Making Ocean Waves

Decorating By k33bl3r Updated 20 Feb 2009 , 11:01pm by prterrell

k33bl3r Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 2:57am
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Hello! I am doing a baby shower cake for a co-worker, and I plan to make a sheet cake with waves on it. Not gum paste or fondant waves. But, like, taking the butter cream and making waves all over the cake. Any one tried, or any ideas how to?

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prterrell Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 3:05am
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Waves are super easy. Ice the top of the cake thicker than normal. You don't have to worry about smoothing any areas that will have waves. Simply take your icing knife/spatula and make swirls and when you pull up, the icing will lift into little peaks. Just play around with it until you get the look you want. For the colors, I'd ice the cake in a patchwork of blue, teal, and a bit of white here and there. When you create the waves, the colors will blend together to look like water.

k33bl3r Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 4:50am
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That's kinda the idea I had. Glad to know someone else thinks it would work too. lol.

For the color, I was thinking of dyeing the icing a soft blue, and then taking a darker blue spray and accenting the "curl" and bottom of the waves with it.

salsaman42 Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 4:45pm
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use 7 minute or fluffy white icing mix for the waves, it works awesome! you can tint it with color also...

k33bl3r Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 5:05pm
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What is 7 minute? Since I've never made my own icing before, I was planning on trying to make butter cream.

salsaman42 Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 5:28pm
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it's the same as fluffy white, both are beast eaten the day it's made though. here's a recipe from Paula Deen...

Cook Time7 min
Frosting for 1 layer cake or approximately 8 to 12 cup cakes
CloseTimesicon_razz.gifrep5 min Inactive Prep-- Cook7 min Total:12 min Recipe
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
2 egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. (If this happens, it could cause your frosting to become grainy). Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

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prterrell Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 11:01pm
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Originally Posted by k33bl3r

What is 7 minute? Since I've never made my own icing before, I was planning on trying to make butter cream.

7 minute frosting is a fluffy meringue type frosting, often associated with coconut cake. It gets it's name from the traditional method of making it, which involves cooking egg whites and sugar in a double boiler for seven minutes. I make it all the time, but I use meringue powder and add a boiled sugar syrup instead, it's easier and more consistent to me, but it does require the use of a candy thermometer.

Since this is the first time you're making your own icing, I would stick with one of the easier buttercream recipes, unless you're well-versed in cooking or candy making.

Coloring the icing pale blue and low-lighting it with the spray tint should work great. Make sure you practice a bit with the spray before you try to apply it to the cake. You need to figure out the right distance from the cake to get the affect you want.

Have fun! Waves are pretty much impossible to mess up.

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