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Zebra Stripes in buttercream

post #1 of 28
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My daughter has request zebra stripes for her 21st bday cake and we really do not like fondant in any form and I was wondering is there an easy way to make the zebra stripes with buttercream and they look good...thanks
post #2 of 28
I am by no means an expert but another option to making the zebra stripes is by using chocolate. "Draw the stripes" with the chocolate, let harden and then place them on the cake. I did this to my niece's cake and it turned out cute. Good Luck!
post #3 of 28
I made a double layer 9x13 cake for my granddaughter, last year for her birthday, using black buttercream on white buttercream icing. I iced the cake in white and with black icing, in a dec. bag and tip 47, I, using the smooth side of the tip, I made wavy/ sort of zig zag lines from the side, up over the top and down the other side. I let the icing crust a few minutes and then I put waxed paper or maybe a paper towel over the black lines and smoothed/flatened them with a fondant smoother. She was very happy and I thought they looked great. Hope this helps. It was a lot easier than I had anticipated.
post #4 of 28
Here's a photo of zebra stripes piped. I thought it was a cool idea for those who don't like fondant.

http://i56.tinypic.com/2dbovat.jpg
post #5 of 28
I did zebra stripes in buttercream recently. (It's in my photos.) I crumb coated the cake, piped on the black, then piped on the white between the black stripes. Let it crust, then smoothed using Viva method.
post #6 of 28
Dsmo, I am really impressed by your buttercream zebra and leopard prints in buttercream. Beautiful and flawless. I wouldn't have thought it was possible. Now I have another technique to aspire to!
post #7 of 28
WOWZERS!!!!! I didn't look at the pic right away but...You're right karabeal! The buttercream zebra stripes turned out really nice! Awesome work tokazodo
post #8 of 28
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Dsmo, I am really impressed by your buttercream zebra and leopard prints in buttercream. Beautiful and flawless. I wouldn't have thought it was possible. Now I have another technique to aspire to!



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post #9 of 28
I did the cake that toko posted a link to, for my sister's 25th birthday. I used mostly a size 6 tip, and the black icing was chocolate tinted black. I always liked piped things that look like they are piped, so I didn't smooth a lot down. My biggest mindset was to just be loose... a little curvy with not a lot of rough, geometric edges, and each stripe a little different.

Word of advice, at least with the cake I did... the black will bleed into the white, so don't do it too early. Fortunately, mine cake was for later that evening, so the bleeding didn't happen until it was leftovers.
post #10 of 28
DSMO... your zebra cake is FABULOUS!! I have done a zebra cake, but just piped on top of the white and did not flatten. Bravo to you!!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by DSmo

I did zebra stripes in buttercream recently. (It's in my photos.) I crumb coated the cake, piped on the black, then piped on the white between the black stripes. Let it crust, then smoothed using Viva method.




Your cake is awesome!!!!! What tip did you use for the stripes?
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by DSmo

I did zebra stripes in buttercream recently. (It's in my photos.) I crumb coated the cake, piped on the black, then piped on the white between the black stripes. Let it crust, then smoothed using Viva method.




Your cake is awesome!!!!! What tip did you use for the stripes?



Thank you! I think I used a 4. I outlined the thickness I wanted the strip to be then filled it in. Very much like if you were coloring with marker on paper.
post #13 of 28
You could ice the cake in white buttercream and then do the zebra stripes out of modeling chocolate.
Use semisweet chocolate for the stripes so it only takes a little bit of black coloring gel. The modeling chocolate tastes WAYYYYY better than fondant but has the awesome look of fondant.

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post #14 of 28
There was a post the other day about camouflage in buttercream and there was a link about how to do it. I think it would work perfectly with zebra stripes too. It's very similar to what everyone else has suggested just using the melvira method instead of the viva method. Good luck, i'm sure it'll look great!
post #15 of 28
Wow I love it DSmo
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