My cousin is asking for a rustic wedding cake where the ridges, texture etc of the frosting are toasted or caramelized with a culinary torch.
I know I can't get the toasted effect with a standard buttercream. I tested out a brown sugar marshmallow style frosting that tastes fabulous & toasts beautifully.
The only issue is that the overall look of the frosting is glossy. The bride wants matte.
Does this unicorn combination exist? Can someone point me toward a toastable frosting with a dry/matte look? Or is it impossible to get both matte and capable of being caramelized in the same recipe?
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The cake above is the "look" she wants. I'm not convinced that it was done with frosting--I think it is fondant but the bride thinks otherwise.
Any clues on how this was done? Frosting that is singed? Fondant ruffles?
The goal was a "simple rustic" cake but the whole glossy/matte conversation is making it more.
hi @KJ298, the cake that you have attached does not look like a buttercream covered cake. The cake is covered in thin fondant strips and the edges are lined and painted (probably with gel colour mixed with vodka) or even highlighted with highlighter/petal dust.
Hopefully someone else will chime in. good luck :)
I was actually able to contact the baker on that cake and it IS fondant strips. I suspected that it was but my cousin was convinced otherwise.
Now to see what the latest plan is.
Yep definitely a fondant cake with the tips brushed! You can do a cake in large buttercream ruffles and paint just the tips of them as well when they dry! It won't look exactly the same but is still very pretty! I have some on my page that has small buttercream ruffles with gold tips! www.facebook.com/carriescakesandcreations
I wonder if after frosting with the marshmallow frosting, you dusted everything with powdered sugar - very lightly - if that might tone down the shine? Kind of like powdering a shiny nose.
Thanks for all the ideas everyone. We finally decided on rustic buttercream with a faux toasting effect. I textured the BC and then went back and lightly painted the edges with food color & vodka to give it the look of a singed edge. Not bad for my first significant cake in 2 years.[postimage id="5681" thumb="900"]