I WOULD attach the photo, but apparently cake central hates me and won't upload anything and I've tried several times.
Here's the deal, I have a bride wanting a particular technique done to a cake which I can't really seem to find the same effect anywhere on the web, she has it in a magazine (which I've scanned). It's not coconut and they want this done with buttercream because that's what the pic looks like. I hope that there is someone out there that has a genuine interest in helping cause I'm going a little crazy right now trying to reach out to folks and with this photo not uploading in the forum it's maddening
It looks as though "sticky hands" were used to make this but yet it looks too "fluffy" I'd be happy to email the photo cause apparently it doesn't even show up in private messages.
After I post this I'm going to try and upload it to my photos and see if that works. And that's become a not so easy effort recently either
Okay, I've added the picture to my photos!
ohhh! i too am curious
What about thining the icing slightly and using a sponge like when you texture a wall with paint? I've never seen a cake like that but that's the only guess I have good luck
it almost looks like they sprayed it on with a texture gun.
Yup, that's a beautiful cake. Nope, don't know how they did it.
However....You can come close to that texture by using sotas. A wonderful commercial baker, Tortnaya, on another thread at Wilton . com, created a small wedding cake using sotas and it looks similar to the picture you posted. I just tried to load a photo attachment and had no luck either, so I'll give you the link to her thread. She has 2 photos in her original post.
Thanks for the ideas. Now, I don't think sotas alone would give the effect exactly, and the sponge wouldn't make it "fluffy" looking. But what if I did the sponge technique over the sotas???? Hmmmm....what do y'all think??
I think you should sponge, chill, sponge, chill, etc... until you get enough texture. If the icing was thin enough and you load the sponge up enough I think it will work. I think the sotas are going to be way too much work for not enough of the right effect.
Hammy, that looks really similar. My hands, fingers, and wrists hurt just thinking about doing sotas over the entire thing
I agree with hammy3 and apti.. I saved to my pictures. Zoomed in and i do see that it is like sotas. It is not sponged in or textured in any way. Yes, it it a lot to do, but it is very pretty. I doubled clicked on the pic that apti showed, then clicked on save pic as. then saved to my pictures. then went back and clicked on the pic and zoomed in really close. hth sotas is not a hard as cornilli lace. ha! To me, it is really faster. hth
I appreciate everyone's help sooooooo much. I think I'm going to practice this tonight and see what I come up with.
this looks just like the cake apti showed.
Sotas are easy. Just be sure and thin down your buttercream or you hand will fall off from piping.
looks like sotas, done with the tiniest tip possible and very thin icing. makes my hand hurt too...
I know this doesn't help alot, but the sponge might actuall work if it's dampened or you can use a thin icing and take fork tines and swirl and lift-hard to explain, but I've made stuff that looked really similar and took no time at all using the fork-wish I had a picture!
sewsweet2 is correct. Sotas is easy to do.I would even use tip2
Have you thought about using white chocolate shavings?
It might be time to invest in a 42 (double round) or 89 (triple round) tip... heck i would try a grass tip and see what that looks like because that is a lot of piping. It does produce a beautiful cake though.
There is a "stucco" technique you could try. I also saw it on the Next Best Cake Maker on TLC. I think he frosted in butter cream then "slapped" on royal icing to make the effect. Someone else said to use a sponge or back of a spoon to do the same thing. There is a thread in here another page in or so.
Just a heads up, the moderators removed the photo from my gallery since it did not belong to me. Regardless of the fact their website never works properly and wouldn't let me post it in the appropriate place
I'm so glad that y'all gave me such great advice and I will probably first try sotas and if that doesn't give me the affect I may try a sponge or something.