I am making 3 different cakes in the next two weeks that are supposed to have swirls and dots on them. It is a very popular design, but how do you do it. I DO NOT want to free hand it. It makes me very nervous to free hand anything. Is there some sort of stencil or press and can you use it on a round cake? Please help!
I have a pattern press that is by Wilton. I purchased it at Michaels and Hobby Lobby carries it too. It has different scroll patterns etc. It's nice to use since it keeps your patterns in uniform size. Hope this helps...
If you want a pattern that keeps repeating itself, then an impression mat like mentioned is good. If you want a random swirl pattern....practice that freehand! I was scared as he** too, but it finally clicked one day, have to learn to steady your hand! I recently uploaded a three tier white wedding cake, (ugly inmy opinion, but EXACTLY what the bride wanted) and then the one I am really proud of is the other three tier with the red scrolls...all free hand. A few blemishes and missed dots, but pretty good.
I didn't mean that cake of mine was ugly, just the scroll pattern was not my style, like half curls and stuff....
I looked at the Wilton one, but I didn't know if it would work. Jamie I looked at your cakes and they are beautiful. I can't believe you free handed that. My hand isn't very steady and it just scared me. Thanks for the info.
Do you use royal icing or just BC for the swirls?
I use buttercream
SMBC...and preformed pearls, a product from CK, comes in a bottle...like fondant pearls, only already made, and all uniform in size.
I used the wilton presses. Very easy. (Anniversary cake in my photos)