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7 fun ways to ice a cake

Piped, painted, smeared or slathered—your cake will be gorgeous with these great ideas.

By Irene Ngo

7 fun ways to ice a cake

Photo: Roberto Caruso

7 fun ways to ice a cake

Four types of texture

Stripe tease

Drag the back of a spoon across the icing. Wipe off excess icing after each row.



Ripple effect

Dip the tines of a fork into the icing to form small waves. 



The basket weave

Drag the tines of a fork through icing in an alternating pattern. Wipe fork after each mark.



The swoop

Create dramatic swirls with the back of a spoon.



 


7 fun ways to ice a cakePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Petal power  

These petals are easy to make. A spoon and some icing is all you need to take your cake to the next level. 





Get the instructions: Petal cake




7 fun ways to ice a cakePhoto: Roberto Caruso, Toppers: Rayna Schwartz

Watercolour cake

You are the Picasso of pastries! Grab a paintbrush and start decorating.





Get the instructions: Watercolour cake




7 fun ways to ice a cakePhoto: Roberto Caruso, Toppers: Rayna Schwartz

Simplified ombré cake

What's prettier than a sunset? An ombré cake with two colours that meet in the middle. Well it may not actually outshine a sunset but it sure is tastier! 


Get the instructions: Simplified ombré cake 

7 fun ways to ice a cakePhoto: Roberto Caruso, Toppers: Rayna Schwartz

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