How To Create Look Of Ripples In Water In Buttercream?

Decorating By CharliesMom09 Updated 7 Oct 2010 , 8:17pm by michel30014

CharliesMom09 Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 12:38am
post #1 of 6

I'm a new caker, just completed the Wilton basics class (so fun!). I'm planning my husband's fishing-themed b-day cake. It will be frosted in buttercream, as that's all I know how to do so far. I'd like to make it look like there are ripples in the water around a 3D fish head. Any ideas on how to make the ripples? Many TIA!

5 replies
denetteb Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 1:10pm
post #2 of 6

I would just do an icing, unsmoothed. Apply the BC with your icing spatula with a curved blade on the end. Just leave it swirly instead of smoothing.

caymancake Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 1:28pm
post #3 of 6

I swirl my buttercream so that it looks like waves...I slightly dip into the fondant while I swirled to create the look. I did a couple of cakes where I had "water" was an under the sea cake, and one was a Noah's ark cake. Feel free to check out my pics to get a better idea of how it looks. I hope that helps!

CharliesMom09 Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 11:44pm
post #4 of 6

Thanks so much!

cakecraft Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 11:54pm
post #5 of 6

I have made similar fishing cakes, and on the buttercream cakes I have piped very thin "circles" radiating out from where the fish has breached.

michel30014 Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 8:17pm
post #6 of 6

Waves are fairly simple but if you need the foamy look then check out these.

This one is just dropped in lines so to speak, I just kinda curved them a bit on some of them. And, then piped the edges of the waves in curves.

However, this may be more of what you are looking for. It shows the waves but also edged with the foamy look. Though, my waves didnt come out as good as I wanted. Lol. My skills were at a different level then.

Hope this helps some! Good luck and post pics when you complete.

Quote by @%username% on %date%