My cousin has asked me to do her wedding cake. She wants buttercream with silver dots. What do you all recommend for the dots? She also said she likes that diamond pattern on the cake. I've seen it with fondants but how would you do that with buttercream? Thanks for any advice. The wedding isn't until March but I need to figure out if I can actually do it or not!
Use a well crusted buttercream and a diamond impression mat (I bought mine from Sugarshack's website and love it). Check out one of my cakes titled "Happy Birthday, Matt" - 3rd row, next to last photo on that row - that is buttercream and the diamond impression mat. Also 2nd row, 4th cake "Happy Birthday to my MIL" - same method and this one has tiny pink dots on it. For the silver I would make some silver icing and pipe the dots and then if you need it, brush on some silver pearl dust.
Hope that helps!
I think the impression mat would work well. I'm a little confused about the dots though...are you talking about the dots where the lines intersect? So we're talking about small tiny dots right, not big huge ones? Why not just use silver dragees? I know she wants buttercream but in my opinion it's going to be a pain to paint all those dots silver, depending on the size of the cake. Alternatively, you could make up a batch of royal icing and pre-pipe your dots, let them dry, then "paint" them with silver food coloring. Then you can just adhere them to the cake. I think that would save you a lot of time.
I would go with sliver dragees for the dots - or like said above, pipe them with a small round tip.
you could place them like this with the diamond pattern in the second tier
Earlene gives directions to make edible sugar pearls on her website here
I've made them this way several times (minus the pearl dust step) and they are super easy to make. I just set up a table while I'm watching tv and crank out a bunch.
She also has a handy chart to help figure out how many you'll need