakes
This is my second attempt at bridge/extension work with royal icing. Each section is a double bridge; didn’t line up perfectly so it looks fuzzy! tfl! I estimated the number of strings at over 2300, not counting the ones that broke and had to be done over!

Gabriella's cake

Gabriella’s cake By semalo63
That’s the cake I did for a special friend of mine. Inspired by Wedgwood and Eddie Spence.Royal Icing runout collar topper and pressure piping Cupid on the run-out blue plaque, brush emboidery on the sides of the cake and on the board with a little royal icing run-out heart with a pressure piped daisy (Eddie’s Spence’s symbol to me, which means that I always have the Master of Royal Icing in my heart. That heart with the pressure piped daisy will be my sugnature from now on :D ) Extension works on the sides of the cake.TFL

Lambeth and Australian string-work cake

Lambeth and Australian string-work cake By akimoto-takumi
a three tier buttercream covered dark choco-coffee hazelnut cake decorated in lambeth and Australian stringwork details,


chiffoncake1031 Says... 20 Aug 2013 , 5:48am

Stunning, delicate, intricate work! How long does it take to do one of these cakes? It must be hours. Congratulations to all artists of these exquisite designs.

safiya sadiq Says... 21 Aug 2013 , 3:43am

Oh so lovely cakes

honeybee1 Says... 21 Aug 2013 , 1:56pm

Absolutely beautiful cakes, I can't imagine the amount of time these cakes take to make. I guess it's a labor of love. I only wish I could make a cake as beautiful as these.

BahaQueen Says... 24 Sep 2013 , 4:00pm

OMG! What a mound of inspiration.

GloriCreations Says... 16 Apr 2015 , 6:08pm

So good to see old school RI piping again, and getting the credit it deserves!!! YES YES!! Beautiful work!!!

Chloezee Says... 17 Apr 2015 , 6:13am

GEEEZ LOUEEEZ this kind of thing makes me feel very small. Beautiful!!

crumbycakes Says... 17 Apr 2015 , 1:04pm

This page and every other link from the emails you send out are not working in my iPod. The first cake shows up fine but the rest are tiny slivers of the image. 

Tobore Says... 20 Apr 2015 , 1:21pm

@ crumbycakes same here. U need to click on them one @ a time to view each cake.. Never used to be like that on my BlackBerry though

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