How Do I Do The Lines In This Cake

Decorating By brick_a_brack Updated 19 Jun 2013 , 8:20am by webby2013

brick_a_brack Posted 16 Jun 2013 , 8:33pm
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I have been debating on the best way to do the lines on this cake.  The cake is iced in buttercream and I was thinking I could use a toothpick or some other tool, but I was wondering if someone else had a better idea.  It looks to me that the buttercream crusted and then they dragged the tool thru the icing.  What do you think????  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!!!   

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leah_s Posted 16 Jun 2013 , 9:34pm
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AThere's a Wilton tool that will do that.

brick_a_brack Posted 16 Jun 2013 , 10:00pm
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I didn't think of using the Wilton Cake marker.  Thanks for the tip.  What if I don't want the lines completely straight?

leah_s Posted 16 Jun 2013 , 10:54pm
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AWiggle it.

denetteb Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 4:10am
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Or take a tip of a knife, poke it in a bit as you turn the cake on the turntable, repeat for each line.

denetteb Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 4:11am
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I would balance  or brace my hand/arm to keep them relatively straight though.  Don't want them too wonky either.

brick_a_brack Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 4:07pm
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Thanks Ladies,


I tried several different techniques last night on a practice cake and it turns out letting the cake crust completely was not a good idea.  Next time, I will have to do it as soon as I am done frosting the cake.  It gave me lots of frosting crumbs and made it look not so nice. 


I tried the Wilton tool and a toothpick.  Those did not produce lines similar to the one in the photo.  I think that it needs to be a bit wider.  I am going to try a knife or something similar. 


I have been examining the photo and it almost looks like the lines are at a slant or angle.  What do you think?  Or are my eyes playing tricks on me...LOL.  I have been looking at this cake for a while and could totally be seeing things that aren't there.

denetteb Posted 17 Jun 2013 , 4:19pm
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APut more icing on, sounds like it is way too thin. And before crusting will make a big difference.

DSmo Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 2:39am
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You can use a tapered spatula to make a texture like that. Just hold the tip at a slight angle while you turn the cake on the turntable. There's a nice tutorial on MyCakeSchool if you have a subscription. This is the type of tool:

webby2013 Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 8:20am
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ALeah that answer made me giggle pmsl Just a simple wiggle it lol

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